Destination Guide India > Mumbai
DESTINATION GUIDE INDIA - MUMBAI
ABOUT MUMBAI CITY
known as Bombay - is known as the New York of India.
Mumbai is famous for its great magnetism. The city attracts
people from all parts of the country who come to the city with
big dreams in their eyes and hopes of fulfilling them. There
are innumerable stories of ordinary people making a fortune in
the city. Dhirubhai Ambani, Amitabh Bachchan, and Shahrukh
Khan are just a few of them. Mumbai is the most cosmopolitan
and forward-looking city of India. The city is also known as
the financial and commercial capital of India.
ATTRACTIONS - MUMBAI CITY
Beach - Girgaun Chowpatty Beach is situated at the
northern end of Marine Drive. This sandy beach is a popular
picnic spot for the locals, especially on weekends and
holidays. It is very famous among the tourists too for its
spicy snacks such as Bhelpuri, fresh green tender coconuts,
Chaat and its innumerable food stalls. One can see couples and
children enjoying at the beach and is popular among all
classes. It attracts a large number of devotees during Ganesh
Chaturthi festival, when huge idols of Lord Ganesha are
immersed here. Snake charmers at Chowpaty are a sight for
tourists while children love the rides of merry-go-rounds and
ferry wheels. Chaupati Beach has expanded itself to touch
Malabar Hill, Girgaum, Gamdevi and Khetwadi and in the
evening, it turns into a carnival that is a permanent feature
of Mumbai. Along with pony rides, performances of
contortionists, you will also find astrologers here along with
eunuchs and drug peddlers. Recently, a new park has been
created along Chowpatty Beach for the elderly, where they can
walk, sit or laze around. It has been known as popular venue
for political meetings during freedom struggle in
pre-independence era. One can also see a small colony along
the beach of Koli fishermen.
Drive- Marine Drive is a 3 km long avenue in South Mumbai,
like an inverted 'C'. It has six lanes and run along the coast
and is a natural bay on Arabian Sea. It connects Nariman Point
to Babulnath and Malabar Hill. The chief attraction of Marine
Drive is the Promenade, officially known as Netaji Subhash
Chandra Bose Road. Sunset views here are just fabulous and
palm trees line the Promenade. Chowpatty Beach at the northern
end of Marine Drive is famous for its snacks and fast food
though sea here is too polluted to swim.
It's shape has also earned Marine Drive the title of the
Queen's Necklace, as the street lights lit in the night look
like sparkling diamonds from a high point. It is also said to
be the world's largest viewing gallery.
» Gateway of
India - The Gateway of India is undoubtedly the most
outstanding monument in Mumbai. The Gateway has a striking
gateway arch in the Indo-Saracenic style with Gujarati
and Islamic elements like wooden carvings. This monument was
built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary
of Britain, to Bombay before the Darbar in Delhi in December
1911. The Governor of Bombay laid the foundation stone on
March 31, 1911. The final blue print of George Wittet's design
was passed in August 1914. Between 1915 and 1919 work was done
to reclaim land at Apllo Pier, where the gateway was to be
built. The new sea wall was to be built. The foundation was
completed in 1920. The Gateway is built with yellow Kharodi
basalt and reinforced with concrete. The central dome has a
diameter of 48 feet and it is 83 feet from the ground at its
» Haji Ali
Mosque -- This mosque houses the tomb of Hazarath Haji
Ali, a Muslim Sufi saint. The dargah was built in 1431. The
tomb is on a small islet just off the coast of Worli in
is about 500 yards from the coast, in the middle in the sea.
There is a walkway that connects the shrine to the shore. This
walkway is accessible only in low tide. During high tide and
in the monsoons the shrine is completely cut off from the
shore. The structure of the dargah is like other Muslim
mausoleums in India. The structure is white with domes and
minarets like the Mughal architecture. The dargah is a
renowned pilgrimage site among the Muslims. Non-Muslims are
also allowed to visit the dargah. Inside the dargah the tomb
is covered with a red and green brocade chaddar(sheet) and an
exquisite silver frame supports it. The tomb has a courtyard
that normally has a festive atmosphere. The main hall has
pillars on which the ninety-nine names of Allah are written.
The whitewashed structure attracts visitors in large numbers
on Thursdays and Fridays. This shrine is thronged by Hindu and
Muslim devotees alike.
Caves - The Kanheri Caves are located in the Sanjay Gandhi
National Park in Mumbai. The Kanheri Caves consist of a number
of rock-cut Buddhist caves. These caves were built in the 1st
century BC when Mumbai was the territory of the Maurayan and
Kushan empires. The caves are deep inside the National Park in
Mumbai. The caves are approximately 450 meters above seal
level and from here one can get a beautiful view of the
surroundings. There are about 109 caves. These caves were used
as rest houses for travelers.
HOW TO REACH - MUMBAI
is a very well connected city, be it by air, road or rail.
» By Air - Mumbai has more flights connecting it than
even the national capital New Delhi. All major airlines fly to
and from Mumbai to most of the important cities of the world.
The international terminal of Mumbai is known as Sahar and the
domestic terminal is known as Santa Cruz. The Sahar terminal
is 30 km from downtown Mumbai and Santa Cruz is at a distance
of 25kms. Besides taxis, there are regular shuttle services
plying between the two terminals.
» By Road - If you would like to travel by bus within
India, most long distance buses leave from the State Transport
Terminal located opposite Mumbai's Central Railway Station.
However, this is not a good option if you do not speak Hindi
or Marathi as no printed information is available in English.
However most of the neighbouring states like Goa, Gujarat,
Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh have their state bus company
offices located here.