Chowpatty beach is not only a beach for Mumbai but it is heart of
the city. This beach does not mean sunbathing and surfing. Chowpatty
is a place where meetings were organised during the freedom
GateWay Of India
When a visitor comes to Mumbai by sea he sees a 26 m high structure.
This structure is called the Gateway of India. It is the icon of
Mumbai. It was designed by Wittet and is built in the 16 th century
architectural style of Gujarat. Gateway of India was built to
commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in
Built in the English Gothic Style the building of Mumbai High court
certainly meant to impress the native of might and justice of
Britishers. The attractive building was built in 1878. The main
structure rises 54.2 m in height and is surmounted by the statues
representing Justice and Mercy. It seems that one of the local stone
carver had something else in his mind and carved a blind ape as the
statue of Justice.
The Jain temple built in white marble is dedicated to Adinath the
first tirthankara or apostle of Jains. The temple is decorated with
paintings depicting incidents from the life of Tirthankaras. The
first floor of the temple is particularly dedicated to Parasnath.
His image has been carved out in black marble and images of planets
adorn the ceiling as given in the Hindu mythology.
It is here that Gandhiji stayed during his visits to Bombay between
1917-34. This place has been converted into a memorial and a small
museum has been made. The museum displays pictures and books related
to the life of Gandhiji. There also a small library. Near Mani Bhawan
is August Kranti Maidan from where Gandhiji declared the Quit India
movement in 1942.
The Hanging gardens or Ferozshah Mehta Gardens were laid in 1881 on
top of a reservoir on the Malabar Hills. This place has become a
heaven for dating couples nevertheless the place provides a good
view of the city. Nearby is the Kamla Nehru park. From the park one
can have the best possible views of the Marine drive and the
Chowpatty beach. The Kamla Nehru park was laid in 1952 and was
developed mainly as a childrens' park.
Of Wales Museum
Another structure to commemorate the visit of King George V. The
building is build in Indio Sarcenic style and is set in an well laid
ornamented garden. The central hall boasts of a huge dome which is
believed to be inspired by the Golgumbaz. The museum was opened in
1923 and has an impressive collection of artifacts from Elephanta
island, Jogeshwari Caves,
This aquarium was opened in 1951 and has a very interesting
collection of marine and fresh water specimens. The aquarium was
constructed at a cost of eight lakh and has shell & shell craft
and fishery byproducts on display. A pipeline brings water from the
sea directly for the marine species.
This mosque is located in the causeway protruding into the Arabian
sea. The white mosque is the tomb of Saint Haji Ali. Haji Ali was a
wealthy Muslim who renounced the world and proceeded to Mecca. It is
said that he died in Mecca and the casket miraculously drifted and
came to the spot where the mosque is built toady. The mosque can
only be approached during low tide.
Juhu again is a
beach which is not for sunbathing or swimming. The beach is lined by
Bungalows and high rise apartments which have now become part of the
land scape. Juhu beach is a crowded place with animal rides,
balloons, acrobats, monkeys and cricket being played on the beach
Eight km from the center of the city is located a center which tells
about the universe. the Nehru planetarium is engaged in recreating
image of the sky as seen from any where on the Earth any time. It
unfolds the mysteries of the cosmos. They also screening regular
film shows on the outer space which are of particular interest for