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Top tourist sites in Mumbai

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Love it or hate it, as the song goes…yeh hai Bombay meri jaan. Unapologetic and defiant, it’s the commercial capital of India where heritage buildings are home to revered business institutions and new age modern ventures. With an attitude that reigns supreme, here are top 10 tourist sites in Mumbai that you can’t miss when visiting the ‘city of dreams’.

 1) Gateway of IndiaGateway of India Mumbai

An iconic archway at Apollo Bunder overlooking the Arabian Sea, the Gateway of India was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to what was then called Bombay. At an approximate height of 26 meters, the structure is a fine example of the 19th century Indo-Islamic style architecture complete with detailed latticework. The landmark monument is akin to Delhi’s India Gate and is inundated with food vendors, balloon sellers and ad hoc tourist guides. The Gateway of India is also from where charter boats depart for Elephanta Island.

 

Timings for Boat Rides:

  • 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for Elephanta Caves
  • 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for Short Boat rides

Fees:

  • Rs.70-rs.80 for short boat ride
  • Rs.150 for adults and Rs.80 for children for Elephanta Caves

Working days: All except Monday

There is no cost incurred (apart from transport) to visit the monument.

2) Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus)Chatrapati Shivaji terminus

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or Victoria Terminus is one of Mumbai’s most recognized landmarks and an architectural masterpiece. The headquarters of the Central Railways, the architecture of terminus is a grand display of the Victorian-Italian Revival era along with Indian motifs like the Indian tiger featuring on an entrance column. Built in sandstone and limestone with Italian marble embellishments, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus comprises 18 platforms servicing local and long distance trains.

 

Timings: 24 hours

Fees: N/A

Working Days: All

3) Taraporewala AquariumTaraporewala Aquarium Mumbai

Having recently undergone a makeover, Taraporewala Aquarium is home to over 400 species of marine and freshwater fishes. India’s largest aquarium also has sharks, turtles and stingrays housed in 37 large volume tanks along with an oceanarium, a tropical ecosystem zone, a touch pool and a jellyfish pool. While at Taraporewala Aquarium, you can watch a documentary at the amphitheater and even enjoy a fish spa!

 

Timings: 10:00 a.m.-8:00p.m.

Fees:

  • Rs.60 for adults
  • Rs.30 for children

Working Days: All except Monday

4) Shivaji Park

Shivaji Park Mumbai
By Sunil Gabhale [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Cricket is often regarded as a religion in India and nowhere does it hold truer than at Shivaji Park. Mumbai’s largest public park may have been the site of several political events in history but that isn’t nearly as significant as it having been where cricketing legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar were discovered and trained. With almost every corner taken over by a football or cricketing club, this is the home ground of youngsters looking to be the next big sporting icon. At the western end of Shivaji Park is a statue of the Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

 

Timings: 24 hours

Fees: Free

 Working Days: All

5) Marine Drivemarine Drive in Mumbai

Only in Mumbai can a road be a tourist attraction. The 3.6 kilometer Marine Drive that curves around the Arabian Sea is a palm-lined boulevard dotted with some of the city’s most expensive real estate. A hotspot especially during sunset, the pavement is teeming with spectators, joggers, bikers and food vendors. Marine Drive at night is especially spectacular with its twinkling lights that give the boulevard the nickname ‘Queen’s Necklace’.

 

Timings: Open all days throughout

Fees: Free

Working Days: All

6) Chowpatty & Juhu BeachChowpatty Beach mumbai

With its sea-facing setting, Mumbai is lucky to have two beaches in the heart of the bustling metropolis. Chowpatty Beach is the largest and busiest beach, which at dusk, adopts a vibrant carnival-like atmosphere with people from all walks of life enjoying the sandy shores. Juhu Beach borders a neighborhood that’s home to celebrities and stars. If you’re lucky, you can spot someone famous every now and then exercising on the beach. For the most part, however, the sandy stretch is famous for its street food vendors serving up plates of delicious Bombay bhel and pav bhaji.

 

Timings: Open all days throughout

Fees: Free entry

Working Days: All

7) Colaba Causewayleopold cafe mumbai

Near the city’s famous landmarks, Colaba Causeway is a commercial street in Mumbai where you can find iconic city institutions from retailers to restaurants. The neighborhood architecture dates back to British India with Victorian style building facades. Street shopping is a delight here and bargaining a must! Antique clocks, blingy jewelry and pirated CDs, DVDs and even books, there’s plenty to spend your money on. After some retail therapy, head to the Café Leopold Bar & Grill and Café Mondegar, the ultimate tourist hotspots!

 

Timings: 10:00 a.m-9:00 p.m.

Entry fees: None

Working Days: All days

8) Film City

Film City shooting
By Akshaymarwah at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
 Stargazing takes on a whole new meaning in Mumbai. Home to the Hindi film industry, Bollywood, the city is home to television and film stars alike. Film City is a larger than life film studio where several movie sequences are shot especially quintessential dramatic scenes involving temples, prisons, villages and gardens. Hang around Film City and increase your chances of spotting your favorite celebrity!

 

Timings: 10:10 a.m.-6:30p.m.

Fees:

  • Adults (Indian): Rs.599
  • Children below the age 5: Free
  • Foreigners: Rs.3000

Working Days: All

9)Haji Ali DargahHaji Ali Dargah mumbai

A pedestrian walkway amidst the Arabian Sea leads you to Haji Ali Dargah located on an islet off the coast of Worli. Mumbai’s iconic religious monument is dedicated to saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. Boasting of grand Indo-Islamic architecture, it’s characterized by Makrana marble domes and minarets that are adorned with colorful mirrorwork and intricate carvings. An interesting fact about Haji Ali Dargah is that it’s accessible only during low tide when the walkway is clear of water. During monsoons when the tides are tumultuous, it remains out of bounds.

 

Timings: 5:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Fees: Free

Working Days: All

10) Fashion Street

Fashion Street retail
By Vishalngp (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
If you harbor designer wardrobe dreams on a cheap and cheerful budget then Fashion Street will get you a step closer to getting what you want. A stomping ground for finding bargains on brand names like American Eagle and Gap as well as luxury labels like Armani and Moschino, this surplus clothing market comprises 150-odd vendors setting up shop on the pavement opposite the Bombay Gymkhana club. In addition to clothes, you can also find trinkets, jewelry and footwear here. Rememer, bargaining is the name of the game at Fashion Street so expect to haggle.

 

Timings: 11:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Entry: Free

Working days: All

Author: GoFro Travelers’ Network

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