Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra offers various places that are exquisite and worth visiting. The land of celluloid dreams and opportunities, Mumbai is home to archaeological sites, religious sites, historical sites and many more that together form a big list of famous places to see in Mumbai.
¤ Gateway of India
The Gateway of India in Mumbai is the signature mark of Mumbai. It was build to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. It is regarded as one of the most celebrated monuments of India. Visit to Mumbai is incomplete without visiting this glorious monument. It is situated past the Council Hall and towards the sea. Most of the five star hotels of Bombay are located around the Gateway of India. The Gateway of India is definitely a must visit site.
¤ Prince of Wales Museum
Juhu BeachAnother one amongst top places to see in Mumbai is the Prince of Wales Museum, built in the Indo-Saracenic style. This museum is famous for its outstanding architecture and an imposing dome following the architectural styles of Western India of the 15th and 16th centuries. The museum has many important collections on art, natural history, and on archeology. Besides there are many other smaller sections devoted to other specialized subjects.
¤ Jehangir Art Gallery
The Jehangir Art Gallery is situated just next to the Prince of Wales Museum. Here many art and photographic exhibitions are held, where visitors can see and understand the modern Indian painting and sculpture. Just outside the entrance, at the meeting point of Rampart Row and Mahatma Gandhi Road, lies one of the best statues in Bombay, the statue of King Edward VII, by Boehm.
¤ Juhu Beach
Juhu beach situated in the northern suburbs of Mumbai. It is not only one of the top most places to see in Mumbai for tourists but also a popular hangout places of Mumbai. This beach is well crowded, always bustling and offering visitors an array of opportunities to enjoy themselves. This lovely palm-fringed beach is ideal for bathing. Since the beach is nearby the international and domestic airports (Sahar and Santa Cruz), it is surrounded by some of the famous five-star hotels like Sun N Sand, and Holiday Inn.
¤ Chowpati Beach
Chowpati Beach is located between Marine Drive and Malabar Hill. It holds a special place in the life of Bombay, being the venue of mass political meetings during the freedom struggle. Today, it is a major hangout place of Mumbai, where people gather in the evening to have fun and enjoy.
¤ Haji Ali Mosque
The Haji Ali Mosque rises squarely from the sea, the mosque has a tomb of the Muslim saint Haji Ali. People from all religions come here, since they believe that all their wishes will be fulfilled upon a visit here. The mosque is known for its typical Islamic architecture.
¤ Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus
Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus was earlier known as Victoria Terminus. It is an impressive structure built in 1888 and designed by Frederick William Stevenson. The entire facade is covered by sculpture of animals and birds.
¤ Chor Bazaar
The Chor Bazaar situated in Mumbai literally means “Thieve’s Market”. It is located near Bhendi Bazaar. Here you can buy various antique pieces like curios and small souvenirs items. All you need to do is to identify the genuine antique.
¤ Sanjay Gandhi National Park
The Sanjay Gandhi National Park is situated at Borivli, off the Western Express Highway. It is sprawled over an extensive area of 5000 acres and owns a number of beautiful picnic cottages. This park is considered an ideal place to unwind. A major attraction of this park is the lion safari.
¤ Flora Fountain
As you drive down the Veer Nariman Road, you will reach Flora Fountain. It is also known as Hutatma Chowk, the very hub of Bombay’s busy life. Near the fountain there are some of the most interesting institutions and building of the Bombay University, the old Secretariat, and the famous Gateway of India.
Besides, these attractions there many other important places to see in Mumbai. Some of them have religious significance whereas some are important from the tourism point of view. The bazaars of Kalbadevi and Bhuleshwar, north of Crawford market are the major shopping spots visited by tourists as well as by the local residents. Other highlights include Mangaldas Market, Zaveri The Nehru Planetarium and the Nehru Science Center, located at Worli. The Marine Drive is another major attraction of the city, this beach stretches from Nariman Point to Malabar Hill with tall buildings on one side. It is a lovely beach also known as Queen’s Necklace, when in night thousands of lights flicker around it. Nearby the Marine Drive, Malabar Hill extends to the northern parts of the island to the southernmost points of Colaba, Cuffe Parade, Nariman Point, and Fort. Other attention catching attractions in Mumbai are Taraporewala Aquarium, ISKCON temple, amusement parks like Essel World and Fantasy Land, beaches like Madh Island, Manori, Versova, Goral and Marue.