Mumbai is considered as the city of dreams. Although, the place is the commercial capital of India, it is heaven for those who are highly ambitious, especially those interested in the field of entertainment. With the Arabian Sea by its side, the city offers several soothing beaches and stretches for a long drive. However, apart from filmy dreams and big business ideas, the place has a lot more to offer in terms of both religious and artistic treasures. Let’s see the top 10 places that are most visited by tourists in Mumbaaaaiii!
10. Dhobi Ghat:
Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, commonly known as Dhobi Ghat, is a unique place in Mumbai. Located alongside Mahalaxmi railway station, Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat is the world’s largest outdoor laundry. Despite being a congested area, this place attracts lots of tourist who are amazed by the concept of the washing clothes in such large numbers at one place. Dhobi ghat literally translates to dock of laundrymen. Spread in a 10 acre area, the place is utilized to wash clothes in bulks.
9. Siddhivinayak Temple:
Built in 1801, the temple is one of the principal religious places in Mumbai. The Siddhivinayak temple is praised for its amazing architecture and beauty. Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the temple was constructed by Deubai Patil and Laxman Vithu. Although is crowed all throughout the week, Tuesday is considered to be the most important day for puja and darshan at this temple.
8. Film City:
Listed among one of the most highlighted attraction of Mumbai, Film City is a film studio complex situated in Andheri. With Bollywood becoming the identity for Mumbai, Film City has turned out to be a city within the city itself. Spread across 520 acres, the studio has capacity to incorporate nearly 1000 sets at a time.
7. Elephanta Island:
The home of many cave temples, the Elephanta Island in the Arabian Sea lies close to the Mumbai coastline, stretching 9 km northeast of the Gateway of India. The island is named after the large stone elephant near the shore, which collapsed in 1814. Apart from the cave-temples carved into the basalt rock, the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is the main attraction. The temple has a 6 meter tall statue of Sadhashiva – depicting a three-faced Shiva as the destroyer, creator and preserver of the universe.
6. Bandra-Worli Sea Link:
Complete in 2009, Bandra-Worli Sea Link stands as the India’s first cable-stay, open sea bridge. The bridge has a length of 600 meter and stretches 126 meter in height. The bridge is made up of 230,000 cubic meter of concrete and a cable-stay system of 2,250 km of high strength galvanized steel wires to support the bridge. The eight lane bridge was constructed to reduce the travelling time of 60-75 minutes to just seven minutes for commuters.
Locally known as Lovers Point, the place got its name from the old glory days of bandstand culture, when bands used to perform to entertain people. However, these days, it has become a tourist attraction and witnesses a huge population of young couples who come to spend time together. Apart from the harmonious atmosphere, the place is also known for buildings and homes of Bollywood celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and others.
4. Girgaum Chowpatty:
Famous for its eateries, the place is one of the oldest beaches in Mumbai. The beach witnesses a plethora of visitors during Ganesh visarjan (emersion of Lord Ganesha). The name of the place comes from the words ‘Chau’ and ‘pati’ meaning four channels or four creeks. This name is analogous to that of Satpaty, a village in the Mahim Taluka of the Thane District, which is approached through a Channel or Creek, containing seven divisions of water.
3. Essel World – Water Kingdom:
Established in 1986, Essel World-Water Kingdom is known to be the largest amusement and water park in India as well as in Asia. Built to match up with the international standards, the establishment offers various rides to all age groups. Apart from the slides, rides and other fun activities, the place also offers numerous restaurants and joints. The place also organizes events and shows on special occasions.
2. Haji Ali Dargah:
Haji Ali Dargah is the one of the most renowned religious place in Mumbai. It is located within Arabian Sea connected to Worli. Located amidst the water body, the monument looks best during monsoon, with all four ways surrounded by water. The monument has a mosque (Masjid) inside the complex and the Dargah, which were built in 1431 AD.
1. Marine Drive:
Marine Drive is long stretch of road between the concrete jungle of Nariman Point – Mumbai’s Manhattan – and the leafy green slopes of Malabar Hill. During the night, the glittering street lights along the arc shaped road make it look like an enormous strand of imperious jewels all along the two mile stretch. It is one of the busiest roads which makes Mumbai one of the best night life cities in India.