Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai
Gateway of India
Gorai Beach and Creek
Haji Ali Mosque
Welcome to Mumbai,
Mumbai, formerly called Bombay, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra. Mumbai, the most populous city in India, is the second most populous city in the world. It is also the commercial Capital of India. The island city of Mumbai is situated off the west coast of India, south of the tropic of Cancer. Mumbai is also the prime centre for the film industry.
Mumbai is known for the great warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji(Maratha King). The city is divided into several subcities which are Dahisar, Borivali, kandivali, Parel, Dadarm, Andheri, Bandra, Vile Parle, Churchgate. They are connected through local trains and buses.
Mumbai is one of the most famous tourist spot in India. It is known for various temples, beaches, lakes, gardens,seashore area etc.It is also the center of diverse industries. Famous places in the city are Bollywood, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Essel World, Gateway of India, Juhu Beach, Marine Drive, Nariman Point, Water Kingdom, Hotel Taj, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Haji Ali Mosque etc.
The Afghan Memorial Church of St. John is located in the Colaba area, which is the long arm of South Mumbai that stretches into the sea. The church was established in 1847 AD and consecrated 11 years later as a memorial to those who fell in the First Afghan War of 1843 and Sind campaign of 1838. At the entrance, there is a big black board, which reveals that it is an Anglican church dedicated to St. John the Evangelist. It is impressive with the wide Gothic Arches and beautiful stained-glass windows.
Aksa Beach is a popular beach and vacation spot in Aksa village at Malad close to Malvani, Mumbai, India. This beach was one of the most silent and least visited beaches. It was very clean you could find a large variety of snails and shells. It is popular with youth as a weekend destination. It is dotted with many private cottages and hotels some of which are rented out for tourists and visitors.
The temple also known as Mini Sabarimala Shree Ayyappa Temple that is situated atop a hillock surrounded by hills and valleys within the precincts of NCH Colony, Kanjur Marg (West), Mumbai. It is the first ancient Ayyappa Temple outside Kerala State. A tiny stream originating from the vicinity adds to the sanctity and beauty of the temple's environment.
Babulnath temple is situated at the end of Marine Drive and south of Malabar Hill, in the very heart of Mumbai City. It is nearly 1,000 feet above sea level, over looking the Arabian Sea. People visiting this temple find peace and tranquillity and can also get an illusion of being on Mount Kailash, the eternal abode of Lord Shiva. The temple becomes a lively place on the occasion of Shivratri festival.
Back Bay is a waterbody off the coast of Mumbai city, located to its (south) west. The shore of Back Bay includes the famed Chowpatty Beach of Mumbai. Other landmarks are the office district of Nariman Point, which is actually only an extension of the Back Bay Reclamation; the Queen's Necklace, which is a promenade road along much of the foreshore.
Balaji Temple at Nerul stands as an exact replica of the Balaji temple at Tirupati. The SLN sabha of Nerul decided to build a temple of Lord Venkateshvara and on 8th December 1991. Shankaracharya Swamiji of Kanchi Kamkoti Peetham performed Bhoomi puja for the temple. The main temple is surrounded by other subsidiarytemples like Vidya Ganapati temple, Shri Padmavati Devi temple, Hanumana temple, Vishvakasena temple, Ramanuja temple and Lakshmi Nrisimha temple making a temple complex.
Near the Charni road station in Mumbai, there is a beautiful garden called the Balodyan. The first president of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad had inaugurated the gardens on 24th February 1952, for encouraging and developing creativity among the children. Only children and ladies are allowed to enter the garden.
The Bandstand Promenade is a kilometer long walkway along the sea on the west side of Bandra, a suburb of Mumbai, India. Less than a decade old, it is simultaneously a popular hang out spot, a jogging track ,a park and also a lovers point. Towards the Land's End side of the promenade is an amphitheater. It serves as a venue for the Mumbai Festival and other events including concerts, classical dance and other performances. Visible along the promenade are expensive bungalows and flats, some of which belong to Bollywood movie stars like Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, John Abraham, Shabana Azmi, Rekha, Katrina Kaif among others.
It is believed that Banganga is the tributary of the pious river, Ganga, which flows at a distance of over thousand miles. The place was called Banganga because Ban suggests an arrow and Ganga refers to the Ganges. Banganga, which once had been a gorge, is today present in the form of a water tank in the Malabar Hill area of Mumbai. To be found in the complex of Walkeshwar Temple, this tank has a mythological legend behind its emergence. In the 12th century, the temple is believed to have been built by the rulers of the Silhara dynasty. Banganga Tank was reconstructed in 1715 with the donation made by Rama Kamath. The tank is a rectangular pool bounded by steps on all four sides.
Every year in the month of February, the tank is cleaned up for the Banganga Music Festival of Maharashtra. According to the legend, Lord Rama - the exiled hero of the Ramayana, took halt at the point while looking for his wife - Sita, about five thousand years ago. As he felt thirsty, he asked Lakshman (Rama's brother) to get him some water. At once, Lakshman shot an arrow in the ground and fresh water gushed out.
Mumbai, the City of Dreams, houses the prime centre of Hindi Film Industry, better known as Bollywood. Acclaimed as one of the biggest film industries of the world, Bollywood produces over 1000 films every year. Since 1913, Indian Cinema has made a long journey from simple silent movies to sound films, then colored films to technically advanced movies of the present day. Bollywood imbibed its name from the merger of the term Bombay (now Mumbai) and Hollywood, the American Film Industry.
Bombay Castle (also Casa da Orta) is one of the oldest defensive structures built in the city of Mumbai (formerly Bombay). The current castle is a structure built by the British on the site of the Manor House built by a Portuguese nobleman Garcia de Orta.
The castle was built of local blue Kurla stone and red laterite stone from the Konkan region to the south. In 1662, after the islands came under the hands of the British, the British East India Company took possession of the castle in 1665. Over the next ten years, they built a defensive structure around the manor. Around the same time, a wall was being built around a new urban centre. The wall was later demolished in 1865 after the city grew rapidly. Fragments of this wall however still exist in some areas.
Two gates of the manor are located within INS Angre, a naval station in South Mumbai. The main building within this castle is the Governor's House (Raj Bhavan) in which Gerald Aungier, the first Governor of Bombay used to stay. The residence was later moved to Parel and then to Malabar Hill over the next two centuries.
Situated at the Hornbill House at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Road in Mumbai, the Bombay Natural History Museum currently is being supported by over 30 countries in its cause. The Bombay Natural History Society has been working continuously and with great interest towards the conservation of nature and natural resources, education and research in natural history. Intriguing specimens of natural history like vertebrates, insects, beetles, butterflies and embalmed reptiles have been preserved in the museum established by the society in 1983. Well known ornithologist and naturalist Dr Salim Ali has been the guiding force behind the society's motives. An informative magazine called the Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society is also published and released every four months by this society.
Butcher Island (Jawahar Dweep) is an island off the coast of Mumbai, India. It has an oil terminal used by the port authorities to offload it from oil tankers. The crude oil is stored in oil containers on the island. From there they are piped to Wadala, in Mumbai where they are refined. This keeps the city relatively safe from a mishap.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly Victoria Terminus, and better known by its abbreviation CST or Bombay VT, is a historic railway station in Mumbai which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways. It is one of the busiest railway stations in India, and serves Central Railway trains terminating in Mumbai as well as the Mumbai suburban railway.
The station was designed by Frederick William Stevens, a consulting architect in 1887-1888. He received as INR16.14 lakh as the payment for his services. Stevens earned the commission to construct the station after a masterpiece watercolour sketch by draughtsman Axel Haig. The final design bears some resemblance to St Pancras station in London.
It is a colourful garden developed in the Aarey Colony area just near the Aarey Dairy. As the name suggests the beauty of this garden is reminiscent of thenatural beauty of Kashmir. The garden has countless colourful flowers, which blossom in all seasons round the year. The evergreen lawns of the garden, the tall coconut trees, and the beautiful palm trees grown remind us of the natural beauty of Kashmir. As the garden being one of the very popular places in the Aarey Colony, people often come here for a trip or picnic with prior permission. It is also a popular place where sessions of outdoor film shootings are held.
Chowpatty Beach is a place that requires no introduction. No tour to Mumbai is complete without visiting this lively beach, which is not meant for sunbathing or swimming, but for eating. Situated at the northern end of Marine drive, Chowpatty Beach is popular amongst people of all age groups. Every evening, this beach gets stuffed with people, amidst food kiosks, ferry rides, balloon sellers, etc. Indeed, it's a place where you would love to come after a tiring day to please your taste buds, suck in some fresh air and gradually cooling your heels.
Churchgate is an area in downtown South Mumbai (formerly Bombay). The station gets its name from Church Gate street (now Veer Nariman Road) which lines on the immediate south of the station. During the eighteenth and up to the mid 19th century, Bombay was a walled city. The city walls had three gates, and Church Gate, named after St. Thomas Cathedral, Mumbai was one of the gates. The gate on situated near the present day location of Flora Fountain. In the mid nineteenth century, the city walls were torn down to aid in the expansion program.
This area is also a focal point of educational institutions like University of Mumbai, Government Law College, Jain Hind College, K.C. College and Indo-German Training Center. Wankhede Cricket Stadium, Mahindra Hockey Stadium, Brabourne Stadium and Oval Maidan are some of the prestigious sport complexes in the region. In precise terms, Churchgate is a nice place to take a stroll and have a quick look of the distinguished buildings of Mumbai.
Colaba Causeway, a prime spot of vibrant tourist activities, is a major road link elevated by a bank between Mumbai's Old Woman's Island and Colaba. The causeway, established by English east India Company, is parallel to Gate way of India and is thickly populated with shops, hotels, cinema halls and restaurants. Colaba Causeway is a dynamic shopping suburban area, visited by all shopping tourist freaks. All varieties of clothing materials, electronics equipments, Indian and imported high values items and cosmetics are available plenty in the shops of Colaba Causeway. Church of St John the Evangelist (Afghan Church) and the Sasson Dock are main tourist attractions in this area. When you visit Mumbai, do not forget to shop at Colaba Causeway.
The Deccan Odyssey is a special luxury train modelled on the Palace on Wheels to boost tourism on the Konkan route of the Indian Railways. The route starts in Mumbai (Bombay) and travels to Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Goa, Belgaum, Kolhapur, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Ajanta-Ellora and then back to Mumbai.
In addition to being a train that touches tourist spots, this aims to be a complete 5-star hotel on wheels, with two restaurants and a bar, a sauna, business centre and other such amenities on board.
Earlier called Gharapuri is today's Elephanta Island, which is known for embracing the remarkable Elephanta Caves. To be found about 10 kms off the eastern coast of Mumbai, Elephanta Caves has been given the position of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The exquisite architecture of these caves makes them a popular attraction for the tourists coming to Mumbai. The caves are believed to have been carved during the 9th to 13th century, in the ruling period of Silhara kings. The Portuguese vandalized majority of their sculptures in the 17th century. Take a flight of over 100 steps and reach the hill, where you will get the heavenly glimpse of the entire island and nearby caves.
There are seven caves in total and the significant amongst them is the Mahesha-Murti Cave. On its very entrance, you will be welcomed by huge figures of doorkeepers which would really impress you at the moment. Within the temple, there is a huge hall with rows of pillars which appear to clutch the cave's roof. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Elephanta Cave Temples boast of excellent sculptural content, which also symbolize Lord Shiva in his both forms - 'lingam' as well as His life-sized statue. In the main chamber, you can see the mysterious image of Trimurthi Sadasiva that is about 20 feet tall.
Pan India Paryatan Pvt. Ltd. (PIPPL) is the company holding EsselWorld, India's Largest Amusement Park. it was EsselWorld that pulled people out of the staid environment of conventional pleasure trips and unfolded before them the exciting new scenario of a complete leisure destination. A sprawling complex on the coastal Gorai village in northwest Mumbai, ?The Island of Fun" is sprawled over 64 acres and is a refreshing gateway to a whole new world of excitement and fun.
Being a family destination, EsselWorld understands your need to spend some quality time with your family. Here, we bring you some rides that will let you spend some special moments with your loved ones. There are enormous number of rides.
Fashion Street in Mumbai is located in bust MG Road. This is the dream place of trendy fashions. Plenty of textile shops selling all varieties of fashion dresses are the main attractions of the street. The super malls to small petty shops sell beautiful varieties of dresses for all ages. Shopping freaks can get all kinds of items from traditional dresses to state of the art most modern trendy styled wears. Export quality dress materials are available here in cheap prizes. Do not forget to bargain on the prices. You can get a good amount of saving by bargain. Apart from textile items, tourist can venture out here to get jeweler items, bags, shoes and kids toys.
Film City is an integrated film studio complex situated near Sanjay Gandhi National Park at Goregaon, Mumbai in India. It has several recording rooms, gardens, lakes, theatres and grounds that serve as the venue of many Bollywood film shootings. It was built by the state government to provide facilities and concessions to the film industry. It was renamed Dadasaheb Phalke Nagar in memory of the Marathi producer-director-screenwriter Dadasaheb Phalke.
It is a dream world, where you cannot differentiate fake from real, as things are so perfect. Dotted with fountains, gardens, lakes, lakes, helipads and real-looking buildings, the Film City is sprawled over a large area. The well-appointed indoor and outdoor shooting facilities, editing and recording rooms, rank this studio amongst the best ones in India.
Inspired from Flora - the Roman Goddess of Flowers, Flora Fountain is a stone fountain in South Mumbai. Located in the Fort business district, the splendid fountain was built in 1864. It was constructed by the Agri-Horticultural society of Western India and was carefully designed by R. Norman Shaw. Crafted out of imported Portland stone, Flora Fountain was erected at a total sum of Rs. 47,000.
Today, this magnificent fountain has been coated with white oil paint. Initially, it was intended to be named after Sir Bartle Fr?re, who was the governor of Bombay at the time of its construction. Nonetheless, it was decided to change the name just before to its inauguration. Situated almost in the center of South Mumbai, Flora Fountain is sited just at the place where stood the original Churchgate of Bombay Fort.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in the month of Aug.- Sep., as the birth anniversary of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom. The festival is so popular in Mumbai and the preparations begin months ahead. Images of Ganesha are installed and elaborate arrangements are made for lighting and decoration and celebrations are held for 7-10 days. The Chaturthi is the last day dedicated to the elephant-headed god, and thousands of processions converge on the beaches of Mumbai carrying the idols of Ganesha, to be immersed in the sea. This immersion is accompanied by drumbeats, devotional songs and dancing and marks the end of the festival.
Gateway of India is the landmark of Mumbai city and most of the tourists commence their trip by visiting this monument. It is situated on the waterfront in the southern part of the city. The gateway is an arch with a height of 26 meters and is made up of yellow basalt and reinforced concrete. Gateway of India is an architectural marvel and belongs to Indo-Saracenic architectural style, with some elements derived from the Muslim architectural styles of the 16th century Gujarat.
The central dome of the structure measures 15 m in diameter, while its peak is at an altitude of 26 m from the ground. It was constructed with an estimated cost of 21 lakh, funded mostly by the Government of India. Peeping into the history, we can say that the monument was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay in December 1911. The foundation of Gateway of India was laid down in 1911 by the then Governor of Bombay, Sir George Sydenham Clarke.
Gilbert Hill is a 60 m (197 ft) monolith column of black basalt rock in Andheri, in Mumbai, India. The rock has a sheer vertical face and was formed when molten lava was squeezed out of the Earth's clefts during the Mesozoic Era about 65 million years ago. Atop the rock column, two Hindu temples, the Gaodevi and Durgamata temples, set in a small garden, are accessed by a steep staircase carved into the rock. The hill offers a panoramic view of suburban Mumbai
Gorai beach is a ferry-ride away from Marve beach(Malad West) or Gorai creek (Borivali West), at about 4 kilometres away, and is located to the north of Mumbai. Gorai beach is linked by the Gorai creek and can be reached in a span of 15 minutes as it is just 4 kilometres away from the creek. If you want a cool and clean dip or a sporty swim in the seawaters, the pastoral Gorai beach is just the place. Accompanied by groups of friends of family, spring up your excitement in multifold. An overnight stay at the beach could buck up your zeal. Once you set your foot on the beach you are besieged by picnic groups, kids and couples all over. Line-up your moments to get an eyeful of the sunrise and sunset from the low hills. Gorai beach is most famous for its fun-filled, night parties. Gorai Creek Way to go to gorai beach or Essel world.
Haji Ali Mosque was built to honour a Muslim merchant and it stands almost 600 yards out at the sea. The spot can be approached by a long causeway which gets submerged during high tides. The tomb was named after Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who gave up his whole wealth after visiting Mecca. The tomb dates back to 15th century but the dazzling white mosque was built in the year 1940. The devotees usually touch their heads at the heavily embroidered chador (ceremonial cloth) inside the tomb.
It was named after Ferozeshah Mehta, who was a famous barrister of the former times. Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens serves as a picturesque retreat for the people of Mumbai. Suspended over Malabar Hills, the garden presents a picturesque vista of the dazzling city. It is actually a terraced garden that sprawls on the slope of the hill. Perhaps this is the reason of its being named as the Hanging Gardens. The garden is located on the western side of the hills, opposite the renowned Kamala Nehru Park.
The main attraction regarding this garden is that offers a lovely view of the sunset across the horizon of the Arabian Sea. Another interesting feature comprises of its several hedges that have been fashioned into different shapes of animals. Besides the above-mentioned features, you can see a striking flower clock in the middle of the garden. In 1881, Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens was laid out over the main reservoir of the Bombay city of India.
Mr Niranjan Hiranandani is a founder of Hirco and co-founder of the Hiranandani Group. Ever since its inception in 1978, Hiranandani group has believed that its success comes from its people. Wherever there are people there is an opportunity to serve. Every activity, be it in real estate, education, healthcare, hospitality, leisure or entertainment has steadily focused on creating a better experience in every aspect of life. While corporate has gone from strength to strength , the Group is primarily synonymous with quality, commitment towards customers, reliability, and excellence in architecture.
It has several residential areas, Meadows, Maitri Park, Heritage, Business Parks. They have mesmerising architectures.
In South Mumbai, Horniman Circle Gardens represent a green territory amidst the soaring buildings. This large park sprawls in an area of 10,101 sq m, in the Fort district. It is encircled by the office complexes lodging the leading banks of India. Horniman Circle Garden overlooks the prominent landmark of the city, the Asiatic Society of Bombay. Designed on the lines of London's Park Crescent, the garden has a neoclassical porch, with a small park, well planned walkways and rows of trees.
The garden was festooned by an ornamental fountain that was located in its heart. Later, deco iron pipes design, a piece of modern art replaced the fountain. After country's independence in 1947, the area was christened Horniman Circle Gardens after Benjamin Horniman, who was a pro-freedom editor of the 'Bombay Chronicle'.
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is a worldwide chain of luxury hotels and resorts. The Indian Hotels Company Limited and its subsidiaries are collectively known as Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. A part of the Tata Group, one of India's largest business conglomerates, Taj Hotels Resort and Palaces comprises 76 hotels, 7 palaces, 6 private islands and 12 resorts and spas, spanning 52 destinations in 12 countries across 5 continents. Besides India, Taj Hotels Resort and Palaces are located in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Africa, the Middle East, Maldives, Mauritius, Malaysia, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Australia.
Jamshetji Nusserwanji Tata, founder of the Tata Group, opened the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, the first Taj property, on December 16, 1903. In mumbai it is situated opposite to "The Gate Way of India". The series of this hotel was started from Mumbai.
ISCKON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Temple better known as "Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple" is situated at Juhu. It is a place for worship, meditation and spiritual knowledge, which advocates the principles of Bhagvad Gita as taught by Lord Krishna. The architectural grandeur of this temple is yet to be seen elsewhere. This place is visited by lacks of people to realize their inner consciousness.
Built in marble in 1904, the shrine is dedicated to Adinath, the first Tirthankara or apostle. The walls of the temple are adorned with colourful paintings depicting various incidents in the lives of the 24 tirthankaras of the Jain religion. On the first floor is a special shrine dedicated to Parsvanath carved out of black marble and the ceiling shows the different planets as personified in Hindu mythology.
The tomb of the famous Sufi saint Nizam-ud-din Auliya built on the way from Humayun's tomb. Inside the premises of the shrine is a tank which is surrounded by many other tombs. It is said that there was a controversy between the rulers of Tughlakabad and the saint over building this tank. The saint had said that the city of Tughlakabad will never flourish if this tomb wasbuilt and consequently and the words of the rulers came true. The shrine also has the tomb of Amir Khusru and the grave of Jahanara, the daughter of Shah Jahan. It is worth visiting the shrine at around sunset on Thursdays, as it is a popular time for worship, and Qawwali singers start performing after the evening prayers.
The Jehangir Art Gallery is Mumbai (India)'s most famous art gallery and a tourist attraction. It was founded by Sir Cowasji Jehangir at the urging of K. K. Hebbar and Homi Bhabha. It was built in 1952. Managed by the Bombay Art Society, the entire cost of this mansion was donated by Cowasji Jehangir. This gallery is situated at Kala Ghoda, behind the Prince of Wales Museum, in South Mumbai near the Gateway of India. and has four exhibition halls. The gallery was designed by G.M.Bhuta for G.M. Bhuta and Associates. A mammoth institution in itself, its history is linked with the renaissance of Indian art. The complex also has the popular cafe of Samovar, which is reminiscent of the 70's socialist culture. It also houses Natesans, the country's oldest licensed antique dealers.
The Jogeshwari Caves are some of the earliest buddhist cave temples sculptures located in the Mumbai suburb of Jogeshwari, India. The caves date back to 520 to 550 CE. The caves are located off the Western Express Highway, and are surrounded by encroachments. The caves are used as a temple by the encroachers. The caves are classified as endangered as sewage and waste enter the premises. They are also infested with bats. The caves are accessed through a long flight of stairs into the main hall of this cavernous space. It has many pillars.
Juhu Beach is the most famous beach in Mumbai city. It is situated on the shores of Arabian Sea in Juhu suburb. There are three main entrances to the beach. One is from the Vile Parle side, another is from the Santacruz side and the third one is from the Andheri side. Many tourists make it a point to visit the beach when they come to Mumbai, as it is a relatively uncrowded free space in the city, although it does get crowded in the evenings and weekends.
It is famous for its Mumbai street food, notably bhelpuri, pani puri, chaats, and of course pav bhaji. At the north end of Juhu Beach there is a place called Gandhi Gram. When Mahatma Gandhi used to practice in the Bombay high court in the late 1800s and early 1900s, he used to live there.
Juhu is one of the more affluent areas of Mumbai. Many Bollywood stars own bungalows in Juhu, famously including Amitabh Bachchan, Amrish Puri, Ajay Devgan and numerous other stars. Industrialist Adi Godrej, Musician Khayyam, Lalit Modi, Media Expert Niranjan Parihar, Financial Advisor Bharat Solanki and Chairman of Montex group Raman Jain also have their bungalows in Juhu.
Kala Ghoda is a precinct or district in South Mumbai, India. The name means Black Horse, a reference to a black stone statue of King Edward VII (as the then Prince of Wales) mounted on a horse. Although this statue was removed in 1965 to storehouses of the Bhau Daji Lad Museum (formerly the Victoria and Albert Museum (Mumbai)) in Byculla, Central Mumbai, the name persists. The statue is now in the Jijamata Udyan in Byculla. It is also known for Kala Ghoda festival.
Perched on the top of Malabar Hill, Kamala Nehru Park is essentially a vantage point that presents a panoramic view of the glittering city - Mumbai. It extends to 3,300 sq m in the most luxurious and posh residential area of the Bollywood city of India. The park was christened after Kamla Nehru, who was the wife of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India. The park is a pleasant place with foliage all around and well-maintained green lawns.
Apart from the striking shoe-shaped structure, it has little to brag of regarding amusement. However, on the whole, Kamla Nehru Park is a nice place to spend sometime away from the hustling city. In fact, you might have seen this shoe-shaped structure in Hindi movies. As said, this structure has been inspired by the nursery rhyme 'There was an old woman'. Frequently visited by schoolchildren, Kamla Nehru Park is amongst the favorite hangouts of kids.
The Kanheri Caves are a group of rock-cut monuments, located north of Borivali on the western outskirts of Mumbai, India, deep within the green forests of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Kanheri Caves are signs of Buddhist influence on art and culture in India. Kanheri comes from the Sanskrit word Krishnagiri generally meaning black in colour. They were chiseled out of a massive basaltic rock outcropping.
These caves date from 1st century BCE to 9th century CE The earliest are 109 tiny rock-cut cells, carved into the side of a hill. Unlike the elegant splendor of Elephanta Caves nearby, these are spartan and unadorned. Each cave has a stone plinth for a bed. A congregation hall with huge stone pillars contains the stupa, a Buddhist shrine. Farther up the hill are the remains of an ancient water system, canals and cisterns that collected and channeled the rainwater into huge tanks.
Lokhandwala Complex, also known as Lokhandwala is a large residential and commercial area in Andheri, Mumbai, India. It is located approx 5 km from Andheri station (Andheri (w)). The name 'Lokhandwala' comes from the name of the developer the construction firm of Lokhandwala Constructions Pvt. Ltd. , the primary developers of the suburb of Versova which previously had been basically a marshland. It is the posh area of mumbai. Many famous person have their mansions in Lokhandwala.
Madh Island barely escapes being called a peninsula since only a small creek, bounded by mangroves, cuts it off from the mainland near Aksa. At low tide, one can almost walk across the beach sands from Dana Paani beach in Erangal to Aksa beach.
Madh Fort (also called Versova Fort) is a small fort in northern Mumbai, India situated at Madh Island. It was built by the Portuguese  and lost it in February 1739 during the war against Maratha empire. It is secluded and difficult to reach, about 15 kilometres from Malad. t is situated near Aksa Beach. The fort was built by the Portuguese as a watchtower in the 17th century. It offers a strategic view of the coastline and guards the Marve Creek.
The Mahakali Caves (also known as the Kondivita Caves) are a group of 19 rock-cut monuments built between 1st century BCE and 6th century CE. These Buddhdist monuments, located in the western suburb of Andheri in the city of Mumbai (Bombay) in western India comprise a chaitya, a number of viharas and cells. It is carved out of a solid black basalt rock. The largest cave at Mahakali (Cave 9) has seven depictions of the Buddha and figures from Buddhist mythology but all are mutilated.
Mahalakshmi Racecourse is actually an elite horse racing ground in Mumbai. This oval shaped ground is to be found in the Mahalakshmi area of India's commercial capital. Leased by the Bombay Municipal Corporation, Mahalakshmi Race Course is run by the Turf Club. Here, you can see most of the upper crust enjoying the horse races in their exclusive attires. The season for horse racing starts in November and goes on till February. However, the Derby that is held annually on the first Sunday in February becomes the most awaited event in the presence of city's landed gentry.
'Gallops' is a lavish restaurant in the precincts of the racecourse that is usually occupied by affluent people all through day and night. Its interiors have a bucolic charm about them; it also reminds one of the imperial palaces with light fixtures, curtained elegant carriages and bolts lining the wall and roof. This restaurant doles out Punjabi cuisine on top of Western Cuisine. Besides food and desserts, you can also indulge in the finest wine and beer.
Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the most famous temples of Mumbai situated on Bhulabhai Desai Road. It is dedicated to goddess Mahalaxmi, Vishnu's consort. Built around 1785, the history of this temple is supposedly connected with the building of the Hornby Vellard. Apparently after portions of the sea wall of the Vellard collapsed twice, the chief engineer, a Pathare prabhu, dreamt of a Lakshmi statue in the sea near Worli. A search recovered it, and he built a temple for it. After this, the work on the vellard could be completed without a hitch.
Formerly known as Crawford Market it was constructed in 1867. This is principally a fresh produce wholesale market with shops selling flowers, fruits, vegetables, meat andf fish all under one roof . At the hub of the market is a fountain by Lockwood Kipling (father of Rudyard Kipling).
Mahim Bay is a large bay, part of the Arabian Sea in Mumbai India. The southern end is Worli, northern end is Bandra Reclaimation and Mahim is in the centre. The bay was named after the islands of Mahim and Salsette were merged in the early 19th century. The Mithi River drains into Mahim Creek which drains into the Bay, and forms the border between the city and its suburbs.
The Mahim Causeway is a vital link road connecting the city of Mumbai with its northern suburbs. The causeway links the neighbourhoods of Mahim to the south with Bandra to the north. The Mahim Causeway was built between 1841 to 1846 to connect the island of Salsette with Mahim. The swampy area between the two islands made travel dangerous and thus a need for a causeway arose.
Mahim Creek (locally known as Bandra ki Khadi) is a creek in Mumbai, India. The Mithi River drains into the creek which drains into the Mahim Bay. The creek forms the boundary between the city and suburbs. The creek is swamped by mangroves and has a mini-ecosystem within it. It now has the Bandra-Kurla complex with corporate offices on both its sides. The depth of the creek is 15 feet.
Mahim Fort, which was once visible from the Mahim Causeway and Bandra Reclamation, is barely visible now. The Mahim Fort along with Fort St George in South Mumbai was an important base during the time of the British Empire. Other forts in Mumbai and Salsette Island include Sion, Worli, Sewri and Mazgaon. The fort St George was built in 1669, by the former Governor of Bombay, Gerald Aungier.
The Fatehpuri Masjid of Old Mumbai is located at the western end of Chandni Chowk. It was built in the year 1650 by Fatehpuri Begum, one of Shah Jahan's wives. The mosque is built with red sand stones, surmounted by a single dome. The traditional designs of the mosque include the towering minarets and prayer hall inside it. Though the mosque was an important shrine for Muslims it was built with poor quality raw materials. All Muslim festivals are celebrated here with great enthusiasm.
Makhdoom Ali Mahimi (1372-1431) was a Sufi Saint from the Konkan in India, widely acknowledged for his scholarly treatises, liberal views and humanist ideals. Mahimi was born into a family of Arab travellers who had settled down on the island of Mahim. In the honour of this Sufi Saint the Dargah of Mahimi in Mahim was constructed. It is also famous for its Urs Festival.
Malabar Hill is a small hill in South Mumbai that is quarters to the famous Hanging Gardens, Walkeshwar Temple and Kamala Nehru Gardens of the Dream City of India. In fact, it is the highest point in the city center, with a height of 50 meters, presenting an eye-catching view of the county that sprawls at the foothills. The region nearby is known as Malabar Hill and it is counted amongst the elite residential areas of Bombay.
The Mandapeshwar Caves is an 8th Century rock-cut shrine dedicated to Shiva located near Mount Poinsur in Borivali, a suburb of Mumbai in Maharashtra, India. The cave has a rectangular opening with four pillars. The central chamber (garbhagriha) is the main shrine. The pillars are carved but there is no other ornamentation in the chambers. One alcove has a carving of Nataraja while the other one is plain.
You will find these two beach fronts 12 miles north of Alibag on the north coast and easily accessible from Mumbai. Mandwa is a beautiful, untrodden beach. On a clear day one can enjoy a long, breathtaking view across the bay, up to the Gateway of India. Mandwa village too, has a charm of its own with its beautiful groves of coconut palms. Plan an unusual tent holiday nearby at Kihim. It is accessible by boats and road. There is regular ferry service between the Gateway of India and Mandwa Jetty.
Mani Bhavan is a veritable memoir of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. It is located at Laburnam Road in Mumbai, near Nana Chowk of Gamdevi. Also known as Gandhi Museum, Mani Bhavan served as the residence of the great freedom fighter of India between 1917 and 1934. Infact, Mahatma Gandhi started various struggle movements like Non-Cooperation, Satyagraha, Swadeshi, Khadi and Khilafat while residing here.
It is a two-storied structure, which has a reference library with over 20,000 books and a photo display of the Gandhi's life. The old charkha or spinning wheel that Gandhiji used to use is the major attraction in the well-preserved memorabilia. Mani Bhavan is closely associated with Gandhiji and his life, which he dedicated to get the nation liberated. It is a place worth-visiting and recalling the days that involved efforts of the freedom struggler.
It is also known as "Necklace of Mumbai". Marine Drive is a skillfully laid-out boulevard in South Mumbai. It is actually an upturned 'C'-shaped six lane concrete road, which lengthens to 3 km along the coastline - a natural bay. This avenue connects Nariman Point with Malabar Hills. Situated over domesticated land, facing west-south-west, its coastline forms the part of the Arabian Sea. What draws attention to this avenue is the striking esplanade next to the road, where scores of people come to breathe fresh air and view sunset.
At nights, Marine Drive looks stunning illuminated, with lights and if seen from some elevated point beside the road, it appears like a necklace with street lights resembling a string of pearls. Attributable to its extravagant loveliness, it is also known as Queen's Necklace. Chowpatty Beach, famous for its local fast-food, lies at the northern end of this road. One of the busiest roads in Mumbai, Marine Drive has been acclaimed as the world's largest viewing gallery that hosts various events.
The Marve and Manori beaches are located approximately 19 miles from Mumbai. At Marve there is a 5-star resort hotel to spend a refreshing weekend. On the way to these lovely beaches lies the Madh Beach, another favorite picnic spot.
River Mithi (aka Mahim River) is a river in Salsette Island, i.e, the island of the city of Mumbai. It is a confluence of tail water discharges of Powai and Vihar lakes. The river is seasonal and rises during the monsoons. The overflowing lakes also contribute to the river flow which is stopped by a dam in other times.
The chapel of Mount Mary, was built around 1640. Local tradition has it that this was destroyed in 1738 during a Maratha raid. The statue of the virgin was recovered from the sea by fishermen and temporarily installed in St. Andrews, before being shifted to the rebuilt Mount Mary in 1761. To this day the statue is venerated and many miracles, minor and major, are attributed to God, through the intercession of Our Lady, by all communities.
In her honour, a fair is held for the duration of eight days, (starting on the Sunday following September 8) during which pilgrims come from as far North as Vasai, Virar and as far East as Thane, to venerate at the Basilica of Mount Mary.
Mumbadevi Temple dedicated to city's patron Goddess Mumbadevi is located in Bhuleshwar, Mumbai. She is considered as Mumbai's resident deity. The temple of Mumbadevi once stood on the site of the present Victoria Terminus in the central island. The present name of the city is derived from the Goddess Mumbadevi.
Art Galleries often depict the aesthetic sense of the people. Mumbai, the Financial Hub of India, is not afar in portraying the talents through such art galleries. The pictorial and refined art revealed by means of Mumbai galleries is certainly creditable. These art galleries never fail to recognize the artistic and creative abilities of the artists, who require a platform to show their flair for their work.
Here, you can see sculptures and paintings of famous as well as amateur artists. Even the paintings could vary from modern and abstract to classical. If such ingenious works of art scratches your mind's niche, then make certain to visit the art galleries of Bombay.
Some of them are The Bombay Art Society, National Gallery of Modern Art, Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Birla Century Art Gallery etc.
Mumbai is the hub of commercial activities in India. Taking into consideration the requirements of this metropolis, auditoriums have cropped up to serve as venues for big conferences, seminars, meetings, competitions, discussions and presentations. Auditoriums, infact, provide a great site for social, educational, spiritual and recreational activities. They also host various events like workshops, readings, lecture-demonstrations and performances. Cultural activities like music concerts, dance performances, plays and dramas are the other facets of the auditoriums. Corporate training programmes, school annual day functions, product launches and film shootings are also arranged in the auditoriums of Bombay.
Somw of them are Iskcon Auditorium at Juhu, Tata Theatre at Nariman Point, Alliance Francaise Auditorium, Marine Lines etc.
The old British fort was located in the area north of Colaba, which is known as Mumbai Fort. There are a lot of monumental buildings from Mumbai's golden period here. St. John's church, dedicated to the soldiers who laid down their lives in the Sind campaign of 1838, and the first Afghan war of 1843, is also located in this area.
The phrase - 'city that never sleeps', goes right with the most-happening city of India, Mumbai. The sparkling conurbation gleams all the more in the hours of darkness, when lights illuminate and music reverberates in its streets. It's for sure that its rocking nightclubs would buoy up your bashing spirits. With the growing influence of western culture, copious numbers of nightclubs, discotheques, lounge and bars have turned up, enhancing the nightlife of Mumbai. Herewith, the nocturnal tourists have got a wide range of places to select from.
This is a lovely garden set in the backdrop of Mumbai Port located in a side street of Colaba Cuaseway. This garden is maintained by Mumbai port trust. The area offers a merry making place for children and elders. Grandeur views of port and naval yards are the major attraction of this garden. The Garden breasts many potted flowering plants and a good expanse of green lawn. During weekend family people roam around the Garden to have fresh air and peace of ambience.
The University of Mumbai, previously called University of Bombay, is amongst the top and oldest universities of India. Honored with a five-star rank by National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC), Mumbai University (MU) has its campus in the largest metropolitan city of India. The university is known, not only for its high standards of teaching, but for the Gothic architecture of the campus buildings. It has been typified as a public university, which is spreading knowledge and contributing to the development of the nation. Established in 1857, Mumbai University initially used the building of Elphinstone College as its center of operations. St. Xavier's College is the first and the most esteemed of all its colleges.
Nariman Point is Mumbai's premier business district and country's first central business district. It was named after Khursheed Framji Nariman, a Parsi visionary. The area is situated on land reclaimed from the sea. The area is situated on the extreme southern tip of Marine Drive. It houses some of India's premier business headquarters.
There are several hotels situated at Nariman Point.
Nehru Planetarium is a large domed building at Mumbai (Bombay) that was inaugurated on 3rd March 1977 by Smt Indira Gandhi (former Prime Minister of India). Situated at Annie Besant Road in Worli, Nehru Planetarium was designed by J.M. Kadri - the finest architect of India. It is to be found at a distance of 8 km from the City Centre, right next to Mahalakshmi Racecourse. Nehru Planetarium is popular among the amateur astronomers of the city.
Inside the planetarium, there are several cubicles that can guesstimate your weight on each of the nine planets of the Solar System. Adjoining it is the Nehru Centre, which has facets like art gallery, restaurant, library, cultural center and a 14-gallery exhibit known as Discovery of India. Thus, Nehru Planetarium provides an insight into the cosmic world and serves as a platform for budding astronomers.
The museum here has a children's Science park and a permanent gallery, which consists of exhibits relating to the properties of life. There are also antique exhibits like a railway engine, tramcar, supersonic aeroplane and steam lorry.
Our Lady of Egypt is a Church in the Kalina neighbourhood of the Santa Cruz suburb of Mumbai. The church was founded in 1606 and celebrated its 400th anniversary in mid 2006. The current parish priest is Fr. Adrian Fereira.
Envisage the idea of flying over the sea and mountains with wings of your own. Feeling great, yes and why not? Perhaps it is the veiled thought of almost every person. Mumbai, the Dream City, actually offers you the chance of flying and pleasing your craved thoughts. Western Paragliding Association (WPA), sited about 60 kilometres from the city centre, helps in making your airborne dreams come true. This association was established to promote the new-age sport of air paragliding in India.
World-class equipments used for paragliding are available in Mumbai, that too at cheap rates. India offers the longest flying season from September to March. Mumbai climatic conditions are good enough to endorse the sport and areas like Western Ghats, Panchghani, etc are beautiful to soar in the air.
Popularly known as Hanging gardens they were renamed after the national barrister Pherozshah Mehta. The garden were laid out in 1881 on top of the reservoir which supplies water in Mumbai. A special feature are the hedges which are cut into animal shapes. In the early hours of the morning it is inhabited with people doing yoga, calisthenhics of just takinga wals, whicle at sunset one can get a stunning view of the city harbour and hills beyon. There is also a flower clock here.
Powai Lake is situated in the Northern Suburb of Mumbai. It is an artificial lake, towards the west of the Indian Institute of Technology, the premier institute of Science and Technology. The lake, built by the British in 1890, adds to the charm of the Bombay city of India. It owes it name to Framaji Kavasji Powai Estate, belonging to a Parsi merchant. Just 25 km from Central Mumbai, Powai Lake is a perfect retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Powai Lake once served as a source of drinking water for the Mumbai natives, but has now been declared unpalatable.
However, the serene and pleasant ambience of the place attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year. It also serves as a great picnic spot for the people to wander lazily around its bank and enjoy the bliss of solitude. The natural beauty of the place is simply enthralling and leaves you spell bound. Powai Lake is easily approachable from King's Circle, Sion and Kurla as well as from Santa Cruz and Andheri. A delightful car drive can be enjoyed when traveling by car. The lake is a stretch of water just by the side of a motorable road.
Prince of Wales Museum is the erstwhile name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya of Mumbai. In 1905, its foundation stone was laid down, by George V - the Prince of Wales himself, who came on a visit to India. The splendid structure was designed by George Wittet, an architect. The construction work was concluded in 1914, but the structure was converted to a military hospital for the period of World War I. The full-fledged museum was inaugurated by Lady Lloyd in 1923.
Art, Archaeology and Natural History are three exclusive sections in the museum. It houses some of finest collections, ranging from ancient Indus Valley relics to the artifacts from the Gupta and Maurya Periods. Here, one can see a few of the rarest and earliest exhibits of Indian history. There are scores of interesting artifacts from foreign countries like Tibet and Nepal. It has one complete gallery comprising the exquisite tankha scrolls of the Buddhists.
Rajabai Tower is essentially a majestic clock tower in South Mumbai. Located in the precincts of Mumbai University in Fort Campus, right next to the High Court, Rajabai Tower is a beautiful structure, ornamented with oriental figures. Its history reveals that it was designed by Sir Gilbert Scott, who was an English architect. Rajabai Tower was built on the lines of Big Ben, the clock tower in London. Elevated to the height of 85 m (280 ft), the tower took around 9 years to get constructed (1869 -1878).
The tower has a spiral staircase, but is closed to the visitors due to some sad incidents. Rajabai Tower houses the library of the University, which has some of the brilliant stained glass windows in Asia. Recently treated by the British conservationists, these exquisite windows have been reinstated with their grandeur. In a nutshell, Rajabai Tower is a spectacular structure that is a standing testimony to the transformation of the Mumbai as well as India, and is worth visiting.
Rani Jijamata Udyaan is a well-laid out garden in the Byculla area of Mumbai. Formerly called Victoria Gardens, the garden was established in 1861. On its very entrance, a huge clock tower, reminiscent of Italian Renaissance architecture, will greet you. Its lush greenery brags of various plants and trees, which make the environment serene and beautiful to see. Spread over an area of 48 acres, Rani Jijamata Udyaan is centrally located in Mumbai, the erstwhile Bombay.
The zoo in Victoria Gardens houses several species of animals and birds that have been declared as endangered. Here, you can enjoy a ride on the back of an elephant, while spotting different animals from a closer range. Victoria Garden also has a well-laid out botanical garden, which encompasses rare species of plants that have been preserved for studies and research. On you trip to the fun-filled city of Mumbai, make sure to take a stroll in the lush gardens of Rani Jijamata Udyaan.
The Dawoodi Bohra Muslims erected a marble mosque and mausoleum honour of their spiritual leader the late Dr. Syedna Taher Safuddin. The lavishly decorated mausoeum has four silver door and the koran is inscibed on the inner walls in gold. The air-conditioned Fatemi mosque has 17 arches.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park(Borivali National Park) is acclaimed to be an exclusive and largest park in the world to be located within city limits. Earlier called Borivali National Park, the wildlife haven was initially intended to be a natural retreat outside Mumbai. Over the years, the park got into the periphery of the growing city. Sited on the north of Bombay, the wildlife asylum is managed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, a governing body of Government of India. Spread in an area of 104 sq km, the park is delimited by the Island City on its three sides.
With 2 million (approx) visitors every year, perhaps it is the most visited national park in the Asia. It also houses the ancient Kanheri Caves crafted out of rocky cliffs, which dates back to 2,400 years. Evidences reveal that the park had been present during the 4th century BC. In its close vicinity, there were two ports by the names of Sopara and Kalyan that used to trade with places like Greece and Mesopotamia. The route between these two ports traverses from this park. In the pre-independence era, it was named Krishnagiri National Park.
The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh. It is located in Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra. It was originally built by Mr. Laxman Vithu and Mrs. Deubai Patil in November 19th, 1801. The temple has a small mandap (hall) with the shrine for Siddhi Vinayak ("Ganesh that grants your wish"). The wooden doors to the sanctum are carved with images of the Ashtavinayak (the eight manifestations of Ganesh in Maharashtra). The inner roof of the sanctum is plated with gold, and the central statute is of Ganesh. In the periphery of the temple, there is a Hanuman temple as well. Siddhivinayak is well known as ?Navasacha Ganapati" or ?Navasala Pavanara Ganapati" in Marathi (which means 'Ganapati bestows whenever humbly genuinely prayed a wish') among devotees.
It was erected by the British Governor of Bombay Gerard Aungier. The fort is situated a few metres from Sion railway station. The fort was raised between 1669 and 1677. At the base of the fort The Archeological Survey of India has its branch office. The fort is overlooking the salt pans in the Thane creeks that create a magnificent view of the surroundings.
The Portuguese built several churches in Bandra, including the famous St. Andrew's Church, which has the distinctive Portuguese-style fa?ade. Bandra has the unique distinction of having the most Roman Catholic churches anywhere in the world: six churches with their own separate parishes(all within a four km2 area), and also the world famous Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, affiliated to the parish of St. Andrew's, Bandra. The Churches are: Mount Mary's Basilica, Mount Carmel, St. Peter's Church, St. Andrew's Church, St. Theresa's Church, St. Anne's and St. Francis Of Assisi Church.
In 1543, the Portuguese took possession of the islands of Bombay (there were 7) by force. The Portuguese gave the Jesuit priests the sole ownership of Bandra, Parel, Wadala and Sion. In 1570 the Jesuits built a college and a church in Bandra which was called St Anne's College, or 'Santa Anna' Church. In the mid-18th century, the traveller John Fryer records that the Jesuit church, which stood near the sea shore, was still in use.
St Joseph Church is situated at Sheetal Nagar, Mira Road,Mumbai (India). At present it has 3,154 families making it one of the largest parishes of Bombay Diocese. These families have been divided into 21 zones. Approximately the catholic population of the parish is 12,000 and more. The parish is just 15years old, but today it is one of the most dynamic and enthusiastic parishes of Mumbai, because, it has, as its parishioners, talented personalities migrating from various parishes of Mumbai, Goa and Mangalore.
St. Michael's Church is one of the oldest Catholic churches as well as one of oldest existing Portuguese buildings in Mumbai. The church is situated in Mahim, located at the intersection of L.J. Road and Mahim Causeway. Due to its location, it is also informally known as Mahim Church. The church is famous for its Novenas on Wednesdays, which is visited by thousands.
The church, originally built in 1534, is rebuilt a number of times, the present structure dating to 1973. The church also served a refuge to popular icon of the Virgin Mary from Our Lady of the Mount chapel, Bandra from 1739 to 1761. In 1853, the Church witnessed a showdown between vicars Apostolic and the Portuguese padroado order for the control of the Church. In recent history, on 27 June, 2008, thousands of devotees visited the Church to see a reported "bleeding" Jesus Christ's portrait, which was termed as a "miracle" by devotees. Though on further investigation, the red spots on the picture showed no traces of blood.
St. Thomas Cathedral, Mumbai was the first Anglican church in Mumbai (then called Bombay), built in 1718 to improve the "moral standards" of the growing British settlement. It is located close to the Flora Fountain. Here, many a Briton was laid to rest under elaborate marble tablets engraved with touching elegies, generals and clerks and young maids all lying together in the silent, sundappled interior. Most of the tombstones bear eloquent messages. The cathedral was selected for the UNESCO Asia-Pacific heritage conservation award 2004.
The pinnacled temple of Lord Swami Narayan stands tall on the opposite of Dadar railway station. The temple replicates pure Indian architectural style with finely intricate carvings.
Taraporewala Aquarium is located on Marine drive, and has a good collection of fresh water and saltwater fishes. There is a proposal to convert the aquarium into an underwater oceanarium. When completed one can have an underwater walk surrounded by marine life.
Town Hall(Asiatic Society of Mumbai) is conceivably the most imperial structure amongst the heritage buildings of Mumbai. Housing the Asiatic Society of Bombay, Town Hall is located in the Fort area of South Mumbai. The pillared monument is even more significant for its exquisite edifice that has old wooden floor, spiral staircases, wrought iron loggias and superb marble statues of late benefactors of the Island City of India. The Asiatic Society consists of city's largest library with a collection of 8,00,000 antique volumes.
Reminiscent of places amidst natural splendor, Tulsi Lake is a serene lagoon that offers a nice place to the people away from the furore of city. It happens to be the second largest lake of Mumbai that is clean enough to provide drinking water to the Bollywood city of India. Located at a distance of 32 km in the north of Bombay, Tulsi Lake is to be found within the fringe of the famous Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Tulsi Lake was created by stemming Tasso River and transmitting the gush to the close by Vihar Lake. The idea to create this lake was conceived in 1872 and accomplished by 1897. 139.17 metres is its highest overflow level, recorded at the meter. This fresh water lake primarily fulfills the water requirement of the southern part of Mumbai.
Versova Beach presents a scenic coastline, nestled cozily in Greater Mumbai. It is separated from Juhu Beach, attributable to a creek. The glorious Arabian Sea charge the sandy coast with its cooling waters. Absolutely a fun destination, Versova Beach is residence to the oldest inhabitants of Bombay, the Kolis - a fishing community. One can visit this lovely place anytime round the year, yet months between September and February offers the best time, when the city observes less clamminess.
Swimming is an exciting activity out here, but you need to be cautious during tides. The sea becomes violent in high tides, so it is not advisable to go here at such time. Sometimes the whole beach gets submerged in water due to glut of high tides. Even after all this, Versova Beach is still known for its charming locales and surroundings. Amongst all the scenes, the best scene at the beach is made by the fishermen, when they brace themselves to barge into the sea and get their first catch.
It is also known as "Bhaudaji Lad Museum". Bhau Daji Lad Museum is the oldest museum in Mumbai city of India. Rani Jijamata Udyan makes the picturesque setting of this historical museum at Ambedkar Road, in Byculla area of Mumbai. Built in 1872, it was initially christened as Victoria and Albert Museum after the museum of London. The museum has a great collection of archaeological relics, maps and photographs that peep into the history of Bombay. It was later renamed after its benefactor, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad, who dedicated his life to this museum.
The treasury comprises of more than 6000 valuable artifacts, including sculptures, pottery, coins, ivory work, paintings, etc. It has special sections on the social and cultural life in India also.
Apart from the above compilation, the museum has over 4,000 reference books and manuscripts in its supervision. The clay models, costumes, finely shaped silver, copper ware etc, are amongst the most-cherished compilation which is worth taking a glance. Victoria and Albert Museum also contains atypical photographs of early Bombay and testimonials from the colonial past. The half-done collection was first exhibited to Lord Canning in 1856. Today, Bhau Daji Lad Museum is revived in its appearance, with gold ornamentations on wall corners, ceilings, hand railings and blue-painted pillars.
Vihar Lake brags of being the largest of all the three lakes of Mumbai. Similar to Tulsi Lake, this lake too shares the site of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. It is a quiet stretch of water, about 27 miles from the center of Bombay. The lake is a major source of potable water to the City of Dreams. Both Tulsi and Powai Lake are located in the close vicinity of Vihar Lake. The lake gets the rain water seized by the catchment area of Powai-Kanheri Hill Ranges. One of Mumbai's prime water sources, Vihar Lake generates drinking water that meets a fraction of city's water requirement.
Its locales, dotted with hills and rich vegetation, are just beautiful. Infact, you can watch migratory as well as native birds here. This unruffled place also has a sunset point, which offers a spectacular view of the sun at dusk. Mountains on one side and national park on the other make this lake a sought-after destination. On its northern banks, there is a water treatment plant that has water pipelines running along the eastern fringe of the lake. IIT Bombay is positioned on the southern part of the lake. Vihar Lake is not open to be visited by the public, yet interested visitors could seek the permission of park's authorities.
Walukeshwar Mandir is one of the Mumbai's most ancient Hindu Sites, dedicated to Walukeshwar (Lord Shiva) or Sand-Lord. According to the great epic Ramayana, it is believed that Rama stopped here during his journey to rescue Sita from the clutches of the evil Ravana, and created a lingam out of sand to worship Shiva.
Pan India Paryatan Pvt. Ltd. (PIPPL) is the company holding Water Kingdom, Asia's Largest Theme Water Park. Water Kingdom makes this twin park complex a complete destination by itself. It's never-before seen attractions set amidst unique architecture with international standard amenities and hygiene; catapult Water Kingdom into a different league. It is the only, truly international water park experience in India.
This area includes exciting water slides for kids and adults. They are curvy, straight, nerve-wracking, breathtaking water rides to name some are Turbo Terminator, Lemon Drops, Juicy Jammer , Black Demon , Gang-A- Fall etc. All the rides offer a safe and relaxing place for the kids to play to their hearts content. So what you waiting for, go grab your floating tubes to experience this mysterious crazy rides and much more.
- Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Temple etc.