Sights in Mumbai

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No time to get bored in Mumbai, 'cause Mumbai has it all. You will find a lot of interesting historical buildings, both on a historical and on an architectural level, in the area around the Flora Fountain statue, Hutatma Chawk. There are several interesting museums and for those who like temples and caves, it goes without saying that they have to pay a visit to the Elephanta Island. This World Heritage monument, with its impressive rock-cut caves dates back from the 6th century. Don’t forget to look at the pearl of the city, the ‘Gateway of India’, when you’re waiting for the boat to the island.

When the hustle and bustle has worn you out, go to one of the parks or to the waterfront. There are two beaches, Chowpatty and Juhu, and although they can get really crowded, they still offer a good place to get some fresh air. Maybe a visit to the Worli Fishing Village ia also a good idea? This small fishing village, that is over 600 years old, juts into sea and at the end is a small Portuguese port. Marine Drive is also a nice area. Go there at night (it is not only beautifully lit but also offers some good places where you can have a good night out) or walk the pathway to the 'Haji Ali Mosque', which is located in the middle of the sea and can be reached only during low tide.

Maybe you are one of those lucky devils who gets the chance to have a closer look at the ins and outs of Bollywood. However, a permit is needed and they are not that easily granted. You can always give it a try and if that does not work, there is always a cinema around the corner where you can see a popular film production.

Last Modified on 16th Dec' 2005.

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Town Hall

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The town hall is designed by Col. Thomas Cowper and was completed in 1833. It is especially known for its neo-classical architecture. juiee: This neo-classical design is due to Colonel Thomas Cowper of the Bombay Engineers. The building is 200 feet long and 100 feet deep. The long facade with three porticos features fluted Doric columns. Gradually the town hall came to be closely associated with the growth and development of Bombay

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address:Shahid Bhagatsingh Road

Elephanta Caves

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Some of the carvings still left at Elephanta
Some of the carvings still left at Elephanta
photo by: Anuradha Goyal

Elephanta Island makes Mumbai an obligatory stop. The island, reachable within an hour by boat, has old rock-cut Hindu temples, shrines and caves that date back from the 6th century. The whole island is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Siva. The Elephanta Caves have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You can catch a boat at the Gateway of India.

Beware of monkeys on way to the caves, they will try to snatch any eatable that they see in your hand. Maharashtra Tourism development Corporation runs a toy train that takes you from the shore to the steps that you have more..

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Mahalakshmi temples

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Gateway of India

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Hotel Taj
Hotel Taj
photo by: Damandeep Thakur

The Gateway of India is also known as ‘Apollo Bunder’ and was designed by George Wittet to commemorate George V and Queen Mary's visit to India in 1911. You can have a picturesque view of the very famous Taj Mahal Hotel.

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Mumbai Municipal Corporation Building

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The Mumbai Municipal Corporation Building
The Mumbai Municipal Corporation Building
photo by: Deepak Amembal

This building was constructed in 1893 and designed by F.W. Stevens. The height of this building is 255 feet and it is used for community purposes. The structure is well-maintained and it is a masterpiece. On special occasions, they whole building is illuminated and is an absolute feast for the eye. juiee: The municipal buildings designed by Mr. F.W. Stevens are a wonderful combination of Venetian Gothic and Indo-Saracenic styles. The winged figure crowning the gable is 'urbs prima in Indis'. An outstanding feature of the more..

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Sanjay Gandhi National Park

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Haji Ali

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Haji' is a title bestowed to all those who have been on the ‘Haj’ pilgrimage to Mecca. Dargah is an Islamic shrine built over the grave of a revered religious figure, often a Sufi saint.

The Haji Ali Dargah is the tomb of a wealthy Muslim merchant, who renounced all his worldly belongings before embarking on his pilgrimage to Mecca. Legend has it that he died on his way to Mecca and his body, in its casket, floated back to Mumbai. However, some believe that Haji Ali drowned at the place where the dargah stands today more..

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Rajabai Tower

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Rajabai Tower is 260 feet tall with five floors and a height of 30 feet. It is said that, this Tower Clock played more than 15 tunes, including ‘Rule Britannia’. This tower is located at the premises of Mumbai University. The cracked glass is being replaced at the moment in order to maintain this piece of architectural and historical value. *D:Flora Fountain Flora Fountain is a statue of Roman Goddess of Spring and erected in 1869 in memory of Sir Bartle Frere, the British Governer. Sir Frere was responsible for the demolition of the Fort Walls in the year 1864, also known as more..

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address:Veer Nariman Road

St Thomas' Cathedral

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They Say it has just been renovated.

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Hanging Gardens

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Teraced gardens lasi out at end of 19th century over city’s waterreservoir

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address:Malabar Hill

Chhaptraati Shivaji Terminus

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The Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus
The Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus
photo by: Deepak Amembal

Victoria Terminus is now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and is a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture. This solid structure was designed in 1878 by F.W. Stevens and the costs were over 1,6 million rupees. This building is the Headquarters of the Central Railway and has 14 platforms. From here, you can catch the local train for Mumbai central as well as the harbour line. This is the place from which Asia's first train was departed on 6th April, 1853. Nowadays, the commuters can also use the extensive subway system that has been created to facilitate the more..

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Victoria and Albert Museum

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address:North of Byculla station

Prince of Wales Museum

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It was designed by George Wittet and completed in 1914.

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address:MG Road, near Jahangir Art Gallery

Mazagon Gardens

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Its Also Known As Joseph Baptista Gardens. Very nice picturesque view of the arabian sea and the whole of Mazagon. If travelling by the local Train take a train from vt going to Dockyard road. it is walking distance from the Dockyard road station.

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Kanheri Caves

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Huge Buddha Statue
Huge Buddha Statue
photo by: Navin Kurian

These Buddhists caves are located in the centre of the Borivali National Park, also known as Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Although they are not as ornamentally carved as the caves at Elephanta Island, they still are impressive in their bare nature. The ancient name of these 100 rock cut cave precinct was Kri-sh-na-gi-ri , meaning the 'black mountain'. Out of the 100 only 5 to 9 caves has some measure of sculptures and stupas.

The most remarkable feature of this heritage site is its location. Right in the more..

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Convocation Hall

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Jain Temple

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Nehru Science museum

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address:Lala Lajpat Road

Balbulnath Temple

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Babulnath Temple was built nearly 200 years ago and located in the heart of south Mumbai at about 1000 feet above the sea Level. It is believed that a cow named Kapila belonging to a gold-smith, stopped giving milk. After inquiring about the incident, the owners of the cow found out that she, before coming to home, stopped at one point and gave all the milk. They found a huge Shivling at that spot. Babulnath Temple is built at that exact spot.

The month of ‘Sravan’ or August/September belongs to Lord Shiva and millions of devotees visit the temple during this month and more..

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Afghan Church of St John the Baptist

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