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» Mumbai Places of Interest ...

Mumbai has for decades been attracting thousands of tourists from across the world, not just because of Bollywood but also because of its multitude of interesting & unique attractions. Although Mumbai does not have many historic attractions to boast of, it does have places interesting enough to keep you busy for a month long holiday.
While there are endless places of interest to be visited in Mumbai, there are few attractions that you just can't afford to miss.

Haji Ali: This imposing tomb & mosque constructed right in the middle of the ocean on a small islet off the Worli coast, is one of the most recognized landmarks of Mumbai. Constructed way back in 1431 by a Muslim saint Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, the Dargah is the best depicted structures of Indian-Islamic architecture. On Thursdays & Fridays, one can witness thousands of pilgrims making their way across the 500 yard long walkway in an attempt to receive the blessings of the dead saint.

Gateway of India: A monument synonymous to Mumbai is the Gateway of India. Constructed especially to commemorate the visit of King George V & Queen Mary to Mumbai, the Gateway continues to stand as one of the most recognizable symbols of the British Raj era. Incidentally, it is so designed that the first thing every tourist approaching Mumbai by boat can see is the Gateway of India. Being an important landmark of the city, for many it is the best place to start exploring Mumbai.

Kala Ghoda Art District: Located in South Mumbai between the Fort & Colaba, Kala Ghoda is the epicenter of Mumbai's art culture. Home to some of Mumbai's best museums & art galleries, this crescent-shaped stretch also features some interesting cultural spaces like, pavement galleries. While here, you can also visit the much famed Jehangir Art Gallery. Tourists especially visit the place during the nine day long Kala Ghoda Arts Festival organized every year.


Sanjay Gandhi National Park: This large protected area located in the suburb of Borivali is a refreshing contrast to the sprawling concrete jungle of Mumbai. Stretched across an area of 104 sq km, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park is one of the worlds's most visited national parks. Not only this, it is also the largest urban park in the world & is home to a rich diversity of flora & fauna.

Caves:  Tourists visiting the Sanjay Gandhi National Park cannot help but marvel at the 2400 year old Kanheri Caves lying within the park limits. The cave depicts Buddhist influence on the Indian art & culture. The cave is open for tourists after 7:30am. Another such network of sculpted caves is the Elephanta Caves, located about 10km east of Mumbai. While a set of these caves is dedicated to Lord Shiva, also present are a set of Buddhist caves.


Heritage Buildings: The city of Mumbai is home to some significant heritage buildings where you cannot help but marvel at the intricate colonial architecture. The best examples of such architectural display are Prince of Wales Museum, Victoria Terminus Railway Station, Horniman Circle, etc.

Taj Mahal Palace & Tower: For those who can actually afford it, a visit to Mumbai cannot be considered complete without a royal stay at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower. This 105 year old heritage building & today a prestigious luxury five-star hotel is located in Mumbai's Colaba region, opposite the Gateway of India. This striking landmark of Mumbai is one of the leading hotels of the world with most leisure activities one can ask for.

 

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