Gateway Of India
Mumbai's most famous landmark is located at Apollo Bunder. This triumphal archway, designed by George Wikket, was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911. It was through this magnificent monument that numerous Viceroys, Governors and senior civil servants were welcomed as they disembarked from their steamers.
The Elephanta caves are situated about 10 kms away from the Gateway of India. Also known as Gharapuri, the island stores the mystifying rock-cut temples, which date back to the 7th century. The chief attraction of this ancient place is the huge three-headed bust of Lord Shiva, popularly known as 'Trimurti'. The caves of Elephanta are a fine example of Hindu architecture at its best. A ferry takes you from the Gateway of India to Elephanta.
Prince of Wales Museum
This famous structure was built in the Indo-Saracenic style by George Wikket in honour of King George V's visit to India. The museum has three main sections - Art, Archaeology and Natural History. It holds a vast collection of Chinese Jade pieces, Victorian oil paintings and weaponry of the Mughal era. One should not miss the miniature model of the Parsi Tower of Silence, as admission to the actual tower is not allowed for non-Parsis. Timings: 10:15 hrs - 18:00 hrs (Monday closed) Tel. No. 2844519, 2844484.
Jijamata Udyan - Zoo (Rani Baug)
The zoo is situated at Byculla on the central side of Mumbai. Originally known as Victoria Gardens, it houses many rare and endangered species of animals and birds. Timings: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Wednesday closed). Tel: 3725799.
Nehru Science Center
The highlight of this is the son et lumiere show. The center has an attractive Children's Section and antique exhibits like the railway engine and the tram car.
The only astronomical centre in Mumbai, this is situated in Worli. It is also a concert cum movie auditorium. It is the only place, which recreates the image of the sky as seen from anywhere on the earth at any time. Closed on Monday. Tel: 4920510
The goddess of wealth resides in this temple and thousands of devotees from all over the country throng for her blessing.
The ultimate destination of thousands of devotees on a Tuesday is the Siddhivinayak Temple. Even the never-ending long hours of wait do not discourage the devout from seeking the blessing of Lord Ganesha. This beautiful temple is situated at Prabhadevi.
Haji Ali mausoleum, the tomb of a Muslim saint, has a dramatic offshore location, opposite the Mahalaxmi Racecourse. During high tide, the connecting causeway is submerged in water giving the impression that the mosque and tomb are floating out at sea in splendid isolation. It can be visited only at low tide.
It is more popularly known as Hare Rama Hare Krishna temple and is situated at Juhu. A holy place of worship, meditation and spiritual knowledge, it advocates the principles of The Bhagwad Gita as taught by Lord Krishna. Tel: 6200248/6206860
Mount Mary Church
It is one of the prominent churches in Mumbai. A week long fair, which is popularly known as Bandra fair, is held in the month of September to celebrate the birth of Mother Mary on September 8. People of all faiths throng this place to seek the blessings of the Mother.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park
The famous Kanheri Caves carved by Buddhist Monks in the 2nd Century A.D. are located at this park, situated off the Western Express Highway near Borivali. The highlights of the park are lots of greenery, wild animals and the mini train. Timings 9:00 hrs - 19:00 hrs.
Mumbai has a number of beaches. Chowpatty beach is the venue for the Annual Ganesh Chaturthi Festival. Juhu Beach, located in the suburbs is very similar to Chowpatty. Gorai and Marve beaches which are in the northern suburbs are quieter and a better proposition for tourists looking for a quiet evening.
Situated on the Malabar Hills on the Western side of the city, the gardens have a panoramic view of the city. They were built in 1952, and have the "Old Woman's Shoe" and a Musical Fountain.
India's largest amusement park, Essel World, spread over a sprawling 64 acres, is situated at Gorai. It offers more than 45 thrilling and scintillating rides and games.
Asia's largest theme water park, Water Kingdom, has loads of innovative attractions including the world's biggest wave pool, heart stopping rides 'n' slides, river adventure cruises and much more. Water Kingdom is situated right next to Essel World, Gorai, Mumbai. Timings: 11:00- 19:00 hrs. Tel: 4925013/4920891/8699957 (Park).
Fantasy Land is another amusement park located in Jogeshwari East. It's a place for fun, frolic and games for all ages. Timings: 11:00- 20:00 hrs. Tel: 8365683/8371684/8388070.
The "Queen's Necklace" is the main attraction for many tourists. This curved boulevard glitters with street lights and resembles a glowing pearl string. Marine Drive starts from Malabar Hill to end at the business district of Nariman Point.