Top Most Fantastic Places to Visit in MumbaiFebruary 29, 2016
Mumbai, the financial capital of India, is home to some of the most interesting tourist places. From the pages of history to a buzzing nightlife, there are some really fascinating places in Mumbai you can look for. So, if you’re heading to Mumbai this weekend, here are some of the best places you absolutely cannot miss!
Gateway of India – The Gateway of India was constructed in the year 1924 to celebrate the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary on Indian soil. Since then, this prestigious structure has been the representation of Mumbai tourism. One of the foremost places to visit in Mumbai, if you’re visiting the city for the first time, the Gateway of India is located at the Apollo Port. The monument showcases a beautiful Islamic style of architecture. You can enjoy rounds of spicy bhel puris and sev puris, while enjoying a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea in a windy surrounding.
Haji Ali Dargah – The Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most famous religious spots for Muslims in the city. Located in the Arabian Sea, with a 450 meters of platform connecting it to the mainland, the reputation of Haji Ali Dargah stands at par with that of Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi and Ajmer Sharif in Ajmer. The religious shrine was constructed in the 15th century in an Indo-Islamic style of architecture and spread in area of more than 4500 sq. meters. The dargah is a the tomb of the Muslim Saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari and also houses a mosque. This famous dargah attracts more than 10-15 thousand people on a daily basis. The dargah welcomes devotees and visitors from all over the world irrespective of their caste, color and creed.
Juhu Beach – The sprawling Juhu Beach in Mumbai is amongst the most famous tourist destinations to visit in the city. This famous public hangout is situated in the Ville Parle area and stretches along the Arabian Sea for more than 18km. The beach is a perfect location to let your hair down amidst colorful food stalls, unmotorable swings and a calming view of the sea. Such is the popularity and impact of the area, that a lot of stories has been attached to it. Some say that it’s a place that infuses inspiration to thousands of strugglers who come down to Mumbai in search of a mean of livelihood. The beach is also a famous location for movie shootings and frequently you can spot your favourite actors at work.
Elephanta Caves – This ancient caves date back to the 5th and 8th centuries and have been declared as World Heritage Site as per UNESCO. The caves showcases a great blend of Hindu and Buddhist culture in the form of rock cut sculptures. Elephanta Caves are situated in an island off the coast of Mumbai and has been under the rule of several kingdoms, from the Maurya, and Konkani regimes to the Portuguese and British. There are about 7 caves in totality, with five of them representing the Hindu culture and the remaining two with Buddhist culture. There’s a large sculpture showing the three faces of Shiva which is known as the Trimurti of Elephanta and is one of the major attractions to see.
Dimpy Roy is a travel writer working with an Online Travel Guide. She helps travel lovers to find the best Mumbai Varanasi flights for their wonderful journey.