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Tourist Places and Sightseeing in Mumbai

Mumbai is most happening city of India. It is not just financial hub of the country but has many tourist places and sightseeing in Mumbai. The most busiest city and crowded city has all kind of tourist attractions which ranges from museums, beaches, historical places, pilgrimages, planetarium, national parks, aquarium, art galleries, waterparks, ice world, malls, eateries and many more. The popular tourism places of Mumbai features such as Highest Pagoda, Prince of Wales Museum, Lad museum, Juhu beach, Manori beach, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Kanheri Caves, Elephanta Caves, Essel World, Jahangir Art Gallery, Gateway of India, Sidhivinayak temple, Mahalaxmi temple.

Global Vipassana Pagoda, Borivali West, Gorai

(Timings: 9.00 am to 7.00 pm, Identity Proof is mandatory for foreign visitors, http://www.globalpagoda.org)

The Global Vipassana Pagoda is declared as one of the "Seven Wonders of Maharashtra" by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) on 6 th June 2013. The Global Vipassana Pagoda is a Meditation Hall near Gorai, built on donated land on a peninsula between Gorai creek and the Arabian Sea. The Pagoda was inaugurated by Pratibha Patil, then President of India on 8 February 2009.

The aim of the pagoda complex is to express gratitude to Gautama Buddha for dispensing a universal teaching for the eradication of suffering, to reveal the truth about the life of Buddha and His teaching, and to provide a place for the practice of Vipassana meditation. Vipassana meditation courses are held free of charge at the meditation centre that is situated in the Global Vipassana Pagoda complex. It offers opportunity to visitors to learn Anapana Meditation in 10-15 minutes near the Buddha’s relics at Global Vipassana Pagoda's North Pagoda.

The main structure consists of three sub-domes. The bone relics of Gautama Buddha were enshrined in the central locking stone of the dome making it the world's largest hollow stone masonry structure containing relics of the Buddha. The center of the Pagoda contains the world's largest stone dome built without any supporting pillars.

Autorikshaws, buses are available from Bhayander. Also ferry service is available from Gorai Creek to Gorai village if you are coming from Borivali Station.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (Prince of Wales Museum), Mumbai

(Tuesday to Sunday- 10.15 am to 6.00 pm, Monday- 10.15 am to 5.30 pm. Closed on January 26, May 1, August 15, October 2 Check website for Other Closed days on festivals Contac- 022-22844484, 22844519, www.csmvs.com.)

The foundation stone of the museum was laid by the Price of Wales in 1905 and the building completed in 1914 in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture by George Wittet. The museum has vast collection of around 50,000 artefacts compromising sculptures, paintings, and antiquities, decorative and metal objects from India as well as foreign country. The museum is divided into Art Section, Archaeological Section, Natural History Section and Textile gallery.

Nearest Railway Station is Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus on central/harbour route and Churchgate station on western route. Nearest Airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Local Trains from Central/Harbour/Western Lines are available. Cabs/BEST buses are available from railway station.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Mumbai

Also known as Victoria Terminus Station, this historic railway station serves as headquarter for Central Railway. It is more popular for landmark architecture Gothic Revival style combined with Indian and British style. It is one of the Main Railway Stations on central and harbour route. Nearest Airport here is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

chhatrapati shivaji terminus CST

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad museum, Mumbai

(Timings: 10.00 am to 5.30 pm, Closed on Wednesday and Public Holidays, Contact: 02223731234, 02265560394, www.bdlmuseum.org)

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum seeks to serve the community as an Institution dedicated to excellence in cultural education through exhibitions and unique visual and intellectual media.

The museum opened to the public at its present site in Byculla in 1872 under name as Victoria & Albert Museum, Bombay. It is Mumbai’s oldest museum and the third oldest in the country. The building is one of the most important historical sites and was the first colonial building to be built for the specific purpose of housing a museum. It is oldest museum of Mumbai and showcases fine and decorative art of India and historical Mumbai. The museum also showcases art exhibitions, workshops for schools and cultural events and details are available on the website- www.bdlmuseum.org.

Nearest Railway Station is Mumbai Central on western route and Byculla on central route. Nearest Airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

Elephanta caves (UNESCO world heritage site), Mumbai

(Timing: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday Closed, 74 km from Alibaug, 33 km from Mumbai, 48 km from Navi Mumbai, 108 km from Khopoli)

The Elephanta Caves are located on Elephanta Island also known as Gharapuri on two hillocks. The rock-cut Elephanta Caves were constructed around the mid-5th to 6th centuries AD. The Cave No.1 is one of the important caves and features rock cut temple is dedicated to Shiva and shows the traces of Buddhist culture. Elephanta festival is a feast of dance and music celebrated in the month of February/March. Ferry Service is available from Gateway of India which is accessible from Churchgate station on Western route, and Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus on Central route.

Gateway of India, Mumbai

Gateway of India is a monument by George Witte to honour India Visit of King George and Queen Marry at Apollo Bunder. Now it is gathering point for locals and famous Taj Hotel is located nearby. Many cultural events are organised at Gateway of India during the year but no special program schedule is available. Nearest Railway Station is Churchgate station on western route, and Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus on central route. Nearest Airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

Nehru Centre and Planetarium, Worli (Mumbai)

(Timings: 10.00 am to 5.30 pm, Monday Closed, Check website of Nehru Centre for closing days on festival, 91 22 2496 4676 - 80, www.nehru-centre.org, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Nehru Centre is a sciences centre for learning with fun. It has science & technology exhibits, science and astro shows. The complex consists of Nehru Planetarium, Discovery of India, Culture Wing and Art Gallery. Show on “Stars & Wonders of the Universe” is arranged in Hindi, Marathi and English language.

Nehru Planetarium: It is a centre for scientific study of astronomy through various scientific exhibits. Programs such as Science quiz contests, Astro-painting, Science elocution, Astro-poetry and Astro-quiz competitions are arranged. Telescopes are installed outside the Planetarium to enable eager visitors to watch study and photograph Solar & Lunar eclipses, and many such other events.

Discovery of India: A exposition, covering every aspect of artistic, intellectual and philosophical attainment of India in 14 galleries.

Culture Wing: Regular cultural programmes in all branches of performing arts, like dance, drama, music, etc.

Art Gallery: Exhibit of art work by young and eminent artists.

One can take Taxi or bus from Mumbai Central or Dadar station (West) on western railway route. Nearest Railway Station are Mumbai central and Dadar on western route. Nearest Airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

RBI Monetary Museum, Fort, Mumbai

(Timings: 11.00 am to 5.00 pm, (022) 22610801, www.rbi.org.in)

It depicts India’s history of coinage to modern money and how it evolves through centuries.

Local Trains from Central/Harbour/Western Lines are available. Cabs/BEST buses are available from railway station. Nearest Railway Station is Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus on central route and Churchgate station on western route.

Taraporewala Aquarium, Marine Drive, Mumbai

(Timings: 10.00 am to 8.00 pm, Monday Closed, 022-22821239)

It houses rare species of fishes, marine life and big turtles. Objects crafted out of shells are also on display. Located on Marine Drive, it is oldest aquarium of the city and one of the city's main attractions, especially for kids.

Swatantryaveer Savarkar Rashtrya Smarak, Shivaji Park

(http://www.savarkarsmarak.com, +91 22 24465877)

The Smarak was inaugurated in great style on Veer Savarkars' Birth Anniversary, that is 28th May 1989 by no less a luminary than the then Vice President of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Shrrna. The Smarak conducts lectures, seminars, symposia on various issues of National and topical interest. It has Mumbai's only Museum exclusively dedicated to the armed revolutionaries of the freedom movement. It covers a huge span from 1857 to 1947 and has pictures and other original exhibits.

Beaches in Mumbai and near Mumbai

Girgaon Beach, Mumbai

One of the famous beach in the city, it is famous hangout point for the weekend. The beach is fully crowded during Ganesh Immersion and Ramlila. Famous bhelpuri, panipuri, ragda pattis and pav bhajis stall are on the beach to taste. Water sports like Platform parasailing, speed boat ride, banana bumpy ride, jet skiing are available. Nearest railway station is Charni Railway station.

Gorai Beach, Mumbai

Gorai is ideal destination for short relief from busy life of Mumbai. Nearest Railway Station is Bhayander with 15 km. Autorikshaws, buses are available from Bhayander. Also ferry service is available from Gorai Creek to Gorai village if you are coming from Borivali Station.

Juhu Beach, Mumbai

It is always crowded beach of Mumbai where people come for leisure and enjoying famous panipuri. The bungalows of well-known personalities are located in nearby Juhu area. Nearest railway station is Vileparle and Santacruz railway station.

Manori Beach, Mumbai

(40 km from Mumbai)

Manori beach is clean and rocky beach and happening place away from Mumbai. Manori is always filled with tourist groups and family. Also don't miss the local sea food and Manori bhel. Nearest Railway Station is Malad on Western Railway with 5 km. Buses/Autorikshaws are available from Malad station to Marve Beach. From Marve beach, ferry service is available for Manori Island.

Marve Beach, Mumbai

More of fishing village, this small beach is ideal for sun bathing and leisure. Please note that Marve Beach is NOT safe for swimming due to the strong tidal cross-currents. Nearest Railway Station is Malad on Western Railway with 5 km. Buses/Autorikshaws are available from Malad station to Marve Beach.

Wildlife and Nature Trails near Mumbai

Jijamata Udyan, Byculla, Mumbai

(9.00 am to 6.00 pm, Wednesday Closed, 35 km from Borivali/Thane)

Only wildlife animal zoo in the city, it has over 3000 trees of different species, 400 birds and few animals like elephants, foxes, snakes, crocodiles etc. Located on opposite of Byculla Railway Station. Local trains, BEST buses and cars are available from other part of City. Nearest Railway Station is Mumbai Central on western route and Byculla on central route. Nearest Airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park & Kanheri caves, Borivali,

(Timings: 7.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday Closed)

If you want break from hectic and crowded life of Mumbai, it is best spot for peace and relaxation. Scattered over large protected area, it has rich flora and fauna. It also has tiger/ lion safari, boating and toy train and also famous for nature trails and trekking. Another attraction of Sanjay Ghandi National Park is Kanheri Caves which is are situated 5 km in inner side of the national park. Bus service is available from gate of national park to caves. It has many rock cut caves and inscriptions in Brhami and Devanagari on cave walls.

The Sanjay Gandhi National Park is also popular trekking and monsoon spot near Mumbai.

Autos are available from east side of Borivali station which takes hardly 10 minutes. BEST bus service is also available from station.

Cultural and Art Galleries in Mumbai

Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Mumbai

(Timings: 10.00 am to 5.30 pm. Saturday and Sunday closed, www.bnhs.org, (022) 22821811)

BNHS has comprehensive collection of Natural History's specimen at Hornbill House, which gives a glimpse into the natural heritage of India. BNHS conduct many nature trails and study tours in Mumbai and other parts of India. For more information, check the website of the society.

Local Trains from CST station on Central line and Churchgate Station on Western Line, BEST buses and Taxis are available for local transportation.

Jahangir Art Gallery, Fort (Mumbai)

(Timings: 11.00 am to 7.00 pm, 022-22843989)

Jahangir Art Gallery exhibits works of contemporary India art by national and international artists. Jahangir Art Gallery exhibits works of contemporary India art by national and international artists. For current and forthcoming exhibitions, check the website of art gallery- www.jahangirartgallery.com.

National Gallery of Modern Art, Fort (Mumbai)

(Timings: 11.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday Closed, www.ngmaindia.gov.in, 022-22881969)

National Gallery exhibits works of national as well as international artists. For current and forthcoming exhibitions, check the website of National Gallery.

Pilgrimages, Famous Temples and Masjids in Mumbai

Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai

(Timings: 3.15 am to 12.00 pm for Tuesday, 5.30 am to 9.50 pm for other days, www.siddhivinayak.org, 022-24373626, 022-24373626)

Every Hindu person who visit Mumbai, visit Sidhivinayak temple. So it is also one of the most important pilgrimage centres in Mumbai. On Tuesday and Weekend, you will find long queue of devotees for darshan. Ganesh Chaturthi, Angarika Chaturthi, Maghi Ganesh utsav are celebrated with great enthusiasm.

Mumbadevi Temple, Kalbadevi Road, Mumbai

(Timings: 6.30 am to 10.00 pm, 022-22424974)

Mumbai Devi temple is dedicated to Goddess Mumbai Devi from whom Mumbai has derived its name. Nearest railway station is Charni road Station on Western Route.

Mahalaxmi Temple, Mumbai

(Timings: 6.00 am to 10.00 pm, www.mahalakshmi-temple.com, 022-2351 4732)

Dedicated to Goddess Mahalaxmi, it is one most famous pilgrimage centre in Mumbai. Nearest railway station is Mahalaxmi on Western Route.

Babulnath Temple, Mumbai

(Timings: 5.00 am to 10.00 pm, www.babulnath.com, 022-23678367, 022-23673602)

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this ancient temple is on small hillock near Girgaon Chowpathy. Lakhs of devotees visit the temple for peace and blessing. Mahashivratri is celebrated with full joy and devotion in month of March/April.

Haji Ali, Mumbai

(Timings: 5.30 am to 10.00 pm, www.hajialidargah.in, 091-22-23529082 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Hajji Ali Dargah is one of the most popular religious places in the city visited by the people of all religions. Hajji Ali Dargah is the complex housing the tomb of the Muslim Saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. Sometimes especially on Fridays of every week special Sufi musicians perform devotional music called Qawwali.

Essel World & Water Kingdom, Mumbai

Esse lWorld is the largest amusement park in the country & 'Water Kingdom’ is one of the largest Theme Water Parks in Asia. The 42 acre complex boasts of over 71 attractions designed for entertainment of all age groups- perfectly justifying the title of India’s largest amusement park.

Waterparks in Mumbai

For more details about waterparks, check Water Parks and Amusement Centres near and around Mumbai.

Adventure Resorts near Mumbai and around Mumbai

The adventure centres in the city are not much developed due to availability of space and other resources. Very few centres like Snow Centre and Bowling/Gaming centres available to try adventure activities. However, many private operators like Ecomantra arrange adventure activities like mountaineering, trekking, rafting around Mumbai.

Snow World, Kurla (Mumbai)

(Timings: 11.00 am to 8.30 pm, 022-61801591 / 022-61801592, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , http://www.snowworldmumbai.com/)

If you want to try the fascinating snow adventures and sports right in Mumbai city, Snow World is the place for you. Let yourself feel free during this fantastic adventure, and take advantage of the expert knowledge of your professional guides. The adventure activities offered by Snow Word are ice skating, snowboarding, snow sledding, ice skating, snow play and fall.

Check, Adventure Activities, Outdoor Activities and Offbeat Tours near Mumbai and Thane.

Eating Spots in Mumbai

Mumbai city has many wonderful eateries offering from regional specialities to multi-national dishes. Mumbai street food at the places like Juhu, Fort and Girgaon has been attraction to local as well as international visitors. More Information

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Transport Facilities in Mumbai:

Local train is one of the important means of transportation in the city. Local train is divided into three major routes such as Western Line, Central Line and Harbour Line. BEST buses also play important role to reach from one location to another. M-Indicator app is available on play store and provide details timetable of trains/buses, rikshaws fare, taxi fare. Nowadays Uber and Ola taxi are also quite popular.

In some parts like Varsova to Ghatkopar, metro train is already started and can be make use of it.

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