Top Tourist Attractions In Mumbai With Photos And Videos : Instalment Three

About Mumbai

This is the third instalment in the ongoing series on top tourist attractions in Mumbai.. This series is written with a view to give the reader a list of the popular places to visit in Mumbai so that he is in a better position to decide which places he would like to visit, based on the information about the location, the little history and description and the time at his/her disposal.

Since Mumbai has plenty of attractions for a visitor, they might not be able to visit many of these due to either time constraint, the traffic in Mumbai or in some cases the sheer distance to be travelled between two places of interest.

This is also one of the reasons these tourist attractions are grouped together based on their proximity to one another so that a visitor who is say in or around South Mumbai has a list of places he/she can visit around South Mumbai and cover the maximum places of tourist interest.

You can read the other instalments of this series by clicking the links given at the end of the article.

In this hub too, I highlight the places that can be visited in South Mumbai.

Fashion street- Mumbai

Fashion Street

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Fashion Street


Fashion street is located on M G Road opposite Azad maidan in South Mumbai. It is home to over 100 shops where one can find trendy clothes, jewellery, shoes and other fashion accessories for sale.

Fashion street is a craze among college students who flock to this place to buy the latest in fashion clothes as it carries most of the export rejects. The rejection is based in very minor imperfections which are only noticeable if one looks closely and may be in the form of a missing button, slight defects in stitching and the like, but as far as the quality of cloth is concerned there is no doubt that it is of good quality.

Clothes that cost the earth abroad can be bought here dirt cheap. One must know that haggling over the price is a common feature here and quoting 50% of the price asked for is the norm. Final settlement is around this price or thereabouts.

A Beautiful Video On INS Vikrant

INS Vikrant

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INS Vikrant as a museum ship in mumbai
INS Vikrant as a museum ship in mumbai | Source
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On the deck of the INS Vikrant | Source
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The sea harrier on the ship | Source
surface to surface missile on INS Vikrant
surface to surface missile on INS Vikrant | Source

INS Vikrant

It is a former aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy. It played a key role in the Indo-Pak war of 1971. It was the first aircraft carrier to be commissioned in the Indian Navy in 1961.

It was decommissioned in 1997 and is preserved as a maritime museum in Cuffe Parade located in South Mumbai. Visits to INS Vikrant are open to the general public for a short period every year.

My visit to this massive aircraft carrier and maritime ship when I was in school still remains a pleasant memory.

Jehangir Art Gallery

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Jehangir Art gallery

It is located at Kala Ghoda and behind The Price Of Wales Museum, on M G Road, vey close to the Gateway of India, in South Mumbai. It is the most prestigious and famous art gallery of Mumbai. It was built in 1952.

Jehangir art gallery has 4 exhibition halls. It was founded by Sir Cowasji Jehangir who funded the entire construction cost of this huge structure.

Jehangir art gallery also houses India's oldest antique dealers and a popular restaurant Samovar.

Entry is open to all and is free.

MumbaDevi Temple-Mumbai

MumbaDevi Temple

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The Shikara Of the temple. Restoration work in progress in 2011.
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The Shikara Of the temple. Restoration work in progress in 2011.
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MumbaDevi Temple





It is an ancient Hindu temple located in Bhuleshwar area in South Mumbai. Built in honor of Goddess Mumba who is considered as Mumbai's resident deity. Mumbai derives its name from Goddess Mumba.



The temple is thought to have been built in 1675. The original temple was located where the CST station stands today but this was destroyed around the mid 18th century. The new temple was then built at Bhuleshwar where it stands to this day. Though the temple is not impressive it is a historic and important landmark of Mumbai.



Legend has it that a cruel giant by the name of Mumbaraka who had made life miserable for the local people was brought to his knees by Goddess Mumbadevi. He then built this temple to honor the Goddess. It is believed that anyone who seeks favors of goddess Mumbadevi is never disappointed.

Walking to Mahalakshmi Temple Mumbai

Mahalaxmi Temple

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View of the Mahalaxmi temple. The temple is to the far right.
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Mahalaxmi Temple



This temple is located at Breach Candy in South Mumbai. It is amongst the most famous temples of Mumbai and was built in 1785.


Mahalaxmi temple is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi, the goddess of wealth and is one of the most frequented temples in Mumbai. Long queues of people can be seen with offerings for the deity, waiting for their turn.


Legend has it that construction of Breach Candy, the link to join two areas, Mahalaxmi and Worli, was hampered by the sea and was thus shelved. Soon after, the Chief Engineer who was incharge of the project had a dream in which Goddess Laxmi directed him to construct a shrine dedicated to her at the place where it now stands. When this was done, the construction of Breach Candy then continued without any hindrance.


People visit Mahalaxmi temple to get blessings from the deity and their wishes fulfilled.


Mahalakshmi Racecourse Mumbai Bombay Maharashtra

Mahalaxmi Racecourse

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Starting gates and Bookmakers Odds
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Weighing Enclosure of paddock | Source
The paddock and weighing room and unsaddling enclosure
The paddock and weighing room and unsaddling enclosure | Source
First enclosure grand stand grounds, the cheapest entrance tickets for the average punter or non member of the Turf club
First enclosure grandstand grounds, the cheapest entrance tickets for the average punter or non member of the Turf club | Source
Amateur riders Club for teaching riding skills
Amateur riders Club for teaching riding skills | Source
Early morning walkers and joggers
Early morning walkers and joggers | Source

Mahalaxmi Racecourse




It is Mumbai's oldest and only horse racing track. It covers an area of 225 acres of land.


Mahalaxmi Racecourse was built in 1883 on marshy land. It faces the sea coast and is managed by the Turf club. Horse racing season is from mid November to end of April every year. The derby is held on the 1st Sunday in February every year.


The racecourse other than the actual racetrack is open to the general public every morning and evening during specific times. At these times people can walk, jog and exercise. Yoga classes are also held during these timings. One can also learn horse riding.


It is a must see tourist attraction.

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel Mumbai

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

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A view of The Taj Mahal Hotel and The Gateway Of India from the sea
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The Taj Mahal Hotel at night | Source

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel



It is a 5 star hotel located in Colaba area of South Mumbai, opposite Geteway Of India.

It is the first harbour landmark of the city and the first licensed bar was opened in this hotel. It is a leading hotel of the world and has hosted Maharajas, and top personalities from all over the world.

The Taj Mahal hotel was opened in 1903. The view of the hotel as seen from the Gateway of India is the rear end of the hotel. The main entrance lies to the West.

Today, however, the west main entrance has been closed and entry is from the rear end only. The Taj Mahal hotel was built at a cost that is equivalent to 127 million pounds today.

This hotel is an architectural marvel.

Chor Bazaar (Mumbai, India)

Chor Bazaar

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Antiques and old movie posters for sale | Source
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Another shop Bollywood Bazaar | Source

Chor Bazaar



It is located in South Mumbai near the Bhendi Bazaar area, a predominantly Muslim area. Chor bazaar literally translates to Thieves Market. However, it was originally called Shor Bazaar meaning Noisy Market but since the British had difficulty in pronouncing Shor, they called it Chor Bazaar. Later on, it became a market where stolen goods were sold.

Today, Chor Bazaar is famous for selling antiques and vintage stuff. Antiques are the in thing with the Indian elites. You can find just about anything in antiques here.

Bargaining is an absolute must in Chor Bazaar as prices quoted are way off the price the goods get actually sold for. As a thumb rule, start off by quoting 50% of the price asked for.

Chor Bazaar remains closed on Fridays. Visitors to the city must definitely visit Chor Bazaar.


Dhobi Ghat

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Huge washing ground and clothes being dried at dhobi ghat | Source

DHOBI GHAT (the documentary)

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Dhobi Ghat





Dhobi is a washerman, one who washes clothes and Ghat is an open air laundry. This is the traditional way clothes were washed in India. This is a unique feature of Mumbai. These dhobis collect clothes from homes, hotels and hospitals.




Dhobi Ghats are the world's largest open laundry system. The clothes are collected, washed, dried, pressed and delivered. Rows of wash pens each with their own flogging stone are constructed at the Ghat. The clothes are dried in the open air




Mumbai's Dhobi Ghat is located at Mahalaxmi. The dhobi ghat is frequented by a lot of foreign tourists.




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Pavlo Badovskyy 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Wow , i wish I could visit Mumbai some day. The city seems to be so interesting!


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

I hope you make a plan to visit it. It certainly is a very interesting city. Thanks for reading.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Mostly I love the photos and I am always interested in countries that are really old and the buildings still look proud and tall. The country is beautiful and again as I keep saying I love the travel logs you present. Thanks for this wonderful hub. Voting Up and sharing.


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Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

This is a very useful hub! I'm planning a trip to Mumbai next year and I just can't wait to visit its beautiful areas.

Regards


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

You're really trying to get us to Mumbai and you're doing a great job. The photos are incredible and you have given us such good information. (Funny I am writing a hub about a similar museum in NYC, the USS Intrepid...its almost finished, just have to add photos.)

Enjoyed this trip! Thank you.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I do love these hubs! I probably will never get there to visit, but at least I know more about this city because of your hubs. Great job Rajan!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a brilliant hub rajan and I save into my 'Armchair travelling' slot!!!

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a brilliant hub rajan and I save into my 'Armchair travelling' slot!!!

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

The open air laundry seem interesting because I am wondering why someone would prefer their clothes to be clean with this method? It most to be cheaper.


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SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

So much information packed into this wonderful hub. And the pictures are beautiful. I had no idea there were so many attractions in Mumbai. Great hub!


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

@ Carol - It feels nice to know these hubs are appreciated. I wanted a change writing all those health hubs and since I've stayed almost all my life in Mumbai, I thought of writing these hubs on attractions in Mumbai for visitors. I'm glad you like them. Thanks for appreciating and sharing.

@ Mike - I'm glad you will have a list of places to see on your Mumbai visit. Thanks for reading.

@ tillsontitan - I'm glad you like these travel hubs. I'll be reading your hub when you publish it. Love to read about these places all over the world. Thanks for reading and voting.


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

@ - Bill, thanks for a wonderful comment. Have a nice day my friend.

@ Eddy - thanks for appreciating. Always a pleasure to see you.

@ flash - Clothes have been washed this way since centuries since much before modern day washing came on the scene. Of course for the hospitals and hotels it is cheaper than sending it to the regular laundry. Thanks for reading.

@ skeet - Glad you liked the hub. Thanks.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Rajan,

Once again, with this third part in your series, you have brought back memories of the time I spent in Mumbai when I accompanied by boyfriend on a business trip.

I recall standing on the street above Dhobi Ghat, looking down onto the laundry facilities, amazed at the efficiency of what I saw.


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

Voted up and beautiful!

Your hub reminded me my visit to Mumbai. It's nicely presented. Good One! Sharing and pinning.


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

@ Daisy - Good to learn you visited the Dhobi Ghat as well. The next instalment will include one facet unique to Mumbai. Thanks for coming by.

@ Shampa - Thanks and I hope you enjoyed your Mumbai visit. Thanks for sharing.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I knew there were some beautiful buildings in Mumbai but was not expecting an aircraft carrier. That would be the first thing I'd visit because I've never been on one. Voting this Up and Useful.


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ignugent17 4 years ago

I have so many friends from India. They were inviting me to visit and I do hope I can see this beautiful places.

Voted up and interesting. :-)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

Thank you for sharing all of these attractions in Mumbai. I had no idea there was so much there! I have always thought that India would be such a fascinating place to visit. Looks like I missed your first installments.. going to check them out now :)


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

@ Alocsin - I bet you'll enjoy your visit, Aurelio. Thanks for the votes and visit.

@ Ignugent - Meldz, I do hope you make plans to visit Mumbai and enjoy these places. Thanks for reading and voting.

@ Jamie - thanks again for reading this hub too and for checking out the other travel hubs as well. Much appreciated.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

You are doing an amazing job with these hubs regarding tourist attractions in Mumbai. I can see why you are putting them into installments. I will probably never get to visit Mumbai in person someday, so am really enjoying learning about it via your articles. Many votes up and definitely sharing!


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cascoly 4 years ago from seattle

great site - we spent a week in Mumbai a few years ago, using the commuter trains every day - an experience in itself! hope to return in the next year or so


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

@ Peggy - Many thanks for appreciating these travel hubs. I'm glad you find the informative enough. Thanks for sharing.

@ cascoly - Yes the experience in local trains is unique with all the crowds and jostling to get in/out. Thanks for stopping by.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

rajan,

This is another awesome hub about Mumbai and I really like your photos. I've noticed that throughout the first three installments almost all of the tourist spots are in South Mumbai. I haven't read installment four or looked at a city map of Mumbai, but are there many tourist spots in other areas of the city? Voted up and sharing. Also Pinning and Tweeting.


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

Yes, Paul though there are very many tourist spots in South Mumbai, it takes time to reach all of them because of the traffic. The other areas have spots located at quite some distance from one another. I appreciate the read, votes and sharing. Thanks.

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