Top Tourist Attractions In Mumbai With Photos : Instalment Four

This is the fourth instalment in the ongoing series on top tourist attractions in Mumbai. As in the previous articles, this one too focuses on places to visit in Mumbai that are close to each other for ease of commuting. From South Mumbai, I will be moving to Central Mumbai and then to West Mumbai. As one heads further up North in Mumbai, these tourist spots become more distanced from one another as the city spreads out in width here.

The other instalments in this series can be read at the links given at the end of the article. I'll start the first of these tourist attractions in Mumbai with something that is unique only to the city of Mumbai, and that is the Mumbai Dabbawalas.

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In this article too, I list 10 places to visit in Mumbai. These also to me are amongst the top tourist attractions in Mumbai.

Mumbai Dabbawalas

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the lunch box inside the aluminium dabbacollecting the dabbas on a bicyclethe dabbas being taken to the railway stationdelivering lunch boxes to the customerloading/unloading the dabbas in the local trainsThe color codings & symbols on the dabbas for different destinations Typical food inside a tiffin
the lunch box inside the aluminium dabba
the lunch box inside the aluminium dabba | Source
collecting the dabbas on a bicycle
collecting the dabbas on a bicycle | Source
the dabbas being taken to the railway station
the dabbas being taken to the railway station | Source
delivering lunch boxes to the customer
delivering lunch boxes to the customer | Source
loading/unloading the dabbas in the local trains
loading/unloading the dabbas in the local trains | Source
The color codings & symbols on the dabbas for different destinations
The color codings & symbols on the dabbas for different destinations | Source
 Typical food inside a tiffin
Typical food inside a tiffin | Source

A short movie on the Mumbai Dabbawalas

Mumbai Dabbawalas

In India, Dabba (pronounced as Dubb-aa), simply means a box but in this case it refers to a lunch box or tiffin box and dabbawalas, (pronounced as dubbaa-va-laa-zzz), refers to people who carry these lunch boxes.

The dabbawala is a person who supplies fresh home cooked food, collecting it from individual homes and delivering it to the workplaces of those who have subscribed to this service, and delivering empty dabbas for the next day's collection.

The Dabba is a cylindrical tin or aluminium container which holds the actual tiffin box or lunch box. You can see the picture alongside.

This service was started in 1880 (it is about 130 years old) with 100 men to deliver lunch time food to those at work. The service was registered in 1956 and is currently known as Mumbai Tiffin box Suppliers Association but the people who carry these dabbas are simply called dabbawalas.

There are 2 types of dabbawalas. On group is the collecting dabbawallas and the other group is the local dabbawallas who deliver these dabbas to the workplaces.

The dabbas are collected on bicycles, taken to a sorting place and grouped according to the destination. They are then taken to the railway station and put in coaches that are specially provided for them, for delivery in different suburban areas. The empty dabbas are collected a while later.

One of the distinguishing features of this service is the dress code - White Kurta Pyjamas and the trademark Topi, the White Gandhi Cap. The work force is mostly illiterate.

There are about 5000 dabbawalas delivering about 400,000 dabbas everyday.

The system works most professionally, with clockwork precision, and utmost accuracy, come rain or sunshine.The charges are abysmally low (less than 10$ a month). A survey shows an error of just 1 per 6 million deliveries. The service has been rated a six sigma in the Forbes magazine.

Mumbai Dabbawala


BBC has produced a documentary on the dabbawalas.

When Prince Charles expressed a desire to see their operations, he had to adjust his schedule to theirs, since their time was too precise to allow any flexibility.

The video alongside is a clip from the BBC video.

Nehru Science Center

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Nehru Science Center



Nehru Science Center or Nehru Center in short was started in 1977. The science park was constructed in 1979 and opened to the general public in 1985.

Nehru center is India's largest science center built on 8 acres of land comprising the science park having a variety of plants, trees and shrubs, various exhibits on scientific phenomena etc. The center imparts knowledge of the principles, marvels and innovations in the field of science and technology to children, students and the layman thus spreading understanding of and awareness about, science and technology.

Over 600,000 people visit Nehru center every year. It is open everyday including Sundays right through the year with just 2 holidays in a year on Holi and Diwali. It is open from 10 AM - 6 PM.

A must see for everyone.

Victoria Gardens/JijaMata Udyan

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Statue of JijaMata & Shivaji
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The statue of the elephant found at Elephanta Caves, is installed at Victoria Gardens
The statue of the elephant found at Elephanta Caves, is installed at Victoria Gardens | Source

Victoria Gardens

Victoria Gardens is now known as Jijamata Udyan. It was also known as Rani Bagh meaning, Queen's garden. Jijabai was the mother of Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha empire.

Victoria Gardens is a zoo and garden rolled into one, located in Byculla, in Central Mumbai. It is one of the oldest zoos in India and was opened to the public in 1861. It is spread over 52 acres of land.

Victoria Gardens also houses a small museum. As already mentioned in one of my earlier articles in this series on tourist attractions in Mumbai, the statue of the elephant found at Elephanta Caves is located just inside of the main entrance.

The museum was already a part of Victoria Gardens when it was donated to the Municipal Corporation of Mumbai by David Sassoon, a businessman. This property was later developed into a zoo and garden. A clock tower adorns the main entrance to the Victoria Gardens.

The zoo has many rare and protected species of birds and animals. The museum has many valuable collections of Indian art and culture. It also has many old trees and rare species of plants.

Azad Maidan

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Azad Maidan


Azad Maidan was formerly known as Bombay Gymkhana Maidan (Maidan is a sports ground) in South Mumbai.

It is a triangular shaped ground that is home to interschool cricket matches. There are 22 cricket pitches on this maidan. Public protest meetings and protest rallies are also held on this ground.

It is at Azad Maidan that Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli shared a 664 run record partnership during a Harris Shield school match, in 1987. The record still stands.

Azad maidan is famous for and derives its current name from the largest ever political meeting for Azadi meaning freedom (of India from the British rule), held in December 1931, by Mahatma Gandhi.

Shivaji Park

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A long aerial shot of shivaji park | Source
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budding cricketers at shivaji park | Source
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a political gathering at shivaji park | Source
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The Ganesha Temple located at Shivaji park | Source

Shivaji Park

Built in 1925, Shivaji Park is the largest ground in Central Mumbai located in Dadar area. It is not a park but a big ground. It is also a historically important landmark due to various political gatherings and meeting that are held here. It is named after the Maratha King, Shivaji. Even the residential area around the ground is commonly called Shivaji Park.

The highlight of Shivaji Park is the small wall or Katta, as it is called in local lingo (a small wall high enough to sit on), that runs around the entire perimeter of the ground. A walkway about 12 feet wide and lined with trees, runs all around this Katta or wall.

In the evenings, on weekends and holidays one can find people sitting on the wall chit chatting and the walkway jampacked with people out for a walk. finding a place to sit on the katta.

Shivaji park is also a favorite ground for budding cricketers. It also houses a gymnasium, the gymkana club, a children's park, a senior citizen's park, the Scout's Pavilion, a Ganesha temple, the Bengal club and a library.

Around the park buildings from the mid 1900s still abound. The Mayor of Mumbai has his residence in Shivaji Park area.

Siddhi Vinayak Temple

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Siddhi Vinayak Temple

One of the most famous and venerated temples in Mumbai, the Siddhivinayak temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is located at Prabha Devi area in Central Mumbai and is a major landmark of the area. It was built in 1801. Siddhi Vinayak means Lord Ganesh, the fulfiller of wishes.

Siddhi Vinayak started out as a small 10 feet by 10 feet structure as compared to the sprawling 2550 square meters temple complex that is seen today.

Siddhi Vinayak temple is frequented not only by the common man but by politicians and Bollywood stars as well. One can see long queues of devotees and visitors waiting patiently for their turn to pay their obeisance and offerings to the Lord. Tuesday, the ruling day of Lord Ganesha, sees the maximum number of people turning up at the temple.

Siddhi Vinayak temple is probably the riches temple in Mumbai. The construction of Siddhi Vinayak temple was funded by a rich childless woman who wanted to erect a temple for childless women who could come to Lord Ganesha to seek his blessings.

Bandra - Worli Sea Link

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Bandra - Worli Sea Link



This sea link connects the Western suburbs of Mumbai to Worli in South Mumbai. This - the first phase of the 4 phase project to connect Mumbai city from Versova to Nariman Point - consists of a series of multiple bridges over the Arabian sea to reduce the traffic congestion between the suburbs and the city.

The Bandra - Worli sea link is part of the Western freeway a multiple phased project to connect Nariman Point in Sounth Mumbai to Kandivili in North Mumbai, a total distance of 29 kilometers.

The Bandra - Worli sea link has reduced the travel time from Bandra to Worli by almost 2/3 ie from 60 - 90 minutes earlier to 20 - 30 minutes now. This sea link was opened to the public in June 2009.

Mount Mary Church

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Mount Mary Church


Mount Mary Church is a Roman Catholic church located in Bandra, Mumbai. The church stands on a a hillock on the Arabian sea. People of all faiths visit the basilica

Initially built around the year 1640, it is thought to be the oldest church in Mumbai. The church was rebuilt in 1761. The original statue of Virgin Mary was disfigured by Arab pirates to steal the gold lined object in her hand.

For a brief period it was replaced by the statue of Our Lady's of Navigators and was replaced by the original statue which was renovated with a child in Virgin Mary's arms.


Every year on the first Sunday after 8th September, the feast of the blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated in the form of the week long Bandra fair, to celebrate the birthday of Virgin Mary. This fair is visited by thousands of people.

During Bandra fair the entire area wears a festive look with decorations and stalls selling various wares and eats.

Linking Road

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Linking Road




Linking Road is a street in Bandra, Mumbai famous for cheap street shopping. People from all over Mumbai, both rich and the medium class flock here for purchases. Linking Road has everything for all classes of people from cheap, to imitations of foreign brands to high end branded stuff. Top brands' stores, street side stalls, regular shops, roadside vendors hawking their wares, you will find them all here vying for customers.


One can find clothes, bags, shoes, belts and other fashion accessories, even musical instruments being sold here. Bargaining especially with street stalls is the norm here. It is best not to show one's keenness for a product even if you like it. Do not quote more than 50% of the asking price and trying to walk away after quoting your price usually settles the deal around that price.

Juhu Beach

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Juhu Beach

Moving further up towards North Mumbai we come to the Juhu area in West Mumbai, which is famous for its beach called Juhu beach.

Juhu is one of the elite and affluents areas of the city and many Bollywood personalties live here.

Juhu beach is one of the most famous beaches in Mumbai. Just like Chowpatty beach, it is frequented by joggers, early in the morning and other local people, in the evenings. Tourists, however, make it a point to visit this beach, no matter where in Mumbai they are staying.

One can find food stalls on the beach serving various types of famous Mumbai street food like pani puri, pav bhaji, chaat etc. Children aa well as adults can enjoy pony rides, camel rides, many amusements, games etc.

Evenings, weekends and holidays witness huge crowds at Juhu beach. A must visit for every one.

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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I like the Dabba idea and want to subscribe to the service. I wish!!! Love all the beautiful places. I always get the wanderlust after reading one of your wonderful travel logs. Thanks so much for sharing all of this.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Carol. I'm glad you enjoyed this travel hub. thanks for coming by.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a wonderful tour guide you have become for attractions in Mumbai. I learned so much from reading this hub and enjoyed the many photos as well. This gets a 5 star rating, up votes and am definitely sharing this. Thanks!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Rajan, you really should be paid by the local Chamber of Commerce. You are going to be responsible for a huge increase in tourism in that lovely city. :) Wonderful tour and information as always! I really love this series so keep them coming!


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johndnathan 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas. USA

This is a great article with some good ideas for travel. I doubt I'll be able to go to India in the near future, so I'll have to check back on this later.


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

I probably will never make it to Mumbai, but I enjoyed this virtual tour. Voted up.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Peggy - I'm glad you like it. Many thanks for your votes and the read.

@ Bill - that's a BIG compliment. Thanks my friend.

@ John - I'm glad you like this series. Thanks for coming by.

@ Sherry - Nice to know you enjoyed the virtual trip. Thanks for stopping by.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

The pix are so clear and you have covered the topic well.

The dabbawallas are awesome in mumbai besides the other attractions.

voted up as awesome!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Ruchira,

Glad you liked the hub and pictures. Thanks for for coming by and giving vote as well.


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Okay, I'm ready to try a Dabba! It's hard to imagine each of them delivering 80 a day each, but then i guess it's all in what you get used to doing. Very beautiful pictures. I was surprised to see the cricket games, but I guess that must be left over from the English history. Great Job!


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

I'd love to visit and after reading your Hub, I'd like to go even more. Thanks so much.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Brilliant article and thank you so much for sharing rajan.

Eddy.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ rcrumple - Thanks Richard, for reading and appreciating.

@ GoodLady - Appreciate your comments and visit. Thanks.

@ Eiddwen - Glad you like the info Eddy. Thank you.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

To me the most fascinating site are the dabawalas because of their efficiency, their low tech and their humanity. It's too bad there's nothing like that here in the U.S. It would save me a lot of money and give me better and healthier food. About how much does it cost, in comparative terms, to have the food delivered like this? Voting this Up and Interesting.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Aurelio. Their efficiency is a treat to watch personally. They work with clock like precision. If you happen to visit Mumbai you must make it a point to see them in action at Churchgate station.

Thanks for reading.


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

very well presented Mumbai city, thank you so much for awesome presentation of India. voted up and shared.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Girish. Appreciate your visit and comments.


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manojihpl 4 years ago from India

hi Rajan.. very nice article..with nice info about Mumbai..


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks manoj for reading and leaving your comments.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Awesome a must to visit, sounds a wonderful experience.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks DDE. Glad you liked it.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

rajan,

This is an awesome article about Mumbai just like Parts 1-3, but I liked it the most of the four articles. Now you have made me want to visit Mumbai more than ever. There are so many sites I would like to visit. The Siddhi Vinayak Temple seems particularly attracting. Your photos are great. Voted up and sharing with followers. Also Pinning and Tweeting.


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joym7 3 years ago from United States

This is look like an interesting place. I have never been there but I wish to be there once. Good hub


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@Paul-thank you so much for your interest and taking time to read all the hubs related to tourist attractions in Mumbai. At a later date, I'll be making another hub on more of them.

I'm glad you liked these hubs. Thanks for reading, voting and sharing.

@Joy-glad you like the info. Thanks for reading.


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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hey rajan. Great look at Mumbai. Don't know how I missed parts 1 - 3, will have to go back and read . Actually I was away for awhile and I'm still catching up with everyone. Will have to add Mumbai to my list of places to visit. Great job. Shared, VU and pinned.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

It looks like a beautiful area, Rajan, thank you for sharing the photos and info. The Dabbawalas reminded me of a sandwich service some ladies I once knew started. They make sandwiches and delivered them to people who ordered them for lunch. All votes + and shared!


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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

Rajan,

A great article on your city. Now I have to go back and read the earlier ones also.

Although I am more of an adventure lover, hiker, trekker, peddler (canoe and kayak) and usually am off cities, I liked the attractions of Mumbai and the way you wrote about them.

My wife and I have friends in Kolkata and we will be visiting them and travelling in that northeast state surely, but I am sure Mumbai has its charm too.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@Bill-glad you see you again and good to know you like the information. Thanks for the read and sharing.

@Rebecca-Thanks for reading and sharing.

@Suhail-glad you like the attractions that Mumbai has to offer. Thanks.


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David Paul Wagner 18 months ago from Sydney, Australia

So many places to visit in Mumbai! I only saw a few of these when I visited years ago. I loved reading about the Mumbai Dabbawalas - a truly amazing system. Thanks, Rajan.


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rajan jolly 18 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Maybe you'd like to visit Mumbai once again to see all that you missed visiting on your last trip.

Thanks for appreciating the gigantic tiffin delivery system by the Mumbai Dabbawalas which they do with clockwork precision day in and day out.

Thanks David.

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