Places of Interest in Mumbai

 

Aarey Colony

One of the most modern milk colonies in the world is Aarey Milk colony of Mumbai. The best way to reach Aarey would be to board a train to Goregaon Station West. From there visitors can avail auto rickshaws going towards Western Express Highway.

 
 
Flora Fountain
Flora fountain is a beautifully adorned stone fountain which is located in the Fort area in South Mumbai. It is situated in one of the most congested areas of the Mumbai city. Surrounded by huge and impressive colonial buildings on all the sides, Flora Fountain has a magnificent statue of Flora - the Roman Goddess of Flowers, on top.
 
 
Nehru Centre
The Nehru Centre was constructed in 1972, not as a mute memorial, but as living testament and monument of faith in Jawaharlal Nehru's vision of human being's development and his compassion for humanity. It has a Mini Planetarium also, which is taken out to remote rural areas to project the astronomical shows. The centre is equipped with Digistar-3 Planetarium equipment and has maintained a well furnished library. It offers wide variety of facilities which help in making any event a successful one.
 
 
Vasai Fort
It was a strategic place in the western coast of India. The Portuguese understood the importance and captured the fort and remodeled it according to their wish. Nowadays most of the part of this fort is in ruins. Most of the walls are hidden by the brushwood and palm groves. The roots of these trees have damaged a lot of the portion of this fort.
 
 
The Gateway of India
The Indian gateway is one of the monuments that are located in Mumbai and this city was initially known as Bombay, India. This Gateway of India is situated at Apollo waterfront Bunder Area in the southern Mumbai. This gateway is one of the basalt arches and is located 26 meters high. This is one of the monuments that were used as the crude jetty through the fisher folks and then it was renovated. British governors used this place as the landing place and it was occupied by the distinguished passengers as well. There was an era, when this monument was seen by all those people that used to arrive through the help of boat and they would be witnessing the Bombay city.

This is one of the monuments that are having the combination of Muslim as well as Hindu Architectural style and the arch has been made in style of Muslim and decorations have been done in the Hindu style. This monument has been built through the yellow basalt as well as reinforced concrete. The central dome of this monument is approximately 49 feet and that is 15 meters in the diameter range and it is also 85 feet that is 26 meters above the ground and that is located on its highest point. The harbor has been realigned and the planning of esplanade has been made through which sweeping can be done from the down stage. It is one of the main reasons due to which Gateway of India will be standing on its angle and the roads will be leading towards it.
 
 
Powai Lake

Offering a much needed escape from the chaotic city life, Powai Lake is an ideal spot for picnickers. You could laze around the bank of the lake and enjoy the nature in peace. Powai Lake can be approached by King's Circle, Sion and Kurla as well as from Santa Cruz and Andheri.

 
 
Chowpatty Beach
Chowpatty Beach is a place that requires no introduction. No tour to Mumbai is complete without visiting this lively beach, which is not meant for sunbathing or swimming, but for eating. Situated at the northern end of Marine drive, Chowpatty Beach is popular amongst people of all age groups. Every evening, this beach gets stuffed with people, amidst food kiosks, ferry rides, balloon sellers, etc. Indeed, it's a place where you would love to come after a tiring day to please your taste buds, suck in some fresh air and gradually cooling your heels. Moreover, it hosts various festivals of the Hindus throughout the year. Coconut Festival and Ganesh Chaturthi are the events that bring together people, from all stratus of the Commercial Capital of India.
 
 
Vihar Lake
A person can reach this place via Andheri, Santacruz or alternately via Goregoan location as this famous lake is located in center of City. This is one of the famous source of Major water supply in Mumbai by Mumbai Municipal Corporation. Here too like other Dam sometime a person can see reptiles like crocodile and tortoises. Unfortunately this lake is restricted to public, where you can also see a plant in progress for water treatment.
 
 
Haji Ali Mosque
Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most popular religious places in Mumbai, visited by people of all religions alike. Haji Ali Dargah is one of India's most famous and prestigious landmarks situated about 500 yards from the Mumbai shoreline in the middle of the Arabian Sea off Lala Lajpatrai Marg. The structure was erected on a set of high rising rocks and was given its present day shape in the early 19th century after the Trust was legally formed as an entity in 1916. Haji Ali Dargah is the complex housing the tomb of the Muslim Saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.). Along with the tomb, there is also a Masjid at Haji Ali. This monument has been sentinel to the shores of Mumbai since a long time.

The structure has white domes and minarets reminiscent with the Mughal architecture of the period. The Dargah is a renowned pilgrimage site among the Muslims. Non-Muslims are also allowed to visit the Dargah. The white-coloured structure attracts visitors in large numbers. About 10 - 15 thousand people visit the Dargah daily. The number of visitors increases to 20 - 30 thousand, on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Lakhs of devotees visit the Dargah on the second day of Ramadhan Eid and Bakri Eid (Eid-ul-Uzha), and during which the pathway leading to the Dargah Complex looks like a Sea of Humanity.
 
 
Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai, formerly known as Victoria Terminus, is a historic railway station connecting the city through the Mumbai suburban railway as well as connecting India through long distance trains. As the headquarters of the Central Railway, India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is also one of the best railway stations in India.
 
 
Elephanta Caves
The Elephanta Caves are a complex of ancient cave temples on Elephanta Island, an hour-long ferry ride from Mumbai. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, Elephanta Island is not only a worthy destination in itself, it also provides a great view of Mumbai's skyline and an escape from the chaos of the city.

Entry to the caves is via the main northern entrance to a massive hall, supported by large pillars, where the enormous Mahesamurti statue is housed. At 6.3m (18 ft.), the remarkable sculpture depicts Shiva in his three-headed aspect: as Creator (facing right), Protector (the crowned face at the center), and Destroyer (facing left, with serpents for hair).

Other sculptures near the doorways and on side panels celebrate Shiva's accomplishments. The beauty of this stonework lies in the grace, balance, and sense of peace conveyed in spite of the subject's multiple actions. One statue shows Shiva bringing the Ganges River down to Earth, letting it trickle through his matted hair. He is also depicted as Yogisvara, lord of Yogis, seated on a lotus, and as Shiva Nataraja, the many-armed cosmic dancer.