Famous Tourist Places in Mumbai

Mumbai, or as formerly known as Bombay, inherits its name from the local deity Mumbhadevi or Mumbabai. However the goddess’s original name is Amba Bhawani and is the patron of the Koli Fisherfolk, who happen to be the oldest inhabitants of Mumbai,

Also known as “Gateway of India” the city has a beautiful history and happens to be one of the most developed cities of India. It is the capital of Maharashtra. The present city is built on seven islands Bombay Island, Parel, Mazagaon, Mahim, Colaba, Worli, and Old Woman’s Island (also known as Little Colaba). It happens to be one of the most populated cities in the world.

If a tourist wished to visit the places of interest then a certain sequence can be followed with the help of a travel guide or a personal guide and visit nearly all the places of interests located there.

However if you are a bit short of time I would advise you to do a bit of homework and decide which places to go and enjoy more . After all one knows best what he  likes and where he wants to go. So here I am, short listing a few places of my choice which I am quite confident you will like too.

Gateway of India- it’s a massive stone gate overlooking the sea at Apollo Bunder. This was built to welcome King George and Queen Mary who visited in 1911 and still continues to welcome those who come by ship. Behind the Gateway is the Taj Mahal Hotel where many tourists prefer to stay. Boats can be available on rent near the Gateway.Malabar Hills

Malabar Hill-It’s the elegant end of the Marine Drive when one goes from the Gateway side. This place is a must visit specially at afternoon when the crowds gather in its parks and enjoy the enchanting view of the Marine Drive( Which at this time really looks like a Queens Necklace ) and the Arabian Sea. The Hill also contains the Tower of Silence inside which the Parsees leave their dead –to be consumed by the vultures. It happens to be a forbidden area.

The Hanging Garden or Ferozshah Mehta Gardens are located on this hill and had been laid in 1881 atop the reservoir that supplies water to many areas of the city and has hedges cut into animal shapes.Trimurti_4649

The Elephanta Caves requires a 9km trip from the Gateway and is a really exciting place. The Mahesmurty (Shiva) in the main temple is a remarkable work of art and is popularly known as Trimurty. The elephant caves are also known as Gharapuri or Rock Town.

The city also has a popular beach near it known as the Juhu Beach and is dotted with Palm trees coconut trees and hotels.

These happen to be a few places of interests in Mumbai .If you ever get a chance. Never miss the opportunity of exploring this magical city.

I already mentioned about Top 10 travel destinations of Mumbai. You might be interested to see that post as well.