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Mumbai , Maharashtra

Mumbai is vast. When you think of the city you cannot narrow it down to one specific feeling. It a gamut of them catching you by your throat. But one thing I can guarantee you is that you will fall in love with it. There have been generations trying to define love with myriad expressions, yet they keep changing. Its anger, hate, adoration, adulation, overwhelming, unfathomable and yes vast. Just like Mumbai. Visit Mumbai during the pleasant January months of Kalaghoda festival and soak in the art, culture,tradition and well dressed Sobo people. Visit it during the tumultuous monsoons, wade through the murky water, catch a local train, reach Worli sea face and get splashed. Visit it during the Ganpati season and go for Visarjan on the 3rd, 5th , 7th and 10th day. Visit it during the summers, choose a café in bandra and sit sipping the coolest drink possible wearing shorts and let the world pass you by. The city makes you do everything. It makes you climb a skyscraper and lets you scrounge for the best leather boots in Dharabi. Lets you sashay through the high end retail brands in a luxury mall and makes you sweat it out for lovely floral motifs on linking road. Even though the contrast, neither the high nor the low ever rejects you. Eat panipuri from the local shop on a Saturday night while waiting in queue for entry into the recently opened gourmet restaurant. Its but natural. Even though the brooding heat will make you swoon, you cannot resist falling in love with this enormous, difficult city. But hey doesn’t everyone love a bad boy? And like true love, you cannot let it go.

Distance / Time Current Temperature Mean Rainfall Altitude Population Best Times Min Hotel tariff
km / Hrs 33.0°C /91.0°F 188 mm 16feet 22922.0 /km2 Mar,Nov-Dec Coming Soon

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Places of Interest


  • Elephanta Caves


    "The Elephanta Caves (Marathi: ?????????? ????, Gharapurichya Lenee) are a network of sculpted caves located on Elephanta Island, or Gharapuri (literally \"the city of caves\") in Mumbai Harbour, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the east of the city of Mumbai in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The island, located on an arm of the Arabian Sea, consists of two groups of caves--the first is a large group of five Hindu caves, the second, a smaller group of two Buddhist caves. The Hindu caves contain rock cut stone sculptures, representing the Shaiva Hindu sect, dedicated to the god Shiva.[1][2]\nThe rock cut architecture of the caves has been dated to between the 5th and 8th centuries, although the identity of the original builders is still a subject of debate. The caves are hewn from solid basalt rock. All the caves were also originally painted in the past, but now only traces remain.\nThe island was called Gharapuri and was a Hindu place of worship until Portuguese rule began in 1534. The Portuguese called the island Elephanta on seeing its huge gigantic statue of an Elephant at the entrance. The Statue is now placed in the garden outside the Bhau Daji Lad Museum (erstwhile Victoria & Albert Museum) at the Jijamata Udyaan (erstwhile Victoria Gardens) at Byculla in Mumbai. This cave was renovated in the 1970s after years of neglect, and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 to preserve the artwork. It is currently maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).[1][2]"

    Elephanta Caves

  • Gateway of India

  • Jehangir Art Gallery


    "The Jehangir Art Gallery is an art gallery in Mumbai (India). It was founded by Sir Cowasji Jehangir at the urging of K. K. Hebbar and Homi Bhabha. It was built in 1952. Managed by the Committee of Management, the entire cost of this mansion was donated by Cowasji Jehangir.\nThis gallery is situated at Kala Ghoda, behind the Prince of Wales Museum, in South Mumbai near the Gateway of India, and has four exhibition halls. The gallery was designed by G.M.Bhuta for G.M. Bhuta & Associates.[citation needed]"

    Jehangir Art Gallery

  • Kanheri Caves


    "The Kanheri Caves (Sanskrit: ????????????? K?nher?-guh??) constitute a group of rock-cut monuments that are located north of Borivali on the western outskirts of Mumbai, India. Deep within the green forests of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the caves are 6 km from the main gate & 7 km from Borivali Station. Tourists can enter after 7:30 a.m. The Kanheri Caves demonstrate the Buddhist influence on the art and culture of India. Kanheri comes from the Sanskrit Krishnagiri, which means black mountain.[1] They were chiseled out of a massive basaltic rock outcropping.[2]"

    Kanheri Caves

  • Mahakali Caves


    "he Mahakali Caves (Marathi: ??????? ?????) (also known as the Kondivita Caves) are a group of 19 rock-cut monuments built between 1st century BCE and 6th century CE.[1]\nThis Buddhist monastery is located in the western suburb of Andheri in the city of Mumbai (Bombay) in western India. Monument consists of two groups of rock-cut caves - 4 caves more to the north-west and 15 caves more to the south-east.[2] Most caves are viharas and cells for monks, but Cave 9 of south-eastern group is chaitya. Caves in north-west have been created mainly in 4th - 5th century, while south-eastern group is older. Monument contains also rock-cut cisterns and remnants of other structures.\nCaves are carved out of a solid black basalt rock. The largest cave at Mahakali (Cave 9) has seven depictions of the Buddha and figures from Buddhist mythology but all are mutilated.[3]\nIt is located near the junction between the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road and SEEPZ. The road that connects these monuments to Andheri Kurla Road is named Mahakali Caves Road after it. The caves are located on a hill that overlooks the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road and the SEEPZ++ area.[4] A Direct bus run by the BEST links the caves with Andheri station. The caves are in danger of being encroached upon."

    Mahakali Caves

  • National Gallery of Modern Art


    "The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) is the leading Indian art gallery. The main museum at Jaipur House in New Delhi was established on March 29, 1954 by the Government of India, with subsequent branches at Mumbai and Bangalore. Its collection of more than 14,000 works includes artists such as Thomas Daniell, Raja Ravi Verma, Abanindranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil as well as foreign artists, apart from sculptures by various artists. Some of the oldest works preserved here date back to 1857.[1]Situated at the end of Rajpath, facing the India Gate, the building was a former residential palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur, hence known as Jaipur House. It was designed by Sir Arthur Bloomfield, after the construction of Lutyens' Delhi, in 1936.\nThough the idea of the National Gallery was floated in 1949, it was formally inaugurated by Vice-president Dr S.Radhakrishnan in 1954, in the presence of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Hermann Goetz (1898-1976),[2] a noted German art historian became its first curator and in time it added new facilities such as Art restoration services, an Art reference Library and a Documentation Centre.[3]\nThen in 2009, a new wing of the National Gallery of Modern Art was inaugurated adding almost six times the space to the existing gallery, plus it has a new auditorium, a preview theatre, conservation laboratory, library and academic section as well as a cafeteria and museum shop.[1][4]"

    National Gallery of Modern Art

  • Prince of Wales Museum


    "The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, is the main museum in Mumbai, formerly Bombay.[4] It was founded in the early years of the 20th century by prominent citizens of Bombay, with the help of the government, to commemorate the visit of the then prince of Wales. It is located in the heart of South Mumbai near the Gateway of India. The museum was renamed in the 1990s or early 2000s after Shivaji, the founder of Maratha Empire.\nThe museum building is built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, incorporating elements of other styles of architecture like the Mughal, Maratha and Jain. The museum building is surrounded by a garden of palm trees and formal flower beds.\nThe museum houses approximately 50,000 exhibits of ancient Indian history as well as objects from foreign lands, categorized primarily into three sections: Art, Archaeology and Natural History. The museum houses Indus Valley Civilization artefacts, and other relics from ancient India from the time of the Guptas, Mauryas, Chalukyas and Rashtrakuta.[5]"

    Prince of Wales Museum

  • Victoria Terminus (CST Terminus


    "Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Marathi: ??????? ?????? ???????), formerly Victoria Terminus, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic railway station which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways in Mumbai, India.\nDesigned by Frederick William Stevens with influences from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and traditional Mughal buildings, the station was built in 1887 in the Bori Bunder area of Bombay to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The new railway station was built on the location of the Bori Bunder Station[3] and is the busiest railway station in India,[4] serving as a terminal for both long-distance trains and commuter trains of the Mumbai Suburban Railway. The station's name was changed to its present one in March 1996 and it is now known simply as CST (or VT/CSTM)."

    Victoria Terminus (CST Terminus

  • Chowpatty Beach


    "Girgaum Chaupati (Marathi:?????? ??????), commonly known as just Chaupati (pronounced as chow-patty), is one of the most famous public beaches adjoining Marine Drive in the Girgaum area of Mumbai, India. The beach is famous for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations when hundreds of people from all over Mumbai come to immerse the idols of Lord Ganapati in the Arabian Sea. It is also one of the many places in the city where the Ramlila is performed on a stage every year. An effigy of Ravan, that is erected on the sand, is burnt by the end of the 10-day performance. One can find several bhelpuri, panipuri, ragda patties and pav bhaji vendors on the beach.\n(On the road running along the beach, lone surviving terrorist of the 26/11 attacks, Ajmal Kasab was caught and arrested. A bronze statue of Tukaram Omble, the cop who helped nab Kasab was erected on 26/11/11.)"

    Chowpatty Beach

  • Hanging Gardens


    "The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one whose location has not been definitely established.\nTraditionally they were said to have been built in the ancient city of Babylon, near present-day Hillah, Babil province, in Iraq. The Babylonian priest Berossus, writing in about 290 BC and quoted later by Josephus, attributed the gardens to the Neo-Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II, who ruled between 605 and 562 BC. There are no extant Babylonian texts which mention the gardens, and no definitive archaeological evidence has been found in Babylon.[1][2]\nOne legend says that the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were created by Emperor Nebuchadnezzar II, the king of Babylon, for the Persian wife, Queen Amytis, because she missed the green hills and valleys of her homeland. Emperor Nebuchadnezzar II also built a grand palace that came to be known as 'The Marvel of the Mankind' or ('Al A'akheed vach altira'av chad') .\nBecause of the lack of evidence it has been suggested that the Hanging Gardens are purely legendary, and the descriptions found in ancient Greek and Roman writers including Strabo, Diodorus Siculus and Quintus Curtius Rufus represent a romantic ideal of an eastern garden.[3]\nAlternatively, the original garden may have been a well-documented one that the Assyrian king Sennacherib (704-681 BC) built in his capital city of Nineveh on the River Tigris near the modern city of Mosul.[4]"

    Hanging Gardens

  • Kamala Nehru Park


    "Kamala Nehru Park is a park in India covering an area of 4,000 square feet (370 m2).[1] Located at the top of Mumbai's Malabar Hill, it is named after Kamala Nehru, the wife of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.\nA place frequently visited by schoolchildren, it has little to offer by way of entertainment apart from a structure shaped like a shoe. The shoe structure is inspired by the nursery rhyme There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.\nFrom the garden, one can see the spectacular view of the city, Chowpatty Beach, and Queen's Necklace (Marine Drive)."

    Kamala Nehru Park

  • Marine Drive


    "Marine Drive is a 4.3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai in the city of Mumbai. It is a 'C'-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast, which is a natural bay. The road links Nariman Point to Babulnath and Malabar Hill. Marine Drive is situated over reclaimed land facing west-south-west. The bay is part of the Arabian Sea. In 2012, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai announced that the entire road would be resurfaced, 72 years after it was originally laid.[1]\nThe official name for this road, though rarely used, is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road. It was earlier known as Sonapur to local Marathi people. The highlight of Marine drive is the beautiful promenade along the road where many of the citizens take in a breath of fresh air and view the setting sun. The promenade is lined with palm trees. At the northern end of Marine Drive is Chowpatty Beach. This is a popular beach famed for its Bhel puri (local fast food). Many restaurants also line this stretch of the road. Further down this road lies Walkeshwar, a wealthy neighbourhood of the city, also home to the Governor of Maharashtra.\nMost of the buildings which were built by wealthy Parsis sport an art deco look that was popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Miami in the United States is the only city in the world that has more art deco buildings along the seafront than Mumbai.\nReal estate prices along the esplanade are among the highest in India, and fourth in the world at US$2100 per square feet[citation needed]. A lot of celebrities live here, making it one of India's premier residential community. Many hotels dot the drive, most prominent among them being the 5-star Oberoi (formerly the Oberoi Hilton Tower however reverted to the original name as of early 2008), The Intercontinental, Hotel Marine Plaza, Sea Green Hotel and a few other smaller hotels. Marine Drive is the preferred connecting road between the central business district located at Nariman Point and the rest of the city.\nMarine Drive is also known as the Queen's Necklace because if viewed at night from an elevated point anywhere along the drive, the street lights resemble a string of pearls,forming a necklace. It is also the world's largest viewing gallery and hence has been a host to a number of events that take place along the promenade.It is the major attraction in Mumbai city.It is a tourist place."

    Marine Drive

  • Borivali National Park (Sanjay Gandhi National Park)


    "Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), previously Borivali National Park,[2] is a large protected area in the northern part of suburban Mumbai city in Maharashtra State in India.[3] It encompasses an area of 104 km2 (40 sq mi) and is surrounded on three sides by India's most populous city.[4] It is notable as one of the major national parks existing within a metropolis limit and is one of the most visited parks in the world[3]\nThe rich flora and fauna of Sanjay Gandhi National Park attracts more than 2 million visitors every year. Tourists also enjoy visiting the 2400 years old Kanheri caves sculpted out of the rocky cliffs which lie within the park."

    Borivali National Park (Sanjay Gandhi National Park)

  • Mahalaxmi Temple


    "Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the famous temples of Mumbai situated on Breach Candy mumbai. Mahalaxi temple was constructed on a creek to the North that separated the island of Mumbai from the Koli island of Worli. The creek was filled after the completion of the Hornby Vellard in 1784. And, the modern temple of Mahalaxmi came up at the site.\nThe temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the divine consort of Lord Vishnu and the Goddess of Wealth according to the Hindu Mythology. \nThe Mahalakshmi Temple in Breach Candy is one of the most popular temples in the city and during Navarathi celebrations devotees stand for hours in long queues awaiting their turn to worship.\n"

    Mahalaxmi Temple

  • Essel World


    "EsselWorld is a theme park owned by Pan India Paryatan Pvt. Ltd. (PIPPL). It is situated in Gorai, Mumbai, India and was established in 1986. EsselWorld along with its counterparts, Water Kingdom, are stretched over 64 acres of land. Together, they are recognized as India's Largest Amusement And Water Park as well as Asia's Largest Theme Water Park.[1]\nEsselWorld is the only amusement park in India that qualifies as matching up to international standards. It draws in an estimated 1.8 million visitors annually, of which approximately 300,000 are students.[2]"

    Essel World

  • Colaba Causeway


    "Colaba Causeway, officially known as Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, is a commercial street,[1] and a major causeway or land link between Colaba and the Old Woman's Island in the city of Mumbai, India.\nIt lies close to the Fort area, and to the east of Cuffe Parade, an upmarket neighbourhood in South Mumbai, and close by are Mumbai's famous landmarks, the Gateway of India and Taj Mahal Palace & Tower."

    Colaba Causeway

  • Fashion Street


    "Fashion Street refers to a cluster of over 385 street side clothing shops on MG Road near Azad Maidan in South Mumbai, India.[1]\nThe market is located just opposite VSNL office building at Mahatma Gandhi Road (MG Road). It is a popular tourist destination, and is known for bargaining.[2]\nIn January 2011, as a part of the green drive of BMC along with Fashion Street Shopowners' Association, the market at Fashion Street stopped the use plastic bags, and switched to paper bag, made by the training workshop of the National Association of the Blind.[1]"

    Fashion Street

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