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Experience Time: 3 - 4 Hour
Distance: 16 KM
Marine Drive is a km long, arc shaped boulevard along the South Mumbai coast, starting from the southern end of Nariman Point and ending at the famous Chowpatty beach. The coast lines the Arabian sea and is the best place to watch the sunset in Mumbai, or even to just take a leisurely stroll by the sea any time of the day or night.
The Marine Drive is also known as the Queen's necklace on account of its shape and yellow streetlights. It makes for a spectacular view at night - you can go to either end of Marine Drive after sunset and see the lights glowing in a perfect arc all along the coast. People come to walk here in the evening to experience the brilliant sunset. It is also one of the places people visit late at night, and you will find vendors selling chai and sutta at all hours. The sound of the waves, a view of the Mumbai skyline and the starry sky easily make Marine Drive one of the most romantic spots in the city.
Experience Time: 1 - 2 Hour
Distance: 18 KM
The Gateway of India is, without doubt, one of the most popular tourist hotspots of Mumbai. It is located at Apollo Bunder Waterfront and overlooks the Arabian Sea in the most beautiful way. One of the most distinguished monuments in Mumbai, it was built in the year 1924 by famous architect George Wittet as a commemoration of the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai. The imposing structure of the monument is a beautiful confluence of Indian, Arabic and Western architecture and has become a popular tourist hub in the city.
Nicknamed 'Mumbai's Taj Mahal', the foundation of this landmark was laid in 1911 and was inaugurated 13 years later in 1924. The structure in itself is a made of yellow basalt and solid concrete and is embellished with numerous Muslim and Hindu motifs as well. The basalt arch of the Gateway served as the entry and exit access to India through waterways before independence and was the exit point from where the last British ship left India for England. There are statues of Swami Vivekananda and Chhatrapati Shivaji that have been installed near the Gateway as well. The view from the sea of the Gateway complex, especially at night, is as beautiful as that of the Queen's Necklace from the Marine Drive. An imposing edifice, the Gateway of India is a symbol of India's rich history and cultural heritage.
Distance: 8 KM
Juhu beach is the longest beach in Mumbai, and arguably the most popular among tourists as well. Juhu beach is renowned for its wide variety of street food with a very typical Mumbai flavour. The nearby area of Juhu is a posh locality in Mumbai, home to a lot of famous Bollywood and TV celebrities - the most famous being Amitabh Bachhan's bungalow - and it is not very rare to spot a celebrity jogging on the beach.
This is also one of the best spots in Mumbai to watch a sunset, with a cool evening breeze, and one of the few places where you see the "relaxed" side of the Maximum City.
Television shoots are often held and a number of toy-sellers, roasted corn vendors and acrobats attract the eye. Stretched from Vile Parle to Santa Cruz, children often have fun plane spotting with a departure runway near the edge of the sea.
You may also visit the iconic Iskcon Temple which is meters away from the beach or indulge in a theatre experience at the famous Prithvi Cafe. Jalsa, Amitabh Bachchan's home is also in the vicinity and attracts an enormous crowd on weekends. There are also a number of famous cafes, restaurants, and pubs around this area which never sleeps, you'll find people taking a stroll as late as 3 am at night.
Juhu beach was a big favorite with the Mumbai locals during the 90s, but it had become notorious for being very dirty because of a large number of tourists. However, in the last couple of year the BMC had made a lot of efforts to keep the beach clean. It is now cleaned almost daily, and lot of dustbins have been installed which help keep the area much cleaner than it used to be.
Experience Time: 2 - 3 Hour
One of the most crowded and electrifying places to visit in Mumbai is the Colaba Causeway, famous for being the shopping paradise and having endless shops to choose from. The city of a million hopes, dreams and aspirations, Mumbai has its heart in the right place despite all the floods and terrors and everything that has shaken it over the years. Winning over everything else, the Mumbai-spirit has remained undefeatable. And at the heart of the unabashed city is the bustling Colaba Causeway - an absolute must-visit. The place is mainly famous for its abundance of shopping opportunities. Lying at the western tip, Colaba Causeway feels like the pulse of Mumbai, quivering with excitement. It has a charm about it, which will suck you into its world of colourful shops, eating places and boutiques like a magnet.
Known as Shahid Bhagat Singh Road formally and officially, Colaba Causeway acts as the land link between Colaba and the Old Woman's Island. It lies close to the Fort area which is a business sector and the heart of the city since the British era. From roadside vendors to glamorous boutiques, the street sells everything you can think of buying – in different quality and prices. If movies are your thing and you want to experience how it was to watch them in halls before multiplexes took over, you can pay a visit to the old movie theatre – Regal Cinema. Behind Regal Cinema, the Causeway leads you to the Bandstand Promenade overlooking the Arabian Sea. Here, the great Gate of India welcomes you with all its grandeur across from the majestic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel dominating the city's skyline. If the walk makes you starve for something mouthwatering, you will find the same at the many restaurants – old and new, cafes and franchisee eatery outlets around to pacify your hunger.
Distance: 13 KM
Situated at the backdrop of a beautiful view of the sea is the shrine of Haji Ali, a wealthy merchant turned into Muslim Sufi. The Haji Ali Dargah (mausoleum) was raised in 1431 in reminiscence of an affluent Muslim trader, Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who gave up all his worldly belongings before making a trip to Mecca. People from all walks of life and religions come here to seek blessings.
Built of glass, the tomb is a beautiful illustration of the Indo-Islamic style of architecture. A marble courtyard contains the central shrine. The tomb within the mosque is roofed by a brocaded red and green cloth, supported by an exquisite silver frame and marble columns. The main hall has marble pillars engraved with creative mirror work: blue, green, yellow chips of glass arranged in varied designs and Arabic patterns which spell the ninety-nine names of Allah. As per Islamic customs, there are different praying rooms for ladies and gents. Many famous personalities visit the shrine to seek blessings.
The Siddhivinayak Temple is a revered shrine dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is one of the most significant and frequented temples in Prabhadevi of Mumbai, Maharashtra. This temple was built in the year 1801 by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil. The couple did not have any children of their own and decided to build the Siddhivinayak temple so as to fulfil the wishes of other infertile women. It is one of the richest temples in Mumbai and devotees visit this temple in large numbers on a daily basis. The statue of Lord Ganesha here is believed to be self-manifested.
The Siddhivinayak temple has a small sanctum housing the idol of Shri Ganesha, which is about two and a half feet wide and made out of a single piece of black stone. The trunk of the Lord tilts to the right, and a snake adorns the idol much like a thread would. The deity has four arms and is hence known as 'Chaturbhuj'. He carries a lotus in his upper right hand, a small axe in his upper left hand, a rosary in his lower left hand and a bowl full of his favourite snack 'modaks' as well. Flanked by Goddesses Riddhi and Siddhi who signify wealth and prosperity, the image of the Lord here is one that is of utmost importance to the people of faith. A temple of Lord Hanuman is also present in the premises.
Distance: 15 KM
Popularly known as Chowpatty, the beach is located in southern Mumbai along the western railway route. This small sandy beach is a superb place to chill, and a must visit for all tourists who are seeing Marine Drive for the first time. The white sand glistens beautifully in the sunlight, as the adjoining waves dance to the movement of the pleasant breeze. This beach is a retreat from the mind-numbing and chaotic routine of the day-to-day life. Most people visit this place to unwind and relax after a long, strenuous day.
At night, the beach appears to look like a colourful fair. Children from all age groups rush to ride the Ferris wheel and merry-go-rounds, while the adults indulge in the city's famous street snacks. Visitors also head to nearby attractions and local markets, to get the most out of their day out. Never is this beach empty or deserted. You will always find one or the other person here, lazing around on the beach; or children, lost in their world, blithely building sand castles along the shore. All in all, the Girgaum Chowpatty offers fun, frenzy and delights all rolled into one, and it is worth spending a few hours here to break free from the usually claustrophobic city.
Distance: 14 KM
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Elephanta Caves is a specimen of rock-cut art and architecture from the times of medieval India. The caves are located on the Elephanta island which is situated at a distance of 11 km from the city of Mumbai. Natively known as Gharapurichi Leni, the Elephanta Caves that exist today are ruins of what were once elaborately painted artworks. It also provides an amazing view of the Mumbai skyline.
There are two groups of alcoves in the site of the Elephanta Caves, the first is a large group of five Hindu caves and the second one is a smaller group of two Buddhist caves. The Hindu caves contain the stone sculptures representing the Shaiva Hindu sect. The architecture of the caves dates back to the 5th and 8th centuries, but the story of their origin is still a mystery. The caves are an expression of art and a number of important imageries are sculpted here, which include 'Trimurti' or three headed Shiva, 'Gangadhar' which is a manifestation of the river Ganga as she descends to the earth and 'Ardhnareshwar', which is a representation of Shiva and Parvati in the same body. In addition to being an important heritage site, the Elephanta Caves are also an unlikely trekking destination.
Experience Time: Less than 1 hour
Distance: 15 kms
Victoria Terminus, a former name for the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, is a modern railway station in the bustling capital city of the western state of India, Maharashtra. The marvellous structure is an awesome illustration of the Victorian-Gothic style of architecture in India. In fact, the railway station, which still functions as usual, is declared as a World Heritage Site under UNESCO. The station is always bustling with the sounds of the metro city and the locals. It could be noise and crowd for many, but some still manage to find lively colours and music in the ever so busy Victoria Terminus. It is one of the most famous historical landmarks in the country that symbolises the pre-independence India.
Victoria Terminus was constructed in 1887. It is the Central Railway Headquarter and is well-connected to all the parts of the country. It serves long-distance trains and short-distance or commuter trains which are often called local trains. The terminus indicates British Commonwealth and represents the commercial aspect of Mumbai. The railhead stands witness to the city's progress over the period and the growth of the Bollywood film industry in India.
It was here that the famous song 'Jai Ho' was shot for Slumdog Millionaire and some marvellous scenes for the Bollywood Movie Ra One. The view of the station and the population that gathers to commute on a regular basis could be overwhelming for many. Visitors can click pictures of the magnificent structure from a little distance away from the terminus. Visitors should see the building after sundown. The night lights brighten up the grand building and the view, so magnificent, will take your breath away.
Experience Time: 1 hour
Distance: 9 kms
Officially known as Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, this eight-lane cable-stayed bridge in Mumbai is the first project initiated by Maharashtra Government that commences West Island Freeway System. Bandra Worli Sea Link is one of the few bridges that is a cable-stayed with pre-stressed concrete-steel viaducts to hold it in place. Spanning across the arc of Mumbai's coastline, this sea link is a civil engineering wonder that reflects the modern infrastructure of the city of Mumbai. The bridge is designed to cater around 37,500 vehicles per day while reducing the time travel between Bandra and Worli by a big margin. The beauty of the Bandra Worli Sea Link is in its engineering genius which gently compliments the crystal waters it is built over. Overlooking the magnificent blue waters of Mahim Bay, this splendid architecture is a mighty sight to behold.
Undeniably, the Bandra Worli Sea Link is an amalgam of natural beauty and man-made marvel. Roll your windows down as you whizz past the bridge and let the salty sea breeze run through your hair. The spectacle of Mumbai is especially appealing from the elevation of the bridge and makes it the perfect destination to capture a few candid shots of the city in all its glory. Bandra Worli Sea Link also overlooks the Worli Bridge and has a small park located nearby. The beauty of this attraction is enhanced during the night when twinkling lights adorn the bridge.
Experience Time: 3-5 hours
Distance: 17 kms
The Prince of Wales Museum is a splendid structure situated in Mumbai and is regarded as one of the heritage buildings of the city. The foundation stone of this edifice was laid down by the Prince of Wales on the 11 November 1905, and it was established as a museum on 10 January 1922. The facade of the museum is a sight to behold in itself and sits in the midst of an expansive green garden. Adorned with stone and lattice work, the architecture of the Prince of Wales Museum is a blend of Indian, Mughal and British engineering styles. Inside, the museum holds some of the most exquisite artefacts relating to the rich and diverse history of India.
Now known as 'Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay', The Prince of Wales Museum is a Grade I Heritage Building of the city and is counted amongst one of the most prominent museums of India. The complex exhibits a myriad collection of ancient artefacts, artwork and sculptors of the country which give a unique insight into our past. The building also underwent a major renovation after which several new galleries adorning the artworks of Hindu God Krishna, textiles and Indian traditional costumes were opened. Preserved in its best form, the Prince of Wales Museum is a wonderful manifestation of India's glory and rich past.
Distance: 16 kms
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Open Time: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Latest trends, a variety of clothes and the delicious aroma of street food is what Fashion Street in Mumbai is all about. One of the favourite shopping hubs for the people of Mumbai, especially the students, the place offers some of the trendiest and latest fashion clothes. An array of about 150 shops which sell an inconceivable assortment of accessories and clothing makes Fashion Street a paradise for a shopaholic.
With a myriad variety of clothes, junk and bric-a-brac than any other corresponding shopping place, Fashion Street is a mind-boggling experience. You can even find the designer brands available here at a slashed price. Export quality garments are the highlight of the place attracting tourists as well, being sold at throw away price. Apart from clothes, this place located opposite the VSNL office building on M.G. Road sells a variety of accessories, hats and footwear. If you know how to bargain, this vibrant flea market is just the right kind of a place for you to shop.
Experience Time: 6-7 hours
Distance: 19 kms
Essel World is the famous amusement park located in the capital of Maharashtra, Mumbai in India. EsselWorld and Water Kingdom together make one of Asia's largest amusement parks. They expand over an area of 64 acres and are frequented by locals and non-locals from all age groups, especially the students. With a number of exciting rides and entertainment, Essel World and Water Kingdom is a favourite summer destination for many families. One can plan a day-long picnic or stay overnight at one of the hotels nearby to explore both the amusement parks. For tourists visiting the state capital, a visit to Essel World is a must.
The Water Kingdom is one of the oldest water parks in Mumbai and is a part of the Essel Group. It is located in Borivali West next to Essel world and is barely 48 kilometres away from the centre of the city. It is a respite especially during the hot summers of Mumbai. People keep coming back to Water Kingdom during the season. There are a variety of rides to choose from - family rides, those suitable for children and some adventurous ones for adults other than the usual rollercoaster rides and other facilities.
The landscaped interiors of the amusement parks are very famous. In fact, this could be an excellent location for professional shoots of all kinds if you are searching for one. The amusement parks have also been featured in many TV serials and Bollywood movies. Essel World has also been awarded the National Award of Excellence, Most Innovative Promotional Activity and the Award for the Best Variety and Number of Rides by the Indian Association of Amusement Parks & Industries.
Experience Time: 2-3 hrs
A paradise for art lovers, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai is a famous art museum possessing a magnificent collection of paintings, sculptures and artefacts since 1996.The multitude of artwork present in this charismatic gallery has drawn millions of visitors and left them awestruck for the rest of their lives. It is governed by the Department of Culture, Government of India and has over the period become a popular tourist attraction as it very convincingly depicts the modification of artwork in the field of visual and plastic arts.
A blend of art and culture, this gallery houses the artworks of phenomenal sculptors, artists and painters including the legendary Pablo Picasso who is considered as the epitome of art and painting. The oldest artwork is known to be around 160 years old. The ancient artefacts such as statues and mummies from Egypt have also a played a crucial role in rousing the curiosity of the visitors. Moreover, the art museum also organises various art exhibitions which provide an intriguing platform to both the artists and the art lovers as the artists get a remarkable opportunity to showcase their talent while the art lovers can explore and quench their thirst for art.
The first National gallery of modern art was inaugurated in the year 1954 in New Delhi by then Vice president of India, S. Radhakrishnan. Its subsequent branches later opened in Mumbai and Bangalore. The Mumbai branch is located near Regal Cinemas in Colaba, South Mumbai. The gallery showcases some of the oldest artworks, dating back to 1857 and is considered one of the best in India
Experience Time: 3-4 hours
Distance: 10 kms
Located in a secluded area in the vicinity of Aarey Colony, Mumbai, Film City is often regarded as a home to the Bollywood. The place is so vast that about 1000 sets can be erected here simultaneously. Over the years, it has become one of the major shooting locations for Hindi film industry. Almost over 900 films other than television shows have been shot here as in the earlier days. Today, the Film City has grown to be one of the best film studios, well equipped with all the essential amenities and world-class facilities required in film production with incredible support from film personalities and government. It offers one a clear idea of know-how about shooting films in India.
There is no denying the enigma that filmmaking holds on each and every one of us, and Film City gives a chance to live out our dream with its varied tours. A number of excursions are organised in the premises of the Film City which are aimed at the different aspects of movie - making, which are open to all who wish to experience it. You can visit sets that depict foreign locations right here in Mumbai, or learn the nuances of acting at the live movie shoot tours. A land where it is difficult to differentiate between reality and dreams, Film City is a must visit for all movie buffs.
Experience Time: 1-2 hrs
Global Pagoda, a monument of peace and harmony, is located near Gorai, North-West of Mumbai, in the western state of India. If one seeks to learn and experience mind control to relieve them from the continuous cycle of birth, death or constant pain and sorrow, this is the place to be. Along with admiring the serenely mesmerizing Pagoda, visitors can take a short 10-minute Aanapana Meditation session to experience how invaluable the technique of meditation is and then decide if they want to enrol for a longer term course. No matter what the verdict is, a trip to the Global Pagoda will be worthwhile.
The Global Pagoda was built as a token of gratitude towards a Vipassana teacher and Accountant General of Independent Burma, Sayagyi U Ba Khin, who was instrumental in bringing Vipassana back to its country of origin after it ceased to exist in India. It is a meditation hall constructed in the traditional Buddhist architecture. The primary objective of the pagoda is to show gratitude towards Gautama Buddha for diffusing the universal teaching of eradicating misery caused mainly due to material attachment. It also plays an integral part in revealing the actual truth of Buddha's life and his non-sectarian lessons and provides a space to practice Vipassana Meditation.
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) teamed up with a Marathi News Channel, ABP Majha, and reviewed the Global Pagoda along with 350 other destinations and decided to title the Pagoda as the seventh wonder of the Indian state of Maharashtra. Many visitors frequent the Global Pagoda during the stressful and painful phases of their lives and manage to achieve total harmony in the chaotic times of today.
Experience Time: 3-4 hours
Squeezed between the suburbs of Mumbai and Thane, Sanjay Gandhi National park is ideal for picnics and weekends getaways offering respite from the chaos and buzz of the city. Famed to be one the most liked national parks, visitors throng in thousands to spot Leopards, Macaques, Boars, Lions, Flying fox, Kingfisher, Sunbirds and a significant number of butterflies here. Kanheri caves, which are more than two thousand years old are also a major tourist attraction inside the park premises. The caves have been carved out of the rocky cliffs.
The Sanjay Gandhi National Park, previously known as the Borivali National Park covers approximately twenty percent of Mumbai's geographical area and is home to a staggering thirteen hundred and more than five hundred species of flora and fauna respectively. Covering an area of 104 square kilometers, it is one of Asia's most visited National Parks with over 2 million visitors every year. The park is also said to be the largest park in the world located within city limits. There are two artificial lakes within the forest thriving with crocodiles and migratory birds all year. The lakes supply drinking water to the city. The park was first introduced in 1974 and helps to have a change from the usual sights, attractions, and rush of the big city. The Sanjay Gandhi National park is known for its evergreen dense forests, bird population, butterflies, and the small population of tigers.
Located in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the Kanheri Caves in Mumbai is a group of alcoves and rock - cut monuments that illustrate the Buddhist influence on the Indian art and culture. The caves are famous for its 109 special entrances and ancient sculptures, carvings, paintings and inscriptions dating from the 1st century to the 10th century that adorn their basalt formations. Standing in sharp contrast to the verdant greenery of the surrounding hills, Kanheri Caves can be accessed through a series of rock cut steps.
As you reach the main site of the caves, it is not difficult to notice the assortment of niches that exist here. The older of the Kanheri Caves are plainer in their design, while the newer caves are more ornamented. What ties the design of each of these caves are the individual stone plinths on which they rest, which is common to all. In addition to the caves, a congregation hall is also present in the premises which is embellished with intricately carved pillars and Buddhist stupas. An excellent example of ancient engineering in the Kanheri Caves is the water channels carved out stone which harnesses rainwater into cisterns to fulfil the water requirement on site. Another one of the caves here has been converted into a monastery and holds special importance for the Buddhist community. A gentle amalgam of historic importance and religious significance, Kanheri Caves make up for a fascinating tour.
Distance: 12 Kms
Formerly known as Ranichi Bagh meaning Queen's Gardens, Jijamata Udyan is the only zoo in the city of Mumbai. Its former name is a depiction of the original British name Victoria Gardens. Now it is also known as Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo, named after the mother of Shivaji, the hero of Maratha Empire. The zoo is located in the heart of the city in Byculla, in close proximity to the lower income housing colonies of Mumbai - famously called Chawls. Built in 1861, it is the only zoo of Mumbai and one of the oldest in India.
In the zoo, you can witness many wild animals in separate enclosures such as lion, monkeys, crocodiles, elephants and many more. The aviary has a good collection of bright and noisy birds. The zoo is going through a revamping procedure which will add many exciting features to the premise as well as bring in many more species of animals. The renovation will also include a medicinal garden, a butterfly enclosure and a tactical garden for the visually impaired. Currently, the zoo has opened up the penguin enclosure for the public where 8 cheerful and friendly penguins entertain you with their cute antics.
Experience Time: 1-2 hours
Distance: 5 kms
The Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the oldest temples situated in the city of Mumbai. Dedicated to Goddess Mahalaxmi or the 'Goddess of Wealth', this shrine was built sometime around the 16th - 17th century. The main presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Laxmi, while Goddess Kali and Saraswati are other two deities worshipped here. Together, the three idols are known as Mahalaxmi, Mahakali and Mahasaraswati. Thronged with devotees and tourists in large number throughout the year, the temple is a must visit if you are visiting Mumbai.
The edifice of the Mahalaxmi Temple is simple and charming in its appearance, which is an apt reflection of the very serene and calm atmosphere that prevails inside. The idols of the Tridevi Goddesses here are adorned with gold bangles, pearl necklaces and nose rings, with Mahalaxmi occupying the central position. The image of the goddess can be seen holding a lotus flower as she showers her blessings on her devotees. You will find several shops to buy the necessary items required for the puja and these stalls serve as a great help for those visiting the temple for the first time. Considered to be a sacred temple in Mumbai, it is always flocked with devotees from all over the country.
Experience Time: 3 hours
Distance: 7 kms
Iskcon temple is a divine and spiritual getaway from all the hustle and bustle of the capital city of Mumbai. Dedicated to Lord Krishna who is considered as the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, the temple is clad in marble and glass. Meters away from the Juhu Beach, incorporating Iskcon Temple in your weekend plans might just be the perfect peaceful escape you are looking for. This place has a tranquil feel about it and the in-house vegetarian restaurant serves exceptional food at cheap rates.
Iskcon has an impressive architecture and paintings on the temple walls depict scenes from the Mahabharata. Swami Prabhupada, a devout follower of Krishna went to the United States at the age of 69 and founded Iskcon when most men look for the comfort of homes.
Gates are opened at four thirty in the morning for visitors. The best time to visit Iskcon temple is early in the morning when the deities are decorated with flowers. Drip yourself in the chants of 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna' to ward off all the negativity and evil. The complex also has a research and education center conducting daily seminars and preaching on Vedic writings and an impressive library inside the "The Heaven on Earth" complex with an extensive collection of spiritual works. Spiritual, educational and cultural programs are regularly conducted.
Iskcon Temple houses an auditorium, restaurant and a guest house for visitors. The evening 'Kirtan' (prayer) and 'Aarti' give a supernatural vibe to the place. A charged ambiance with the humming of mantras from devotees during the daily morning and evening Aarti and the delicious Prasad served just after is a must during a visit to this place. The aartis are held at 4:30 AM and 7:00 PM. One of the most visited temples in the country, Iskcon also actively conducts special workshops and seminars dedicated to the welfare of the society. A feast program named the Priti Vardhanam is held at the Heaven on Earth building every Sunday from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM. Special kirtan and preaching are conducted followed by delicious 'Krishna Prasadam' offering. More than twenty 'Satsang' programs are administered weekly where twenty to forty devotees gather to learn more about devotional life and eternal truth. There is also a dedicated youth wing which conducts enlivening group work, seminars, dramas, games and feasts for teens and children.
Experience Time: 1-2 days
Distance: 70 kms
Gorakhgad is a hill fort in Maharashtra. Gorakhgad and Machindragad are twin forts in the Thane district of Maharashtra. Gorakhgad is situated at an elevation higher than its twin fort.
There are many cisterns of water within the fort. Water in a few of them is potable. There are numerous caves scattered near the base of the peak, and some of them are inhabitable. The winding path leading up to the fort is richly endowed with thick vegetation. There is a temple of Shiva at the peak, and a statue of the bull 'Nandi,' at the top of the citadel. Shiva was the patron deity of the fort, it seems to suggest.
Experience Time: 1-2 hrs
A popular tourist destination in Mumbai, the Hanging Garden is a terrace garden built in 1880 and renovated in 1921. Dedicated to its barrister, Pherozeshah Mehta, the garden is also known after his name. It has impeccable animal shaped hedges and lush green vegetation along with a serene bird's eye view of the Arabian Sea.
Constructed on a water reservoir, the garden provides fresh drinking water to the local habitants. The beautiful flower clock situated in the garden is a major part of the charm of the Hanging Garden. Along with this, the garden is an apt place for early morning jogs and yoga. The garden is a tranquil getaway from the daily hustle-bustle of the city for some peace of minds.
Distance: 30 kms
A beautiful, serene and pristine beach in Mandwa Village is not just about quite long walks along the coast but also offers the buzz of water sports.
Adorned with breathtaking views all around, it serves as an ideal destination for adventure lovers. A ferry boat ride away from Mumbai, it is a must visit.
Distance: 6 kms
Alternatively known as Kondivite Caves, the centuries-old Mahakali Caves are located in the western part of the city of Mumbai, i.e. Andheri. The Mahakali Caves are a total of nineteen rock-cut monuments, built between the duration of the 1st and 6th century. The main cave consists of Buddha figures and stupas, while the there are several Buddha idols carved on the rocks too. These solid basalt caves are a favourite place for history lovers, and archaeologists. Surprisingly clean and efficiently maintained, the caves are far from the city area hence give a serene and peaceful environment to be in.
Beautifully carved out of solid black basalt rock, the caves exist since the Ashokan Empire. The existence of a Buddhist Stupa indicates the dwelling of Buddhist monks here. The walls contain scriptures in Pali, a language older than Sanskrit. A majority of the caves are on a low-lying hill, rising only a few meters above the surroundings. Since the caves are carved in volcanic trap breccias, they are prone to weathering. The caves are small in size and contain numerous rock-cut cisterns. Though the images today are not clearly visible, the Mahakali caves are indeed one of the most beautiful specimens of the rock-cut monastery.
Since its inception 65 years ago, the Kamala Nehru Park in Mumbai has remained famous for its original purpose – to provide a safe, clean and beautiful environment for the children of India to grow up in. The park offers a splendid view of Mumbai's skyline along the coast of the Arabian Sea, making it ideal not only as a picnic spot for families but for those introspective souls who wish for a space of calm and beauty in the midst of the city.
Located in the tranquillity of Malabar Hills in South Bombay, the children's park can be primarily differentiated by a towering structure known as the Old Women's Shoe, earning its name as the Shoe Park. Spread over an area of 4,000 square feet with lush greenery on all sides, the Kamala Nehru Park offers the perfect surrounding for a quiet evening with loved ones and kids.
A visit to Mumbai is, of course, incomplete without shopping for some nice clothes and accessories, and this is when the Lokhandwala Market comes to the rescue! This local market has gained much popularity over the past few years and is now the one-stop shop to ticking off all items from your shopping list on your next visit to Mumbai. Located in western Mumbai, the Lokhandwala Market is one of the most popular suburbs there. It also houses a large commercial and residential complex, but it is the long stretch of roadside stalls and shops that constitute the much loved Lokhandwala Market.
The market is located just 5 kilometres away from the Andheri Station and is famous not only for its convenient location and accessibility but also because it offers a variety of items at really affordable prices. One can find everything ranging from footwear to fruits, and from jewellery to electronic items in this single market, and the shopkeepers are willing to bargain too! This is perhaps why Lokhandwala is mainly famous amongst college goers, who can buy the latest fashion at affordable prices.
The fun and frenzy do not just end at shopping because the Lokhandwala Market boasts of having some of the finest eateries in town. One can sample the lip-smacking Pani Puri, Sev Puri and Bhel Puri, and other local dishes of Mumbai in the market, and at the same time enjoy McDonald's and Dominos. All in all, the Lokhandwala Market is a fun place to be, where you can enjoy hours and hours spending and indulging on yourself, without even realising how quickly the time passed by.
Acknowledged for its high fashionable taste, Mumbai provides many opportunities to shop around. Besides Colaba, Bandra is another place for Shopaholics.
Experience Time: 1 day
Distance: 13 kms
Makarandgad (or Madhumakarandgad) is a hill fort in the state of Maharashtra. Believed to be comprised of twin peaks, Madhu and Makarandgad, the fort has thus derived its name.
Situated n the district of Satara, the fort rises to an elevation of 4000 feet from the ground There are freshwater cisterns and tanks of water in the fort. The top of the fort is more of a plateau than a hill, and has a Mallikarjun Mahadev temple. The way to the fort has a huge Gamdevi temple. The fortifications sre all gone, and not much remains to be seen. The dense orests of Javli surround the fort from all sides. The beautiful backwaters of Koyna and Shivsagar dams can be seen easily from the top, along with the peaks of Pratapgad and Mahabaleshwar.
Located at Kalaghoda in Southern Mumbai, the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai is one of the most prestigious venues where artists can showcase their work. The gallery was donated by Cowasji Jehangir and has served as a platform for aspiring artists ever since it was established in 1952. Named after Sir Cowasji's late son Jehangir, the gallery has hosted the works of famous artists such as M. F. Hussain and S. H. Raza. A haven for art lovers, this destination is a favourite among art lovers and is well known for its splendid art exhibits. Owing to its reputation as the most famous gallery in the city, the Jehangir Art Gallery has a broad media coverage and artists have to wait for as long as two years before they can exhibit their work here.
The premises of Jehangir Art Gallery was earlier an enormous mansion but now serves as an exclusive destination to display the most exquisite artwork. At present, the gallery consists of a total of four halls with all the possible facilities to showcase various mediums of visual art, namely Exhibition Gallery, Auditorium Hall, Terrace Art Gallery for photography and visual art and the Hirji Jehangir Gallery. Jehangir Art Gallery hosts as many as 300 shows per annum. It is also the sponsor of an annual exhibition known as the Monsoon Art Show, where the works of upcoming artists are showcased. Over the period, the gallery has hosted several exhibitions showcasing artworks of India's most influential artists. An interesting phenomenon here is that artists who cannot make it to the gallery, display their work right outside the gallery, on the pavement.
Distance: 69 kms
The Siddhgad-Bhimashankar route is a nature lover's paradise. The trek is rejuvenating and tough enough to keep you on your toes while also giving you all the pleasures of a leisurely stroll.
With a fort that has a rich history and multiple temples and caves that will not let your intrigue level deplete, this trek is the perfect weekend getaway.
Distance: 88 kms
Naneghat is a hill fort in Maharashtra. It is situated at an elevation of 2600 feet from the ground in the Thane district of Maharashtra. The trek is famous more for its ancient pass than for the fort itself.
Most of the fortifications have crumbled down, but some of the inscriptions on the caves still remain in praise of the rulers who built them. There are a number of water tanks and reservoirs around the place. The fort has a number of artificial caves and the famous Naneghat pass with huge rock walls on either side. There is a temple of Ganesha on the other side of the pass. A huge rock-cut pot which was used presumably to collect coins from the traders passing by. The pinnacle of the fort is shaped like a thumb and is known popularly as 'Nancha Angtha.'
Distance: 60 kms
Mahuli is a hill fort in Maharashtra. Located in the district of Thane, the peak of the fort rises to an elevation of 2700 feet from the ground. The summit is actually a collection of 2-3 hills, all having typical names.
Much of the fortifications are still present, and the crumbling remains of an old guesthouse can be seen, devoid of its arch though. There are cisterns of water at the top, and a number of water tanks on the way to the fort. There is a small Shiva temple atop the citadel, and a group of caves to the left of the temple. The forests surrounding the fort have been declared a sanctuary. Mahuli fort itself is now a protected monument.
Distance: 31 kms
Sri Malang gad is a fort near Kalyan in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is known popularly as Haji Malang, which is one of the most famous among the three sufi shrines located on the hill. The structure of the fort is three-storeyed, and each tier has a specific name.
The lowest, Pir Machi, is a plateau upon which the famous sufi shrine is situated. The next higher level, Sone Machi, is a rock-projection and is the lower part of the fort. Upon the summit of the hill lies the citadel. The hill top has limited fortifications and not much remains of the fort are extant as well. There are some water cisterns though which are a reservoir of fresh water. Copper pipes have been installed carry the water to the lower levels. The crowd here is composed mostly of devotees who throng the sufi dargah at any time of the year. The annual urs festivities held during the month of February are a nice tourist attraction.
Jivdhan is a hill fort in the state of Maharashtra. It is a part of the 'famous five' fort in the Sahyadri mountain range. The other forts which are a part of the famous five include Naneghat, Shivneri, Chavand and Hadsar.
Although the fortifications have crumbled down, there are well built water tanks atop the fort. There are large stone constructions which were used presumably as warehouses or granaries. From the top of the fort, the peaks of Harishchandragad is visible to the North-west, Hadsar to the North-East and Chavand to the East. The pinnacle is an upright block of stone, about 60 metres in height, and is known popularly as Vanderlingi. The western side of the pinnacle has an idol of goddess Jivai, who is supposed to be the patron deity of the fort.
Distance: 152 kms
Mahipatagad is a hill fort in the state of Maharashtra. Mahipatagad is a twin fort of Rasalgad, located in the Ratnagiri district.
The fort is famous for its six entrance door or 'Darwazas' but most of them have crumbled down. There is Shiva temple at the top by the name of Mayureshwar Mahadev, and two small ponds facing the temple. Huge heaps of lime and mortar are found at some places atop the fort. The top of the fort is occupied by dense forests for most of the part. There are tanks of water at the top as well. One can easily see the forts of Makarandgad and Pratapgad to the East and Rajgad to the West, from atop the citadel.
Just a kilometre and a half away from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Jama Masjid, popularly known as Friday Mosque, is the oldest mosque that Mumbai houses. A popular place of pilgrimage, this mosque stands majestically on the renowned Sheikh Menon Street, near Crawford Market, in the southern part of Mumbai. The mosque boasts of beautiful and intricate carvings, breathtaking artworks and the fascinating 'sangemarmar' stonework and has a fascinating history attached to it. A day trip to this mosque in blissful solitude will make you feel relaxed and peaceful to the core as tranquillity and peace will overpower your senses.
The original monument was originally located near Dongri but was destroyed at the commands of a Governor. After much delay, and after facing some hurdles and obstacles, the construction of the site was finally completed in 1802. Today, the place stands as a symbol of the rich culture and architecture that existed in those times and is an equally important place of religious importance as well. The place is exceptionally crowded on Fridays, which is the holy day of Namaz for the Islamic community. On this day of the week, thousands of Muslims flock to this sacred site and bow their heads together in unison in respect of the Almighty. You will not even realise how an hour or so passed here, while you were sitting here silently, introspecting. Visit the Jama Masjid to appreciate the rich history of the country and the importance that religion holds in our day-to-day life.
The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, commonly called as the Mount Mary Church by the locals, is a Roman Catholic Church situated atop a hillock 262 feet above sea level and is one of the finest specimens of its kind. Located in the suburbs of the vibrant city of Mumbai, the church enjoys a stunning view of the joyfully bustling Arabian Sea as it beautifully reflects different shades of blue.
Standing tall for centuries, the Mount Mary Church is visited by people of all faiths to attain some peace and tranquillity. They call Mother Mary the 'mother of all mankind' because she grants solace and unconditional understanding to anyone who seeks her support. Hence, devotees who are troubled with any misery flock to this church and seek the blessings of Mother Mary. The road that leads to the church is flanked by small shops that sell flowers, candles and other offerings of worship. However, the most unusual offerings are the wax figurines that are sold outside the church. People appeal to Mother Mary by offering her a wax figurine of what they desire- a house, a car, etc.
They say that visiting the church aids everyone with the mother's affectionate nurture and enlightening presence. The worshippers also come here to cure chronic diseases and longstanding diseases by carrying a wax figurine of that body part as a representation of the problem. The basilica is a truly grand, yet humble edifice made from nothing but stone. It is a symbol of tranquillity, reassurance and most importantly, hope; and you know what they say, 'Hope is what makes the world go round'.
Distance: 21 kms
Located in the north suburb of Mumbai, 40 kms from the main city, Gorai Beach is one the cleanest, most tranquil and one of the most frequented beaches of Mumbai. Located near Bhayandar, on the Gorai Creek, the soothing calmness of this beach bordering the Arabian Sea, makes for a perfect leisure weekend vacation. Other than the umpteen food shacks and street food options available at the spot, the beach is also replete with resorts and beach houses. Other than the numerous water sports, camel rides, boat rides and fun picnics, you can also rent one of these cottages to have a quiet private time with your friends and family.
Dotted with beautiful palm trees and an all-around clean environment, the place is a hot favourite among tourists who want to spend a day away from the chaos and din of the city. Since the beach is located on the outskirts of the city and boasts of surreal serenity, it is best picked among young couples who are looking for some solitude in the lap of nature. Besides, the presence of tourists, beach shacks and stay-in cottages makes for amazing full moon parties at the beach which draws tourist from far and wide.
Distance: 16 kms
Away from the industrial pollution and the chaotic city life, Marve Beach is situated in Malad, in the western suburbs of Mumbai. Due to the strong tides and currents, it is generally not recommended to swim in the sea waters or even to step aside post evening hours. Lined by cashew nut trees and elite villas, the beach is a charming spot to spend some quiet time with your loved ones. Mostly frequented by couples owing to the romantic appeal and idyllic setting, the beach is also visited by college troupes and families occasionally.
Inhabited by Catholic natives of Mumbai, Marve Beach will remind you of the beaches in Goa because of the attires and the mannerisms of the locals. To add to the beauty, the beach houses a tiny ancient Portuguese church which is popular amongst the tourists. The beach also facilitates ferry rides every 5 - 10 minutes from here to Manori beach. The Indian Naval Base - INS Hamla is also located in the vicinity and you can spot jawans from the same undergoing training on the beach at wee hours.
Experience Time: 3-4 hrs
Home to umpteen villages, farmlands and surreal vistas, is the locale of Madh Island in Mumbai. Clustered with quaint fisher villages and dotted with lush green farms, Madh Island is a respite from the glitterati and dazzling environs of the city and can be reached by an hour’s drive from the main city. Considered to house one of the cleanest beaches in all of Mumbai, the neighbourhood is surrounded by Arabian Sea on the west and Malad Creek on the east. Primarily inhabited by Kolis, Marathis, and Roman Catholics, it also has several luxury resorts to help you escape from the maddening city life to come and coop up here for a few days.
Set amidst a particularly rural environment, the place also boasts of ancient Madh Fort which is a major tourist attraction at the spot. Not to forget, the old world village at a distance and the very famous beach. To add to the picturesque beauty and mesmerizing atmosphere, the seashore is lined with beauteous palm trees.
Distance: 8 kms
A continuation of Juhu Beach towards the Andheri suburbs, Versova Beach is comparatively less crowded and only separated by a creek from the former beach. Versova is essentially a fishing village inhabited by Kolis (fisherfolks) situated in the vicinity of the beach, and is a hotbed for fish trade. The beach is rather small but is extremely popular for the humongous fish market and the fish auctions held at the spot on a daily basis. Separated by huge rock boulders to keep the village safe from the sea waves and tides, the beach attracts tourists owing to its natural beauty and surreal horizon views.
The solitude attracts numerous professional photographers and shutterbugs, especially during dawn and dusk to capture the enchanting panorama and landscape vistas. Besides, the beach offers several sports like snorkelling, cycling, horse riding etc. Festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi are celebrated with a lot of pomp and show and the season draws tourists in thousands to be a part of the festivities.
As the name suggests, Dadar Chowpatty Beach is situated in the Dadar suburbs of Mumbai. Majorly popular for the giant view of the Bandra Worli Sea Link bridge, this beach is customarily used for jogging and watching beautiful sunsets. Located in South Bombay, the beach is frequented by residential locals coming for an evening stroll, early morning yoga or to spend some leisure time. The absence of shacks and eateries ward off the tourists a little bit. However, as of now, the beach also presents an ugly picture as it has become a dump yard of local filth and a victim of city pollution. The government has been actively working for the renovation and beautification of Dadar Chowpatty.
Distance: 38 kms
Located in Nalasopara in Thane district of Maharashtra, is the really long and secluded Kalamb Beach. A paradise away from the din of the city, the beach is beautiful owing to its tranquility, serenity and an altogether mesmerising panorama. With very few shacks and just the right number of eateries, Kalamb Beach offers a wonderful vista of landscape and seascape. Hemmed with pretty palm trees, sprinkled with resorts and gracefully blessed with silken black sand; the beach is an absolute treat to just laze around in a hammock or sunbathe under the open skies.
Connected fourth in the row after the Arnala Beach, Navapura Beach and Rajodi Beach, Kalamb Beach is comparatively less crowded and is considered to be one of the most pollution free beaches in all of Bombay (mostly because of its location). The water current and the tides are ideal for a little dip during the day and the sunsets are one of the main attractions at the beach. The mesmerising sunsets and the surreal atmosphere also draws shutterbugs and photography enthusiasts. It is a perfect location if you are looking to spend some quality time in solidarity. The beach also encourages water sports, paragliding, camel rides. Horse rides etc.
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