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Stop At: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, DN Road Mumbai CST Area, Mumbai India
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, which was previously known as Victoria Terminus, is among the busiest railway stations in the country. An outstanding example of Victorian-Gothic architectural style, the railway station is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This splendid edifice, designed by F. W. Stevens, was built in the year 1887 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The terminus was officially renamed as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in 1996.
The terminus building has striking stone domes, pointed arches, beautiful turrets and eccentric ground plan that leave onlookers amazed. The stained-glass windows enhance the exquisiteness of the terminus' impressive façade. The terminus serves as a terminal for both local and long-distance trains of the Mumbai Suburban Railway. Frequented by commuters and history buffs, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is among the most popular places of tourist interest in the city.
Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: Gateway of India, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai 400001 India
The Gateway of India is an emblematic landmark not only in Mumbai but in the entire country. Located on the southern part of the city, the gateway overlooks the splendid Arabian Sea. This magnificent edifice was constructed to memorialize King George V and Queen Mary's visit to India in 1911. It was designed by George Wittet and took around 13 years to complete the project. The monument was inaugurated on 4th December, 1924.
Flaunting flawless Indo-Saracenic architecture, this structure has been built in yellow basalt stone. Its archway is 26 metres high, which is joined with four turrets. A monument that speaks volumes about the political history of the country, Gateway of India is the perfect place to get acquainted with the spirited life of Mumbai and is a favourite among history buffs, tourists and photographers.
Duration: 45 minutes
Pass By: The Taj Mahal Palace, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India
The Taj Mahal Palace opened in Mumbai, then Bombay, in 1903, giving birth to the country’s first harbour landmark. The hotel overlooks the majestic Gateway of India. This legendary luxury hotel has played host to kings, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe, and is acknowledged as a world leader in hospitality.
Stop At: Marine Drive, Chaupati, Mumbai 400021 India
Marine Drive, is a 3 kilometre long boulevard which stretches from Nariman Point to Malabar Hills. It is an inverted 'C'-shaped six lane road in southern Mumbai, running along the coast of the Arabian Sea. Famed for a large number of Art Deco buildings that were built by wealthy Parsis during the early 20th century, this necklace-shaped stretch is worth exploring. Listed among the most posh areas of the city, Marine Drive features many high-end hotels and restaurants. Walkeshwar, the house of Maharashtra's Governor, is also located in this area.
Towards the north of Marine Drive is the popular Chowpatty Beach. At night, with the street lights are on, the entire road appears like a dazzling diamond neckpiece, hence its also referred as 'Queen's Necklace'. The highlight of this place is the beautiful promenade, which is lined with several palm trees. Considered as one of world's largest viewing gallery, Marine Drive attracts millions of tourists every year.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Chowpatty Beach, Marine Drive, Mumbai India
One of Mumbai's star attractions, Chowpatty Beach is located on the northern side of Marine Drive. Officially known as Girgaum Chowpatty, this public beach serves as a favourite picnic spot among locals and tourists. Lapped by the waters of the Arabian Sea, this beach is perfect for spending moments of repose with friends and family.
Chowpatty Beach has been an important centre for many celebrations over the years, including Ganesh Chaturthi. During this festival, thousands of devotees gather at the beach to participate in the immersions of the Lord Ganapati idols in the Arabian Sea. Another popular festival that is held here is Ramlila, which lasts for a period of 10 days. Processions, energetic dance performances and beating of the drums are an integral part of this festival.
The beach is lined with many restaurants and street vendors, where you can savour street food like bhelpuri, pao bhaji, sev puri, batata puri, fresh green tender coconuts and chaat. This place offers many leisure opportunities to visitors of all ages. Take a barefoot stroll on the golden sands or admire the sunrise and sunset sitting as you laze around on the beachfront.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Hanging Gardens (Ferozeshah Mehta), Malabar Hill, Mumbai 400075 India
Hanging Gardens, also referred as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens, are beautiful terraced gardens that are set atop the western side of Malabar Hill. Established in the 1880s, this garden was designed by Ulhas Ghapokar to protect a nearby water reservoir from getting polluted.
This painstakingly manicured garden is spread in a vast area that has well-laid pathways. The colourful flower clock at the centre and numerous animal-shaped hedges are the unique features of this park. You can also enjoy spectacular views of the Arabian Sea from the Hanging Gardens.
The Boot House or Old Woman's Shoe, completely made up of stone, is another interesting feature that would make your visit a memorable one. Whether with family or alone, visitors will definitely have a great time amidst the serene surroundings of these beautiful gardens. Its well-maintained pathways are perfect for a jog or stroll around the park.
Duration: 30 minutes
Pass By: Flora Fountain, MG Rd at Veer Nariman Rd, Mumbai India
Flora Fountain is a famous landmark that finds mention in the list of heritage structures across India. Western India’s Agri-Horticultural Society built it in 1864. It has been named after Flora – Roman Goddess of Flowers. In 1960, the Flora Fountain was renamed as Hutatma Chowk (Martyr's Square) in the memory of 105 people who sacrificed their lives while demanding a separate Maharashtrian state.
This fountain stands where Bombay Fort's original Churchgate once stood and was sculpted using fine Portland stone with white paint coating. An imposing statue of the Roman Goddess crowns this structure and adds to its architectural beauty. When the sun sets, Flora Fountain is illuminated with bright lights that present a fabulous view.
Stop At: Dharavi, Mumbai India
Get a fascinating look at slum life in Mumbai on this three-hour walking tour. Make your way through the streets of Dharavi to witness a hidden side of urban India and get a new perspective on city life in one of India's, and the world's, largest cities.
Home to nearly one million people, Mumbai's Dharavi district has the dubious honor of being the largest slum in Asia. This tour aims to break the negative stereotype associated with the slum. Put aside your initial apprehensions and discover a place that's alive with small scale industries and high community spirit.
See why Dharavi is the heart of small-scale industry in Mumbai. Experience a wide range of activities such as recycling, pottery-making, embroidery, soap-making and leather tanning. Most of these things are created in innovative ways and in very confined spaces.
When passing through the residential spaces, you will feel the sense of community and spirit that exists in the area. People from all over India live in Dharavi, and this diversity is apparent in the temples, mosques and churches that stand here side by side. A tour through Dharavi's narrow alleys is quite an adventure, and you will leave with an enlightened sense of the purpose and determination that exists in the area.
After your walking tour of the Dharavi slums, see the glamorous side of Mumbai as well.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Dhobi Ghat, Dr. E. Moses Rd. near Mahalakshmi Station, Mumbai India
The largest open-air laundry in the world, Mumbai's Dhobi Ghat Laundry lies in Mahalakshmi area is an open-air laundry that is more than a century old in origin. It is a place where washer men (dhobis) gather every day for their regular chore of washing clothes from hotels and hospitals of the city. Watching these men using age-old method of washing clothes with a flogging stone is a unique experience for most of the people. All these clothes are later starched and hanged on wires for drying. This place familiarises visitors with a completely different facet of the bustling metropolis.
Dhobi Ghat area is lined with rows of open concrete wash pens, all of which have their own flogging stones. It is considered as the largest outdoor laundry around the globe. World Records India and World Amazing Records honoured this ghat with the World Record Certificate. The certificate was presented to Dhobi Kalyan and Audyogik Vikas Cooperative Society, which is the authority responsible for this place. This popular site was featured in its namesake movie, Dhobi Ghat, which was based on life in Mumbai.
Duration: 15 minutes