triple-arch gateway grandeur at Apollo Bunder, opposite the Taj Mahal Hotel. It
began as a plaster arch in 1911 to welcome George V and Queen Mary to India. The
design is based on 16th century Gujarat style. The arch is in Muslim style while
the decorations are in Hindu style. The stones were locally obtained while the
perforated screens were brought from gwalior . It was then dismantled and rebuilt
in its present form in 1927. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, this majestic monument
is surrounded by gardens and the statue of Chhatrapati
From here one can go by ferry boats around the Harbour and to Elephanta Caves.
Caves are situated on a small island about 11kms from the Gateway of India by
boat. The name Elephanta was given by the Portuguese from a large Elephant Structure
they found there, which is now removed to the Veer Jijamata Udyan. In Hindu mythology
the supreme of God is worshipped in three aspects as Brahama the creator, Vishnu
the preserver and Shiva the destroyer.
In the main cave there are nine carvings. They depict
as King of Dancers
God Shiva as demon killing Andhakar
ceremony of Shiva and Parvati
Descent to Ganges
Shiva as Maheshmurti
Shiva as Ardhnarinateshwar
Parvati in pot (a scene of Kalidas Mountain)
Shiva lifting Kailas
Shiva as an ascetic
order to visit the caves, advance tickets can be had for Saturday and Sundays
a day before.
real name is Sir Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens. It is a beautiful terrace garden landscaped
on top of three water reservoirs. The soil is spread over the tank from 6 inches
to 30 inches. That is why there is no tree here. These are found on the slopes.
The hedges are cut into animal shape and are special features of this garden.It
was built in 1880 and renovated in 1921 to increase its capacity upto 30 million
gallons of water. Water is cleaned and supplied to the entire Mumbai.
is the terminus of Western Railway suburban line. It is four storeyed. There is
underground passage built to cross the road here. Nearby are Eros Theatre located
just opposite and the Industrial Assurance Building on the South-west of the Railway
Prince Of Wales Museum
Museum is 2.6kms away from Churchgate Railway Station. It is one of the best Museum
in India. It is named after the Prince of Wales when King George came to India
as Prince of Wales. He laid the foundation stone of this Building in 1905. The
style and architecture are principally 16th century Muslim. It houses the finest
collection of early Indian miniatures. It is located in the heart of downtown
Mumbai. It is a quite big Museum having three main section i.e. Art, Natural History
and Archaeology. It remains open daily except Mondays. Visiting hours are between
10am and 6pm.
Flora Fountain (Hutatma
This fountain was
buit to commemorate Sir Bartle Frere. Popularly known as Flora Fountain, after
Flora, the Roman goddess, whose statue dominated the impressive structure. Situated
in a square in the heart of the commercial city, surrounded by major banks and
corporate offices, and very near the Bombay Stock Exchange at Dalal Street.
old house on Leburnum rd was Mahatma Gandhi's Bombay house from 1917-34. Now converted
into a shrine in his memory, exhibiting his charpoy (Simple bed), Stick, sandals
and the spinning wheel (Charkha) that he was associated with, Besides the plain
spartan room, there are picture of events from his life, a research library, a
mini-theatre showing films on Gandhi and India's struggle for independence.
This was built in
1955. It is modern style building having six storeyed and Annexe at its back.
It represents novel features of modern architecture and structural engineering.
The office of Maharashtra Government are housed here. Nearby is a very beautiful
structure of Yoga Khesma. Offices of Life Insurance Corporation and all India
Radio are also existing there.
in 1951, along Marine Drive, the largest of its kind in India, houses many varieties
of freshwater and saltwater specimens. On display are sharks, rays and marine
building houses the Discovery of India Exposition and was designed by architect
I M Kadri. The viewer experiences India through the ages with images reaching
three dimensional replicas of major architectural and artistic works. Situated
next to it is the Planetarium (Tel : 4920510) which is the only Astronomical Centre
in Mumbai. Also within the complex are an auditorium and convention centre where
major exhibitions and conventions are organised.
beautiful stepped tank surrounded by 30 temples & 2 hermitages. The steps
were constructed in the Silhara dynasty (810-1240) and the waters rises from an
underground stream to fill the tanks. Legend says that Lord Rama camped here enroute
to Sri Lanka. It is the oldest settlement in Mumbai.
Situated near Kanheri
caves. This Park lies on the east of Borivli Railway Station. Very pleasant holiday
resort and cottages are available on rent. The highlight of the park is Mahatma
Gandhi Sumriti Mandir built on the top of the hill, which commands a beautifull
panormic view of the fast developing suburbs
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