Gateway of India Marine Drive Victoria Terminus (Shivaji Terminus) Flora & Fountain
Crawford Market Nehru Planetarium Kamla Nehru Park Hanging Gardens
Taraporewala Aquarium Mani Bhawan National Gallery of Modern Art Chowpatty Beach

Gateway of India

St Andrews Church Gateway of India, Mumbai's most famous monument, this is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. It was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. Ironically, when the Raj ended in 1947, this colonial symbol also became a sort of epitaph: the last of the British ships that set sail for England left from the Gateway. Today this symbol of colonialism has got Indianised, drawing droves of local tourists and citizens. Behind the arch, there are steps leading down to the water. Here, you can get onto one of the bobbing little motor launches, for a short cruise through Mumbai's splendid natural harbour.

Marine Drive

chamunda deviMarine Drive, This is a windswept promenade, flanked by the sea and a row of art deco buildings. Looped between the concrete jungle of Nariman Point, Mumbai's Manhattan, and the leafy green slopes of Malabar hill, Marine Drive was once called the queen's Necklace, strung with glittering street lights like an enormous strand of imperious jewels. It is also one of Mumbai's busiest roads, an important artery for the heavy suburban traffic heading downtown. Cars whiz continually past the two mile stretch, past huddled lovers, children and babies in perambulators. Like other seafronts, this is where most of south Mumbai comes to breathe in some fresh air.

Victoria Terminus (Shivaji Terminus)

rai ranchodji Victoria Terminus (Shivaji Terminus), The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, in Mumbai, is an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in India, blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. The building, designed by the British architect F. W. Stevens, became the symbol of Bombay as the 'Gothic City' and the major international mercantile port of India. The terminal was built over 10 years, starting in 1878, according to a High Victorian Gothic design based on late medieval Italian models. Its remarkable stone dome, turrets, pointed arches and eccentric ground plan are close to traditional Indian palace architecture. It is an outstanding example of the meeting of two cultures, as British architects worked with Indian craftsmen to include Indian architectural tradition and idioms thus forging a new style unique to Bombay.

Flora & Fountain

chamunda devi Flora & Fountain, It stands at a busy five-point intersection in the heart of the commercial fort area. The beautifully sculptured fountain was erected in the memory of the Governer, Sir Henery Bartle Edward Frere, as a tribute for his contribution towards the building of Mumbai.

Crawford Market

rai ranchodji Crawford Market, is situated to the north of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus of Mumbai. Officially known as Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Market, Crawford Market is counted amongst the popular shopping areas of the city. It houses wholesale fruit, vegetable and poultry market, along with a pet store. It was built in the year 1871, as per the design of William Emerson. In 1882, the market was lit by electricity, becoming the first market in India to receive electricity. The name of the market was changed officially to 'Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Market', after India's independence. Crawford Market has been built as per the Norman and Gothic style of architecture. At a height of 50 feet above its ground is a skylight awning, which brings sunlight into the market. The exteriors of Crawford Market stand adorned with wall paintings, which depict the images of Indian farmers in wheat fields. Crawford Market has been constructed out of coarse buff-colored Kurla stone and red-stone from Bassein. Nestled between the British fort and the local town, this market is the perfect place to buy food items.

Nehru Planetarium

chamunda devi Nehru Planetarium, is a large domed building at Mumbai that was inaugurated on 3rd March 1977 by Smt Indira Gandhi. Situated at Annie Besant Road in Worli, Nehru Planetarium was designed by J.M. Kadri - the finest architect of India. the planetarium has evolved into a center for logical study of astronomy and space science. It also acts as a meeting place of scientists and scholars for discussions and lectures regarding different cosmological and Astronomical events. Since its establishment, this planetarium has produced thirty-one astronomical presentations that have been watched by around 10 million lovers of uranology. It's the only astronomical centre, which encompasses both concert and movie auditorium. Indeed Nehru Planetarium is the best place for those, who are enamored with astronomy and outer space. The domed interior is daily exposed to shows, which reveal the enduring mysteries of the universe. 

Inside the planetarium, there are several cubicles that can guesstimate your weight on each of the nine planets of the Solar System. Adjoining it is the Nehru Centre, which has facets like art gallery, restaurant, library, cultural center and a 14-gallery exhibit known as Discovery of India. Thus, Nehru Planetarium provides an insight into the cosmic world and serves as a platform for budding astronomers.

Kamla Nehru Park

rai ranchodji Kamla Nehru Park, The modest Kamala Nehru Park (located on Bal Gangadhar Kher Rd) has several vantage points with panoramic views of Chowpatty Beach, Back Bay and the city. Named after the wife of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The park covers an area of 4000 sq. yards and from here one enjoys a magnificent view of Marine Drive 'Queen's Necklace'. A constant source of enjoyment is the gigantic 'Old Lady's Shoe' meant for children to play in. From the top of the shoe you can survey the entire garden. Another feature here is the lovely pavilion, which is surrounded by beautiful flowers and huge lawns. There is also a map of the city engraved in copper.

Hanging Gardens

chamunda devi Hanging Gardens, The Hanging Gardens or Ferozshah Mehta Gardens were laid in 1881 on top of a reservoir on the Malabar Hills. This place has become a heaven for dating couples nevertheless the place provides a good view of the city. Nearby is the Kamla Nehru park. From the park one can have the best possible views of the Marine drive and the Chowpatty beach.

Taraporewala Aquarium

rai ranchodji Taraporewala Aquarium, Taraporewala Aquarium is at congested locality of Marine Drive in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It has marine life and rare species of fishes and exquisite pearl jewellery. The aquarium has plans to renovate shortly into a high-tech Aquarium with special attractions like glass vision sea-world and an underwater sea walk. 

The first President of free India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad formally opened it in 1951. The Aquarium has sea life like shark, octopus, kite fish, corals, worms, sea flower, sea horses, pearls and shells. Articles crafted from shells and pearls are also displayed here. 

Mani Bhawan

chamunda devi Mani Bhawan, Located on leafy Laburnum Road, a quiet lane named after its shady trees, Mani Bhavan is the old Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. It's a pretty, two-storied structure that now houses a reference library with over 2000 books, a photo exhibition of the Mahatma's life, and well preserved memorabilia, including an old charkha or spinning wheel that Gandhiji used to use. Today, its only a symbolic exhibit that lies unused, but many old Gandhians still visit the place to pay homage to their hero and demonstrate the noble art of spinning your own yarn!

National Gallery of Modern Art

rai ranchodji National Gallery of Modern Art(NGMA), is an institution, managed by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, a venture of Indian Government. NGMA displays the Modern Contemporary Art of India as well as the other countries of the world. The gallery was opened to the public in 1996. Under the Cultural Exchange Programme between various countries, National Gallery of Modern Art arranges exhibitions as proposed by the different Consulates round the year. National Gallery of Modern Art has been the revived form of an old public hall, better called Sir C. J. Hall. This three-storey structure encompasses collected works of eminent living artists of India. The highlights of museum are made by the collection of Pablo Picasso's works and artifacts like mummies, statues, etc. from Egypt. Thus, NGMA offers an easy and comprehensive overview of the contemporary art scenario in the country.

Chowpatty Beach

chamunda deviChowpatty Beach, is in the heart of Mumbai. Chowpatty has rich historical links to the freedom movement; several important meetings were organized here during the freedom struggle. At present, this is where images of Ganesha are immersed after the ten days of Ganesh Chaturthi. Though the beaches remain empty throughout the day, it is a hub of activity in the evenings. On this beach the most famous are the Kiosks. These stalls sell all kinds of Chatt & Tikki and who can forget the famous Bhelpuri of Chowpatty. On the beach itself is a small colony of the original inhabitants of Mumbai, The Koli fishermen who can be seen drying their catch or mending their nets. Statues of Lokmanya Tilak and Sardar Patel, two of the most outstanding Maharashtrian freedom fighters, stand on the beach.