. Mumbai is the most populated metropolitan city in India.Located on Salsette Island, Mumbai city consists of an archipelago of seven islands namely, Colaba, Mazagaon, Old Woman's Island, Wadala, Mahim, Parel, and Matunga-Sion. The city is shrouded in history from the days of Mauryan Emperor Ashoka's rule to the Portugeuse invasion, the Parsi migration from Iran, the British Rule and the fight for India's Independence. It is home to Bollywood, it is also the financial and commercial capital of India. History and culture go back at least two thousand years while being very current, modern, and progressive. It is the place which offers sightseeing, great food and so many other things also.
Gateway of India
. One of the most famous monuments in Mumbai, the Gateway of India is easily one of the top places to visit. It was built as a tribute for Queen Mary and King George V, who were on an official visit to Mumbai in 1911. Opened for public on 4 December 1924 by the Viceroy, the Earl of Reading. The gateway is built from reinforced concrete and yellow basalt andepitomises the combination of Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture. Today it is popular as a tourist destination and looks beautiful both during the day when you can admire the structure as well as during the evening as it's lit up. From there, you can also visit or just see the Taj hotel, which is at a walking distance from the Gateway.
. From the Gateway, it's possible to reach the Elephanta Island by ferry in order to see the caves. These ancient caves have been carved out of the basalt rock and are full of history in the form of carvings and statues. After its renovation in the 1970s, it has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is visited by millions every year. The history and culture of the caves can't be compared as each cave contains several stories and depictions of events. There are two groups of caves???five large Hindu, and two smaller Buddhist caves
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
. Another UNESCO heritage site, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is another must-see in Mumbai. Originally named Victoria Terminus after the then reigning queen, the building is simply stunning to look at. A fusion of Victorian/Italianate/Gothic/Revival and traditional Indian architecture, the building boasts turrets, pointed arches, wood carvings, tile, ornamental brass and iron. Inside, the decorations can easily take your breath away.is the most important train station in the city and in the railway network spread across Mumbai. Headquarters of the Central railways, this station links Mumbai to most of the parts of the country, primarily Southern India, Eastern India and parts of North India. An architectural marvel, this busy station is more than just a place to catch a train, though it does serve a number of lines.
. A C shaped highway which lines the coast, this road is enjoyed both during the day and at night. Officially, it is named as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road. It is also known by sobriquets like ???Queen's Necklace' as it appears to be a string of pearls, when viewed from a height during night. Most of Mumbai's wealthy live in this area; the houses are luxurious and beautiful to look at. The drive connects to Nariman Point which is the business area. Many luxury hotels can be found here along with a beautiful view of the ocean.
. This is the place to go shopping. Here you can find high-end international brand stores right along with market stalls selling just about anything you can imagine. It's a great experience to get in there, with the crowds and find good deals for yourself or your loved ones. At the end of the day, the Little Door pub offers great food, good music, and a great ambience if you're in a party mood.
. Flora fountain, an architectural heritage monument, is located in the southern end of Dadabhai Naoroji Road at Hutatma Chowk (formerly, Martyr's Square). Built in 1864, this fountain made up of Portland stone and was later defaced with white oil paint depicts the Roman Goddess Flora. The fountain is illuminated at night for a beautiful view. The fountain stands at exactly the same site, where the original Churchgate of Bombay Fort was once present. Area around Flora Fountain, known as the Fort area or Fountain area, is covered by a number of shops, colleges, banks and offices. Bombay Stock Exchange is also located at a very short distance from the fountain. Tourists can take a train to Churchgate station and walk from there to reach the Flora Fountain.
. Churchgate refers to one of the gates that used to be in the walls around Mumbai. Today it's a place to visit, both for the historical building, and for the newer train station there. The walls were torn down in the mid 1900's, but the train station was not built until the 1930's. The building has an interesting structure in that it is far more modern than the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, but offers a different look at Indian station architecture. Within walking distance of the Flora Fountain, the whole area around Churchgate is good for strolling around, taking pictures, and admiring the different types of architecture and buildings.
. Juhu Beach, situated in the suburbs of Mumbai and onne of the most affluent areas of Mumbai, the rich and famous live near this beach. However, it's open to the public and offers the visitor a brilliant view of the sea. It's a good place to get good food, especially if you like Italian and Indian street-side food for a change. You can also view planes landing and taking off from a good viewpoint at the beach. While it's usually not very crowded, if you want to avoid too many people, visit during the day and during the week as weekends and evenings can be crowded. Nearest train stations to the beach are Santa Cruz, Andheri and Vile Parle.
Haji Ali Dargah
. Haji Ali Dargah was constructed in 1431, in the memory of a Muslim merchant, Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. Located on an island close to the sea shore of Worli, this shrine is visited by over 40,000 people on all days.The structure is relatively small, but makes up for it with it's cultural architecture. Especially on Friday's you might get lucky enough to hear musicians playing a form of devotional music. Being located in the middle of the sea, the dargah remains closed at the time of high tide. The structure of this dargah symbolises Indo-Islamic style of architecture. There is a narrow pathway from the Worli bay that connects the shrine with the city. It is just a 500 yard walk for the devotees from the bay to the shrine.
Worli Sea Link
. The cable-stay bridge connects Bandra in the western suburbs of Mumbai with Worli in South Mumbai. It is also known as the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, this amazing structure is not only a great way to cross the channel, but makes for a great drive. The scenery is amazing, not least of which is the view of the ocean. The structure itself, with its complex combination of concrete deck and cable-stayed spans is amazing to view, as it was built to not only work, but to look stunning as well. It's worth a drive through, both during the day and in the evening as it's lit up.
Prince of Wales Museum
. Prince of Wales Museum, now the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, was found in the early 20th century to commemorate the visit of the then Prince of Wales. Built in 1905 to 1915, this museum served as a Children's Welfare Centre and a Military Hospital during the First World War. In 1922 however, it was transformed into Prince of Wales Museum and was inaugurated by Lady Lloyd.It was in 1990s that the museum was renamed after the founder of Maratha Empire, Shivaji. Spread across an area of 12,000 sq. m, this museum is ringed by palm trees and flower beds. Inside the museum are approximately 50,000 artefacts like sculptures, coins and more, displayed in separate sections including Art section, Archaeological section, Natural History section and new galleries.
. Another incredibly famous market in South Mumbai, this market not only boasts a great place for market shopping, but the building itself is worth a visit, even if you don't buy anything. The building, which was completed in 1869, was the first in India to be lit up by electricity. The architecture is another wonder of combining British with Indian style. It has a huge skylight which allows the indoors of the market to be lit up by sunlight during the day. As with the other big markets, just about anything can be bought, including pets.
. Also known as the world's largest open-air Laundromat, this area is literally where the laundry gets done in Mumbai???at least all the laundry from the city's hotels and hospitals. The Dhobis???the washers???work in rows of concrete pens, open-air and with their own flogging stone, to wash the laundry in. The profession is handed down from generation to generation, though the pay is minimal and the work hard. While not an especially beautiful place to visit, it's a big part of the culture of Mumbai and is visited by tourists on a daily basis.
. The Film City was built in the year 1911. The present day Film City may be said to be a dream project of the famous film personality, Dada Saheb Phalke. The Film City began its journey by producing the first silent film. Today the film city is equipped with all the necessary technical instruments needed to produce a successful feature film.The very name of the Film City of Mumbai, is a source of inspiration for many young and budding talents of our country. Apart from being the business capital of India, Mumbai is famous for the various production houses. The Indian film city is fondly called as Bollywood which is an important source of entertainment for most of us. The Film City is also a major spot of tourist interest. The travel agents who organize the sightseeing of Mumbai keeps almost an hour for the tourist to go round the Film City.
. This theatre is located in Juhu and is great if you want to watch Bollywood movies, though they do offer English and other language plays as well. Every day, except Mondays, you can be sure to catch a show of one kind or other in the evenings. The theatre also has an ambient caf??, which offers a great opportunity to relax and chill with Irish coffee among the regular caf?? drinks. There is also an art gallery, book shop, and small park.
. Hanging Gardens, also known as Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens, are situated on the western side of the Malabar Hills. Built in 1880, these gardens are named after the famous lawyer, Ferozeshah Mehta, who is also the father of Mumbai's Municipal Charter. These terraced gardens located just opposite Kamla Nehru Park.Hanging Gardens are built on a water reservoir, which provides drinking water to the locals.It also has a wooden shoe house slide for recreation of children. These gardens typify the green and peaceful side of Mumbai and place for enjoying the sunset at Arabian Sea.The lush green Hanging garden is a nice break from the hum drum of city life. The hedges in the garden are cut in the shape of animals giving it a unique look. The flower clock of the garden is one of its main attractions.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park
. Sanjay Gandhi National Park was called Krishnagiri National Park before independence. But after independence it was called Borivli National Park as it is close to the residential area of Borivali. In the year 1981 the park was renamed as Sanjay Gandhi National Park, in memory of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's son, who died in an air crash.The total area covered by this park is 104 sq. km, which encompasses Kanheri caves to the centre that were built between 2nd and 9th centuries. Besides, the park also has two lakes, namely Tulsi Lake and Vihar Lake, the deer park, the lion safari and the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi. Characteristic of rich flora and fauna, the park is a delight for tree lovers as well as animal lovers. Being the nesting ground for a number of birds, it is also considered to be a bird watcher's paradise. The park further provides a beautiful view of the hills, valleys, lakes and open spaces.
Madh Island Fort
. Difficult to reach, the Madh or Versova Fort is a quiet, small fort located on MadhIsland. This is somewhere to visit if you want to go off the main track for a bit and enjoy the quiet. There are some modes of transportation there, but it's one of those places you would do well to research before heading out as it's not an easy place to get to. The outside structure looks still very much in tact, but the inside is in a state of dilapidation.
. A Catholic Church, this structure was originally built in 1534 but has since then been rebuilt several times, and boasts of being one of the oldest existing structures built by the Portuguese. Mass is held regularly, but the church can be visited any time during the day. There are several shrines and famous pictures in the building, as well as the building itself having a certain amount of charm. It is most famous for the Novenas held on Wednesdays which are attended by thousands at one time. You can find the MahimChurch in the Mahim area of Mumbai.
. The Siddhivinayak Temple is a very famous temple in Mumbai. It is also known as Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple. This temple is situated at Prabhadevi in Mumbai. It is a two hundred years old Temple. People believe that Lord Ganesh of Siddhivinayak Temple fulfills the desire of his worshipers.Earlier, the Siddhivinayak temple was a small construction highlighting the black idol of Shree Siddhivinayak, carved out of stone. It was only two and half feet wide then. The most remarkable feature of this idol of Lord Ganesh is that, His trunk is tilted to the right side. The deity has four hands , which is why it is also called Chaturbhuj. The four hands contain a lotus, a small axe, holy beads and a bowl full of Modaks(sweets), a sweet considered to be a favorite with Shree Siddhivinaythe temple has been built into an unique six-storeyed construction, which almost touches the sky. The top of the temple is clad with a golden dome, which dazzles brilliantly in the sun. It is a great looking temple in Mumbai, which is anytime worth paying a visit.
. The Buddhist Temple of Mumbai is a renowned place of worship among the Buddhist people of India. This place of worship is located on Maulana Abdul Gaffar Khan Road in the north-west suburbs of Worli.During the Buddha Purnima and other festive days devotees from different corners of the city gather in this place. They together celebrate the day by worshiping. The festive mood of the devotees adds more color to the temple complex. Thus on the day of Buddha Purnima the Buddhist Temple in Worli brims with life. The most appropriate day for a first visit to the place is Buddha Purnima.The Buddhist Temple of Mumbai reflects the religious diversity in the city. Here there are places of worship for people of all religious background. This temple is also a living example of the fact that there are so many followers of the great teacher who believed in universal love and humanity even today.