The Gateway of India
The Gateway of India by the water's edge at Apollo Bunder is the most famous colonial monument, and Mumbai's most famous landmark. Designed by George Wittet, it is one of the last imperial monuments built by the British in Mumbai. The first stone was laid by the then Governor of Mumbai, Lord Sydenham on 31st March, 1913. It is a solid structure consisting of eight open door ways, above which is a perforated design. It was completed in 1924 and was conceived as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar on the 2nd December, 1911.
Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST Mumbai)
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) is popular railway station and is a spitting image of Victorian-Gothic style of architecture in India. Located in the heart of Mumbai, the CST is also a 'World Heritage Site' declared by UNESCO in 2004. Built in 1888, the station is the grand reminder of the British Raj pre-independence and is still one of the most historical landmarks within the Central Business District (CBD) of Mumbai. A bustling terminus, the CST is well-connected by rail to all parts of the country. It stands as the final result of great industrial revolution technology, merged with Victorian/Gothic revival styles based on late-Italian model architecture. The structure represents the heart of the mercantile facet of the city and also symbolizes the British Commonwealth.
Mani Bhavan, located at #19, Laburnum Road in the Gamdevi precinct of downtown Mumbai, acted as the focal point of Gandhi's political activities in Mumbai between 1917 and 1934. It was from Mani Bhavan that Gandhi initiated the Non-Cooperation, Satyagraha, Swadeshi, Khadi and Khilafat movements. In 1955, the building was taken over by the Gandhi Smarak Nidhi in order to maintain it as a memorial to Gandhi.
About 10 kilometers to the east of Mumbai, lies the island of Elephanta. A true example of Hindu cave culture, it consists of seven caves which can be divided into two groups. The first is a large group of 5 Hindu caves while the second is a smaller group of two Buddhist caves. The Hindu caves are the glorious abode of Lord Shiva. Nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, this unique island is not only a worthy destination in itself, but it also provides a great view of Mumbai’s skyline and is a perfect escape from the chaos of the city
The Prince of Wales Museum
The Prince of Wales Museum, now commonly known as 'Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya', was established during the early 20th century. This museum is considered as a heritage structure in Mumbai because of its admirable architecture. The Prince of Wales Museum is one of the most significant museums in India. The museum showcases several collections of ancient artworks, sculptures and artifacts in its galleries.
Siddhivinayak Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed god of good fortune, and was rebuilt on the site of a 200-year-old temple. It attracts followers from all over India, and it is considered especially auspicious to visit on a Tuesday.
Haji Ali built to honour a Muslim saint, stands almost 500 yards out at sea. It is approachable only during low tide by a narrow rock causeway built above sea level.
Bandra Worli Sea Link
The Bandra Worli sealink, officially known as 'Rajiv Gandhi sealink' was inaugurated on 30th June 2009. It is a cable stayed bridge which links Bandra and Worli and is the first phase of the proposed West island freeway system. The sea link reduces travel time from 45 minutes to a mere 7 minutes.
Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach
It is a 3 kilometer long sea side boulevard of South Mumbai. The official name for this road is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose road. It was earlier known as Sonapur to local Marathi people. Most of the buildings sport an art deco look that was popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Marine Drive is also known as the Queen's Necklace because if viewed at night from an elevated point anywhere along the drive, the street lights resemble a string of pearls, forming a necklace. Chowpatty Beach comes alive each evening, with ferris wheels, carousels, pony rides, gymnasts, monkey shows, astrologers and stalls selling Mumbai's famously satisfying fast food, such as crunchy puffed rice snacks and spicy potato cakes.
Juhu Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Mumbai. It is situated on the shores of Arabian Sea in Juhu suburb. There are three main entrances to the beach. One is from the Vile Parle side, another is from the Santacruz side and the third one is from the Andheri side. Many tourists make it a point to visit the beach when they come to Mumbai, as it is a relatively uncrowded free space in the city, although it does get crowded in the evenings and weekends.
The Mahalaxmi Racecourse is a horseracing track in Mahalaxmi neighbourhood, of Mumbai. The track is oval shaped with 2400 m straight chute, spread over approx. 225 acres (0.91 km2) of open land in the heart of Mumbai city. It was created out of a marshy land known as Mahalakshmi Flats. Built in 1883 and modelled on the Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne, it is spread over on 225 acres of land facing the sea.