Featured Image Caption: Mumbai History Part 3
While we’ve delved deeper into Mumbai’s business core, the film industry and all the aspects which make Maximum City tick, we should also focus on the tourism sector which is a thriving industry in Mumbai. Thousands of people descend to Mumbai every year for exploring the unique arts and culture of the city and also to visit nearby weekend destinations which are some of the most popular in the country. Mumbai is popular for its beaches and promenades, notably Marine Drive where the Queen’s Necklace can be viewed at night and also the Worli Seaface in tandem with Juhu and Marve Beaches and also the Bandra Bandstand which is located near the homes of Shah Rukh Khan, Farhan Akhtar and many other celebrities. Other popular destinations in Mumbai include the Bandra Talao, Powai Lake and Vihar Lake.
For those looking for some recreation with the entire family, there is Adlabs Imagica and Essel World along with the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Mumbai also offers easy access to several famous caves and forts including the world-famous Elephanta Caves and Kanheri Caves along with the Mahim and Belapur Forts and the Bombay Castle. There is also Castella de Aguada which is a major landmark. The Goregaon Film City will transport you back in time and enamour you with its representation of the film industry which is synonymous with the city at large.
For the spiritually inclined, there’s always Haji Ali, Mumbai’s instantly recognizable landmark and of course, the Mahalaxmi Temple nearby. There is also the Mount Mary Church, St. Thomas Cathedral, ISKCON Temple and the famous Siddhivinayak Temple. The Gateway of India is a major draw for tourists and was built in the year 1924. The Taj Palace and Tower Hotel is another major landmark of the city which is located just alongside. There are several heritage buildings in Mumbai that you will absolutely adore including the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Prince of Wales Museum in Kala Ghoda, Bombay High Court and Horniman Circle buildings in Fort.
Kala Ghoda is one of the biggest art hubs in the country and is filled with museums, galleries, art hubs and cultural zones. The Banganga Tank is the oldest place in the city which is inhabited continually and is considered sacred by Hindus. Legend goes that walking around the Banganga Tank infuses purifying and healing benefits into one’s system. The Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat is a spectacle to behold when you see how laundry from all over the city is washed here by thousands of washer men or dhobis. Mumbai is also the gateway to several other attractions including Ajanta and Ellora Caves, hill stations like Lonavala, Khandala, Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar and seaside retreats like Gorai and Alibaug. Mumbai’s weather remains pleasant for the most part of the year and you will enjoy the city’s effervescent cultural potpourri while on your trip. Additionally, you can also visit the homes of famous Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and others if you happen to be an ardent fan along with checking out the biggest and costliest private residence in the country, Antilla owned by Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man.