Mumbai AttractionsMumbai's countless attractions are reached via the iconic colonial-era arch that is the Gateway of India. Nearby stands the Taj Mahal Palace. India's second-most photographed monument (after its namesake) has played an integral role in the country's history. Equally imposing is the poetically named Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, an extravagant Gothic building, and a UNESCO world heritage site.
Mumbai Harbour is home to Elephanta Island, a labyrinth of impressive temple carvings, while the Colaba peninsula hosts Sassoon Docks, the oldest and largest fish market in Mumbai. The peninsula is a hive of activity, with high-end fashion boutiques, souvenir craft markets, and a collection of restaurants and cafes.
Mumbai continues its theme of long names with the Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya museum. Beneath an impressive dome, the museum houses an extensive collection of sculptures, terracotta figures, paintings and ancient weaponry. The Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum is a beautiful renaissance style building housing exhibits focusing on Mumbai's history, and the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum celebrates the life and times of the Mahatma Gandhi
Tourists can visit the Iskcon Temple to witness scenes of intense, joyful worship accompanied by dance and music, or plan a trip to Film City to see first-hand how Bollywood shoots its films. For those seeking a break from the madness of modern Mumbai, the 180-year-old village of Khotachiwadi offers a quiet glimpse into life as it was before the high-rise buildings of today's mega-city.
Fort AreaThe magnificent Gothic Victorian buildings in Mumbai's Fort Area highlight the power and wealth of the British Empire at its might. They are reminiscent of many of the great public buildings in London or Glasgow. The Victoria Terminus (known as CST) was opened in... see full details
ColabaThe southernmost peninsula of Mumbai, known as Colaba, is where most travellers gravitate. It has a good range of hotels and restaurants and houses two of the city's most famous landmarks: the Gateway to India and the Taj Mahal Hotel. The Gateway to... see full details
Marine DriveBuilt in the 1920s, Marine Drive runs along the shoreline of the Arabian Sea, from Nariman Point to the foot of Malabar Hill. It is Mumbai's most famous thoroughfare, and a favourite spot for watching the sunset. Lined on the landward side by... see full details
Crawford MarketThe colourful indoor Crawford Market (Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market) is where locals of central Mumbai go shopping for their fruit, vegetables and (for the brave) meat. Rudyard Kipling was born just south of the market, in 1865. An ornate fountain designed by his father,... see full details
Haji Ali DargahThe Haji Ali Dargah is both a mosque and a tomb, located in southwestern Mumbai, on an islet off the coast of Worli. The dargah (tomb) was built in memory of Muslim preacher Syed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari in 1431, who was... see full details
Nehru CentreThe exciting Nehru Centre, which even looks like a UFO, features a world-class planetarium, an art gallery filled with emerging talent, and an interesting culture wing. However, the highlight of the centre is the (permanent) Discovery of India exhibition, with consists of 14 galleries... see full details
Prince of Wales MuseumThe Prince of Wales Museum, now officially known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, was founded in the early 20th century to commemorate the visit of (eventual King of the United Kingdom) George V. The museum houses more than 50,000 exhibits of ancient... see full details
Mani Bhavan Gandhi MuseumThe former home of Mahatma Gandhi, the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum is a Gujarati-style house featuring three floors for visitors to explore. The house did not belong to Gandhi but served as his home and headquarters in Bombay for 17 eventful years between... see full details
Dhobi GhatKnown as the 'world's largest laundromat', the Dhobi Ghat provides a scene many travellers might have already seen in movies. Every day, thousands of dhobis (laundry washers) collect dirty laundry and descend upon the concrete washing areas, all fitted with their own flogging stones,... see full details
Elephanta CavesLocated on Elephanta Island, in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Mumbai, the Elephanta Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an absolute must for visitors to Mumbai. The island can be reached by an hour long boat ride from the... see full details
Kala Ghoda BazaarFor three months, between November and January each year, street musicians and performers of all kinds add to the colourful atmosphere of Mumbai's Sunday street bazaars, held near the Jehangir Art Gallery in the city's pedestrian plaza. The area becomes a hive of activity... see full details
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