10 Best Places to Visit in Mumbai
India – the land of spices and exotic colors, that will make you feel in a fairy tale. Its unique culture, tradition and spirituality will delight your soul and will make you want to explore each corner of its beauty.
Mumbai, or Bombay it is considered to be the most populated and wealthiest city in India. Did you know that etymologically speaking, Mumbai is derived from the goddess name Mumba, or its popular version Maha Amba, known as “Great Mother”? You can find the Mumba Devi Mandir temple located in Mumbai, which is dedicated to the goddess Maha Amba and find out more interesting facts about India’s religious beliefs and practices.
If you want to spend the most adventurous days of your life, here are the best places you can visit during your trip to Mumbai, India:
Mumbai Sightseeing Guide!
1- Gateway of India:
Built in the memory of King George the 5th and Queen Mary’s visit to India in 1911, the Indo-Saracenic architecture is considered to be a symbol that represents the city of Mumbai, which is also a major touristic destination.
2- Haji Ali:
Being both a tomb and a Mosque, the massive construction was built by a rich Muslim merchant and Sufi, Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. It is also rumoured that it contains even his own body. Haji Ali, it is located in the middle of the ocean.
3- Elephanta Caves:
Certified as UNESCO World Heritage Site, Elephanta Caves are a number of cave temples, dedicated to Indian god Hindu and Shiva.
4- Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat:
It is an open air laundry whose workers are named dhobis (known as washermen) who are hand washing dirty laundry from all over Mumbai. It is an exhausting activity that requires hours of standing up in water filled with different chemicals, but part of Indian customs.
5- Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum:
It is considered to be Mumbai’s oldest museum that highlights Mumbai’s cultural heritage and history through various maps, miniature clay models, photos and valuable books that prove the history of the city from the late eighteenth. In 2005, Dr. Bahau Daji Lad Museum won UNESCO’s International Award of Excellence for cultural conservation.
6- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus:
It is a monumental train station with incredible architectural details like dog-faced gargoyles adorning the magnificent central tower and peacock-filled windows above the central courtyard. Its main structure was built from a blend of India sandstone and limestone, while Italian marble was used for the key decorative elements.
7- ISKCON Temple:
It is one of India’s most beautiful temple of god Krishna. The temple is visited by thousands of people during festive occasions and includes a spacious marble temple, a restaurant, an auditorium and a twin-towered seven-story guest house where visitors can participate in the daily spiritual programs.
8- Global Vipassana Pagoda:
It’s a monument of peace and harmony. Its centre contains the world’s largest stone dome built without any supporting pillars. Pagoda dome contains relics of the Buddha and encompasses the largest meditation hall in the world (approximately 8000 meditators). What makes it interesting is the fact that the pinnacle of the Pagoda is adorned with a large crystal and it is also covered in gold paint.
9- Taj Mahal Palace Hotel:
This historical and architectural marvel will enchant you with its grandeur and architectural details. It is the first building in the country to get intellectual property rights protection for its architectural design. The hotel contains 560 rooms and 44 suites.
10- Sanjay Gandhi National Park:
It is considered to be the largest park in the world located within city limits. It is the home of lions and tigers and contains two of the city’s largest lakes – Vihar and Tulsi. You can also find there the Jain Temple that features three huge idols ranging around 30 feet in height.
Till next time, enjoy your spiritual trip to Mumbai!
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