You can never have enough time to cover all the sightseeing places in Mumbai. It is home to a number of iconic Victorian-era buildings, museums, churches, temples, and more. The sheer number of sightseeing places in Mumbai can leave any tourist feeling overwhelmed. To help you plan your itinerary, we’ve picked out some of the best tourist attractions in Mumbai for you.
Mumbai’s Tourist Attractions
Our list includes historical attractions, beaches, religious monuments, and more. We’ve kept it diverse so that all kinds of tourists might find something of their interest on the list. Let’s take a look at some of these famous places in Mumbai.
1) Gateway Of India
This tourist hotspot in Mumbai is more than 100 years old. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai when the British ruled India. It is also important historically because after India’s independence the last British troops departed from this monument. Built in Indo-Saracenic architecture, its iconic arch is 26 metres high. Th arch overlooks the Arabian Sea, which adds to its overall beauty.
For tourists, there is no entrance fee there. It is a place where you can spend hours at a stretch if you can find a good spot to relax at. But be warned, this tourist attraction always stays crowded.
2) Mount Mary Church
Believers say that if you make a wish sincerely at this 100-year old church in Bandra, it is granted. Some people also claim that the statue inside the church was brought from Portugal by Jesuits in the 16th century. Mount Mary church attracts hundreds of tourists all-round the year, but it’s especially visited during the annual Bandra fair. During the fair, the church is surrounded by stalls selling sweets, snacks, and other religious articles.
3) Elephanta Caves
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located off the coast of Mumbai. To reach Elephanta caves, you need to take a boat from Gateway of India. Dating back to the 5th century, these caves are a treasure trove of architectural brilliance in Mumbai. The seven caves are filled with sculptures that are of Hindu and Buddhist origins. Among them, a 20 feet high monolithic rock-cut sculpture called Trimurti Sadashiva is extremely beautiful. Anyone who is interested in history and architecture shouldn’t miss these caves.
4) Juhu Beach
If you’re a Bollywood fan, you’re sure to have seen Juhu Beach in at least one movie. A major crowd-puller, Juhu Beach is a favorite among tourists who want to sample street food of Mumbai while also enjoying the view of a beach. You could sit back and enjoy the waves or sample some Pav Bhaji and Bhel puri, or even indulge in some water sports. During summer, you could enjoy banana boat rides, jet ski rides, and more.
5) Chor Bazaar
A lot of tourists are looking to go on a shopping spree on their trip to Mumbai. Mumbai’s street markets have the best and the cheapest of clothes, accessories, and more. But you need to brush up your bargaining skills if you want to end up with a steal deal. For those who are interested in antiques, artworks, posters, and other artefacts, Chor Bazaar is the place to head to.
In Hindi, the name Chor Bazaar means a market of thieves. Because of this, some people believe that some of the things sold at this market are actually stolen goods. Others dismiss this theory and put forth another reason for its name. Being a crowded market, it was called “Shor Bazaar”, which means “noisy market” in Hindi. Eventually, “Shor” began to be mispronounced as “Chor”. Whichever version of the story you choose to go ahead with, you can be sure of one thing — Chor Bazaar is a shopper’s paradise.
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