Dedicated to the British soldiers who fell in the Sind and Afghan campaigns of 1838 and 1843, this church is also known as St.Johns Church and was built in 1847.
Chaitya Bhoomi at Dadar, Mumbai is the memorial of Rashtrapurush Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar. Thousands of people from across the country throng the ´´Chaitya Bhoomi´´ to pay homage to the architect of the Indian Constitution on 6th of December & 14th of April every year.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus)
The CST is a magnificently created building and is considered to be architecturally one of the finest stations in the world today.
Built by the British in 1888, it has exquisite ornamentation on its facade along with brilliantly executed panels and friezes. Frederick William Stevens, a consulting architect designed the station for a fee of 16.14 lakh and the building took ten years to complete.
CST holds the statue of Queen Victoria on its dome thus the station was named ´Victoria Terminus´ in honour of the reigning queen Victoria.
It is a significant railway station for suburban as well as long distance trains going in and out of Mumbai. It is one of the busiest stations in India and also has the headquarters of the country´s Central Railways here.
Want a breathtaking view of the city and the queen´s necklace? Head to the charming Chowpatty Beach and it is indeed Mumbai at its best!
Perhaps, the most famous beach in Mumbai City, Chowpatty beach is frequented by the Mumbai citizens and tourists both. Located at the foot of Malabar hill and at the end of Marine Drive, this is the only beach in Central Mumbai.
From courting couples to families visiting for fun and games to senior citizens for their evening sojourn, everyone loves to come and catch a breath of fresh air at this beach.
The Elephanta caves are located in the Mumbai harbour off the coast of Mumbai. In 1987, the caves were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is visited by many domestic and foreign tourists. The Portuguese gave the island its modern name, Elephanta from Gharapuri. The Trimurti of Elephanta showing the three faces of Shiva almost akin to the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Other sculptures here are the reliefs of Nataraja and Sadashiva and the splendid sculptures of Ardhanarishvara.
The Flora Fountain stands on the site of the old church gate of the Bombay Fort, now a major crossroad named Hutatma Chowk.
It was erected to honor Sir Bartley Frere, a former governor of Bombay and named after the Greek goddess Flora
Gateway of India
Mumbai´s most striking monument, this too was designed by George Wittet. It has an imposing gateway arch in the Indo-Saracenic style with Gujarati and Islamic elements such as wooden carvings.
It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911.
This area is also the departing point for ferries plying to Elephanta Island and other beaches across the port. Behind it is the beautiful old (and new) structure of the Taj Mahal Hotel.
The Haji Ali dargah, situated in the middle of Worli Bay, is a shrine dedicated to the memory of a Muslim saint who died while on pilgrimage to Mecca. It is believed that a casket containing his mortal remains floated and came to rest on a rocky bed in the sea, where devotees constructed the dargah, on a tiny islet located 500 yards from the coast. The islet is linked to the city precinct of Mahalakshmi, by a narrow causeway. This causeway is not bound by railings and is lashed by the sea during high tide. Therefore, the dargah is accessible only during low tide. This walk on the causeway, with the sea on both sides, is one of the highlights of a trip to the shrine.
Jehangir Art Gallery
Located at Kala Ghoda, close to the Prince of Wales Museum, this gallery showcases contemporary art for Mumbai´s art enthusiasts.
A major tourist attraction, this gallery was founded by Sir Cowasji Jehangir at the urging of K. K. Hebbar and Homi Bhabha. A colossal institution, the history of this place can be traced back to the renaissance of Indian art.
This suburban beach is great favorite with Mumbaites, and has plenty to offer everyone. Like Marine Drive´s Chowpatty, Juhu ´Chowpatty´ is a vendor´s delight with innumerable food counters. It is a wonderful place to bring kids, as it doubles up as an amusement park, play ground, and open-air restaurant. An unusual sight at this beach is the camel ride, which is both fun and popular.
Kamla Nehru Park
Situated on the slopes of Malabar Hill, it is mainly a children´s park named after the wife of India´s first Prime Minister. Laid in 1952, the garden offers panoramic view of Marine drive and Chowpatty.
Situated at BhulaBhai Desai road, it is one of the most famous temples of Mumbai constructed for Mahalaxmi, the Goddess of Wealth. Built around 1785, the history of this temple is possibly connected with the building of the Hornby Vellard.
When the portions of the sea wall of the Vellard collapsed twice, the chief engineer Pathare prabhu, dreamt of a Lakshmi statue in the sea near Worli. A search recovered it, and he built a temple for it. After this, the work on the Vellard could be completed without any obstacles
Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market (Crawford Market)
The Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market or the Crawford market is named after Bombay´s first municipal commissioner, Arthur Crawford.
Situated in the northern end of the old British part of the town, the place intimidates the skyline with its clock tower and steeple. It was completed in 1869 and was donated to the city by Cowasji Jehangir. It was Lockwood Kipling who designed the walls outside and also the stone fountains.
The Crawford market was the main wholesale market for fruits in Bombay until March 1996, when the wholesale traders were relocated to New Bombay
Malabar Hill, a tiny hillock is home to the Walkeshwar Temple, founded by the Silhara kings. The temple was destroyed by the Portuguese, but was rebuilt again in 1715 by Rama Kamath. At a height of 50 meters (80 feet), this is the highest point in downtown Mumbai.
The Malabar Hill district is undeniably the most coveted residential area in the city and is home to several corporate bigwigs and personalities from the entertainment business.
Raj Bhavan (Governor´s House) and the bungalow "Varsha", the official residences of the Governor and Chief Minister are also located here.
This simple and charming museum was where Mahatma Gandhi lived on his visits to Mumbai between 1917 and 1934. Gandhi´s room and belongings including his books are on display at Mani Bhavan which is situated on Laburnam Road, near the August Kranti Maidan.
It is here that the ´Quit India´ movement was launched in 1942. Even Gandhi´s association with the Charkha began here in 1917
The mansion originally belonged to Revashankar Jagjeevan Jhaveri and the Mani family prior to that, who was incidentally Gandhi´s friend and host in Mumbai during this period.
It was from Mani Bhavan that Gandhi initiated the Non-Cooperation, Satyagraha, Swadeshi, Khadi and Khilafat movements.
The building was taken over by the Gandhi Smarak Nidhi in 1955 for maintenance as a memorial to Gandhi
The Marine Drive is a 3 km stretch situated in an inverted ´C´-shaped six lane concrete road along the coast in South Mumbai. Linking Nariman Point to Babulnath and Malabar Hill the Marine Drive is built over reclaimed land facing west-south-west.
The highlight of Marine drive (also known as the Netaji Subhash Chandra road)is the enticing promenade lined up with leafy palm trees. The road has architectural wonders on one side in form of the art deco buildings, built as early as the 1920s and 1930s and the Arabian sea on the other. The Marine Drive is venue to a host of events including the Mumbai Marathon, The Air Show and the Fleet Review. The place is known as the Queen´s Necklace in the evenings for the street lights seem like a string of pearls.
National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA)
Formerly Cowasji Jehangir Hall, of the Institute of Science, the place has been renovated to serve as a four-storey exhibition hall, displaying the best of Indian contemporary art.
The high-rise corncob of the cylindrical Nehru Centre looms north of Mahalakshmi. Here is a planetarium, convention centre and concert-cum-movie auditorium. The planetarium recreates an image of the sky as seen from anywhere on the earth, a any time past, present or future.
Nehru Science Centre
Nehru Science Centre, first conceived as a Science & Technology Museum in late sixties, took final shape as India's largest interactive science centre with a sprawling 8 acres of science-park consisting of exhibits relating to the properties of life, antique exhibits like railway engine, tramcar, supersonic aeroplane and steam lorry.
Prince of Wales Museum
One of the finest examples of Victorian architecture, the Prince of Wales Museum was built to commemorate King George V´s visit to Mumbai (while still Prince of Wales), it was designed by George Wittet and completed in 1923.
It is indisputably India´s finest museums that houses treasures, artifacts, paintings and sculptures from the various eras covering India´s history, including the Indus Valley Civilization
Located at Prabha Devi, this prominent temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh was rebuilt on the site of a 200-year old temple. Built of black stone, the idol of Ganesh is two and a half feet in height and two feet in width.
An unusual feature of the statue is that the trunk turns to the right, not often found on Ganesh idols. Tuesday is the main day of darshan and puja, but this temple is frequented by hundreds of devotees everyday
Taraporewala Aquarium is the sole aquarium in the city. Built in 1951 at a cost of Rs. 8,00,000, it hosts marine and freshwater fishes. The aquarium is located on the famous Marine Drive. There are 100 species of marine and fresh water fish including seven types of coral fish from Lakshadweep Islands. Attractions include sharks, turtles and morays.
Victorian buildings of the Fort Area
Other buildings to see in the Fountain or Fort area are the University of Mumbai buildings including the imposing Rajabhai Tower, the Mumbai High Court, the Old Secretariat, and the Institute of Science on one end.
Close by is situated St Thomas Cathedral, the Asiatic Society of Bombay or Town Hall, the Office of the Director General of Police, the General Post Office and the Thomas Cook building.
The Western Railway Headquarters is also quite near, across the street from the Church gate Station. These buildings are fine examples of the Gothic and Indo-Saracenic style.
Many are illuminated by night. An exotic way of seeing these sights would be by the MTDC open-air bus or by the few surviving Victorias or buggy rides. Close by to Flora Fountain is the Kala Ghoda area which holds a once a week fair (every Sunday) from November to January.
Zoo of Mumbai
It is a zoo and a garden located at Byculla, also known as Rani Jijamata Udyaan or Rani Bagh in the heart of Mumbai. Originally called Victoria Gardens, it was laid out in 1861. Also, situated in the Gardens is the Victoria and Albert Museum, mainly of industrial and agricultural interest.
Master Plan of the Zoo