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Gateway of India
This is the most important attraction of Mumbai and often the starting point of tourists. This was built by the British in the 1913 to mark the visit of George V and Queen Mary to then Bombay. This arch or gateway was inspired from the Triumpg Arc of Italy. This was a place from where most of the tourists from the West started their journeys during the British time. After the Colonial Raj ended, this monument was Indianized and now is a tourist hotspot. the gateway faces the Arabian sea and is also flanked by the beautiful Marine Drive. It is said that the last British ships, when they left India started from here as the British loved this place and it is till now a symbol of their victory over India though the Indians have now changed the notion along with the name of the city to Mumbai. The monument has four turrets and intricate designs on stone blocks to make up the whole structure. the architecture is mainly Indo- Sarcenic with touches of typical Gujrati architectural styles. The Gateway stands strong as the symbol of grandeur of the city as well as the blend of old and modern cultures here.
Also referred to as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai, the Gateway of India is the city's biggest tourist attraction. Built during the British rule, this monument was as a gateway or entrance way to British governors and other prominent people. Over the years, it's gotten incredibly packed with tourists. It lies facing the Arabian Sea, and you can also catch a glimpse of the Taj Hotel, which stands nearby.
After my visit to the college, they told me my Interview has been re-scheduled for the next morning so, I called for a cab and asked him to take me to the Gateway of India, which was surprisingly not too far. The driver knew it was my first time there and so he offered me to take me sightseeing. Oh! The Gateway of India, even though i’ve been to India Gate in Delhi all my life to celebrate patriotism. Mumbai has its own charm, it lays easy claim to the crowd of India and the ferry ride makes you want to burn and wait for atleast 2hours in line.
This would be the logical place to begin your tour. After all, you're following in the footsteps of royalty! The Gateway of India is a major tourist hub in the city, which is located at Apollo Bunder Waterfront in Southern Mumbai. This monument was built to welcome King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai and years later, the last horde of British troops left India through this gateway. This is probably the place which will give you the feel of a tourist and after some great pictures and watching the pigeons, you can move on to your next place of visit. Address: Apollo Bunder, behind Regal Cinema and Bombay Museum, near Colaba Causeway Stroll down the seafront and check the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Overlooking the Gateway of India with a panoramic view of the bay, the Taj has played an intrinsic part in the life of the city, hosting Maharajas, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe.
The iconic structure at Colaba “Gateway of India”, with the sea with a fleet of ferries, it’s beautiful. The roads are wide and nice, in the morning there isn’t much crowd. It’s a nice small stretch for a nice stroll to wake up J. I usually take a few rounds and just see the lovely view.
The Gateway of India is very close to colaba and is one of the most visited place by the tourists here. The Elephanta caves is situated very near to the Gateway and one can use a motor boat to go to Elephanta where the statues of Shivaji and Swmai Vivekanand has been constructed just at the entrance. It looks very beautiful at night and you love the cool breeze here. The most unique element of the place are the pigeons, the photographers who click your picture and instantly give them, the person selling umbrellas, snacks, cotton candy, balloons and chanas for the pigeons. It's one place where you can obsereve so many things.
Built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai, Stands right Next to the Taj Mahal. Both the structure are the coolest. Even this magnificent structures light display changes from time to time. And if you visit it during monsoon., you'll get drenched.
This monument was constructed by the British to commemorate the landing of Emperor George V and Queen Mary in India. The boulevard at the front of this architectural wonder is crowded with tourists throughout the year. On the other side of this boulevard is the famous edifice of The Taj Hotels.
From marine drive, i took a taxi to gate way of india. I have been here before, lot of times with my brother when i was a kid and i have never seen it to be a quiet place. There are always 2000 people in any direction. You can feed the pigeons, walk around taj hotel, take a horse cart ride or get your picture clicked with this beautiful monument.
THE BOAT RIDEThe boat journey is itself part of the experience, with so many things to see that time flies past. This is one of the few places in Mumbai, where you can see flocks of seagulls at any time of the day!THE ISLANDThe island itself was originally known as Gharapuri. It is believed to have been the capital of the Konkan Mauryas, and the name literally means ‘fort city’. The only village here which is still inhabited is known by the same name. The name ‘Elephanta’ came from the Portuguese, who landed here and saw a huge stone elephant guarding the entrance to the holy cave-shrines. (For those who are interested, this elephant was broken down by the Portuguese who found them, but the pieces have been reconstructed, and the elephant is on display at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum at Byculla)Once we reached the island, there was a mad rush for the toy train. Yes, there is a tiny toy train which takes us to the foot of the hills. It costs Rs. 10 for the return journey, but takes less than 5 minutes, and isn’t really worth all that rush! That means it is really very slow. :pHISTORYThe caves at Elephanta are believed to date back to the sixth century, to the reign of the Konkan Mauryas, who were vassals of the Chalukyas. The island was then known as ‘Sripuri’. Unlike the caves at Badami, which were built for the kings, or those at Ajanta, which were built by monks, the caves here - according to the ASI booklet – were patronized by merchants and traders! The caves apparently looked so impressive, that the Portuguese, who captured the islands in 1540, couldn’t believe that these were the work of human hands! There are various stories told about why the caves and the sculptures were defaced – while some say it was done because the Portuguese thought them to be the work of demons, some say that it was simply an attempt to destroy the Hindu influence in the area. However, it no longer matters WHY the caves were defaced and sculptures destroyed. What is important is to ensure that we do no more damage.The main caveThere are seven rock cut caves in all, but the first is the most important one, and the only one really worth a watch. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, every available wall is covered with images of Lord Shiva in various postures or depicting stories related to him.A little off centre is a huge temple with a lingam inside. There are entrances on all the four sides, with 8 dwarapalakas or guards at the corners. It is an impressive sight, and I had to remind myself that all this had been carved out of the rocks… not built!At one time, this temple may have been the hub of prayers to the Lord, resounding with the echoes of chants and devotional music, but today, this temple comes alive just once a year – on MahaShivaratri – when permissions have been given for prayers to be performed.
The best way to go around the city is to rent a bicycle so that you can stop at everything you fancy. Taking from the 'gyaan' imparted to me generously by my relative,  I can tell you that Woodside Inn in Colaba (find it on google maps) rents you bicycles. But I chose to drive around in my relatives car, because October was still too hot and humid for me and 11:00 AM looked like noon. The traffic was disciplined and strangely no one was fuming. People here have figured out how to make use of the time spend in traffic I guess.We had a quick breakfast from a small eatery (could not note the name) and headed straight to Gateway of India. The drive was slow, but not boring to an outsider. After a short drive emerges, with all it's glory, the Gateway of India and you know you have reached the heart of the city with a beat that resonates with the thousand hearts who are on the scene. Marvellous!! An architectural delight, The Gateway of India was built in the 1960s and served as the entrance point to dignitaries and common man alike from it's five entry point. Click pictures, and be sure to, because if you don't have a picture of it, you are missing out on a free souvenir.
There is many places in mumbai where you can spend your weekend with friends and family. But if you love nature and need relief from hustle life of mumbai elephanta caves are one of the best places for such traveller.Elephanta is an island far away about 10 km from Gateway of india inside the arabian sea. It is famous for it's rock cut caves. Archaeologist believes that caves were carved in 5th or 8th centuries ago. The site is also recognised by UNESCO as world heritage Site that's reason you may find many foreign tourist at site.
What have you seen in Mumbai, if you haven't seen The Gateway of India? It is the insignia of the city, and there's no way you can afford to miss this historic site. Originally used as a crude jetty used by the fishing community, the site was renovated in 1924 to its current form. It began to be used as a dropping point for all influential personalities coming to Mumbai via the Arabian Sea.4 PM
5) Gateway of India
It was almost some two hours for me here. So I called my one friend back from school, he is completing his MBA at St. Xavier's college (yes! Where 'Jaane tu ya jaane na' got shooted). So he came and we went to mcD somewhere near and then I tried some local food while walking towards his college and those foods were yumm!! and cheap at the same time! I tried vada pav (famous thing there! ), Dahi vada, etc. And then we reached the college, I saw a bit of it and left after saying bye to my friend!
After Hajji Ali the next stop was Gateway of India. It was evening when we reached there. The taxi ride was about 3o min and I can say that it was one of the best rides I have ever had. Passing through Marine Drive, the sun is setting. Sky was orange, sun touching the sea and the orange light coming from behind huge buildings. While traveling to Gateway of India we had chance to see Lata ji’s house, Ambani's house (which has 20 stories and only 5 people live their), Bombay high court, church gate etc.I would like to share one thing, no matter how tired or sleepy you feel while sitting in a taxi don't sleep you'll miss a lot of things. Just see outside it's worth it especially when you are visiting the place for the first time. We reached Gateway of India around 6:30 - 7 PM the sun was set. It's a beautiful architecture, do sit there for a while and enjoy the sea. Also get photographs clicked from the local photographer at the place. I know we may know better photography skills, but still it's a best way to keep memories. We may have hundreds of photographs in our DSLR or mobile phones but this single photograph we can keep with ourselves always. I got one clicked.
Gateway of IndiaRight from our childhood Gateway of India is a well heard pride of India. But I just got the chance to visit it recently. My visit to the Gateway of India was not intentional, all thanks to foodie me and my friends. This foodie nature actually helped us for good. Our search for Mughalai food ended up in the Baghdadi hotel in Colaba, which is 6 minutes by walking away from the Gateway of India. The Baghdadi hotel is famous for their roti and Mughalai non veg dishes. We reached Colaba by 8 at night and decided to take a glance at the legendary monument and then fill up our tummy. The famous Taj hotel is situated just in front of the Gate of India.The iconic Gateway of India was built to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bundar, when they visited India in 1911.This monument has witnessed an important moment of independent India, the last British ship to England left from the Gateway.Later we went to our most awaited destination, Baghdadi hotel. The owner claims that the eatery has been serving food for the past 125years. It is considered as one the oldest restaurants in Mumbai. It is a small restaurant with immense varieties of food. The funny thing that I found was that the popular Baghdadi hotel that was situated in the metropolitan city of India still don't accept payment by credit cards .Every dishes here is reasonable and more over it is finger-licking. I would personally suggest the epicure to try out this restaurant without any second thought. For more details please check my blog: http://experiencedroads.com/
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Gateway Of India – One of most popular tourist places in Mumbai
Marine Drive may be a picturesque promenade in Kochi, Kerala, India. It engineered facing the backwaters, and may be a widespread resort for the native people. Ironic to its name, no vehicles area unit allowed on the walk. Marine Drive is additionally associate economically thriving a part of town of Kochi. With many searching malls it's as a crucial centre of searching activity in Kochi. Major alimentation joints, as well as Marrybrown, DiMark, coffee house area unit gift on the walk. The read of the setting and rising sun over the ocean mouth, and therefore the gentle wind from the Vembanad Lake has created Marine Drive a crucial holidaymaker destination in Kochi. Hundreds of individuals both natives and tourists throng the walk throughout the evenings. The walk starts from the tribunal Junction and continues till the Rajendra Maidan. There are many boat jetties on the walk. The walk has two contemporarily created bridges, the Rainbow bridge and the Chinese net Bridge.
As the sun sets over the Arabian Sea, the lights come up on Marine Drive (a.k.a. "the Queen's Necklace").The first thought that comes to my mind when someone says Mumbai is Marine Drive ( its a clash b/w Shahrukh Khan and Marine Drive for me ). The ambiance around this place is intoxicating and addictive. once you are hooked you will find it almost impossible to detach and move away. Marine Drive is a 4.3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai. It is a 'C'-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast. A perfect place for your evening stroll, sit and watch the tides go back and forth with a cup of coffee easily available on the promenade.
Drive by or sit on the ledge of Marine Drive, one of the popular hubs of Mumbai-kers. If you've had a long day, or just feel to lazy to roam around, Marine Drive is the perfect place to breathe in the salty ocean air, and just relax. The Queen's Necklace, or the city skyline, lights up like a thousand dazzling lights, as the city buzzes with life at night. Though it gets a bit crowded throughout the day, early morning is the best time to find some space.
Marine Drive and Nariman Point Sea is the most fascinating for Mumbai peoples and Marine Drive( also known as Queen’s Necklace) is the life blood of Mumbai.In the evening it is fully lighted and the view of the sea is breath taking. It will be crowded all the time. If you will walk from marine drive then at the end you will reach Nariman point. It is Mumbai’s premier and worlds 15th costliest business district. Some call it as “Manhattan of Mumbai”. Its a must visit place. Also, a prime location for shooting of Bollywood films. Entry fee: NIL Recommended length of Visit: Unlimited How to Reach: Get down at Church gate Station(Take the road which leads to Ambassador Hotel) Tips: After Sunset or Early Morning.(Spend the night here)
Marine Drive is the jewel of Bombay. You can experience the entire city in front of you by just sitting lazily at Marine drive enjoying the cool breeze and the sea. Sunset at Marine Drive is the most beautiful sunset you can witness in Mumbai. The skyline bursts with beautiful mauve, cream, orange and yellow shades.
The place that people identify Mumbai with. A really long stretch that welcomes everyone from lovers/ walkers/ sky gazers/ silence seekers. The place can fit any mood. It can liven up a happy day. Or the long stretch of water can make one think deep about one’s life.
2:30pm - Marine Drive (Chowpatty): THERE! I sit down by the edge and take several deep breaths. I've finally reached the planned final destination and I can't feel more blissful. I've finally walked for almost 65 km through the city, and finished what I had started 7 hours 45 minutes earlier.
Marine Drive is a 4.3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai in the city of Mumbai. It is a 'C'-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast, which is a natural bay. The road links Nariman Point to Babulnath and Malabar Hill. Marine Drive is situated over reclaimed land facing west-south-west. A promenade lies parallel to this road. Marine Drive is also known as the Queen's Necklace because, if viewed at night from an elevated point anywhere along the drive, the street lights resemble a string of pearls in a necklace. In 2012, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai announced that the entire road would be resurfaced, 72 years after it was originally laid.
Who doesn't know Marine Drive!?
After covering elephanta caves, i made my way back to marine drive to see sunset. And on my way there, i fulfilled my third wishlist for this trip. I got my VADA PAV. Now i can leave mumbai with inner peace. When i reached marine drive this time, it was completely different sight in terms of crowd. A stretch that long, and no place to sit facing sea. There were friends, families, couples, guy groups. I was just one girl, sure it won't ask for too much space to squeeze in ;)
2. Marine Drive Beach
There can be no fitting conclusion to your Mumbai sojourn than at this place, which defines the feeling of this city perfectly. The Queen's Necklace at the Marine Drive is where you should ideally end up on Sunday night with your friends by your side and unlimited conversations to tend to. This is the pinnacle of Mumbai.I promise you that if you follow this itinerary, you will go back with immense love for Mumbai in your heart. Do write about your Mumbai experiences, we'd love to hear from you!Cheers!
Our last stop of day 2 was Marine Drive, a 3.5km long boulevard in South Mumbai. A palm lined promenade lays next to a 6 lane concrete road which runs along the coast around anatural semi circle shaped bay. It links Nariman Point to Babulnath and Malabar Hill. At night when viewed from any elevated point along the drive the street lights give the illusion of a string of pearls. This is where it's alternative name, the ' Queens Necklace ' originates from. We enjoyed our early evening stroll here, it had a lovely atmosphere with people out walking, jogging and sitting on the promenade walls chatting and socialising. It seemed to be a favourite of young couples out for a romantic evening, there was lots of hand holding and canoodling going on. Following our rip off taxi tour the previous day we decided to find our own metered taxi's for the third days sightseeing of North Mumbai. We would have preferred to use a rickshaw but these are banned inside the Coloba area so a taxi was the only option. Elco Pani Puri Centre Much to our fellow diner's amusement Andy and I couldn't get the hang of punching the hole in the top without completely crushing the Puri's. We were making such a mess of it the waiter took pity of us and swiftly prepared each one for us. It was a fun and tasty food experience; I'd highly recommend not leaving Mumbai without giving it a try!
If you are visiting Mumbai then this is one hell of place to just grab a drink and have a chat with your buddy. It was already 9 by then. So we headed to Marine Drive. Spending the late evening time at Marine Drive was 1 of the "Things to Do" on my checklist. And this was it to mark it checked! Words are not enough to explain the beauty and peace that place has. Also the romantic feel of the place. Though this time it wasn't appropriate. We sat there for a while, facing the Arabian Sea, with the cool breeze caressing our tired faces. Soon we were refreshed and decided to stroll along the drive. We had a quite good time watching around, you know what I mean. After a series of quite giggles we decided to leave and headed back home. It was late by the time we reached home and went off to sleep. After the full day of tiredness we couldn't make it up for the next day roaming plan. We spent the whole day with Laxmi Kaki and family. And eve we left for Pune with a bunch of memories in our hearts and photos in our cameras
After I was done (not literally, just for the day :D ) with marine drive, I took a taxi (like how it is auto , they have sharing taxis) and went towards Gateway of India! Again, its not far.. Just some 15 minutes away. I stayed there for a while and clicked pictures. There is Taj hotel as well. Plus there is one Elephanta caves you may go if you want, they will charge 250 Rs. and will take you towards that through a ferry or kinda boat and you must dedicate 3-5 hours for that because it will take 1 hour to go and another 1 hour to comeback and now it depends on you how much time you wanna spend there also depends on for how much time the ferry wala wants you to be there! I dint go to elephanta caves because I dint hv that much time, but hey! here are some pics for Gateway of India:
Bandra-Worli Sea Link
Also known as the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, this is a cable stay bridge which was erected by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation. This bridge links Bandra on the Western Suburbs of Mumbai and Worli in South Mumbai. In future this bridge is suppossed to link the Western Suburbs of Mumbai to Nariman Pint, which is the business district of Mumbai. This bridge reduces traveling time by about half an hour.
The bandra-worli sea link is something you CAN NOT miss, if you do your mumbai trip remains incomplete. It crosses the arabian sea and connects the suburban area of Mumbai with south Mumbai. Its an engineering marvel and drive through this bridge is a must!
Bandra worli sealinkWhen an unexpected four hours was left for us, my colleagues and I started searching for places near to Chatrapathi Sivaji airport, Mumbai .The only thought in our mind was to kill time. Somehow our eyes got struck at Bandra Worli Sealink which was hardly 10km away from the airport.We rented a car for two hours from airport and set out for the Mission kill-time, but it turned out to be a mesmerizing journey. On the way, we tasted the famous Indian burger, vadapav. We owe a huge thanks to our driver for suggesting us the vadapav in Samrat shop .From there we had hot spicy cheesy vadapav. This will fill tummy without emptying your pocket. No wonder why vadapav is the mostly consumed food in Mumbai.After gulping our food we continued our rove.A long distance sight of the sealink surely gave us the credit of right choice. I personally felt that this link is a boon for the people in Mumbai. The travel from Bandra to Worli used to take more than 45 minutes and massive traffic was a cherry on top. Now the time of travelling has turn down to 7-10 minutes.This spectacle eight lane cable stayed bridge which is officially known as Rajiv Gandhi sea link has become paramount for Mumbai .Personally I would tell the best time to visit here is at dusk hours, when the whole Mumbai is lighted up by the street lights. The best part of Mumbai is that she never sleeps, she is not bothered whether the sun is up or down or right on her face. The late night view of this architectural wonder embellished with light is worth watching. It made me feel proud that my country hold this marvellous architectural wonder.Google gave me a detailed information about this architectural marvel. This cable stayed tower weighs 50000 African elephants. I was stupefied to hear that if the cable wire used in the construction was kept in length then it could be as the circumference of the earth. That is probably a difficult fact to digest. It was joint venture of many skilled teams across various countries like India, Canada, China, Indonesia etc. The expenditure of this project which started as Rs13 billion then later ballooned to Rs16 billion. The sea link construction started in 2000 and was completed in 2010.It is for sure that the sea link is an amazing frame for all shutterbugs and one of the most commonly used film shooting spot.
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Haji Ali Mosque
This is a mosque which was constructed in 1431 and is an extremely popular one on the city of Mumabi as well as the whole world. It is said that whoever comes and prays here whole heartedly gets the blessings of the lord no matter what caste and religion you belong to. The magical charm and peace of this place makes you come here again and again. There was once a very wealthy merchant named Sayeed pir haji Ali Shah Bukhari who left all his wealth and desires before he went on Haj from Bukhari in present day Uzbekistan. He is said to have travelled continuously till the middle of the 15th century when at last he settled in Mumbai. One day he saw a lady on the road sitting with an empty vessel and crying badly. On being asked by him, the lady replied that her husband will thrash her when she reaches home as she had dropped all the oil she had bought on the road. The peer asked her to take him to the spot where she had dropped the oil and then he just touched the mud and the oil came back to the vessel the lady was bolding. Later that night the peer had a dream in which lord appeared and told him that he was very angry with his deed. This is when the peer out of remorse fell ill and instructed his followers to carry his coffin till the Arabian Sea and on the way he died. Surprisingly after his coffin was floated, it came back and got stuck around the islets near the shore. This is where the haji Ali Dargah was constructed about 500 meters away from the Worli Coast. The Qawwalis or the religious songs sung here by Muslim artistes are soulful and magically refreshing.
01. The Dargah is a tomb and a mosque that is named after Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, one of the greatest muslim saint of his time.
The next stop after talking to the taxi driver was Haji Ali. I don't know the history behind it (Better read about it). It's full of crowd. Devotes keep on coming the whole day. It was afternoon when we had reached their. The view is beautiful when one walks towards the Dargha and I believe the view becomes more beautiful and peaceful in evening during sunset. I would suggest to go there around 4-5 pm and have some time in your hand so that you can enjoy the sunset and live the moment. Don't forget to eat and drink milkshakes and deserts from the shop next to the way where Haji Ali starts, it's on the main road only.One thing, as you know Bombay is a huge city it requires a lot of traveling from one place to another. While on my way to Hajji Ali for the first time in my life I had seen sea. I don't have words to express my feelings, what I would suggest is that being in that moment. Also talk to local people or taxi drivers they are the best people to tell you about the city and will suggest a lot of things. Not only this they will share their experiences, challenges encountered by them on daily bases. The next stop was Laxmi Temple just next to Hajji Ali. I don't know much about the temple, the cab driver suggested us to visit so we did. I am not a religious person. But i believe that one should visit places that do not excite them, who know what’s waiting for you there. Surprises are best.
People of all religions are welcomed into the mosque which means it can get busy at times. Despite this it's a calm, peaceful place to visit and the whitewashed building itself is quite impressive. There's also a nice view of Mumbai from behind the mosque. Marine Drive and The 'Queens Necklace'
2) Haji Ali Dargah
The Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most iconic insignias of secularism in Mumbai. A fantastic example of the Indo-Islamic architecture, the Dargah was constructed in 1431 and contains the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. The journey all the way to the shrine is an experience in itself, since the dargah is located in the middle of the Worli Bay. The causeway to reach the dargah is about a kilometre long but is not broad, and hence ends up getting submerged during the high tides making the dargah completely inaccessible during those times. Like most Muslim shrines, this structure is also whitewashed and the tomb on the inside is covered with the trademark red and green blanket.6 PM
1:30pm - Sea-shore, Haji Ali: I am walking along the coast, and suddenly, a little kid emerges from among the rocks below, playing and skipping rocks randomly. I would think twice before skipping these rocks. Seeing him, though temporarily, all of my weariness vanishes in a giffy.
It is located in East Mumbai and is popular because of the Elephanta caves,which is carved completely out of rock and is about 10kms from the east coats of Mumbai.
An hour-long ferry ride from the Gateway of India across the Arabian Sea will transport you to this exquisite island in the Mumbai Harbour. The Elephanta caves are rock-cut cavities the style of which is connected to the cult of Shiva. You can also take it as an opportunity for a one day trip near Mumbai. On arrival, you will also come across a local flea market during the uphill trek. If you want to laze around, take a walk around the island or simply lounge on the warm sand by the beach. This is one of the best picnic spots near Mumbai.Timings: You need to take a ferry to reach this island. The first ferry to Elephanta caves leaves at 9am and the last one leaves at 2pm. Credit- Flickr
Gateway of India is the only accessible route to Elephanta Caves. If travelling by local, then CST is the station from where you can travel upto Gateway by cab. From the back of the Gateway, one can purchase a ticket for 2 way journey availing boat service for Rs 180. The last boat to leave from Elephanta Caves is 5.30pm, please note.The boat ride is a full 1 hr 15 mins journey. On the way only things to do are munch chips and feed the sea gulls, chat n gossip, click pictures or fall asleep!
As it was already sunny there, we decided to go check Elephanta caves first, so we headed towards the ferryboat dock. We got into one, and the ferry journey started which lasted for one hour, surrounded by water. Seeing the mighty boats, the birds swinging around. Well two photographers together, we had to do a bit of clicking. And we did capture some awesome moments.
While travelling in India, you can’t help but notice that there are many unexplored parts of the Indian terrain that will leave you breathless. I have travelled to the north and south of the country and at every step, I find a slight change in my surrounding. These changes are either related to the weather conditions, food items and topography. Many aspects of India have not yet been commercialized and you can still find natural beauty here. When it comes to exploring the Indian caves not many might pop up in your head. Apart from religious caves like Vaishno Devi and Amarnath, Ajanta, Ellora and Elephanta caves are the ones that we are very well aware of. Let me throw some light on a few caves of India that are not so famous yet beautiful:
From railway station pathway towards cave started. During that i found many local vendor who were selling artifacts from sea shells and statue of indian artifacts. You don't worry about food there are many stalls and restaurant where you can take meals from veg to Non- veg sea food. There were one restaurant near ticket window of caves supported by Maharashtra Tourism Development corporation (MTDC). Really they serve tasty food in reasonable price. Chilled beer also available there so say cheers to Elephanta.
Now our boat reached near to elephanta island. here you can found many other passenger boats passed through island. At port there is mini train service is available which take you near of entrance of cave ticket window. From that station you should start walking in whole trip. It like trekking trip. During that time don't forget to taste spicy sour but tasty appetizers from local vendors.
If you have not visited Elephanta Island off the coast of Mumbai, you have not truly experienced the culture, historicity and beauty of India. The island is home to the mystical Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is not difficult getting to the island from downtown Mumbai. Foreigners visit this place in large numbers because it is a gateway to the distinct cultures and religion of our country, the caves have preserved this heritage in the most wonderful manner and that is why people from far far away visit this place to get a better insight of what it is . There are a number of stalls on the islands which specialize in the trade of idols, handicrafts, local material, and several other stuff which are manufactured locally by the people who are inhabitant of that place. One thing in particular which is indelible is the ferry ride or cruise ride which one takes from the Gateway of India. The ride is one hell of a journey as the route through which the ferry goes is quite scenic and incredible. On the route one gets to see different big ships docked on the dockyards. The ride is something one can always cherish always as it is quite different from the daily traditional modes of transport which people take to reach their destinations.So,Whenever you visit Mumbai, and precisely the Gateway Of India, try to visit this wonderful place situated on an island and explore something which is beyond the reach of many people.For more detailsAnjalisahrawat21@gmail.comAlso, don't forget to share your experience after paying a visit. Wish you an amazing trip xD
From gate way of india, i got ticket for elephanta caves in 150 rs up & down. Interestingly, the ticket person did try to judge me & suspected i am a terroist(OK i am exaggerating) because i was alone. But that kind off says a thing about how people around fear i think. It was half an hour ferry to reach & then a few stairs to climb up. One need to buy ticket since it is UNESCO site.
This is one such place where one gets to see multiple caves in just one trip. The place, being a world heritage now, is well maintained. The feeling one gets after reaching this place is priceless if you are a history lover. Apart from visiting the caves, one also gets a chance to trek Canon hill situated on this island. Travelling part is also an adventurous one as the only way to get into this island known as Gharapuri island is through sea. So the view one gets while leaving the Gateway of India, crossing another tiny island called as Butcher island (controlled by Navy), to the fascinating view of sea and hills while approaching this island is totally a rich experience. Take a toy train after reaching the island which takes you till the footsteps of the caves. One has to then climb 120 steps to reach the caves. Overall a visit to this place is an enthralling one.
This island harbors the famous caves which are dedicated to the worship of the Deities of Hinduism. Previously known as Gharapuri (meaning "The City Of Caves"), the island was subsequently renamed as "The Elephanta Island" by the Portuguese, during the start of their colonial rule in India. The images of the Deities have been carved out on the cave walls and are a subject of great interest among archaeological scholars and researchers. The skill and dedication of the builders can be estimated from these sculptures as well as the other intricate designs on the walls and pillars of the cave. It brought to my mind, the impression of a temple. In fact, if you want, you are still allowed to light an earthen lamp (as is the style) in front of the Shivling. There is no reason to be extra careful (while inside the caves) as there are no underground tunnels or hidden stairways.
Gharapuri is the name by which Elephanta caves were known prior to the arrival of Portugese. The present name can be attributed to the stone structure of elephant which was carved out of stone. From then the island came to be known by the name Elephanta caves.
This beach is one of the most popular as well one of the most post beaches of the country. You can find many celebrity houses and bungalows on the beachfront. This is also a favored location for movie shootings. This is not an ideal beach to swim as the place is very crowded. You can rather enjoy other activities here such as beach games, cricket matches, small picnics, horse and donkey rides, etc. The largest Koli community of Maharshtra stays in a place known as Versove which is at the northern end of the Juhu Beach.
Juhu Beach is one of the most famous and most visited beach in Mumbai. This is one of the best places to visit in Mumbai with friends. A long walk along the seashore, watching the sunset along the lighting of the city, feeling the breeze on your face and waves rippling across your feet, some romantic time with your partner enjoying very delicious Golgappas, Chat masala, Bhelpuri, Ragda pattis, Dahi puri, Faluda, Kala Khatta gola and a long list of food items can ensure you the best time with your partner.How to reach: This beach can be reached from Andheri, Vile Parle, Santa Cruz west railway station. From here, you can take an auto or local bus to Juhu beach.Timings: The beach stays pretty crowded throughout the day. If you want to ditch the crowds, go to these beaches early morning to catch a glimpse of the beach at its best!6. Nariman Point
While living in busy cities close to the beaches, we rarely visit the beach area at the time on the verge of Sunset. The Magic Hour, is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky. This nature's phenomenon is a visual treat for people living on or visiting the beaches towards the western coastline of any country in the world. The picturesque view can be observed from everywhere on the beach possible, but is more prominent from a certain height and distance from the beach, so that the shadows and the reflection can be observed carefully and registered to the eye nerves more prominently. With a perfect time, a perfect mood, a perfect gadget, a perfect battery and a perfect timing,I happen to freeze this moment with two friends enjoying their breezy stroll at the Juhu Beach, Mumbai.(ref location: on the backside beach are of Novotel and the the Sun and Sand Hotel).Next time, don't forget to take a walk (with your loved one!) to the beach on the western coasts next time during the evening.If you've done, or have seen, please do let me know to share your moment of happiness!
If you're the adventurous kind, you can go for a stroll on Juhu Beach. The wind will be cold and the ambience will be authentic Mumbaiya. Just sit here for a couple of hours and find yourself engulfed by the spirit of Mumbai.
It is the most famous beach of Bombay.Many artises like Mahesh Bhatt,Salim-Suleman and many others have their offices here.Many famous bollywood personalities' house is also present here like that of The Bacchans,Kishore Kumar,Anil Kapoor,Rani Mukherjee and many others.
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