Mumbai Tourist Places, Beaches and Travel Attractions

Mumbai the commercial capital and the gateway to India, is one of the greatest modern cities of the India. Originally Mumbai was an archipelago of seven marshy islands inhabited by fishermen and such other folk. They called it Mumbai after their patron goddess Mumba Devi. Centuries later a Hindu King Bhim Dev founded a city here now identified with Mahim. Later it came into the possession of the sultans of Gujarat who were later forced to surrender it to the Portuguese in the early 16th century. The Portuguese were already the master of Goa then. They called it Bom Bahia, the beautiful bay, as it is known now throughout the world. In 1661 Bom Bahia was given to the British as part of the dowry by the Portuguese, when their princess Catherine of Braganza married Charles II of England. The King of England gave it on lease for a laughing able annual amount of ₤10 in gold to the east India Company, whose president, Gerald Aungier made many business communities settle and start their business there. Thus he may be called the founder of modern Bombay, a premier city, an industrial metropolis and one of the world’s busiest seaports.

It has been a great centre of trade and commerce with strong international links for over three centuries. Here are located India’s major manufacturing centers for petrochemicals, fertilizers, films, plastics, postal and court-fee stamps, textile and silk goods. Mumbai is the city where the biggest number of films in the world is produced every year.

Places of Interest

Historical Places: Gateway of India, Opposite the Gateway stands the Statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji and Swami Vivekanand, Sardar Grah, Mani Bhawan, August Kranti Maidan, Dada Chowpaty, from here you can launch to the island of Elephanta Caves.

Places of Worship: Temples – Mumba Devi Temple, Calba Devi Temple, Babol Nath Temple, Walkeshwar Temple, Laxminarayan Temple – Madhab Bagh, Vitthal Temple – Vadala, Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Maha Laxmi Temple, Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple – Juhu, Swami Samarth Temple – Andheri, Masore Ashram – Gaure Gaon, Sandipani Ashram – Pavai, Teen Murit Atishaya Shetra – Borivalli. Churches – Mount Mary Church, Afgan Church. Dargah – Haji Ali’s Tomb, Roudot Tahera.

Museums: Prince of the Whales Museum, Fort Area Museum, Mumbai Natural History Society Museum, Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Situated in Nehru Science Centre India’s Discovery Museum, Museum of Goods related with Mahatma Gandhi in Mani Bhawan, Museum of Goods related with Lokmanya Tilak in Sardar House.

Parks: Kamla Nehru Park, Hanging Garden – Malabara Hill, Aquarium of Tarapore – Marine Lines, Vir Mata jijabai Park and Zoological Museum – Bhaykhala, Sanjay Gandhi National Park – Situated in Nagari Area in Boravalli.

Beaches: Girgav Chowpaty, Dadar Chowpaty, Worli Phase-C, Juhu Varsova, Madh, Arangal, Marve, Marol, Aksa, Gorai etc.

Entertainment Spots: Fantasy Land, Mini Kashmir, Race Course, Essel World and Water Park – Situated in Garai Beach.

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