Wanna get starstruck? Then Mumbai is the place you ought to be. A city wherein every corner holds something of prominence, from the railway station to the local street food seller, everyone in Mumbai makes the city the way it is. Check out the never ending crowds of people in the station or get lost among the thousand of faces of people at the beaches. Take a darshan of the film city and the parks, or just walk down the road. Mumbai is the glamour house of India and it is sure to light your way as well. So get ready as we go in for a darshan of Mumbai and enjoy all it offers for us.
Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus
The Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus, in Mumbai is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Mumbai's hub as most of the people here commute by trains. The station is a terminal for both long distance trains as well as the local commuter trains. On the 26th of November 2008 the station was under a fierce terrorist attack. Even today one can see the scars it has left behind at the station. A must see on the list of places to visit in Mumbai, Here is more on how to reach Mumbai.
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A common site throughout the city are men carrying tiffins from one place to another. Better known as Dabbawallahs, these people distribute home cooked food to the people in the office. They have been a subject of study for Harton, Wharton and the Stanford Universities.
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Gateway of India
The Gateway of India at Mumbai was built during the British rule and was erected to celebrate the arrival of their Majesty King George V and Queen Mary. At nearly 8 stories high this structure stands close to the harbor and overlooks the Arabian Sea. Tourists can come here and see the view of the place or simply enjoy the sea breeze.
Haji Ali Dargah
The Haji Ali Dargah, located off the coast of Worli in Mumbai, is a mosque as well as a dargah. One of the most recognisable landmarks of Mumbai, it is the resting place of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. A must visit place for a tourist in Mumbai although it is advisable that one visits it on any other day except Friday as it remains overcrowded with pilgrims.
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The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
The Taj Mahal Palace hotel is an architectural beauty. Located just a few meters away from the Gateway of India, the hotel is known to have housed nearly all the who's who of the world. A symbol of Mumbai, the hotel was under terrorist attack in 2008 and was heavily damaged. Today, after being re-constructed to its former beauty, the building stands strong and is a symbol of strength and resilience. Here are more places where you stay in Mumbai.
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The Hanging Gardens, also known as the Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens are terraced gardens located in Mumbai. The popular attraction here is the boot house where many a visitor flocks to capture a picture beside it.
The Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat (also dubbed the World's largest open air laundromat) in Mumbai is an open air laundromat where the clothes of hostels and hospitals in Mumbai are washed. A popular tourist attraction in Mumbai, one can see the Dhobis (washermen) standing in their designated concrete wash pens and beating the clothes on a concrete stone.
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Dharavi, the largest slum in Asia, is located in Mumbai. One can take a tour of this place for anything between Rs. 500 to Rs. 4000 which is organised by 'Be the Local Tours and Travels'. Contrary to popular belief, this place is not all about poverty and misery. Small scale industries have cropped up here which helps the locals in earning some money. If you are pressed for time, here are five things you must absolutely do in Mumbai, leaving aside the rest.
The long stretch of road along the coastline in South Mumbai is known as Marine Drive. One can walk along the sea face and reach Chowpatty Beach which is the hub for Mumbai street food. Do try out the Bhel puri and pani puris here. It will leave you asking for more. Marine drive is also popularly known as the Queen's Necklace as in the evening the long stretch is lighted up in the shape of the alphabet C.
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A must visit place in Mumbai is the Juhu Beach. Located near the posh area of Mumbai,the beach attracts both locals as well as tourists. The best time to visit the beach is during the evening. One can smell the aroma of the street food from afar. Do dig into the hot and spicy vada pavs or the steaming plate of pav bhajis. One can also ty out the ice goolas which is a local favourite and the faloodas. You would be lucky if you catch a glimpse of a Bollywood star here. This place is filled with surprises for everyone.
Another popular place to see in Mumbai would be the Bandstand Promenade. A joggers track in the morning, it turns to a lovers' point by the evening with many couples lazing around and enjoying the sunset view. Do make a trip down here to enjoy a hot cup of tea and a handful of freshly roasted peanuts.
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Mumbai is the house of Bollywood the biggest film industry in India. Churning out over a 100 films in a year the trip to Mumbai is incomplete if one does not get star struck. A visit to the Film City is a must where one can see how the sets are created. Although not open for public, a guided tour is offered by the Maharastra Tourism.
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