Touring Mumbai The city of dreams offers us splendid tourist attractions and serene sightseeings for the tourists starting from the rustic Victoria Terminus and Dharavi to the colorful Ganesh Chaturthi and Navratri.
Gateway Of India
This high arch of basalt was constructed to honour King George V and Queen Mary on their visit to Mumbai. The construction started in 1913 and completed by 1924. The central arch is 48 meter wide and 83 meter high with corbels on the sides and intricate details upon it. The final batch of the Britishers left India from this very location. It is open for public 24/7 where families, friends, photographers, tourists and vendors flock together on their leisure time.
The third largest slum in the world with poverty, insecurity and unemployment. The total population of Dharavi is nearly 1 million ,but it also remains as a place that generates around 650 million dollars every year. It holds a large recycling business, pottery, leather and garment businesses. There are guided tours in Dharavi that lets the tourists to visit the industries and explore how the products are produced. These products are exported around the world.
Prince of Wales Museum
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is formerly known as Prince of Wales Museum that holds three divisions namely Natural History section, Archaeology section and Art section. The most important collections that shouldn’t be missed are the Adoration painting of 1913 A.D, Shiva from Mahadev Peral Temple, the Ivory jewelry box from Mughal period, Songtsen Gampo, Maitreya, coins of Chandragupta and Shivaji Maharaj, Emperor Akbar’s Armour,etc…
Lord Ganpati is the main idol of the temple which was built to grant the wishes for the barren women. The Temple rose from a 3.6 square meter into a huge one after the donation from a rich agri woman called Deubai Patil. Many popular Stars visit this Temple on their important days and pray for the success. It is one among the richest Temples that receives donation of 150 million per year. The Lord Ganesha owns his peculiarity by having his trunk turned to the right instead of left and the whole idol was carved out of a single stone.
The noisy market referring “Shor Bazaar” mispronounced by the britishers as “Chor Bazaar” lead to its way for the Thieves market where stolen goods were sold. It is in existence since 150 years. As the old saying goes “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, there are bits and bobs, gramophones, vintage cameras, pocket watches, bronze statues, old trunks or suitcases, antique coins, victorian mirrors, hardwares, cheap electronics can be found amidst all the rustic and dainty items.
The marine drive is a corniche located in the South of Mumbai extending for 3.6 kms starting from the Nariman point till the Chowpatty Beach. It also holds a nickname as “The Queen’s Necklace” because of its shape and sodium vapor lamps creating an illusion for the public like a pearl string. The crashing waves creates a solitude in us letting us relaxed and to take step closer to the vast azure ocean.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) formerly known as Victoria Terminus is a UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site. It is the headquarters of the Central Railways of India. The bustling terminus depicts the Victorian Gothic architecture is used by 3 million commuters every single day. The huge stone dome, pointed turrets and the clock on the tower is a blend of British and Indian architecture. It remains as a notable landmark of the pre-independence India. It is spectacular at dusk with glittering eyes that unknowingly lifts our heads to take a glimpse of the Terminus from a far distance.
Located at Gharapuri or Elephanta Island at a distance of 6.1 miles from Gateway of India can be reached by taking up a ferry ride. The rock cut caves are constructed during the periods of 5th and 6th centuries AD. The highlight of the caves is the three headed “Sadashiva” portraying the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer. There are totally 5 caves to explore and a two day dance and music festival called Elephanta festival is conducted in February every year.
Haji Ali Dargah
The Haji Ali Dargah was built in 1431 AD in the memory of a great saint called Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. The Indo-Islamic structure glimmers in the sun due to the ‘Makrana’ marbles, the same type of marble that was used in Taj Mahal. The kaleidoscopic patterns on the minarets with blue, green and yellow colours are inscribed with nine names of Allah. It is a tomb and a mosque that can be visited by tourists and families of any religion, caste and creed.