CHOWPATTY

Chowpatty Mumbai
Chowpatty
Chowpatty is situated at the northern end of Marine Drive.

This place is overcrowded on two important occasions every year, one being the immersion ceremony of Lord Ganesha on Anant Chaturdashi, the penultimate day of Ganesh festival and the other the Coconut Day when the fishing folk offer coconuts to the sea in gratitude and reverence.

The Chowpatty has witnessed many historic events, many mass political meetings addressed by the topmost leaders of India.

Chowpatty occupies a very special place in the life of people in Mumbai. People gather here often for a change in the daily routine. Chowpatty is also famous for its scrumptious fast-food.

BABULNATH TEMPLE

Babulnath Temple Mumbai
Babulnath Temple
Babulnath Temple, the ancient temple of Lord Shiva, is situated near Charni Road Station. The temple was constructed more than 200 years ago. A tall spire was added to the original structure in the early 19th Century. The Shiva linga in this temple is unique and monolithic. Devotees throng for Darshan in hordes on Mondays, Shivratri and other festivals.

Contact Numbers Babulnath Temple
(022) 23678367 / Fax-23673602

Nearest Railway Station : Charni Road (Western Railway)

SANJAY GANDHI NATIONAL PARK, BORIVALI

Van Rani Sanjay Gandhi National Park Borivali Mumbai
Van Rani - Sanjay Gandhi National Park
The Sanjay Gandhi National Park, also known as the Borivali National Park is a large protected area in Mumbai. The park is spread over an area of about 104 square kilometers. The Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) is one of the biggest national parks existing within a metropolis limit and is one of the most visited national parks in India with 2 million annual visitors.

The park is nestled in the hill ranges to the east of the suburb of Borivali. The road which goes to this area immediately plunge right into the heart of a rich and spacious forest. Tall trees, wild flowers, plenty of botanical species singing and colorful looking birds that are invariably associated with the woods impart a peace of mind that is wonderful to enjoy. One could hardly believe that there could be so much forest so near Mumbai, so wealthy in its variety, so much delightful to see and enchanting to get lost.

The famous Kanheri Caves, Teen Murti, Vihar Lake, Tulsi Lake, and Lion Safari, Mini Train called Van Rani are all located in this National Park.

This is a perfect place for one day picnic. The western express highway is very near from the park's gate.

Timings
Park's Timing - 7.30 a.m. to 18.00 p.m. daily

Entrance fee
Children below 5 years of age : Free
Children between 5 years to 12 years : Rs.17/-
Person above 12 Years of age : Rs.33/-

• Above entry fee charges will be applicable for each and every individual (Including Driver) coming in vehicle.

Vehicle Charges
Scooter / Autorickshaw - Rs.28/-
Motor Car / Jeeps / Tempo - Rs.110/-
Truck / Bus / Tractor - Rs.165/-

Photography Charges
• Still Photography (Non commercial use) - No Charges
• Still Photography (Commercial use) - Rs.500/- per day
• Video (Non Commercial use) - Rs.500/- per day

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Lion Safari - Timing 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2.20 p.m.to 5.30 p.m. Daily except Monday;

Cost is Rs.30/- (30 minutes)

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Boat Rides - Timing 9 am to 12.30 pm and 1.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Cost is Rs.15/- (15 minutes)

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• Tickets for Mini Train, Boating, Lion and Tiger Safari, Kanheri Bus are available at the respective points.
• No entry fee will be charged for entry of tourists into the Borivali National Park (Wildlife Sanctuary, Tiger Projects) between 07.30 am to 14.00 pm on 26th January, 1st May and 15th August)
• Carrying / Throwing of plastic bags and plastic article in National Park is strictly prohibited.
• Carrying of domestic animals and playing group games (Cricket / Badminton etc.) in National Park is strictly prohibited.
• Tourists are allowed up to Kanheri along the road only. Not either side of road in forest.
• In case of any Mis-happenings / Incidents, Please contact Control Room at Main entrance gate (Borivali) (Phone Number 022-2886 6449)
• Tourists are requested to leave the National Park before 18.30 pm for their safety.


Contact Nos.:
(022) 2886 0362 / 0389

Nearest Station :
Borivali Railway Station (Western Railway)

Photos - Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

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Mini Rail Track Sanjay Gandhi National Park Borivali Mumbai
Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Krishnagiri Station Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Krishnagiri Station

MOUNT MARY CHURCH, BANDRA

Mount Mary Church, Bandra
The Basilica of our Lady of the Mount, is standing atop hillock at Bandra West, a suburb of Mumbai. This Roman Catholic Basilica, in locals known as Mount Mary Church, is one of the most visited religious houses of worship in Mumbai City. This Roman Catholic Church was built in the 17th Century but the current edifice has been just 100 years old. The Mount Mary Church is believed to have miraculous healing powers and is visited by people from all the communities and religions throughout the year.

The Church is famous for its week long fair; which is held in the first week of September every year in the precinct of the church.

Nearest Railway Station : Bandra (West)

MAHALAXMI DEVI MANDIR, MUMBAI

Mahalaxmi Devi Mandir Mumbai
Mahalaxmi Devi, Mumbai
The Mahalaxmi Temple, one of the old and most famous temples, stands on the northern side of Malabar Hill, near Worli seashore.

The temple comprises three idols of the goddesses namely Mahalaxmi, Mahakali and Mahasaraswati. Nonetheless the principal deity is Devi Mahalaxmi, the Goddess of Wealth as per the Hindu mythology, after whom the temple is named.

Devotees throng here in hordes on Tuesdays, Fridays to seek blessings from the goddesses. The festival of Navratri is the special event celebrated with full fervor here.

Nearest Railway Station : Mahalaxmi (W.R.)

NEHRU PLANETARIUM

Nehru Planetarium Mumbai
Nehru Planetarium
The Nehru Planetarium, is in the Worli Area, was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India Smt. Indira Gandhi in 1977. The planetarium is a cylindrical shaped building and was designed by the architect Shri. J. M. Kadri. The planetarium is a part of the Nehru Science Centre and is famous for its educational scientific program. The audience can watch the stars and Galaxies during daytime in this planetarium.



Show Name (Cosmic Journey and Heavenly Wonders)
12.00 PM   HINDI Language               Tuesday to Sunday
01.30 PM   MARATHI Language          Tuesday to Sunday
03.00 PM   ENGLISH Language          Tuesday to Sunday
04.30 PM   HINDI Language               Tuesday to Sunday

Entry Fee
For Adults Rs.55/-
For Child (up to age 12 years) Rs.30/-

Booking Hours
11.00 AM to 5.00 PM

Online Booking :- Click Here
• Online Ticket Booking for the day closes at 10.00 am
• Tickets can be booked through payment gateways by Credit/Debit Card or Net banking Only.
• Advance Booking Period - 30 Days
• There is no refund or cancellation of booked tickets]

Telephone
+91-22-24920510

Nearest Railway Station
Mahalaxmi Railway Station (W.R.)

FASHION STREET

Fashion Street Mumbai
Fashion Street, a group of hundred and more shops, is located on M.G. Road, opposite Azad Maidan in South Mumbai.

Here on Fashion Street, you can find shops selling export quality ready made clothes, shoes and various fashion accessories at very low rates. It is a paradise for the shopping freaks.

Nearest Railway Station : Churchgate (W.R.)

MARINE DRIVE

Marine Drive Mumbai
Marine Drive
Marine Drive, affectionately called the Queen’s Necklace, is basically a C-shaped six lane concrete road along the coastline of the Arabian Sea situated in South Mumbai.

The road stretches over an area of approximately four kilometers and is one of the busiest roads in Mumbai.

People come here to enjoy the cool sea air and also to view the setting sun.

Marine Drive is a nice place to hang out with friends and family.

Photos - Marine Drive, Mumbai

Marine Drive Mumbai during Night
Marine Drive - at Night




Queen's Necklace Mumbai 
Queen's Necklace
Marine Drive Mumbai
Marine Drive

TARAPOREVALA AQUARIUM

Taraporevala Aquarium Mumbai
Taraporevala Aquarium
The Taraporewala aquarium, situated on the Marine Drive, is a very spectacular place for all the age groups. The Taraporevala Aquarium houses various types of marine and freshwater fish including Sharks, Coral Fish, Rays, Turtles, Starfish, Moray eels, Sea Turtles are placed here for exhibition.

The aquarium was constructed at a cost of Rs. Eight Lakh and were opened for the public in 1951. It was inaugurated by the then President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad.

Address of the Aquarium
Taraporevala Aquarium
Subhash Road, Marine Drive,
Charni Road, Mumbai - 400 002.
Contact Number : 22821239

Entry Fee
Adults: Rs.15/-
Children: Rs.10/- (up to Age 16 years)
Entry is free for handicapped persons

Timings
10.00 to 20.00 on Sunday & Public Holidays
10.00 to 19.00 on Tuesday to Saturday (Closed on Monday)

MUMBA DEVI MANDIR

Mumba Devi
Mumba Devi
The Mumba Devi Temple is situated at Bhuleshwar, Mumbai.

Mumba Devi is considered as Mumbai’s resident deity. The city's name “Mumbai” is derived from the goddess name.

The original temple of Mumbadevi was stood at Bori Bunder. It was demolished by the British Government in 1737 and shifted to its current location at Bhuleshwar.

MAHARASHTRA

Map of Maharashtra State India
Maharashtra's Map
MAHARASHTRA AT A GLANCE
Formation as a State : May 1, 1960

Capital :
MUMBAI

Boundries
East-Chhattisgarh
West-Arabian Sea
North-Madhya Pradesh
South-Karnataka

AreaDetails
Area307,713 square kilometers
Population11.23 Crores (2011 census)
State LanguageMarathi
Other spoken
languages
English, Hindi, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Urdu
Coast Line720 kms. (Arabian Sea)
Main MountainsSahyadri (South-North), Satpuda (East-West)
RangesSatmala, Ajanta, Harishchandra, Balaghat, Mahadeo
Highest peaksKalsubai, Dist. Ahmednagar, Height 1646 meters (5400 ft.)
Main GhatsThal, Malshej, Bor, Varandha, Kumbharli, Amba, Fonda, Amboli, Katraj, Khambataki, Diva, Outram Ghat
Main RiversGodavari, Krishna, Tapi, Bhima, Koyana, Vardha, Vainganga, Pravara
Forest AreaAppx. 17%
Major Cities33
Main Universities14
Major PortsMumbai, Nhava-Sheva (Both International), Murud, Dabhol, Jaygad, Ratnagiri, Devgad
Major AirportsMumbai (International), Pune, Aurangabad, Nagpur
Main Ancient caves / Sculptures42
Main Sea Beaches17
Main Hill Stations13
Main Historic Forts45
Hot Springs5
Lakes & Reservoirs11
Holiday Resorts20
Road Length2.25 lakh kms.
National Highways2959 kms.
State Highways30975 kms.
Main District Road38976 kms.
S.T. RoutesAppox. 20000
Distance of Routes1323 kms.
S.T. Bus FleetAbout 15000
Passengers per DayAppx. 71 lacs
Rail Routes5614 kms.
Districts33
Talukas325
Corporation CitiesMumbai, Thane, Kalyan, Kolhapur, Solapur, Nashik, Pune, Aurangabad, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Amravati, Nagpur


Famous WaterfallsDistrictLocation
Vajrai WaterfallSataraNear Kaas Flower Valley
Kune FallsPuneLonavala - Khandala
Pandavkada FallsRaigadKharghar, Navi Mumbai
Marleshwar WaterfallsRatnagiri5 Kilometers from Devrukh, formed on the banks of Bav River
Peb WaterfallsRaigad10 Kilometers from Neral Railway Station
Garambi WaterfallsRaigad5 Kilometers from Janjira
Kandhar WaterfallsSangli65 Kilometers from Sangli
Lingmala WaterfallsSataraVenna Valley, Mahabaleshwar
Thoseghar WaterfallsSatara36 Kilometers from Satara
Rajmachi WaterfallsPuneKhandala
Gavlideo Hill FallsThaneThane - Belapur Road
Nivali FallsRatnagiriRatnagiri - Ganpatipule Route
Usarvardhane WaterfallsThaneNear Kansai Village
Ozarde WaterfallsPatan, Satar10 Kilometers from Koyna
Bhivpuri WaterfallsThaneNear Bhivpuri Railway Station
Napne FallsSindhudurga15 Kilometers from Vaibhavwadi
Dabhosa WaterfallsThane5 Kilometers from Javhar
Tiger FallsPuneLonavala - Khandala
Tigher WaterfallsThane10 Kilometers from Karjat Railway Station
Sahastrakunda WaterfallsNandedSituated on Painganga River at Sahastrakund
Bhildari Valley WaterfallsAurangabadNear 3 Kilometers from Kannad
Tapalwadi FallsThane3 Kilometers from Neral Railway Station
Bhilar WaterfallsSataraMahabaleshwar Panchgani Road
Amboli Ghat FallsSindhudurgaAmboli
Chirkehind WaterfallsSataraAmbenali Ghat
Vyaghreshwar WaterfallsSindhudurgaMumbai - Goa Highway
Barki WaterfallsKolhapurKolhapur
Mandakini WaterfallsSataraNear Mahabaleshwar
Sav Dav WaterfallsSindhudurga10 Kilometers from Kankavli town
Randha FallsAhmednagar45 Kilometers from Kasara Railway Station
Needle Point WaterfallsSataraMahabaleshwar - Panchgani Route
Palsambe WaterfallsKolhapurOn the way to Gaganbavada at Palsamba
Ale's WaterfallSataraMahabaleshwar
Dhobi FallsSataraformed on the banks of Koyna River
Umbrella FallsAhmednagar45 Kilometers from Kasara Railway Station
Chinchoti WaterfallsThaneNaigaon Railway Station (East) side
Zenith WaterfallsThaneKhopoli
Ramatirth WaterfallsKolhapur10 Kilometers from Ajara
Kelghar WaterfallsSataraMahabaleshwar - Medha - Satara Road
Dudhsagar WaterfallsNashikNear Someshwar Temple, Nashik
Ramdharneshwar WaterfallsRaigadNear Kihim Village, Alibaug
Chinaman WaterfallsSataraMahabaleshwar
Sawatkada WaterfallsRatnagiriChiplun
Dodhvne Tivre FallsRatnagiriSangameshwar
Chinchghar FallsSindhudurga10 Kilometers from Kudal town
Tamhini WaterfallsPuneTamhini Ghat, Pune
Dugarwadi WaterfallsNashikNashik
Nagartas FallsSindhudurgaAmboli Ghat


National HighwaysDetails
Highway No.3Mumbai - Nashik - Dhule - Indore - Agra
Highway No.4Thane - Pune - Bangalore - Chennai
Highway No.6Dhule - Nagpur - Calcutta
Highway No.8Mumbai - Surat - Ahmedabad - Jaipur - Delhi
Highway No.9Pune - Solapur - Hyderabad - Vijaywada


Main Rail Routes
Mumbai - Delhi - Amritsar
Mumbai - Havra
Mumbai - Baroda - Delhi
Mumbai - Varansi
Mumbai - Chennai
Manmad - Hyderabad
Konkan - Mumbai - Ratnagiri
Nagpur - Delhi
Nagpur - Chennai
Nanded - Hyderabad
Jalgaon - Surat


Administrative Division (Region)Districts under this Division
Mumbai (Konkan)Mumbai City & Suburbs, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurga
Nashik (Khandesh)Nashik, Dhule, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Ahmednagar
Pune (Western Maharashtra)Pune, Satara, Sangli, Solapur, Kolhapur
Aurangabad (Marathwada)Aurangabad, Jalna, Hingoli, Beed, Parbhani, Nanded, Latur, Usmanabad
Amravati (Vidarbha)Buldhana, Akola, Washim, Yavatmal, Amravati
Nagpur (Vidarbha)Wardha, Nagpur, Bhandara, Chandrapur, Gondia, Gadchiroli

MUMBAI MAHANAGAR PALIKA

Mumbai Mahanagar Palika's headquarter located near CST Railway Station (formerly Victoria Terminus)
Mumbai Mahanagar Palika
The Bruhanmumbai Mahanagar Palika or The Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC), established under the B.M.C. Act 1888, the richest municipal corporation in India, is the civic body that governs the city of Mumbai.

The B.M.C. is responsible for the civic infrastructure and administration of Mumbai city and its suburbs.

The Mayor of the Mumbai city heads the BMC but major responsibilities are given to the Municipal Commissioner.

The BMC’s territory extends from Colaba in the south to Dahisar and Mulund in the north.

The headquarter of the BMC is located in South Mumbai opposite the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

Official Website : http://www.mcgm.gov.in

MANTRALAYA

Mantralaya
Mantralaya
The Maharashtra State’s Secretariat building, known as Mantralaya, is situated in South Mumbai.

The 6 storeyed building was built in 1955, is the administrative headquarter of the Maharashtra State.

The Chief Minister of the Maharashtra State sits on the Top floor.

Total staff of the Mantralaya is more than eight thousand.

The BEST Bus 'Number 81' goes towards Mantralaya from the Churchgate station.

Tourists are not allowed in this building.

NARIMAN POINT

Nariman Point Mumbai
Nariman Point, Mumbai
Nariman Point, Mumbai's main financial district and one of the most expensive Central Business District in the world, is situated on the extreme tip of Marine Drive.

Nariman Point is situated on land reclaimed from the sea and houses the headquarters of some of India’s leading companies.

Nariman Point is widely regarded as the Manhattan of Mumbai and was named after Khurshid Nariman, a BMC Corporator and a Parsi visionary.

The world famous Oberoi & Trident hotels are in the Nariman Point area and offering 5-Star deluxe hospitality to visitors.

MUMBAI HIGH COURT

Mumbai High Court
Mumbai High Court
The High Court of Mumbai, is one of the oldest and most distinguished High Courts in the Country with Jurisdiction over the Maharashtra State, Goa, and U.T. of Daman and Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. In addition to the Principal Seat at Mumbai, the High Court has regional benches at Aurangabad and Nagpur in Maharashtra, and at Panaji in Goa. The High Courts decision can be appealed to the Supreme Court only.

Official Website High Court : http://bombayhighcourt.nic.in/

Nearest Railway Station : Churchgate (Western Railway)

RAJABAI TOWER

Rajabai Tower Mumbai
Rajabai Tower
The lovely Rajabai Clock Tower is situated  in the campus of Mumbai University, is in south Mumbai.

The clock tower was designed by the British architect Sir George Gilbert Scott.

The clock tower was modeled to London’s Big Ben.

The construction work of the clock tower started in 1869 and was completed in 1878 at a cost of Rs.2 lakhs.

Mr. Premchand Roychand, the founder of the Bombay Stock Exchange (B.S.E.), paid the entire sum from his pocket on the condition that the clock tower be named after his mother Rajabai.

The surrounding area of the Rajabai Clock Tower is very beautiful.

The Rajabai Clock Tower was closed to the public after it became a suicidal point.

Nearest Railway Station : Churchgate (W.R.)

FLORA FOUNTAIN (HUTATMA CHOWK)

Flora Fountain Mumbai
Flora Fountain
Flora Fountain, a beautiful monument, located at D.N. Road, Opposite Mumbai High Court, in south Mumbai.

The monument was constructed in the year 1864, with a total cost of Rs.47000/-, in honor of the Governor Sir Bartle Frere.

This beautiful monument was designed by the British architect R. Norman Shaw.

The beautiful sculpture of the ‘Roman Goddess Flora’ was made by James Forsythe. The monument was sculpted in imported Portland Stone. Originally the fountain area was called as Frere Fountain but later on it was renamed to Flora Fountain.

Nearest Railway Station : Churchgate

ELEPHANTA CAVES

Elephanta Caves Mumbai
Elephanta Caves
About 10 nautical miles across the sea from the Gateway of India (Mumbai) lies Elephanta also known as Gharapuri. This green island is famous for the World’s wonder rock-cut cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is an ideal holiday place with plenty of pretty nooks and comers and pleasant picnic spots.

But it is much more than all that. The Elephanta Caves provide a fascinating study in the rock architecture and sculpture of India.

The elephant was originally known as Gharapuri meaning a rock town. It had a sacred influence on the original Indians who considered it to be the island of purification.

First we come across a large pavilion or hall originally supported and adorned by 26 pillars or columns each one averaging about 16 feet in height. Today some of these columns have fallen but the majority is still standing. In the hall there is a shrine with the Shivlinga installed in it.

The most remarkable feature of the Elephanta Caves is the mammoth representation in stone of the various heads of Shiva, depicting his several moods. This extraordinary three headed ‘Trimurti’ as it is known, is nearly 20 feet in height and each of the head is nearly six feet in length.

The front face shows Shiva as Brahma, the Lord of Creation, as its right is Shiva as Rudra, the god of destruction and at left is Shiva as Vishnu, the preserver. Other images include Shiva’s Tandav Dance, Shiv-Parvati marriage etc. The shrines at Elephanta Caves belong to the Pashupati faith. Maurya and Chalukyas patronized these shrines. The caves probably belong to the era between 8th and 10th centuries A.D.

Motor launches are available from the Gateway of India to go to Elephanta Island.

Nearest Railway Station : Churchgate

JEHANGIR ART GALLERY

Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, South Mumbai
Jehangir Art Gallery
The Jehangir Art gallery is situated at kala Ghoda in south Mumbai, is the most famous gallery in India.

Sir Cowasji Jehangir built this Art Gallery in 1952 at his own cost. The Art Gallery has four exhibition halls.

The Jehangir Art Gallery is frequented by the famous artists, sculptors, spectators, eminent art critics and generous patrons of art.

This Gallery is a perfect place for all the artists to display their talent under one roof.

Timing
11.00 am to 7.00 pm Daily

Entry
Free

Telephone
+91-22-2284 3989 / 2283 3640

Nearest Railway Station
C.S.T. (C.R.), Churchgate (W.R.)

Photo Gallery

Jehangir Art GalleryJehangir Art Gallery

PRINCE OF WALES MUSEUM

Prince of Wales Museum Mumbai
Prince of Wales Museum
The Prince of Wales Museum (now called “The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya”) is situated in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai. The museum was designed by the Scottish Architect George Wittet, to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales, the future King George V to India.

This is one of the best museums in India. The museum was constructed in 1914 with the combination of Hindu and Mughal culture. It was opened to the Public in 1922.

The museum has three main sections : art, archaeology and natural history. The miniatures of the Rajasthan and Deccan Schools are exhibited in the circular gallery of the main building (First Floor). The Tata family collections form part of the archaeology and art sections. The natural history section was started with part of the admirable collection of the Bombay Natural History Society. The picture galleries contain, in addition to ancient Indian paintings, some by Europeans and contemporary Indian artists and copies of Ajanta murals. There is also a large collection of jade, crystal, china, lacquer and metal objects, both ancient and modern. There are some excellent dioramas in the natural history section. The museum has an interesting collection of exhibits from the Maratha period.

Timings
Morning 10.15 am until 6.00 pm evening (Monday Closed).

Entry Fee
For Indian Citizen Rs.25/-; and for Foreigners Rs.300/-; Concession for Students.

Contact Number
+91-22-22844484

Nearest Railway Station
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)

TAJ MAHAL HOTEL

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel Mumbai
Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
The huge and decent building of this world famous five star hotel is located in the Colaba area, next to the Gateway of India.

The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel was constructed by Jamsedji Tata and opened its doors to guests in 1903.

The hotel has hosted notable personalities such as Jacqueline Kennedy, The King and Queen of Norway, Bill Clinton, The Duke & Duchess of Kent, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.

Nearest Railway Station : C.S.T., Churchgate

GATEWAY OF INDIA

Gateway Of India Mumbai
Gateway of India
During British Rule this grand monument was built in Apollo Bunder area in south Mumbai to commemorate the visit of India of England's King George V and Queen Mary.

It's conceptualizing, drawings and planned was done by the famous Scottish Architect George Wittet.

The royal couple Majesties King George V and Queen Mary came in 1911.

The construction work started in 1913 and was completed in 1924 at a cost of Rs. 21 lakhs. For construction of the Gateway of India, land was reclaimed from sea by filling rocks and earth. The foundation was taken 10 meters deep. This monument is a unique amalgam of Hindu-Muslim architectural styles. The central dome is 25 meters high and has a diameter of 15 meters.

One can see floating large ships and crafts in the Arabian sea for a considerable distance.

The world famous Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is situated very next to Gateway. There are also large statues of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj & Swami Vivekanand which has been installed after the Indepence.

There are regular motorboat services for Elephanta Island (popular tourist destination due to its caves), Alibaug and nearby villages from here.

Nearest Railway Station : Churchgate (W.R.)

MUMBAI

Mumbai, Bombay,  Capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra
Mumbai formerly known as Bombay, is the capital of Maharashtra State. The population of the city is around 20.5 million and its the fourth most populous city in the world.

Mumbai is situated on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. The city’s name derived from the Koli Goddess Mumbadevi.

Today Mumbai is identified as the wealthiest city in India. Mumbai houses important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India, the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE), the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the SEBI and the corporate headquarters of numerous Indian as well as foreign corporations.

Mumbai also houses Marathi Film Industry as well as Bollywood. Mumbai is a home of some of India's premier scientific and nuclear institutes like BARC, TIFR, AERB, NPCL, IREL, AECI, and the Department of Atomic Energy.

The business opportunities in Mumbai, as well as its potential to offer a higher standard of living, attract people from all over India and, in turn, make the Mumbai city a mixture of many communities and cultures.

General Information About Mumbai
Area
480.240 Sq. Kms.

Population of the City
About 2.1 Crores

Height from Sea Level
'0' zero

Climate
Tropical (Moderate Climate)

Temperature
In Winter 28 to 16 Degree Celsius, In Summer 34 to 23 Degree Celsius

Languages spoken
Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, English, Urdu, Punjabi

Mode of Travelling
Suburban Railway (Western, Central & Harbour Lines),  BEST Buses, Taxies, Auto Rickshaws (In suburbs only)

Airport
Domestic Airport - Santacruz, International Airport - Sahar

When to Go
It is generally quite hot in Mumbai. The heat reaches a peak during what the Mumbaikar call the warm season –a mild understatement- which falls between the end of February and the middle of June. From June to October it’s monsoon time but it's hot and muggy as soon as the rain is over. The most pleasant period is between November to February, the cool season and best of the year for visitors.

What to see
Except for the caves of Elephanta, Mumbai has but a few sightseeing spots; compensating the scarcity of famous temples is its particular atmosphere, derived from the mixed nature of its population. Maharashtrians, Gujaratis, Parsees, Goans and South Indians all come here to make a living, and there is a sizeable community of Western Businessmen and their families. It is so cosmopolitan in appearance and outlook that the visitors feel at home immediately after his arrival. The triangle between Marine Drive, Gateway of India and C.S.T. constitutes the core of the foreigner’s Mumbai. Everyone’s first objective is Elephanta Island and its rock-cut temples. There is plenty to see on Malbar Hill and the Prince of Wales Museum is worth visiting. Mumbai is the base for trips to Ajanta-Ellora and the Karla Caves.

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