Mumbai is in all ways a mega-city driven by power, wealth, glamour and fame which attracts people to give shape to their dreams and aspirations. But it is also a city with strong historical links, wonderful British architecture, museums, beaches, places of worship, and above all, a true galaxy of stars where Bollywood reigns supreme.
PLACES TO VISIT IN MUMBAI
The Marine Drive is also known as the Queen's necklace on account of its shape and yellow streetlights. It makes for a spectacular view at night - you can go to either end of Marine Drive after sunset and see the lights glowing in a perfect arc all along the coast. People come to walk here in the evening to experience the brilliant sunset. It is also one of the places people visit late at night. The sound of the waves, a view of the Mumbai skyline and the starry sky easily make Marine Drive one of the most romantic spots in the city.
Haji Ali Dargah situated at the backdrop of a beautiful view of the sea is the shrine of Haji Ali, a wealthy merchant turned into Muslim Sufi. Built of glass, the tomb is a beautiful illustration of the Indo-Islamic style of architecture. The tomb within the mosque is roofed by a brocaded red and green cloth, supported by an exquisite silver frame and marble columns. The main hall has marble pillars engraved with creative mirror work: blue, green, yellow chips of glass arranged in varied designs and Arabic patterns which spell the ninety-nine names of Allah.
The Gateway of India is, without doubt, one of the most popular tourist hotspots of Mumbai. It is located at Apollo Bunder Waterfront and overlooks the Arabian Sea in the most beautiful way. One of the most distinguished monuments in Mumbai. The imposing structure of the monument is a beautiful confluence of Indian, Arabic and Western architecture and has become a popular tourist hub in the city. Nicknamed "Mumbai's Taj Mahal". The structure in itself is a made of yellow basalt and solid concrete and is embellished with numerous Muslim and Hindu motifs as well.
The Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the oldest temples situated in the city of Mumbai. Dedicated to Goddess Mahalaxmi or the 'Goddess of Wealth', this shrine was built sometime around the 16th - 17th century. The main presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Laxmi, while Goddess Kali and Saraswati are other two deities worshipped here. Together, the three idols are known as Mahalaxmi, Mahakali and Mahasaraswati.
Jehangir Art Gallery is Located at Kalaghoda in Southern Mumbai, the Jehangir Art Gallery was donated by Cowasji Jehangir. One of the most famous galleries in Mumbai, the gallery is a prestigious and modern venue for Indian artists to showcase their talent, and hence, has a broad media coverage. Artists have to wait for at least to two years for their artwork to be put here. Named after Sir Cowasji's late son, Jehangir, the gallery has served as a platform for aspiring artists ever since it was established in 1952. M. F. Hussain, S. H. Raza, etc. who lead India's contemporary art movement, used to be frequenters to the gallery. Constructed in 1952, the structure is an enormous mansion converted into a gallery building.