Top Tourist Attractions In Mumbai With Photos : Instalment Two

About Mumbai

This is the the second instalment in the ongoing series on tourist attractions in Mumbai. South Mumbai has many more tourist spots so in this article too, we will be looking at more places to visit in Mumbai.These tourist attractions offer the visitor not only a glimpse into the culture and history of India but provide him a place where he can relax and enjoy some greenery within the maddening rush of the city of Mumbai.

In this hub, I will take the reader on a virtual journey to some of these very attractions that I hope he/she will enjoy reading about as I enjoyed writing about, and visiting in my younger years, innumerable times.

Before I get down to the nitty gritty of the travel stuff, I would request you to please spare a few moments to cast your votes in the poll. Thanks.

Note : You can read Instalment - One at the link given at the end of the article.


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In this instalment, I list 10 places to visit in Mumbai which I consider among the top tourist attractions in Mumbai.

Nariman Point

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Shipping Corporation Of India's headquarters at Nariman Point
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Nariman Point

We start off with Nariman Point, an area at the southern tip of Marine Drive. This is the place which is not only Mumbai's leading business center but also India's first central business district.

It is named after a Parsi visionary, who envisaged that land could be reclaimed from the sea. His name was Khursheed Framji Nariman. Prior to 1940, the area that is Nariman point today, was part of the Arabian sea.

Debris from different areas of the city was dumped to fill up the shallow sea coast at this point. Then, reinforced concrete was used along with imported steel purchased from the black market due to world war II.

Nariman Point is looked upon as the 'Manhattan' of Mumbai. It has a spectacular skyline Most of the leading national and international industrial and business houses are headquartered here. Many consulates, high commissions, and airline offices of foreign countries are also located here.There are some exclusive residential accommodations too that are amongst the most expensive, with real estate at Nariman Point being the priciest in Mumbai.

A visit to Nariman Point should be on the itinerary of every tourist to Mumbai.

Town Hall/Asiatic Society Of Mumbai

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Town Hall

The Town Hall is located in Fort area of South Mumbai. It is home to the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, the largest library in Mumbai having over 100,000 books. The Town Hall was constructed in the 1830's and the architecture is predominantly influenced by Greek and Roman styles.

A flight of 30 steps leads up to this magnificent monument that has been declared a heritage structure. The Town Hall has a portico with 8 massive pillars, wooden floors, spiral staircases, marble statues and wrought iron loggias.

The Asiatic Society has about 15000 rare books, about 3000 ancient manuscripts; some even on palm leaves, over 10000 rare ancient coins including a gold coin of King Akbar, the Muslim King and some coins issued by Chhatrapati Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha empire. Special permission is needed to view these ancient treasures.

The steps of the Town Hall leading to the library are a favorite hangout of people in the evenings who prefer to sit there watching the world go by.

Town Hall is a place not to be missed by the tourist.

Rajabai Tower

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Rajabai Tower

Rajabai Tower is a clock tower located in the University of Mumbai's campus. It was designed by Sir Gilbert Scott an English architect. The clock tower is about 280 feet high and took 9 years to construct. It was modelled on the Big Ben of London. It cost Rs 200,000 when the construction was finished in 1878.

The entire cost of construction of Rajabai Tower was borne by Premchand Raychand, a successful stockbroker who also founded the Bombay Stock Exchange, under the express condition that the tower be named after his mother Rajabai who was blind.

Rajabai was a staunch Jain by caste. Jains have dinner before sunset. After the construction of the tower, following the time was not difficult for her and inspite of her handicap the chiming of the time by the clock enabled her to have dinner at the appropriate time.

Rajabai Tower is made of Kurla stone and has beautiful stained glass windows, one of the best not only in the city but in the whole of Asia. The spiral staircase of the tower has been closed now due to some cases of attempted suicide.

However, it is a structure that is worth visiting.

Banganga

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Banganga

Banganga, a shortened form of the Banganga tank, is a very old water tank located in the Malabar Hill area. It has a historical significance and a mythological legend behind its presence.

Though it was built in 1127 AD, by a donation from Rama Kamath. A part of the Walkeshwar temple complex and the main temple has also been reconstructed.

Legend has it that about 5000 years back, while searching for his kidnapped wife Sita, Lord Rama happened to stop here. The people here faced great difficulty as fresh water was not available this are being surrounded by the sea.
To quench the thirst of these people Lord Rama shot an arrow into the ground and a spring burst forth causing a tributary of the Ganga river located about 1000 miles away. Banganga hence derives its name from Ban meaning arrow and Ganga, which is the Ganges river whose tributary erupted here as a water spring.

Today the tank is a rectangular structure with cemented steps on all sides. The entrance has 2 pillars in which oil lamps were lit back then. Even though the sea is located some hundred meters from Banganga, the spring water is surprisingly sweet, even today.

Banganga is worshipped by people with great reverence and people come here to have a holy dip in the tank water and offer prayers at the temple during religious events.

Mani Bhavan

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Mani Bhavan

Mani Bhavan is a 2 storied mansion that Mahatma Gandhi used to live in for 17 years from 1917 to 1934, when he was in Mumbai during India's freedom struggle. This residence belonged to the Mahatma's friend, Revashankar Jhaveri and before him it belonged to the Mani family

It served as Mahatma Gandhi's headquarters. It is from here that Mahatma Gandhi launched several of his freedom movements like the salt satyagraha, the non co-operation movement, Khilafat movement, Khadi movement etc.

In 1955, this mansion came under the control of the Gandhi Smarak Nidhi and it was developed into a memorial to the Mahatma.

Mani Bhavan has a library of more than 20000 books. The entrance has a statue of Mahatma Gandhi while his pictures, press clippings, the room which he occupied along with his spinning wheels (charkha), the floor bed, a book and other things are still preserved as they were then.

Barack Obama, the US president, visited Mani Bhavan in November 2010. This was more than 50 years after Martin Luther King visited Mani Bhavan in the 1950's.

Hanging Gardens

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Hanging Gardens

Also known as Ferozeshah Mehta Garden, Hanging Gardens rests atop the Malabar hill just opposite Kamla Nehru Park. Here one can see terraced gardens on the sloping hill. The view of the city that lies at the foothill is spectacular especially at night.

Hedges have been fashioned into the shapes of several animals. This is a distinctive feature of this garden. The view of the sun setting over the Arabian sea from here is an absolute delight to watch.

Hanging Gardens were developed in 1881 and laid over the main water reservoir supplying water to the city of Mumbai back then. In the middle of the garden is a very striking flower clock. With all the greenery and the fountains, it is a great place for an early morning or a late evening stroll and feel the gentle soothing breeze. Hanging Gardens is a calm and quiet retreat where one can spend sometime away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Mumbai.

Do make it a point to visit this green retreat.

Kamla Nehru Park

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Kamla Nehru Park


Kamla Nehru Park is situated right across the road and opposite to the Hanging Gardens on Malabar Hill.

It has been developed in an area of about 3300 square meters and has been named after Kamla Nehru, the wife of the first Prime minister of independent India, Jawaharlal Nehru.

Though the park has green lawns and foliage all around, it doesn't have much to offer in terms of amusements for children, except for the lone shoe shaped structure which has also been a part of many Bollywood movies of yesteryears.

Kamla Nehru Park is frequented by school children who enjoy playing in and around the shoe structure.

The park is open from 5AM to 9PM. Enjoy the greenery and the enchanting views of the Chowpatty Beach, Marine Drive and The Queens Necklace from this vantage point.

Nehru Planetarium

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Nehru Planetarium

There are 5 Nehru Planetariums located in India, named after the first Prime Minister of India - Jawaharlal Nehru.The Nehru Planetarium in Mumbai was established in 1977.It is a center for studies of the cosmos and space science. It is located in Worli, Mumbai. The planetarium is frequented by amateur astronomers of the city as also by students of various schools regularly. Various contents and programmes aiming to inspire and develop an interest in students in astronomy and space science are held here.

It is the only astronomical center to have both concert and movie auditoriums. Daily shows are held for the general public that help them understand the mysteries of the universe.

One interesting feature is the presence of several cubicles inside where one can guess estimate one's weight on each of the 9 planets. Nehru planetarium has a cultural center, an art gallery, library and an exhibit called 'Discovery of India' in the Nehru Center in whose precints the Nehru Planetarium is located.

Prince Of Wales Museum

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Prince Of Wales Museum

Also known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, it is the main museum in Mumbai. It is located in South Mumbai close to the Gateway of India and was established to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales. It was inaugurated in 1922. The foundation stone was laid by George V, the Prince of Wales himself, while on a visit to India.

Though the building was completed in 1915, it was used as a military hospital and child welfare center during the 1st World war.

The museum is located in an area of 3 acres of land. Palm trees and floral beds surround the three storied building. The building has a mix of Mughal and Indian architecture.

The museum has 3 separate sections; art, archeology and natural history. About 50000 artifacts are in the museum's collection. It also has a forestry section with specimens of timber grown during British India and some collection of geological rocks, minerals and fossils and also another gallery of objects relating to navigation.

Two new galleries installed some years back display art works related to Lord Krishna and a textile gallery showcasing traditional Indian costumes and different techniques of textile manufacture.

The Prince of Wales Museum is an important cultural and education center not only for students but the general public as well.

A must see for the tourists to get the cultural feel of India.

Taraporewala Aquarium

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Taraporewala Aquarium

Taraporewala Aquarium is the lone aquarium in Mumbai city. It houses both marine and fresh water fish. It is located on the famous Marine Drive.

Built at a cost of Rs 800,000 in 1951, it was named after a Parsi gentleman who donated Rs 200,000 for its construction. 100 species of various marine and fresh water fish and animals find their way here including, sharks, turtles, rays, eels, sea turtles, starfish. Marine life from both the Arabian sea and the Indian Ocean are hosted here.
Some preserved fish, rare sea shells and fossils are also kept in a room.

A visit to the Taraporewala Aquarium will surely be enjoyed by adults and of course children.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

What an incredible city and tour! Rajan, if I ever get to India, you have to promise to be my tour guide! You do a wonderful job of highlighting the sites. I love the myth behind the water tank, and the Hanging Gardens are beautiful. Thank you my friend, and I wish you peace and happiness, today and always.

bill......oh, and shared.


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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

I would enjoy the big shoe in the park or Taraporewala Aquarium. Thanks for sharing!


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

Rajan,

Thanks for publishing the second part in your very impressive Mumbai series. As with your first article, this, too, brought back memories of the time I spent in Mumbai when I accompanied my boyfriend on a business trip.

I remember seeing Nariman Point, but most of all, I remember Mani Bhavan. Seeing Mahatma Gandhi's floor bed and other possessions was a very moving experience.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

The aquarium has such a neat exterior. I enjoyed learning more about the area and activities. Vote up and sharing as well. Nice to connect here again!


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Conservative Lady 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

Mumbai looks like a beautiful placed filled with sights to see. Cery interesting hub with lots of details and gorgeous pictures.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This is a great looking Hub and very interesting. I 'd love to see those hedges in hanging gardens. I would love to go to Mumbai some day. Thanks for sharing!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I love that you share these special places and as I have said many times the chances are that I will not get to any of them, but I love reading so Thank you.


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lisa42 4 years ago from Sacramento

I've been to India three times, but have never made it to Mumbai. It's still on my bucket list! I'd particularly like to visit Mani Bhavan, as I think Gandhi was one of the greatest men of the last century.


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

Hi Bill, I'd be more than glad to assist you around should you happen to visit India. I'm glad you find the information and pictures interesting. Always a pleasure to see you and receive your valuable inputs. Thanks for visiting and sharing the information.


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

flashmakeit, nice to see you like the shoe. I too love going into it from the time I first set my eyes on it. Thanks for coming by.


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

Hi Daisy,

I'm glad you enjoyed this virtual journey and thanks for reading this instalment as well. Mani bhavan is indeed a spiritually uplifting experience being in a place where the great soul, the Mahatma lived.

Nice to know you had an opportunity to see it.

Thanks again.


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

Hi Christy,

I'm glad you like the information on Mumbai interesting. As a child I visited Taraporewala aquarium umpteen times as I was enamored by these sea creatures. Even today I maintain a mini aquarium at home.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing too. It's my pleasure to connect too.


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

Hi Sheila,

Nice to read you like the detailed info and pictures. The purpose to include these details was to give the reader a look and feel of the sights. I'm glad you appreciate it.

Thanks for stopping by. Glad to see you.

By the way, Sheila is a very common Indian name.


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

Hi Rebecca,

I'm sure you like those green animals in the Hanging Gardens. I do hope y0u get a chance to visit this marvellous city. Thanks for sparing time to read and comment.


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

Hi Carol,

I'm glad you like this hub presentation too. It may not be possible for most of us to visit places we may read about and see in pictures. And for this I really appreciate your reading of my hubs .

You have always been a continually wonderful support. Thank you.


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

Hi Lisa,

Good to know you have been to India quite a few times. Maybe you could include Mumbai and especially Mani Bhavan in your lisit of places to visit, on your next trip to India.

The calm and serene environment inside the Bhavan is a spiritual experience.

Thanks for visiting and leaving your beautiful comments.


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Nyamache 4 years ago from Kenya

This hub just reminds me the days I spent in Mumbai/Bombay. It is a wonderful capital city of India. The Rajabai Clock Tower is just amazing.


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

Hi Nyamache,

Glad to note you have seen Mumbai. The Rajabai Clock tower is amazing no doubt. I'm sure you must have visited many other spots in Mumbai.

Thanks for reading and commenting.


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Great hub, rajan, Mumbai is a city I would love to visit someday. Thanks for SHARING.


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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

It is such a delight to read and learn the wonderful stories behind each of these landmarks in Mumbai! I like the story of the Rajabai Tower and Banganga the most.

Useful, awesome and interesting, Rajan!


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

@ Sandra - I do hope so. Thanks for your visit and sharing.

@ coffeegginmyrice - thanks for reading. I appreciate you comments.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

This is indeed a true gem and I save in my 'Armchair Travelling Slot'

I now look forward to so many more by you.

Eddy.


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Hi Rajan,

I would like to visit Mumbai and see all these beautiful places for myself. Of interest i would like to visit the rail stations and the markets. I hear India has the vast network of railways and i wouldn't like to miss this. Voted up and interesting .


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

@ Eiddwen - Eddy, thanks for finding this hub worth saving. There should be at least 2 more parts to this series which will be published in a week. I hope you will find them enjoyable & informative too.

Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comments.

@ dwachira - Danson, instalment-1 of this series has the Victoria terminus the busiest railway station in the country featured. I think you would love to read about it. I hope you visit Mumbai and enjoy these beautiful tourist spots.

Thanks for the votes and sharing and your visit of course.


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Pavlo Badovskyy 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Alas, i have never been there. Hope to visit some day... Interesting hub!


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

I hope you do, Pavlo. It is a wonderful city. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

I enjoyed reading more about the tourist attractions in Mumbai. I hope to visit Mumbai next year and this hub is really going to help me. Thanks for providing this informative hub. Rated and shared.


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NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

I am fascinated by India. I don't know if I will ever be able to visit but I do enjoy articles like this. voted up. and thanks


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sweetie1 4 years ago from India

Rajan I have never been to Bombay ever and all the knowledge of this wonderful city I have is through Bollywood movies only. But your hub still has some places which I have never heard. Very good hub.


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

@ dinkan - I'm glad this series of tourist attractions will certainly help you in your visit to Mumbai. Thanks for reading.

@NMLady - I'm glad you like these travel hubs. Thanks for stopping by.

@ sweetie - Thanks for reading. I hope you will find these hubs useful whenever you visit Mumbai.


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molometer 4 years ago

Hi Rajan,

Mumbai is a city on my list to see. This virtual tour was very good and just made me want to visit even more.

So much history and yet also very modern.

Thanks for putting all this together in one place. Much appreciated. Now I have my checklist of places to visit when I get there.

All the right buttons and tweeting.


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

Michael, I'm glad this hub helped has helped you in making your list of places to visit. I do hope you make it to Mumbai sometime.

Appreciate the read and votes and sharing too. Thanks for visiting.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

I saw a movie called "Outsourced" and was thinking some of these attractions looked familiar (like the Banganga watertank) and so I looked it up and sure enough, part of the movie was filmed in Mumbai!! If you haven't seen the movie, it's a good one. It's a romance but it was neat because I was able to learn more about Indian culture. I have really enjoyed this series about Mumbai. I don't know if I'll ever get to visit... but your hubs sure do make me want to and hope to :) Voting up!!


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

Well Jamie, I haven't seen this movie but I'll see if I can get a DVD to watch. I'm glad you like these travel hubs. Many thanks for visiting.


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NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

Outsourced is an excellent movie to help introduce USA citizens to the Indian culture. I look forward to your take on it.


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

NMLady, Is the movie made by hollywood? I'll be surely looking out for the DVD! Thanks for your input. The movie should be interesting.


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

NMLady, Is the movie made by hollywood? I'll be surely looking out for the DVD! Thanks for your input. The movie should be interesting.


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NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

Hmmm....it was made in the USA I am sure BUT it is so NOT Hollywood! Can you get to the Netflix web page and search for it there? If not it also comes up at our Yahoo by looking for Outsourcing the Movie.


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

I check it, NM. Thanks.


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successdotnet 4 years ago from Malaysia

Wow the view at Nariman Point is great. I wish to visit someday!


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

successdotnet, I hope you do get a chance to visit. Thank you for stopping by.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Wow! What an amazing tour guide you would be in person. I truly enjoyed learning about all of these places in Mumbai. You did a fantastic job with this hub. I hit all of the buttons except funny and am most happy to share.


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

Hi Peggy,

I'm glad you enjoyed this tour as much as I enjoyed reliving it while writing! Thanks for your continued support.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

rajan,

This is another awesome hub which is both interesting and useful for a tourist. The Hanging Gardens and Ghandi's residence especially interest me. What is the population of Mumbai today? Also, if I wanted to see all of the sights you have highlighted in this 4 hub series, would I be able to do it in 5 days? Would it be better for me to join guided tours, or could I see all of these sights by myself? I look forward now to reading Part 3! Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.


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

Hi Paul,

Since Mumbai is very crowded and traffic moves damn slow during the morning and peak hours, I don't think you be able to have a good look in if you pack in all these sights. Some of these sights are quite a distance apart.

Yes, I'd prefer that you take a guided tour. It'll be cheaper and the guide will be a great help.

Mumbai's population is close to 20 million now.

Thanks for reading and sharing it all over. I really appreciate this fine gesture.

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