Mumbai formerly Bombay and capital of Maharashtra state in India is a treasure trove of opportunities and a popular tourist destination. From Bollywood celebrities to beaches and fashion to mouthwatering cuisines, Mumbai has it all. Here we list down the 7 wonders of Mumbai which are not to be missed on your visit to this city which never sleeps.
#1 Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)
The UNESCO world heritage site was built in 1887 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria and thus was named as Victoria Terminus. The exuberant historical landmark of Mumbai is a Victorian-Gothic architecture building bustling with million of people and around 1000 trains every day as it serves as headquarter of Mumbai Railways well connected by rail with major cities in India including the local suburban trains which are the lifeline of Mumbai city. The imposing building with domes, turrets, spires and stained glasses have remarkable intricate designs.
One can take the heritage walk started by Central Railways which is a guided tour to an in-house museum followed by a tour of the building.
#2 Gateway of India
Around 2 km from CST on the Apollo Bunder overlooking the Arabian Sea is the majestic arch monument Gateway of India built in the 20th century to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai. The 26 m high archway with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into yellow basalt stone in Indo-Saracenic style. Boats depart from here to Elephanta caves which are yet another popular tourist attraction.
#3 The Taj Mahal Palace
Just across the street from Gateway of India is another iconic landmark of Mumbai the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel built in the year 1903 by Jamshedji Tata is a five-star hotel located in the Colaba region of Mumbai and is a part of the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. The hotel consists of 560 rooms and 44 suites and consists of fine-dining options for the Indian, Middle Eastern, Chinese and Japanese cuisines.
#4 Marine Drives
Popularly known as the Queen’s Necklace as the street lights along the C-shaped road create an illusion of a necklace at night when viewed from a height. The 3.5-kilometre-long boulevard with a six-lane concrete road along the coast of Arabian Sea forms a natural bay. It serves as picture postcard view of Mumbai. The walkway h
Girgaum Chowpatty is one of the popular beaches in Mumbai and well known for the Chaat (Indian Snacks) and Ice cream stalls. Located on the north of Marine drive Chowpatty Beach is a popular picnic spot and hangout for the people of Mumbai. One can also find toy vendors, merry-go-rounds for kids, artists and balloon sellers amidst the crowd enjoying on the beach.
Visit during the time of Ganesh festival (Generally between August and September), to witness a completely different spirit of people of Mumbai who visit Chowpatty Beach to immerse the huge idols of Lord Ganesha accompanied by music and dance.
#6 Haji Ali
The Haji Ali Dargah is one of India’s most famous landmarks built by Muslim saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. Haji Ali Dargah located on an islet in the Arabian Sea connected via a long causeway to the coast of Worli is a mosque and contains the tomb of the Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. The structure with white domes, minarets, and marble pillars is a renowned pilgrimage site visited by people of all religions alike.
Opening Times 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Bandra is a posh locality in West Mumbai and is home to many famous Bollywood, cricket, and political personalities. The Catholic chapel of Mount Mary built around 1640 by the Portuguese is one of the oldest church in Mumbai.
Bandstand is a km long beautiful promenade which is a popular hangout consist of a park, an amphitheatre where several concerts are held. Bandra Fort built by the Portuguese in the 17th century as a watchtower is located at the end of the road overlooking the Arabian Sea. Bandstand is a Popular sunset point and rewards with a wonderful view of the Worli Sea link.
Opening Times: 6:00 AM to 7:30 pm
The Bandra–Worli Sea Link, officially called Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, is an 8-lane, 5.6 km, cable-stayed bridge over the Arabian sea that links Bandra in Western Mumbai with Worli in South Mumbai. One can take a taxi to the Linking Road which is popular street shopping for plenitude choice of cosmetics, shoes, clothing and bags.
The 7 Wonders of Mumbai is written by Rashmi & Chalukya.
Rashmi & Chalukya, a couple from Mumbai, India had started travelling and exploring India to get away from the monotonous 9 to 6 jobs and soon travelling became their passion. Follow Rashmi & Chalukya at Go Beyond Bounds, Twitter and Facebook.
Have you visited Mumbai? What are the places that you have visited in Mumbai that you feel should make into the list of 7 wonders?