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Mumbai is the business capital of India. This is one of the most popular cities in India. The lights, crowd, architecture, culture and even the food elevates the charm and versatility of this great city. Mumbai is called a city that never sleeps. There are numerous places in Mumbai which will dazzle your eyes and sooth your heart. The richness and grandeur of the place is simply amazing. This city is very much developed in terms of business as well as education. This city is so popular that the city is kind of a representative of the whole state. This is the reason why it is called the financial capital of India. 

Chowpatty Beach

Chowpatty Beach comes on the very top position when it comes to visit the most beautiful place in Mumbai. Named after the four creeks nearby, the beach is definitely one of the places to not miss out in Mumbai. Though people visit this place at any point of time, the place has a special charm in the evening when the sun is about to set in the west. The beauty of the sands shore along with the cerulean sea coupled with the delights is absolutely mesmerizing.  A carnival like ambiance complete with street performers, entertains and the street food along the path are beyond expression of a simple man.

The whole place is packed with majesty. The beach is mostly famous for Ganesh visarjan-ritual of releasing the idol of Lord Ganesh in the Arabian Sea. In addition, the burning of the effigy of Ravana, the Demon King of the festival is also equally popular to the people of India. Also, the street food of Chowpatty is one of the best experiences of Mumbai. The irresistible flavors of bhelpuri, panipuri, Vada pav and other things will arrest your taste buds with delight. 

Shree Siddhivinayak Temple

Shree Siddhivinayak Temple is one of the richest and most beautiful temples in India. The serenity of the while marble will blow your mind and fill your heart with such pleasure that you will forget all of your sorrow for some time. 

Lord Ganesh is the presiding deity of this beautiful temple. The temple was built in the nineteen century but it’s beauty and grandeur is still the same as it was. The architecture, interior design and everything is beyond expression. The interior roof is made up of gold and decorated with precious metals. 

Apart from that, the crowd and the holy atmosphere of the temple is astonishing. The time you spend there will remain an everlasting experience for you and I can assure you that. 

Marine Drive

Marine Drive is one of the major attractions of Mumbai and it stretches along the coastline of Arabian Sea. C-shaped, the boulevard looks like a string of pearls, hence the name ‘Queen’s necklace’ especially when lit in the evening.

Lined with palm trees , decorated with massive boulders, the stretch along the sea is a beautiful experience. The scenario in the afternoon time at the marine drive can not be described in words of mouth. The view of the sea along with the cool and calm breeze coming from the sea will certainly make you feel like the happiest person on this planet.

The roadside shops and restaurants of the place are also a gem in their own way. You will come across stalls serving food, bazaar for shopping and above all, absolutely breathtaking views. The happening hub of the city is known to be host to many events, which if time suits, you might get to attend.

Gateway of India 

The name itself is suggestive of the importance and value that this place is all about. It’s called the Gateway of India rather than Mumbai and it is more than enough to be considered as one of the most important structures of not only Mumbai but also India itself. This gateway was built in the year 1924 by the British government to welcome their rulers in India. This architecture was built in Indo-saracenic style and George Witter was the architect behind this. The whole monument is made up of Basalt rock which is quite impressive. This vast monument has a height of 85 ft and in diameter it is 49 ft. It is one of the prime tourist attractions in Mumbai. One historical fact is that when the British finally left India , they passed through this Gate of India. It’s of great historical significance. The monument faces the view of Mumbai Harbour and you can enjoy a wonderful view of the sea from here. If you visit Mumbai and you miss visiting Gateway of India then your trip is half wasted. So, do visit this place positively.

Juhu Beach

Juhu Beach is one of the most visited places by not only the native people but also by the people from all over the world.it is located on the shore of the great Arabian Sea. This beach is spread over six kilometers of vast areas. This is a place of great amusement and wonder. It is an ideal place to go on a vacation. Whether you are alone or with your family, this place will blow your mind anyway. This beach is famous for the vast outstretched beach. Here you can enjoy delicious foods while roaming through the vastly spread beach. There are thousands of people who visit this place regularly. Little children play cricket matches on the sands of the beach which is very amusing to see. The calmness, composure, atmosphere, surrounding, climate everything appeals to the extreme elegance of the place and makes it one of those special places where you want to visit at least once in your life.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Chhatrapati Shivaji (Maharaj) Terminus is a railway station in Mumbai which is owned by Indian Railways. It was initiated in 1853 and it was reconstructed in 1888. The Former name of this station was Victoria Terminus Railway Station. This station is among one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. That proves the value and grandeur this place owns. It was built in the Indo- saracenic Victorian Gothic Revival method. It has eighteen platforms all together. This station is of great historical significance and value. People from all over the world visit this place. This name of the station was changed from Victoria Terminus to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in 1995 and this is more appropriate in this sense. The beauty of the place can only be observed by the eyes. My words are not sufficient to illustrate its beauty. 

Haji Ali’s Dargah

Haji Ali Dargah is a famous mosque in Mumbai. Though this place is of Islam affiliation, people of any caste, creed and religion can visit this place. The beauty, atmosphere and the devotion of people towards their preached deity is divine. Apart from that, this place has a huge historical backdrop. It was made in the 15th century. Haji Ali was a merchant from Uzbekistan and he was a sufi saint. There is a tomb of Haji Ali in the dargah and the whole place is dedicated to him. This place is a great instance of Indo-Islamic Architecture. The dargah was built on a place which was 500 meters away from the coast of worli bay. It is amedist of the bay and surrounded by water. That increases the beauty of the place. Please ! Do yourself a favour and visit this place. It will definitely dazzle your eyes and sooth your heart.

Elephanta Caves

Considered among one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India, Elephanta caves are a must visit tourist attraction in Mumbai. These caves are a tribute to Lord Shiva. In fact, it is a rare treasure for the devotees of Lord Shiva in the form of Hindu rock art and the Buddhist rock Art. The Portuguese had named the cave as Elephanta Cave as they had found elephant shaped structures there. Since then, the name of the caves turned into Elephanta caves courtesy of the Portuguese people.

Each and every carving, sculpture and engraved art is definitely worth exploring. Marvel at the enormous Maheshmurti, an 18 ft remarkable sculpture. The combined form of male and female, a figure of Ardhanarishvara is equally majestic. Also marvelled at the figurine of Lord Shiva is Yogisvara and as Shiva Nataraja, the many armed cosmic dancer.

Mumbai is full of mysteries and maybe that is the reason it is called ” the mayanagri”. You can not deny the irresistible attraction that it possesses. So, don’t just believe in my words, book your trip straight to Mumbai.

Subhadeep S

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