Mumbai Travel

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If you plan to visit Mumbai during your vacation, be prepared for a vibrant city that is full of energy and active 24 hours a day. Mumbai is one of the busiest cities of the world and also one of the most visited cities in Maharashtra. While getting accustomed to the crowd here itself is an experience, you can have a fair share of experiences in various areas of interest. The cultural heritage, architecture of the past and the present, amazing beaches, natural picnic spots and man made malls and clubs for entertainment and a lot more offer you one hundred percent entertainment during your stay. Here are the top 8 places to visit in Mumbai.

Places To Visit in Mumbai
Gateway of India
The 85 feet tall structure was built to commemorate King George, the Fifth’s visit to Mumbai. Incidentally, the last of British soldiers that were to leave India after independence, departed through Gateway of India. The monument’s architecture is a prefect blend of three styles, namely Hindu, Islam and European Gothic styles. You could take ferry from here to visit Elephanta Caves.

Elephanta caves
Elephanta caves are located in Elephanta Island, which is roughly around 40 minute ferry ride from Gateway of India. UNESCO has declared Elephanta Caves, belonging to 600 AD, as World Heritage Site. The stone sculptures of the gods worshiped by Hindus were damaged when the Portuguese used them as targets for their practices. Regardless, the artwork in the sculptures speak of the artistic excellence of the bygone era and no wonder, Elephanta Caves is considered one of the seven wonders of India.

Marine Drive
Marine Drive is in the heart of Mumbai and hence you can have easy access to it from anywhere in Mumbai. It is 3km long and it borders Arabian Sea forming a bay. The stretch is ‘C’ shaped that links Nariman Point and Babulnath. The place offers spectacular view of sunset. Tourists are attracted to Marine Drive where they could stroll in the walkway and experience the cool breeze. Marine Drive is also called as ‘Queen’s necklace’.

Haji Ali
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
This was earlier known as Victoria Terminus. The construction was completed in the year 1897. UNESCO has declared the terminus as World Heritage Site in the year 2004. The building is a representation of architecture of various cultures including traditional Indian, Victorian and Gothic. Though it is a terminus to board and get off trains, you cannot help marveling at the stunning architecture of the building. Whether you intend to take a train or not, this is a must visit site in Mumbai.

Haji Ali Shrine
The Shrine was built in the year 1431. Located in the heart of Worli, Haji Ali Shrine reflects the Indian Muslim architecture. The 85 feet tall structure is located in 4500 meters area of land. The Shrine is constructed with marble that matches the marbles used in the construction of Taj Mahal. The pillars of the Shrine are artistic and the mirror work in the monument is stunning. The stupendous architecture of the Haji Ali Shrine attracts people of various religions and beliefs.

How to Reach
By Air
Mumbai is the gateway to India for a large number of travellers and is extremely well connected by air with most major destinations around the world as well as in India. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport lies about 30 kilometres north of the city. The Santa Cruz Domestic Airport is about 4.5 kilometres from the international airport and 26 kilometres north of the city.

By Train
Mumbai is very well connected to rest of India by trains. Trains travelling from Central, East and West India arrive at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, or VT as it used to be called. Trains from the North arrive at Mumbai Central Station.

Road/Self Drive
Buses from other states arrive at the Mumbai Central Bus Station. Most of the inter-Maharashtra buses arrive at this station as well, although those running from Pune and Nasik arrive at the ASIAD bus stand near Dadar railway station.

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