The architectural design of the Gateway of India is done in the Indo-Saracenic style, along with Muslim architectural styles incorporated when it comes to the archways.
Timings: Can visit anytime
Price: No entry fee
The designs are based on medieval Italian models, known as High Victorian Gothic Design, is remarkable. The domes, corridors, arches, and turrets are therefore distinct and prominently archaic. The construction of the building began in 1878, taking up to a decade to complete. Numerous British architects and Indian craftsmen worked day and night to give the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus the definition of what it is today.
This is why the architectural style doesn’t just boast of Victorian style, there’s a distinctive feature of Indian architecture in the building as well, making it one of the attractions in Mumbai for history lovers and architects who love to study the significance of various architectural styles in the building.
The bridge is hailed to be among the few pieces of architectural design that is built on cables with pre-stressed concrete-steel viaducts that hold it in place. The bridge can cater around 37,500 vehicles per day and has drastically reduced the time of travelling between Bandra and Worli by a big margin. It is said to be one of the most breathtaking pieces of architecture that is constructed by the authorities in Mumbai.
The beautiful architectural innovation complements the landscape of blue waters by the Mahim Bay in the city of Mumbai. It has become a tourist attraction because of the wonderful views it offers. Bandra Worli Sea Link is hailed as a perfect combination of natural beauty and a man-made marvel.
While driving through the bridge, it’s just a delight to zip past the stunning scenery and feel the mesmerising sea breeze through the air. The place is also a wonderful getaway for photographers who can always look forward to capture some stunning images in their cameras when they are here.
Especially during the night, it’s a photographer’s paradise as there are lights that enhance the beauty of the bridge. It is considered to be one of the most happening places in Mumbai where you can enjoy a long drive and appreciate the scintillating skyline of Mumbai.
The popular bridge is also known to have made a cinematic appearance when it was shown in the famous Bollywood movie Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. It is a must visit in Mumbai for those who appreciate modern architecture and wish explore some offbeat places in the city.
The foundation stone of Bandra Worli Sea Link was laid down in the year 1999 by the Marathi politician Bal Thackeray. The bridge was built to find a solution to the problem of traffic congestion that occurred during peak hours in the north-southwestern corridor of Mumbai.
Because before the Bandra Worli Sea Link was constructed, there was only one road that connected the western suburbs to Mumbai’s central business district was the Mahim Causeway. Thus, the Bandra Worli Sea Link to provide another route that could be used as an alternative to the Mahim Causeway in Mumbai.
The budgeted expenditure of the project was INR 6.6 billion. Even though the project was mulled to be completed in 5 years, it got to its final stage only in the year 2009-10. The delay was caused due to a number of public interest litigations which also led to an increase in the cost of the bridge to INR 16 billion.
Architecture of Bandra Worli Sea Link:
One of the famous examples of modern architecture in India, Bandra Worli Sea Link was constructed by the Hindustan Construction Company and opened to the public in June 2009. It is known to be the first cable stayed bridge which is constructed over the open Indian seas. This marvel of architecture was constructed with the help of consolidated efforts of engineers from different countries like Egypt, China, Canada, Switzerland, Britain, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and Serbia.
Some of the interesting facts about Bandra Worli Sea Link is that it is made of pre-stressed concrete steel viaducts and the largest pylon which is used here measures a height of 128 metres that reduce gradually in its height. It’s also the first project in Mumbai which is built using seismic arresters that makes it capable of resisting earthquakes measuring upto 7.0 on the Richter Scale.
One of the best features of Bandra Worli Sea Link is that it helped in reducing the travel time to just 7-10 minutes which took about 45 minutes to an hour before. The bridge is also proposed to link the parts of western Mumbai with Nariman Point to make it easy for the citizens to visit the main business centre.
The beach is usually less crowded and is extremely pleasant to visit in the evenings. The Mandwa beach is located close to the Kihim beach, which is equally beautiful. Among the other beaches of Mumbai, this is one of those Mumbai tourist places that you can visit to get away from the hullabaloo of the metropolitan.
You can reach the place via a ferry that you can get from Mumbai. This famous weekend beach destination is a hit among the locals and tourists alike, basking in the sun and relaxing by the clear blue waters of the Arabian Sea is a treat nobody wants to give a miss. Come here for a wonderful time.
Juhu has superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s sprawling bungalow and if you are lucky, you can spot some celebrities jogging in the morning on Juhu Beach. Besides, you can also take a leisurely stroll on the beach for an infinite sense of peace and quiet and also this beach is perfect for enjoying the Mumbai nightlife.
TV serial shoots are common on the beach and if you happen to visit, you will notice popcorn vendors, street food stalls, and toy sellers among many. The beach stretches for about six km and becomes crowded on public holidays and during weekends. The horse carriages offer fun rides along the beach for a fee while dancing monkeys, acrobats, vendors, and beach cricket catch your attention.
Juhu Beach is full of life during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival when disciples carrying the Ganapati idol walk in a grand procession and immerse the deity in the waters of the Arabian Sea.
Location: Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049, India
Timings: Open 24 hours.
Price: There is no entry fee to access the beach. It is free.
The Nehru Science Centre in Mumbai is an extremely popular attraction in Mumbai for science lovers. This amazing initiative lets you get a glimpse into the world of science and technology that is informative, interesting, and full of knowledge for the young and old alike. There are more than 500 interactive projects at the centre that help you learn about the principles and laws of kinetics, sound, mechanics, energy etc.
A lot of workshops, seminars, meetings, and exhibits are held at the Nehru Science Center from time to time. The centre also has a lot of artefacts that
depict the several achievements of mankind in the field of science and technology.
There are also three-dimensional shows you can attend at the Nehru Science Centre; there are two such shows which are called Grand Canyon Adventure and Monsters of the Deep. You can see mythical underwater monsters in Monsters of the Deep. There is also a well-kept library which houses more than 10000 books and up to 300 films on science and technology.
Owned by EsselWorld Leisure Private Ltd., the amusement center has been exquisitely built over sprawling acres of land and brings to you numerous exciting rides, different theme parks, dancing zones, gaming facilities, and several other entertaining activities.
Alongside, lies the Water Kingdom which serves as an ideal summer destination. It attracts visitors from all over the country across different age groups and offers them a sheer pleasure. There are rides for all age groups and a visit to Essel World will certainly not be disappointing for you. The beautifully designed theme park with its impressive landscaped interiors is sure to leave you in absolute awe.
Location- Gorai Road, Borivali West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400091.
Timings- 10.30 am to 6.30 pm daily. However, hours might differ on weekends.
Price- Adult and child entry fee costs Rs 390. The entry price to the water park ranges between Rs 865 to Rs 1710 according to age and height.
Marine Drive is even known as Sonapur. This beautiful tourist destination is also popularly called Queen’s Necklace as the sparkling streetlights along the huge coastline appear like a chain of stunning pearls at night, creating a virtual picture of an elegant necklace and it is one of the best places to experience Mumbai nightlife.
Marine Drive is visited each day by the locals as well as tourists, who come here to experience a break from their monotonous life and breathe some fresh air. The residents of the place flock here in the morning and evening to take their regular walks, jog, and do some simple exercises. Tourists visit the spot to experience the natural beauty of the place, indulge in photography, and enjoy some local food items of the city. People also prefer staying up at Marine Drive late at night and spend a good time in this peaceful and calm environment.
It is believed that Marine Drive is the pride of the ‘City of Dreams’ and the city is incomplete without this mesmerizing spot. The magic of this place adds a charm to the entire city of Mumbai and propels people from all corners of the world. The beauty of this destination is so popular that many travelers land up at Marine Drive as soon as they reach Mumbai for their vacation.
That being said before you plan your visit to Marine Drive it is worth knowing the history of this place and what the destination has in store for its visitors.
The planetarium was designed by famous Indian architect JM Kadri. Ever since its construction, the Nehru Planetarium has been a centre of interest for students, scientists, and aspiring astronomers. There are also shows held at the planetarium on a regular basis. Some popular shows such as Tryst and Destiny, Mahatma - The Eternal Light, The Wonders of the Universe, Invaders of Mars, etc have been attracting visitors for a very long time.
The Nehru Planetarium features a white dome, which is stunningly spectacular, along with the building’s cylindrical structure. The architecture of the Nehru Planetarium is something to marvel at. The popularity of the planetarium is because of its educational and cultural activities, as well as architecture.
Location: Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Lotus Colony, Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
Entry fee: INR 60 (adult), INR 40 (child)
Timings: 12 PM-4.30 PM everyday
Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 4.7 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central
Formerly known as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum happens to be the earliest museum built in the Indian city of Mumbai.
Established back in the year 1855, the structure was first used as a storehouse of industrial and decorative arts. However, in the year 1975, it was renamed in honor and memory of the great scholar, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad. The museum was opened for public visits in the year 2008.
Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum displays the early craftsmanship and art of the early residents of Bombay. The museum manifests the rich cultural heritage of Mumbai through decorative and fine art.
Some important primitive objects that visitors can see in the museum include small clay models, costumes, copper and silverware, lithographs, maps, photographs, dioramas, and rare books that highlight important tidbits about life in the city from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries.
The museum also has a manuscript of the well-known Arab poet Hatim Tai, which dates back to the seventeenth century.
You can also find the historic Kala Ghoda figurine placed inside the museum. Just outside the building, a monolithic elephant sculpture discovered from the water body originating from Elephanta Island has been installed.
Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum is frequently visited by history buffs, experience seekers, photographers, and education enthusiasts. Visitors can stroll inside the mesmerizing museum and admire the crafts and artifacts.
They can also explore the fascinating stones placed outside the building. Travelers can even explore the backyard of the museum, where some small bookstores and cafés are present. In addition, they can also experience the fun events and activities occasionally organized here.
Film City was built in 1911, under the guidance of veteran actor and producer V. Shantaram. The total area of the place is about 520 acres, built according to the outlines of the film city in California. The film city has elaborate sets of villages, mountains, mansions, gardens, fountains, streams, cities etc. More than 900 Hindi movies and Hindi serials have been shot in the Film City of Mumbai.
The studios are well equipped, complete with the electronic items necessary for shooting and extremely sophisticated instruments that give the kind of quality to the shows shot here, making Bollywood top in the game in the country.
Offering a wide range of amusements in the form of countless options for dining, shopping, and much more, this is one of the finest places to visit in Pune at night with family.
Whether you are interested in stuffing your travel bag with some surprisingly inexpensive clothes, trying on the latest styles at designer boutiques, or teasing your taste buds with authentic Indian delicacies, this place has it all.
Location: Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Mumbai
Timing: 9 am to 10 pm
Price: No entry fee
The state-of-art technology at the Snow World is such that you get to witness the bliss of Kashmiri snowfall in the financial capital of India. Engineers of the Snow World have tried their best to maintain the mercury level below minus 10 degree celsius.
So, spare some time from your schedule and indulge in snowy adventures like ice skating and sledging. If still your child craves for something more, lead him towards the Snow Dance Arena to witness the realistic rainfall. Watch your child building his own dream snow castle here or set him free to perform his favorite snow dance.
From beginner to veteran, this world of snow has experiences for one and all. There are guides near every snow activity here to guide you with the basics to your comfort and convenience.
Apart from enjoying it with your family, you may bring in your companions or your school kids and have a moment of joy with them. It is also a great place to organise your child’s first birthday or encourage his academic excellence here. Snow World, Mumbai has also been a place for corporate events in the past.
Activities and Things to Do at Snow World Mumbai
Enjoy the bliss of natural snowfall –
Are you unable to plan your Kashmir visit? Snow World in Mumbai brings you an exciting opportunity to experience the magical touch of snow at your hometown. Surprise your loved ones with a snowy tour on their birthdays with the chilling adventure rides right in Mumbai.
Slide on a speeding rubber tube at -10 degrees Celsius –
Slide along the curves and slopes of the speeding rubber tubes from a height of 100 feet. Having a jungle view in its backdrop, it forms the most picturesque spot for some candid moments.
Throw snowballs at your friends or siblings at the snow play area –
There’s a snow play area inside the Snow World where you can live your childhood days. Wear your snow jackets and step in the play area to throw some soft snowballs at your family, friends and relatives. Here too, you can ask someone to click some candid moments to cherish your family time.
A little flavour of adrenaline adventure –
How does it sound to sledge, board or skate on the snowy land? Although it might seem like an easy task, there’s a little chance of slipping over the ice. Make sure that you follow the instructions thoroughly to experience a snow adrenaline adventure. Once you understand the tips and tricks here, you can make your adventure a challenging one!
There are several species of fish here, such as damselfish, butterfly fish, tiger fish, angelfish, moss, sea urchins, sea cucumber, marine eels, tube worms, tangs, batfish, puffer fish, tangs, jellyfishes, orandas etc that make this aquarium a highly diverse collection of marine life. There are a total of thirty-two tropical tanks in the building.
You can also see several species of freshwater and marine plants such as water lilies. There is also a fish spa and touch pool, where you can dip your feet in the water and the fish eat away the dead skin off your feet (at the fish spa), and you can touch sea urchins, turtles, sea cucumbers in the touch pool.
Timings: 10.30AM-8.00PM (weekdays), 10.00 AM-8.00 PM (weekends)
Price: INR 40 (adults), INR 20 (student), INR 30 (child)
Vihar Lake is the largest lake in Mumbai. It is located within Sanjay Gandhi National Park near Vihar village on the Mithi River. The lake was built from 1856 to 1860 by the British government to overcome the drinking water woes of the people of southern Mumbai. It gets its water from The Powai-Kanheri hill ranges in the catchment area.
Today, the lake meets about 3% of Mumbai's drinking water needs and has evolved into one of the most alluring picnic spots in Mumbai. The scenic beauty of the lake makes it a great spot to hang out with friends and family and enjoy some Kodak moments with a picture-perfect backdrop. In the evenings, eateries, restaurants, and cafes around the lake serve piping hot food taking every visitor to the lake on a food tour.
This beautiful lake has a dense population of Khair trees that invite a lot of migratory birds. It looks glorious during the monsoon season. A creepy fact about Vihar Lake is that it is indeed filled with a good number of freshwater crocodiles, also known as Mugger or Marsh crocodiles.
One can visit the Crocodile Park near the lake to witness these reptiles in various sizes and forms. Also, the lake has strong currents when full and hence, visitors are strictly warned from venturing into the waters here. Entry to Vihar lake is restricted since 1993, and one needs to seek prior permission from the authorities of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
The best part of this heritage building is its construction. It has one of the most intricate design work and it truly displays extraordinary artisanship. The architecture is a clever blend of both Indian and British marvels. The garden spread all around the Museum adds to its beauty.
The museum is famous for one more reason. It holds more than 50000 artefacts, artworks, and sculptures that display the rich cultural heritage of India. Since it has been in the air close to a century, there have been a number of renovations, which has increased the beauty of the structure and has opened doors for newer galleries and artworks. It now features artworks of many Hindi deities, traditional textiles, and age-old Indian costumes.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya has been awarded as the Grade I Heritage Building of the city and the first prize in Urban Heritage Award by the Indian Heritage Society. The museum was renamed as 'Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya' from “Prince Wales Museum’ in order to memorialize the founder of the great Maratha Kingdom - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Let’s get to know more about this amazing tourist destination in the heart of Mumbai city.
Location - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is located near Kala Ghoda Fort on Mahatma Gandi Road, Mumbai.
Timing - The museum remains open from 10:15 AM - 5:00 PM on all days except Monday.
Price - The entry fee of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is INR 30.
Located in the very heart of Mumbai, the Dharavi slum stretches between two of Mumbai’s major rail lines, which is what makes it such a convenient location to travel for work for the folk who live here. In a city where rents are sky high, Dharavi offers rather low rent for people who move into the city.
You can find a room complete with a cooking gas and a small colour TV for as low as 185 rupees a month. Dharavi has many small-scale businesses thriving, manufacturing everything from garments to pots and pans. The products are sold in local as well as international markets, where they are exported.
The annual turnover for these products is as much as 650 million dollars a year. Visit Dharavi to see the lifestyle of those living here, for it is not every day you get to step inside Asia’s largest slum.
Each statue is surrounded by the necessary ambience to give the statue and its theme a complete look and feel. Any individual can pose with the statues in the museum. The museum was constructed over a period of five years after which it opened its doors to the public in December 2016. The wax museum is one of a kind monument in the city of Mumbai, so make sure you drop by and catch a glimpse of it.
While the whole ambience, which is carefully designed by respected Canadian designers named White Water West Industries, is amusing and eye-catching for youngsters in your family. The limestone architecture and carved out idols of Lord Shiva and his family like Lord Nataraja are impressive and transports the beholder to a mix of traditional and modern outlook.
In fact, the owner Arun Kumar of Muchhala Magic Land Pvt. Ltd. runs this park with utmost sincerity that has bagged 6 Limca Book of Records awards for the longest Asian man-made fiberglass cave, which you can experience as you enter the arena of this water park. The entrance is wide and illusionistic.
There are two giant mermaids on either side to welcome, and later on, the museum of fountains might also splash water on you. This eventually increases excitement when you have just entered the premises to explore the gamut of safe, secure, and fun water slides inside.
Suraj Water Park Attractions Pass Types:Kids: (Height between 3’.6” to 4’.6”) - INR 650
Kids (Height below 3’.6”) - No Entry Fee
Adults (Height above 4’.6”) - INR 800
Rides and Attractions at Suraj Water Park:
1. The Mermaids: Visiting the Suraj water park is always welcomed by the two mermaid statues that have a height of 24 ft.
2. Lord Shiva Idol: Just a few steps beyond the entrance, the traditional décor of this water park emerges in the form of Lord Shiva and his family idols. The large Har Har Ganga idol is effervescent. It depicts how holy Ganga emanates from Lord Shiva’s mane.
3. The Fun Of 16 Rides: The Suraj Water Park has around 16 rides. Some of which are:
-Nanga Tal: A small pool for children to relax and enjoy.
-Rainbow Slide: This is one of the vertical slides. There are many pipes in the zigzag manner of different colours for the riders to zip through.
-Ding Dong Sing Song: It is another famous vertical slide with circular pipes.
-Wave Pool: A giant pool area where families and kids can relax and enjoy the sea waves if they are not in a mood of any thrilling ride.
4. Shower of Fountains: Around the entrance of the Suraj Water Amusement Park, visitors can find fountains spraying cool water around and on them. This is fun, and kids squeal while passing by.
5. Museum: Another attraction to keep in mind while visiting this amusement park is the museum of old and ancient rocks. This is a wonderful tourist attraction for selfies and spending quality time together with your group
6. Surajgarh Village Park: Parties or family functions are held here at a moderate rate for people wanting to host different ceremonies.
History and Architecture of Suraj Water Park:This recreational paradise houses waterpark and amusement park inside. It was dedicatedly designed by Canadian designers named White Water West Industries. However, it is fully-owned and governed by Mr. Arun Kumar Mucchala through his organization named Muchhala Magic Land Pvt. Ltd.
The entire park is spread across 5 km and has a tremendous choice of rides and attractions inside. Even parents and families are attracted to it, so they come back to have a great time. The man-made cave, right after the entrance, is actually awarded and recognized by the Limca Book of Records. This was because it is Asia’s longest fibreglass artificial cave that is made by men.
On the other hand, the evocative mermaid figures welcome the guests, leading them to the giant Lord Shiva idol. From here, visitors can see the enactment of the Ganga River flowing from his head. Similarly, the architects of this Suraj Water Park have also installed the idol of Lord Natraja besides Lord Shiva for a traditional impact.
It is, in fact, fair to say that Suraj Water Park has till now won 6 national as well as global awards. The park itself has other amenities like a locker system, shops to purchase a swimsuit, food court, and restrooms.
The zoo is spread over an area of 48 acres, mainly surrounded by Mumbai’s chawls, or homes of the low-income public in the city. The zoo has a clock tower in the very entrance, made in Italian Renaissance style. Although the clock doesn’t tick anymore, the architecture of the clock is one to reminiscence.
Mumbai zoo boasts of some of the oldest trees in the area, that were brought in and planted in the zoo. Mumbai zoo’s aviary has a lot of rare birds, which makes it a hit among the attractions in Mumbai.
The church is known for its architecture, and serene environment. Due to the festivities at the church, you can see tourists crowding the church in the month of September. The church overlooks the sea and is located on a hill, about 260 feet above the ground. The Sanctum Sanctorum in the church has seven steps, leading to a marble altar.
The unique thing about the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount is that it attracts people of many faiths, the majority of which are devout Catholics. Come here to spend a calm and quiet afternoon if you are visiting Mumbai.
The temple was founded in 1801 by a woman called Deubai Patil, who funded and constructed the temple so the lord may grant her a child, and that other women like her may be blessed with children. The lake which is located right next to the temple was dug in the nineteenth century to counter the issue of water shortage in the area.
The Siddhivinayak Temple is often visited by celebrities, actors, producers, and directors alike, who go to seek the Lord's blessings before their movies release. The temple opens very early in the morning, as the morning aarti begins at 5.30am and the temple closes at 9.50 at night. The timings of the temple vary according to the festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi.
The whole edifice including the white-colored dome and minarets portrays the Indo-Muslim or Mughal architecture. Built amidst the sprawling 4,500 sq. m. picturesque surroundings, Haji Ali Dargah comprises a Masjid, the tomb of the Sufi saint Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, a Qawwal Khana, and a three-story sanatorium. A 700-yard long walkway connects the Dargah to the shore.
The visitors will feel thrilled as the waves from the Arabian Sea lap against the walkway, as there are no railings on either side. When the tides are high, the whole causeway gets submerged underwater. During this period, the mausoleum appears to float on the water with no connection to the mainland.
The Dargah Sharif adorned in pristine white color on the outside stands in the middle of the marble laid central courtyard. Inside the Sharif lies the mausoleum of Haji Ali draped in an elaborately woven exquisite rug, mostly in red, green and golden colors (chaddar) and intricately designed zari cloth. The tomb is enclosed on all sides by silver fame and is flanked by eight marble pillars supporting the crown at the top.
The marble ceiling of the main hall is decked with multi-hued mirrors forming patterns and inscribed with 99 names of Allah. Verses from Quran Sharief are also engraved on the ceilings and walls of the main hall. Three prayer halls encircle the main hall on East, West, and South sides, of which East hall is reserved for men and West hall for women to say their prayers.
Approximately 10 -20 thousand people of all religions, faiths, and regions visit the Dargah to seek the blessing of the legendary saint. The numbers increase considerably during Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Lakhs of devotees visit it on the 2nd day of Ramadan and Bakrid Eid. People believe that their desires get fulfilled and wishes granted by the grace of the Saint.
Location: Dargah Road, Hali Ali, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Timings: Open 7 days a week between 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Price: No entry fee
At present, the building is categorized as a grade I heritage building by the government of India and is maintained by the Indian Heritage Society. The planning and construction of the building started in 1905 and was completed by 1914. The museum finally opened to the public in 1922. The museum now sits in a well-maintained garden that further beautifies the heritage building.
The museum has a vast collection of natural history, sculptures, textiles, paintings, Japanese and Chinese antiquities, decorative art etc. The museum also has a vast collection of digital files. If you are a history buff, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is a must visit for you when in Mumbai.
The KidZania centre in Mumbai consists of a realistic replica of a real city- complete with buildings, shops, theatres and malls. It even houses child-sized versions of cars, traffic and pedestrians who move up and down the “streets” of the city replica.
An exciting feature about the place is that the children who enrol there can earn currency known as “KidZo,” which they can deposit in the mock bank in KidZania Mumbai and use it for various activities like buying gifts on the premises.
The children are exposed to practical lessons, real-life situations and real-life experiences in a safe and nurturing environment. It is also a very creative way to learn about practical lessons like money management, production, banking, law and order and much more. Children between the ages of 4 and 16 are allowed to enrol in Kidzania, where they can learn the ropes of adulthood from a very young age.
KidZania Mumbai has over 100 different activities which help children develop useful skills through 60 lifelike establishments in the city. Well-known brands like Coca- Cola, The Times of India, Yes Bank and several others make the experience authentic and relatable for children and helps them in their later life.
Establishments that are unique to the city of Mumbai, such as the Bollywood Acting Academy, Potter Studio and even the lunch box delivery service- Dabbawala are all part and parcel of this hyper-realistic learning experience, which makes for the perfect place for young children.
Location: 3rd floor, North Wing, R City Mall, LBS Road, Amrut Nagar, West Ghatkopar, Mumbai, India.
Timing: Monday to Sunday (10:00 am – 8:00 pm)
Although it is one of the favorite spots of the locals but it is still quite calm and away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. People like to come here for morning walks, jogs, and exercise as the environment is cleaner and greener than other areas.
People come here to rejuvenate amidst the lap of nature and watch one of the perfect sunsets of Mumbai behind the enormous Arabian Sea. Not only that, but the place gives excellent views of South Mumbai, its beaches, and the very elegant Queen’s Necklace.
If you come in the morning, then you can enjoy the views of the tall buildings in the foggy days, and as the day passes and the dusk draws upon, the views of the city lights will astound you with their charm. You can capture all these scenarios in a frame and hang it on the wall of your perfect experiences.
Location: Ridge Rd, Simla Nagar, Malabar Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400006
Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm
Price: The entry in the Gardens is free of cost.
You can also take part in many activities like go-karting, arcades, Funny Bunny, Crazy cup, Frog ride, Super Jet, Giant wheel, Dragon ship Bumpin, etc. The amusement park is situated in the midst of lush green forests and valleys. You will fall in love with the environment here because of the scenic setting and tranquil location.
Tikuji Ni Wadi is also famous for one more reason. It is a picture-perfect place for sumptuous dishes and features some of the top restaurants and cafés offering a wide range of delicious vegetarian dishes of all flavors. You will love to eat surrounded by the tranquil environment and the countryside location.
Tikuji Ni Wadi is also very popular for its Shivratri celebration. It is considered to be the best time to visit the Tikuji Ni Wadi during this time. The park celebrates Shivratri in a grand way by carving out the idol from ice. Let us begin to explore the Tikuji Ni Wadi and know more about what it has in store for the visitors.
Rides and attractions at Tikuji-Ni-Wadi:
Tikuji Ni Wadi is truly a paradise for adventure and water sports lovers. Being situated at a place far away from the city, it is a perfect location for weekend getaways with your family and friends. It is no less than a paradise for nature lovers. It has more than a few nearby beaches and lakes, astounding natural scenery and tranquil environment for leisurely stays. Some of the famous rides and attractions in the water park are:
1. Water Rides: Being an amusement park, the Tikuji Ni Wadi has got loads of fun filled rides for your kids to take part in. Most of the rides in the park are also open for adults. Some of the available water rides in the amusement park are Wave Pool, Lazy River, Giant Slide, Kiddies Pool, Family Pool, Y-Scream, Boomerang, Twisters, Maverick, and Harakiri.
2. Amusement Rides: If you are someone who is not a fan of water sports, then you can certainly take part in the dry rides like Karting, Arcades, Funny Bunny, Crazy Cup, Frog Ride, Super Jet, Giant Wheel, Dragon Ship, and Bumpin.
3. Places of tourist attraction: When you are done with all the activities inside the park, you can head out for a sightseeing trip and visit Tulja Bhavani Temple, Yeoor Hills, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumba Devi Temple, Sagar Vihar Garden, Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, Palm Beach Marg, Mandapeshwar Caves, National Gallery of Modern Art, Siddhivinayak Temple, Kanheri Caves, and Radha Ras Bihari Temple. The surroundings of the park are a true bliss for nature lovers. You would love the place for its abundant greenery and calmness all around.
The architecture of the center has been laid out in Burmese style in honor of Myanmar, a country that has preserved the practice of Vipassana. The dome of Pagoda mimics the Shwedagon Pagoda or Golden Pagoda in Myanmar. The world’s largest stone dome built without any supporting pillars with a height of approximately 29 meters (concerning the height of the building that is 96.12 meters) was built within the periphery of Pagoda in Mumbai. Mr. S. N. Goenka practices meditation and teaching of Budhha in the massive inner dome of Pagoda that can inhabit about 8000 people.
The pioneering values ascertained by Pagoda and its members revolve around Gautama Budhha’s universal teachings of eradication of suffering, and to educate whoever visits, about the sacrifices and life of Budhha, perpetrate his teachings and provide a spiritually liberating environment with relaxing spaces for meditation.
In order to make their sessions renowned worldwide, Pagoda has scheduled ten days of Vipassana meditation courses, free of cost that are held at the meditation center. The guest houses constructed inside the campus make for a homely and comfortable stay for those seeking spiritual enlightenment.
Around the meditation center is a statue of Budhha carved out of a single stone of white marble and painted over to give it a more lifelike appearance. Budhha is seated on a rectangular platform about three feet high that showcases four scenes from Budhha’s life – Birth, Enlightenment, setting the wheel of dhamma in motion, and death of Budhha.
Also, the Gong Tower and Bell Tower in the premises are massive structures reflecting the Burmese architecture with their intricate designs.
Vegetarian food lovers need not despair. There are umpteen choices of vegetarian rolls, shawarmas, chana masala, and varieties of creamy paneer dishes. Those with a sweet tooth love the mawa jalebis, malpuas, fluffy phirnis, and the rich ‘Aflatoon’. Choose from pop-up stalls to single vendors and legendary restaurants as old as 130 years to try foods that you just cannot afford to miss!
The place is a melting pot of movie actors and commoners coming together for the love of exquisite and delicately flavoured food here. Mohammed Ali Road comes alive during the time of Ramzan and is the favoured place to break one’s fast amidst beautifully lit up alleys and people from all faiths gathering together.
Apart from exhibitions, there are various workshops, forums, and discussions on various aspects of education and art that are conducted in the gallery, counting up to 300 shows per year. Furthermore, the construction of this gallery helped strengthen the contemporary art culture in Mumbai. The by-product of which is the annual fest titled the 'Kala Ghoda Festival'.
With the Jahangir art gallery as the host, the festival is extravagantly stretched to 9 days of sheer art with various exhibitions, workshops, and gatherings celebrating the success of art in India.
Looking deeper into the construct of the gallery which has been through quite a few tweaks in the past couple of years, Jehangir Art Gallery homes 4 full-fledged halls mainly, the Exhibition hall, Hirji Jehangir Gallery, Terrace Art Gallery and the Auditorium hall ready to host activities and exhibitions.
All in all, Jehangir Art Gallery is an absolute delight for artists. From an array of shows to a platform for local artists to prove their skills, the art gallery is a monumental establishment in the field of art.
History of Jehangir Art Gallery:
The eminent Jehangir Art Gallery was founded at Kala Ghoda, Mumbai by Sir Cowasji Jehangir, as a dedicatory memorial for his late son B.G Kher. Standing as one of the oldest buildings in the city, the Art Gallery was built in 1952. The gallery has exhibited creations of some of the greatest names including the works of S.H Raza, M.F Hussain, K.K Hebbar, Anjolie Ela Menon and more.
Sitting close to the Prince of Wales Museum, the Art Gallery since its inception has always been folded with travelers and art lovers. Acting as a pioneer, Jehangir Art Gallery which stood as a symbol of art, slowly encouraged other exhibitors to lean towards the art. So various art facilities have been constructed around the gallery making the entire Kala Ghoda area a hubspot for art and sheer creativity.
Interestingly, the wave of promoting contemporary art in the county started in 1988 with the formation of the Bombay Art Society. Taking a step further, in promoting young and growing artists, Sir Jehangir promptly donated towards the notion and established Jehangir Art Gallery. Additionally, prize distribution and rewards for best art which is still practiced has always been there with the facility since its inception.
Architecture of Jehangir Art Gallery:
The primary designer of the Jehangir Art Gallery was Durga Bajpai. The gallery is celebrated as one of the finest and the first conceptualized construction of the city. Since its conception, the gallery has been through a number of changes but the fundamental design stays intact.
The recent positioning of the gallery stands with fully furnished and technologically sound halls, exhibition areas, and auditorium. While the exhibition area is a ginormous 3,700 square feet space, the auditorium also occupies a substantial 2,700 square feet of area.
Top of the line security system, climate control equipment and a hanging wall are just a few examples of the amenities the gallery is fitted with. This instantly makes it a favored place among exhibitors and artists for presenting their creations.
The gallery also holds a library encapsulated with various books on art. It came into existence in 1975 when the committee at the museum discovered that they had gathered a number of unsold art and paintings.
The library holds these and leases them or sells them out, paying the artist and keeping a minimal commission for themselves. Later, a sales and printing room was also erected inside the premise as a medium to deliver visitors with reproductions of books and other forms of art and writings.