Top Tourist Attractions in Mumbai With Photos and Videos : Instalment Three
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 StreetClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 maybe 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 VikrantClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
Jehangir Art gallery
It is located at Kala Ghoda and behind The Prince Of Wales Museum, on M G Road, very close to the Gateway of India, in South Mumbai. It is the most prestigious and famous art gallery in 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 TempleClick thumbnail to view full-size
It is an ancient Hindu temple located in Bhuleshwar area in South Mumbai. Built, in honour 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 honour the Goddess. It is believed that anyone who seeks favours of goddess Mumbadevi is never disappointed.
Walking to Mahalakshmi Temple Mumbai
Mahalaxmi TempleClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 in charge 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 RacecourseClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 HotelClick thumbnail to view full-size
Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
It is a 5-star hotel located in Colaba area of South Mumbai, opposite Gateway 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 in 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 BazaarClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 GhatClick thumbnail to view full-size
Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat (today)
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.
Today washing machines have been installed by almost half of these people and clothes are washed in them while the rest half carry on washing as traditionally done, that is, by flogging clothes on a large cement/stone slab.
Were you aware of these tourist attractions in Mumbai
Which Tourist Spot Did you like the most interesting?
Some of my other hubs on Tourist Attractions In Mumbai
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- Top Tourist Attractions In Mumbai With Photos : Instalment One
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