Mumbai was previously known as Bombay. Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra state. It is the biggest and busiest city of India. The city is full of excitement, energy and lots of fun and entertainmment. The city offers many interesting places to visit. Let us discuss some places in Mumbai which you must visit whenever you visit the city. These include Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Chowpatty Beach, Elephanta Caves, Haji Ali Mosque, Hanging Gardens, Juhu Beach, Chor Bazaar, Marine Drive, Flora Fountain, etc. Let us see each of these one by one in this article series.
Gateway of India: The Gateway of India is the most popular monument and symbol of Mumbai. It is located at Apollo Bunder at the southern end of Mumbai. It is the starting point for visitors who enter Mumbai via the sea route. Gateway of India was built to honour the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai over 100 years back. It is designed in both Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. The gateway is 85 ft high. The Gateway of India has significant historical importance. Visiting mumbai is incomplete if you miss this wonderful place to visit. Right opposite the gateway is the iconic Taj hotel.
Elephanta Caves: Elephanta Caves is a major tourist attraction. It is located on the Elephanta (or Gharpuri) island in the Arabian sea. The architecture of these caves is believed to be dated from 600 AD and before. The caves are carved from the solid basalt rock and were originally painted in the past. The caves are divided into two groups. The first group is the large group and is known as the Hindu caves. The second is the smaller one known as the Buddhist caves. The Hindu caves has the stone sculptures which are dedicated to lord Shiva. The caves were a place of worship for Hindus in past. It is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1987. One has to go to Elephanta via a ferry service from Gateway of India.
We’ll read more about other places to visit in Mumbai in the articles ahead.
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