Mumbai travel guide series: Best of Mumbai part 1
Just after my college exams were over, I had to set up a tour to Mumbai to commence Mumbai travel series for “roadaviator”. Also in addition to that, my college faculty is getting married in Mumbai. Therefore a wedding event was also lined up in Mumbai which was “icing on the cake”. So I Finally planned a Mumbai trip with two of my friends to accompanying me in the wedding event. In this trip my Nikon Nikon D5300 24.2MP Digital SLR Camera has played a crucial role and helped me in writing Mumbai travel guide.
Mumbai is the largest city in India and maybe the most populated city of India. Mumbaikars calls it with many synonyms. They call it as a city of dreams especially relevant term for many Indians, as people across India travel here to try their luck to get indulge in its fast-pace and futuristic life. Another thing is that, it is one of the fascinating and diverse cities of India which has dual character; it is materialistic as much as it is ground with the culture and tradition and spirituality of India.
Most of all, Mumbai is also known for Bollywood (meaning India’s Film-city) – one of the largest entertainment sources in the world. Most noteworthy is that, people across India comes here to see especially Bollywood stars like the legend Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Salman khan and many more.
I think Mumbai is probably a complete magnificent state to visit. There is lot more things to do in Mumbai. So lets start or Mumbai travel guide
Mumbai travel Guide:
Gateway of India:
Gateway of India is the most important part of India’s history, as it was constructed in 1924 to welcome King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay. It also symbolizes the spirit of Mumbai as its structure resembles the architectural style of Hindu and Muslim both. Now a days it is one of the most visited sights of Mumbai. Another thing is, you will find many Indian and foreign travelers, photographers are enjoying best time of their life.
I had the most cherish moment of my life while visiting this lovely paradise.
My highest respect to eternal Gateway of India, I bow down because of the situation it handed (26/11). Even if Mumbai had that infamous 26/11 terrorist attack, the tourist’s footfall has never decreased, rather it has increased. You can visit it throughout the year. Yet I would recommend to not travel especially between May to July, it is quite humid and rain is probable.
Beside these things, there is also luxurious Taj hotel and Tajmahal Palace hotel near Gateway of India to see.
Elephanta Cave – paradise for history lover
9 km northeastern side of Gateway of India, in the middle of Mumbai harbor there is another spectacular paradise waiting for you. Yes! It is UNESCO World Heritage site – Elephanta caves at Elephanta Island. Infact, Elephanta Cave is found to be in top most visit list of Mumbai travel guide. Therefore, you will find many ferries plying between Gateway of India to Elephanta island through the deep waters of Arabian Sea. It is a 1-hour ferry ride which will show you the spectacular view of Gateway of India and Taj hotel, harbor and ships. Furthermore, watching the flocks of seagulls-birds is an experience in itself. My Camera Nikon D5300 will say it all about elephanta caves.
Ferry rides runs between 9:00 AM to 5:30 AM and the ticket cost is Rs. 180 per person. May be you have to give another Rs. 10 for upper deck seat.
Finally, a short toy train will take you to cave’s small market…
Coming back to these caves, I think for a history and architecture lover this site has almost everything to remember. First of all, the Elephanta caves are known as “City of Caves” and are constructed in 6th century AD with finest rock-cut art. It has the masterpiece of Lord SadaShiva with Aghora and Vamadev on each side, Trimurti, Nataraja and many more carvings. But it is most noteworthy that there sculptures were destroyed during the Portuguese rule in mid 16th century.
Essence of Elephanta caves:
It is one of the best caves I have ever visited. Through the series of photographs you will get the essence of this holy cave.
Stretched along the 4 km long roadway, Marine drive looks almost like a C-shaped Queen’s necklace. Most of all, it is one of the most beautiful and popular tourist sites because this place shows a totally different Mumbai, a young Mumbai. So, you will find that many love stories starts from here (many couples roam around in the evening).
First of all, you just sit on the slab and look at the splendor waves hitting the tetrapods, consequently capture the essence mesmerizing sunset, feel the cool sea breeze on your face, you will want to lose everything and adore all the happiness around in yourself.
In addition to this experience, I gaze at the flickering Mumbai from marine drive and capture the memorable phenomenon of life.
Furthermore, with the photographic series you will probably fall in love with this city.
Finally, that’s the end of first part of Mumbai travel guide.
Hence, it seems like Mumbai always have something to offer whether it is sunset, or historic monuments, I’ll be there to capture it. I have lot more to share about Mumbai with you people. Have patients and very shortly I’ll publish some more great things to do in Mumbai.
Update: Please have a look at Best of Mumbai part 2 and Mumbai Shrine divine and street food. I would also like to thank Indian Holiday Destination website for liking this post and publishing it on their website.
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