Mumbai is a spectacular paradox of chaos and hope, glamor and squalor, modernity and tradition, old and new. One of the main centres in the country of art, culture, music, dance and theatre, the 'City of Dreams' has been running for years solely on the indomitable spirit of the Mumbaikars. The city is the financial backbone of India, and one of the finest metropolitans in the world.
Gateway of India
Mumbai’s most famous landmark, the Gateway of India is an exaggerated colonial marker, conceived following the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911.
Located on the shore of Mumbai Harbour, the Gate Way of India is the preferred gathering spot for locals in the evening and on weekends.
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.
Prince of Wales Museum
The Prince of Wales Museum is one of the most significant museums in India. The museum displays several collections of ancient artworks, sculptures and artifacts in its galleries. After the inception of the renovation project in 2008, many new galleries were opened, which contained artworks of Hindu God Krishna, textiles and Indian traditional costumes
Marine Drive is a 3 km long, arch-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.
Haji Ali mausoleum, the tomb of a Muslim saint has a dramatic offshore location, opposite the Mahalaxmi racecourse. During high tide, the connection causeway is submerged in water giving the impression that the mosque and the tomb are floating out at sea in splendid isolation. It can be visited only at low tide.
The Hanging Gardens are also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens. They are located in Malabar Hill, opposite the Kamala Nehru Park (known for the huge shoe built within the garden) and are very popular with children!
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) is popular railway station and is a spitting image of Victorian-Gothic style of architecture in India. Located in the heart of Mumbai, the CST is also a 'World Heritage Site' declared by UNESCO in 2004. Built in 1888, the station is the grand reminder of the British Raj pre-independence and is still one of the most historical landmarks within the Central Business District (CBD) of Mumbai.