Lovingly called the ‘City of Dreams’, Mumbai is known for its pulsating vibe and an amazing charm that spreads like magic. Though the city serves as the commercial capital of India but it also home to a number of tourist attractions. It attracts business as well as leisure travelers from all around the world in huge numbers, every year. This city, formerly known as Bombay, knows how to capture the fast-pace mode of life. From beaches to caves and temples, it has everything. The blog enlists some of the most famous places to visit in Mumbai that should not be given a miss.
The Gateway of India
The Gateway of India is one of Mumbai’s most iconic monuments and landmarks. The construction of the Gateway of India was commenced in 1911 and was completed 13 years later in 1924 in order to commemorate the first visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911. The gateway has an inscription that reads Erected to commemorate the landing in India of their Imperial Majesties King George V and Queen Mary on the Second of DecemberMCMXI .
The gate is located on the Apollo Bunder road, overlooking the Arabian Sea in South Bombay. Another iconic landmark is the heritage-luxury Taj Mahal Palace Hotel which is situated right across the street from the Gateway of India. Not many know, but the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel was opened close to 21 years before the completion of the Gateway of India.
Marine Drive is one of the best boulevards and pavements there are in all of India. Lined by the natural bay formed by the Arabian Sea, the 3.5 km stretch is fondly called the Queen’s Necklace, because the street-lights look like a pearl necklace. It is one of the many places in Mumbai that stays awake through the day and into the night! There are people at Marine Drive at all hours of the day (on most days, the police have to drive people out post 3 am). The drive starts from Nariman Point, one of the southern tips of Mumbai, all the way to the western suburbs of Juhu and Girgaum. I fact the other end of the bay is connected all the other of the city, near Gorai and Manori.
The Shree Siddhivinayak Temple
The Shree Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai is one of the many temples in India held in extremely high regard. The temple is dedicated to Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. Ganesha s said to be the God who clears all obstacles. Thousands of people visit this temple in Mumbai to seek blessings of the deity and asking him for help. It is also known that the temple is over 200 years, built in 1801.
Located within the forests of Sanjay Gandhi National Park at Borivali in Mumbai, Kanheri Caves are among the earliest cave temples in India along with Karla and Ajanta Caves. Chiseled out of massive basaltic rocks, the ancient monument has magnificent reliefs of Buddha and the Bodhisattvas. The caves were used by monks as residence during monsoon and for congregational prayers. Built between first century BCE and 10th century CE, the earliest caves were carved out at the same time as Ajanta. The caves, highest situated at a height of 1500 ft above sea level, number 109. Kanheri is derived from the Sanskrit word Krishnagiri, which means black mountain. Kanheri originates from Sanskrit word Krishnagiri. Krishna generally stands for black color. The other name used was Khaneri which means black mountain.
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