MUMBAI TRAVEL GUIDE
Mumbai is the fast paced commercial, financial, industrial and celluloid capital of India. Haji Ali Mosque is a great place to visit, standing proudly on a raised walkway in the middle of the sea exposing the ultimate power of almighty. At nights, backdrop of twinkling lights from the skyscrapersshows the true charm and glamour of financial hub. The scenes at Chowpatty Beach, filled with the lights of stalls selling fruit-juice, ice-cream and snacks to the crowds is worth a visit.. Marine Drive, stretched along the Arabic sea shore is a pleasant walk way out from the huge rush of traffic as it gives a feeling of tranquility in midst of fast moving chaos. The places of tourist interests are endless in Mumbai. A number of sites with historical importance, contemporary wonders, archaeological sites, religious places and natural wonders in the backdrop of modern day marvels is an experience of life time. The Gateway of India is the main attraction of Mumbai city. Built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in the year 1911, The other sites like the Mani Bhawan or the Gandhi memorial, Prince of Wales Museum, Marine Drive and Juhu gives the feeling of being in the commercial capital of India. The Hanging Garden and the Kamla Nehru Garden provides the much needed rest between sightseeing trips and the Chowpatty adds flavor as the view of one of the most happening beaches of Mumbai. There are many cool and calm destinations around the city to walk away from the crowded and fast moving citylike caves of Elephanta, the Karla caves, the unique Kanheri caves and the well known hill stations of Mumbai, Matheran and Lonavla.
The Gateway of India
The Gateway of India was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in 1911 when Delhi became capital of India. Situated at the Apollo Bunder, the gateway holds greater historical significance. The monument is complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone.
Prince of Wales museum
The Prince of Wales museum Was built in the year 1914, it is surrounded by beautiful landscapes forming an ideal getaway. The museum houses art, sculpture, rare coins, and old firearms and a priceless collection of miniature paintings. This museum is regarded as one of the best museums in the country.
A stroll down the Marine Drive is definitely one of the best way to discover Mumbai. This winding stretch of road extends from Nariman Point to Malabar Hills.it's also called as Queen's Necklace because of its curvy shape and many street lights with sky scrappers on one side and Arabian sea on other.. JUHU - Nicknamed as the uptown paradise, It is a place that attracts a large number of visitors throughout the yearJuhu beach is attractively studded with five star hotels offering the customers a splendid view of the coast. The beach remains overcrowded on weekends. The general beach activities like camel rides, pony rides, acrobats, performing monkeys and entertainers keep tourists enthralled all the time.
Mumbai Nicknamed as the uptown bourgeois paradise, Juhu Beach is a place that attracts a large number of visitors throughout the year. Characterised by walkers, screaming children and courting couples, the beach covers an area of about 5 kilometres. Juhu beach is attractively studded with many five star hotels offering the customers a splendid view of the coast. The beach remains noticeably crowded on weekends. Moreover, the beach activities like camel rides, pony rides, acrobats, performing monkeys and entertainers will keep you enthralled all the time. Keep away from hawkers.
The Hanging Gardens was built during the early 1880s over Mumbai's main reservoir at the top of the Malabar HillsIt was built on this location to cover water from contaminating activities of Towers of Silwnce which is nearby. The garden provides lovely sunset views over the Arabian Sea.
Kamla Nehru Park
Kamla Nehru Park, located at the top of Malabar Hills overlooking the Marine Drive, the park houses "Old Woman's Shoe", wonderfully cut hazes and roomy walkaways.
Another sandy attraction of Mumbai is the Chowpatty beach in the suburbs of the city. Chowpatty is perhaps the most famous beach of Mumbai, flooded by the usual hustle and bustle of roadside vendors, screaming kids, Ferris wheels, pony rides, wayside astrologers, monkey shows, Moreover, the bhelpuri shops and sometimes the film shoot or a street play also adds to the festive atmosphere of the beach.
Aarey Milk colony
One of the most modern milk colonies in the world is Aarey Milk colony of Mumbai which is located at a distance of 32 kms from main Mumbai city. A visit to the observation pavilion here on a hill near the colony's entrance also gives an enchanting view of the surrounding areas. But the main feature of the colony is the 4000 acres of parkland with fine gardens.
Tower of Silence
Mumbai A peculiar site to visit in Mumbai is the Tower of Silence. Mumbai has a large number of Parsi population. The Parsis have the custom of leaving their dead in the open. These particular places are called "Towers of Silence", where the vultures come to eat the dead. For the Parsis, this is regarded as the final act of charity. Mumbai's Towers of Silence, have virtually disappeared today. Only a handful remain that attract a considerable number of tourists every year.
Mani Bhawan or Gandhi memorialis used to be the Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. It is from this famous house No. 19, called Mani Bhawan Gandhiji was arrested in 1932. This two storied building houses a reference library with over 2000 books, a photo feature on the Mahatma's life, some memorabilia, an old Gandhiji's charkha and a film and recording archive..
Jain temple of Mumbai Located on the Malabar Hill, it houses frescoes depicting various events in the lives of the 24 Jain Tirthankaras.