The biggest industrial hub and the capital of Maharashtra state, Mumbai is the most happening place of India. It is the largest financial powerhouse of India. It is unique in its own way with the biggest slums of India and also the ravishing houses of multi-millionaires. Initially known as ‘Bombay’, it is world famous for its appealing film industry. This lively city is well known for its own language- Bambaiyya Hindi.
The grand beaches, splendid cultural heritage, marvelous temples, lovely historic buildings and the modern restaurants and nightlife are mind blowing and exclusive.
Location: It is on the western coast of India, by the bank of Arabian Sea.
Climate: Summers are very hot and humid and winters are mild cold, with a pleasant weather.
Wear only light cotton clothes to be comfortable in the hot weather.
Best time to visit: October-March
How to reach:
By Air: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai
By Train: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the main railway station of Mumbai
By Road: HPTDC Luxury and Volvo coaches available regularly
Places of Interest:
Gateway of India
Location: Apollo Bunder area, 7.4 kms from city centre, 2.5 kms from Chatrapati Shivaji Terminal, 2.4 kms from Churchgate
Best month to visit: November-March
The Gateway of India is the most popular and unique historic monument of Mumbai. The tremendous structure was constructed in 1924 during the British Raj in India. The height of this historic structure is 85 feet and is one of the major attractions for tourists who visit India for the first time. The total cost of construction of this gigantic monument was about 21 lakhs, which was borne by the Indian Government.
It was built to welcome the first visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India. The first memorable event that took place here was the ‘First Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry’. The architecture of this beautiful monument is a wonderful mixture of European, Islamic and Hindu designs. Now, this monument is a favorite spot for tourists because of its vendors, photographers and food stalls.
Haji Ali Dargah
Location: It is located in the Worli area of South Mumbai. Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, Above Kinara Masjid, Mahim Bay
Timings: Open from Monday to Saturday from 9.30 a.m.- 5.30 p.m.
Haji Ali Dargah is a famous Mosque and religious place of Mumbai. It is a tomb of the Muslim saint, Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. People from all regions come here to visit at this place, irrespective of their caste and religion. The structure of the Dargah was built in 1431 A.D. with Indo-Islamic architecture style. This 400 year old Mosque has a height of 85 feet and is situated on an islet off the coast of Worli.
You will find many tourists seeking the blessings of the Pir, health, wealth, marriage etc. Special programs and events are organized here on special occasions like Eid-ul-Fitr, the Pir’s death anniversary etc.
Location: It is located on the North of Marine Drive
Best month to visit: October to March
Chowpatty is the liveliest and the most famous beach of Mumbai. People also call it ‘Girgaum Chowpatty’. You can see a number of people enjoying its local delicacies of the vendors selling beautiful toys, colorful balloons and mouth-watering local dishes like peanuts, chaats and raw mangoes. In the evening, you can also enjoy the spectacular view of the Sunset. It is a very good place to relax and have a walk. During Ganesh Chathurthi festival, lots of people come here to celebrate with pomp and pleasure.
Location: SK Bole Marg, Prabhadevi, Mumbai
Timings: Open all days of the week for 24 hours
Siddhivinayak Temple is the most auspicious place of Mumbai and is a unique evidence of architecture and beauty. Dedicated to Lord Ganesh, the magnificent temple was built by Deubai Patil and Laxman Vithu in 1801. Every day, more than 25,000 devotees walk in the temple to pray and get blessings from Lord Ganesh. Even the famous Bollywood celebrities visit the temple regularly or before the launching of their movies, to seek Lord Ganesh’s blessings.
Every year, a grand festival is organized here known as the ‘Maha Ganesh Utsav’. While visiting to Mumbai, you must visit at this enchanting holy place. You will be fascinated by its unique style of architecture.
Location: 10 kms from Mumbai, on Elephanta Island
Timings: Open all days except Monday from 9.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m.
Located just off the coast of the Arabian Sea, the Elephanta Caves are one of the oldest rock-cut structures in India. You can see two types of caves here - the first are Hindu caves and the second are Buddhist caves. In Hindu caves, there is a rock cut cave temple which was built in the 5th to 8th century. It is believed that this temple is dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva. UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site. It is one of the ‘Seven Wonders of India’.
Originally, the Island on which the caves are built was called ‘Gharapuri’. But the Portuguese renamed it as the ‘Elephanta Island’ when they a large structure of stone of an Elephant here.