Ideal Trip Duration: 2-3 Days

Base Station: Mumbai

Nearest City to Mumbai: Mumbai

Best Time to Visit Mumbai: September to March

Peak Season: September & December to January

State: Maharashtra | District: Mumbai City

Mumbai Weather: Summer: Maximum - 42°C and Minimum - 17°C
Winter: Maximum - 36°C and Minimum - 7°C

At a distance of 149 km from Pune, 535 km from Ahmedabad, 551 km from Panjim, 993 km from Bangalore, 717 km from Hyderabad, 1420 km from Delhi, Mumbai, the entertainment capital and India's financial powerhouse, is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India and the ninth most populous in the world with an estimated population of 18.4 million. In 2009, Mumbai was named an alpha world city. It is the wealthiest city in India with highest number of billionaires and is also one of the best places to experience the Tourism in Maharashtra.

Mumbai is more affectionately known as the city of dreams. The city is a collection of 7 islands and was named after the goddess Mumbadevi. The history of this metropolis is said to date back to the Stone Age. It has been a part of many major empires including the Maurya, Chalukya and Rashtrakuta as well as Marathas. Being a port city it flourished as a trade route and subsequently came under the Portuguese rule. In 1678 AD, it became the headquarters of the British East India Company and soon became a major international hub for trade, especially in cotton. It became the capital of the Bombay Presidency under the British rule and played an import role in the 'Quit India Movement' and 'The Royal Indian Navy Mutiny'.

Being an ancient city, sightseeing in Mumbai is an absolute delight. Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus), Elephanta Caves, Kanheri Caves, Haji Ali Darga, Siddivinayaka Temple, Juhu Beach, Marve Beach, Marine Drive, Chowpatty, Film City, Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya, Babulnath Temple and Mount Mary Church are some of the popular places to visit in Mumbai city. Mumbai is also famous for fashionable clothes and imitation jewellery.

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the nearest airport which is about 21 km from Mumbai City and is well connected by flights with major domestic and international destinations including Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Jaipur, Kochi, Trivandrum, Kolkata & Goa. Mumbai is the headquarters for Western & Central Railways sectors of Indian Railways. The Victoria Terminus and Bombay Central Station, the two main railway stations in Mumbai, are well connected by trains with all the major towns and cities in India, including Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

The best time to visit Mumbai is between September and March as the rains have finished playing havoc with the city's drainage system and the humidity levels are at their lowest.

OTHER INFO
Internet Availability: Very Good
STD Code: 022
Languages Spoken: Marathi, Hindi and English
Major Festivals: Elephanta Festival, Banganga Festival, Ganesh Chaturdi, Kala Ghoda Festival and Navratri Festival
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HOW TO REACH MUMBAI / BOMBAY


By Air

Nearest Airport: Mumbai - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (21 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (0 Kms)
Mumbai Central Railway Station (4.5 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Mumbai Central Bus Station (4 Kms)
Pune Asiad Bus Terminus (9 Kms)

32 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN MUMBAI / BOMBAY


Historical & Heritage

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus, is the most important train station & heritage building situated in Dadabhai Naoroji Road in Mumbai. Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 2nd July 2004, Victoria Terminus is Mumbai's historical landmark and also one of the top tourist places in Mumbai City.

The Terminus is the 2nd World Heritage Site of the Indian Railways after the Mountain Railways (of Shimla, Darjeeling & Ooty) which was inscribed in 1988, and the first functional administrative building to be put on the World Heritage list. Headquarters of the Central Railways, this station links Mumbai to the rest of India.

Designed by Frederick William Stevens, a British architect, Victoria Terminus is a wonderful example of the Indo-Victorian Gothic architectural style. The construction of this iconic landmark was commenced in 1787 CE to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria and work went on till 1887 CE, when it was finally opened .....


Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 1.5 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and 1 km from Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum, is one of the premier art and history museum situated on the southern tip of Mumbai on the Crescent Site near Gateway of India. The Museum is one of the most significant museums in India and also one of the best Mumbai places to visit.

The Prince of Wales Museum was built in order to honor and commemorate the visit of King George V to India. Although the idea for a museum was initiated in 1904, the foundation stone was laid down by the Prince of Wales in 1905. The Museum was designed by a prominent architect, George Wittet and was erected on this site in 1915. Initially the museum was used as a military hospital and a 'Children's Welfare Center' during the First World War. In 1922, it was transformed into Prince of Wales Museum and was renamed after the founder of Maratha Empire, Shivaji in 1990s.

The .....


Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 1.6 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Jehangir Art Gallery is situated behind Prince of Wales Museum at Kala Ghoda near the Gateway of India in South Mumbai. It is one of the most prestigious art galleries of Mumbai and also one of the popular tourist places in Mumbai.

Built in 1952 AD, the art gallery was founded by Sir Cowasji Jehangir at the urging of K. K. Hebbar and Homi Bhabha. The entire cost of this mansion was donated by Cowasji Jehangir. It was designed by G.M. Bhuta for G.M. Bhuta & Associates, while the building was designed by Durga Bajpai. At present, the gallery is managed by the Bombay Art Society.

Located in the famous Fort area of Mumbai, the Jehangir Art Gallery is a wonderful attraction for art lovers. It has four exhibition halls and serves as both an auditorium and an art gallery. A huge variety of modern Indian art is displayed here. There are also many temporary exhibitions from all over the world. The complex also encompasses .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 4 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Gateway of India is a national heritage monument located at the waterfront in Apollo Bunder area in South Mumbai, facing Arabian Sea. It is considered to be the most famous monument in Mumbai and also one of the main tourist places visited as part of Mumbai Darshan.

The Gateway of India was erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bunder, when they visited India in 1911. Built in Indo-Saracenic style, the foundation stone for the Gateway of India was laid on 31st March 1911. The final design of George Wittet was sanctioned in 1914 and the construction of the monument was completed in 1924. The Gateway was later the ceremonial entrance to India for Viceroys and the new Governors of Bombay.

The architecture of the Gateway is a combination of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles; the arch is of Muslim style while the decorations are of Hindu style. The gateway is built from yellow .....


Beach

At a distance of 4.5 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Chowpatty Beach, officially known as Girgaon Chowpatty, is one of the most famous beaches in Mumbai adjoining Marine Drive in the Girgaon area. This is a popular beach which attracts people of all age groups and also one of the top tourist places in Mumbai.

Chowpatty Beach has been an important center for many celebrations over the years, including Ganesh Chaturthi. During this festival, thousands of devotees gather at the beach to participate in the immersions of the Lord Ganapathi idols in the Arabian Sea. Another popular festival that is held here is Ramlila, which lasts for a period of 10 days. Processions, energetic dance performances and beating of the drums are an integral part of this festival.

The beach is not as famous for activities like sunbathing or swimming as for its street food. Every evening, the beach is crowded by people of all ages, along with food kiosks, ferries and balloon sellers. .....


Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 4.5 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, formerly the Victoria and Albert Museum, is ancient museum situated inside the Jijamata Udyan in Byculla East, Mumbai. The museum earns recognition as the oldest museum in Mumbai and the third oldest across India. It is also one of the best tourist places in Mumbai.

The Victoria and Albert Museum was originally established in 1855 CE as a treasure house of the decorative and industrial arts. The present site of this museum came into existence in 1872 CE, when it was known as Victoria & Albert Museum. It was renamed as Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in 1975 CE to honour the visionary who significantly contributed to its formation. After an extensive restoration process by Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), this museum was opened in 2008.

There are six main sections in this museum, namely Origins of Mumbai, 19th Century Paintings, Industrial Arts, Kamalnayan Bajaj .....


Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 5 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Marine Drive is a 3 km long beautiful road in southern Mumbai of Maharashtra. This is one of the most visited places in Mumbai city and also one of the top tourist places in Mumbai.

It is a C-shaped six-lane road along the coastline of Arabian Sea, forming a natural bay. This road links Nariman Point to Babulnath, and is situated at the foot of Malabar Hill. Officially, it is named as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road. Marine Drive is also referred to as 'Queen's necklace', because the street lights make the road look like a string of pearls and create an illusion of a necklace, when viewed at night from any elevated point along the pathway of the drive.

Promenade is the main attraction of Marine Drive. The view of the sunset over the Arabian Sea from Marine drive is magnificent. The palm trees along the promenade make it more attractive. To the north of the Marine Drive is the Chowpatty Beach, which is famous among .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 5 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Railway Station, Sri Babulnath Temple is an ancient temple situated on a small hillock at the end of the Marine Drive near Girgaum Chowpatty in Mumbai. It is one of oldest temples in Mumbai and also one of the popular pilgrimage places to visit in Mumbai.

Sri Babulnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main Shivlinga and idols in the temple were originally consecrated in the 12th century by the Hindu king Raja Bhimdev of the region. Over a period of time, the temple was buried and lost. The idols were discovered (unearthed) in 18th century. When rediscovered, 5 original idols were dug out, which were that of the main Shiva Linga, Ganesh, Hanuman, Parvati and one more. Out of this, the first four are in the temple. The fifth one was immersed in the sea because it was broken when it was dug out in the 18th century.

The temple was patronised by Hindu merchants and Gujarati community in 1780 CE. A bigger temple was built .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 6 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Haji Ali Dargah is a renowned Islamic shrine nestled on a small island close to the sea shore of Worli in Mumbai. This is one of the most popular religious places in Mumbai and also one of the major Mumbai places to visit.

Haji Ali Dargah was constructed in 1431 CE, in the memory of a Muslim saint Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who hailed from Bukhara, in present-day Uzbekistan. He came to India to spread Islam and eventually settled in Mumbai. Before death, he expressed his wish that he wanted his shroud to be immersed in water rather than being buried underground. His followers obeyed the wish and constructed a tomb at the spot where his shroud rested after floating in the sea.

Although the original dargah is more than 600 years old, its present structure was built between 1960 and 1964. An exquisite example of Indo-Islamic architecture, Haji Ali Dargah complex sprawls over an area of 5000 sq. m and consists .....


Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 3 km from Haji Ali Dargah and 7 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Nehru Science Center (NSC), Mumbai is India's largest interactive science center located in Worli. It is one of the most famous science centers of India and also one of the best Mumbai places to visit.

Nehru Science Center, first conceived as a Science & Technology Museum in late sixties, took final shape as India's largest interactive science center in 1977. The center opened its first semi-permanent exhibition `Light & Sight' in 1977 followed by the world's first ever Science Park in 1979. The full- fledged science centre was finally opened to public on 11 November 1985 by late Rajiv Gandhi the then Prime Minister of India.

Nehru Science Centre, the largest Science Centre in the country has a sprawling 8 acres of Science Park with varieties of plants, trees and shrubs. More than 50 hands-on and interactive science exhibits on energy, sound, kinematics, mechanics, transport, etc. .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 10 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Sri Siddhivinayak Temple is a famous Hindu Temple located at Prabhadevi in Mumbai. It is one of the richest temples in Mumbai and also one of the popular Mumbai places to visit.

Siddhivinayak Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and the temple was originally built by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil on 19 November 1801 AD. The temple then was a small structure housing the black stone idol of Sri Siddhivinayak, which is 2 feet 6 inches high and 2 feet wide. The outstanding feature of this idol is the tilt of the trunk to the right side. The idol has four hands (Chaturbhuj), which contains a lotus in upper right, a small axe in upper left, holy beads in the lower right and a bowl full of Modaks in the lower left. Flanking the deity on both sides are Riddhi & Siddhi, two wives of Ganesh, who are the Goddess of 'success' and 'prosperity'. Etched on the forehead of the deity is an eye, which resembles the third eye of Lord Shiva. .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 16 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, more commonly known as Mount Mary Church, is a Roman Catholic Church located in Bandra, Mumbai. It is one of the most well-known churches in Mumbai and also one of the famous Mumbai places to visit. The basilica is situated on a hillock known as Sunderban Bandra, about 80 m above sea level overlooking the Arabian Sea.

Dedicated to Virgin Mary, the church was built in 1640 AD. Jesuit priests brought the statue of Mary from Portugal and built a chapel in 16th Century. This small basilica was later renovated to its current semi-Gothic form. It was destroyed in 1738 AD during a raid by the Marathas and then rebuilt the Church in 1761 AD. There are two statues of Mary at the Church, one inside the church and one outside. It is an ideal place for peace-seekers and those who love to explore Colonial architectural.

It is believed that the church has unbelievable healing powers .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 17 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Elephanta Caves are a network of sculpted caves located on Elephanta Island or Gharapuri in Mumbai Harbour. The Caves, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Mumbai's oldest historic sites and also one of the best tourist places in Mumbai and also among the prime places represented in the promotion of Maharashtra tourism.

The identity of the creators of the architectural masterpieces built in Elephant Caves is disputed. It is believed that the Chalukyas and Rashtrakutas were behind the creation of the caves and sculptures. The island was ruled by the Chalukyas and later by the Gujarat sultanate. It was later handed over by the Gujarat Sultan to Portuguese in 1534 AD.

The caves are known for its beautiful Hindu temples and sculptures. The Elephanta Caves were named by the Portuguese after they saw statue of an elephant .....


Miscellaneous

At a distance of 18 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, officially called Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, is a cable bridge linking Bandra in the Western Suburbs of Mumbai with Worli in South Mumbai. This is one of the famous picnic spots in Mumbai.

Bandra - Worli Sea Link is an eight-lane bridge which has pre-stressed concrete-steel viaducts on either side. The bridge is a part of the proposed Western Freeway that links the Western Suburbs to Nariman Point in Mumbai's main business district. The 16 billion bridge was commissioned by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation and built by the Hindustan Construction Company. The first four of the eight lanes of the bridge were opened to the public on 30th June 2009. All eight lanes were opened on 24th March 2010.

The sea-link reduces travel time between Bandra and Worli during peak hours. Whole journey of 8 km, which earlier used to take 45 to 60 minutes, can now be completed in just 7 to 10 .....


Beach

At a distance of 20 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Juhu Beach is situated in the western suburb of Mumbai. Juhu Beach is one of the largest and most popular beaches in Mumbai.

Juhu Beach is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea and it stretches for 6 km long up to Versova. To the north of this beach is Gandhi Gram, where Mahatma Gandhi lived in his days as a lawyer. The southern end of the beach is marked by a number of luxury hotels. The beach is one of the busiest beach in Mumbai and also one of the popular picnic spots in Mumbai.

Several centuries back, when Mumbai was actually seven islands, Juhu was part of one of the islands that now forms the city. Lined by the Arabian Sea, Juhu is home to one of the country's finest theatres, Prithvi Theatre, along with being home to various Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Dharmendra, Hritik Roshan, etc. The beach is among the most popular sites in the city for the annual Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 1.5 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Jama Masjid, also known as Friday Mosque, is the oldest mosque in Mumbai situated at the renowned Sheikh Memon Street near Crawford Market. This is the largest mosque in Mumbai and also one of the popular pilgrimage places to visit in Mumbai.

It is said that the Jama Masjid was first situated near Dongri and was later moved to somewhere near to the Crawford market. In 1770 CE, the mosque was destroyed by Governor William Hornby. In the 18th century, a large tank (water reservoir) was situated at this site in the midst of gardens belonged to a Konkani Muslim merchant. He was agreed to the erection of a mosque at this site on condition that the tank was preserved intact in 1775 CE. The structure of the present Jama Masjid was started in 1775 CE and the construction was completed in year 1802 CE.

The Masjid is a quadrangular building of brick and stone encircled by a ring of terraced roofed and double storied buildings. .....


Miscellaneous

At a distance of 3 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Taraporewala Aquarium is India's oldest and only aquarium in Mumbai located on Marine Drive in Mumbai.

Built at cost of 800,000 rupees in 1951, the aquarium houses colorful marine and freshwater fish. The Aquarium is named after Mr. Taraporewala, a Parsee philanthropist who donated a huge sum for its construction. It was re-opened after renovation on March 3, 2015. The renovated aquarium has a 12-feet long and 360 degree acrylic glass tunnel. Another attraction is the special pools, where children can touch fish which are harmless. The fish will be kept in large glass tanks, which will be lit with LED lights.

There are more than 100 species of freshwater and marine fishes in the aquarium, including seven different types of coral fish from the Lakshadweep Islands. Other attractions inside the aquarium include sharks, turtles, ray fish, moray eels, star fish, stingrays and many others. The aquarium also gives visitors .....


Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 500 m from Sri Babulnath Temple and 5 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya, popularly known as Gandhi Museum, is located near Sri Babulnath Temple in Mumbai.

Mani Bhavan is one of the few important places honoured by Mahatma Gandhi's close association. Mani Bhavan is a place where Mahatma Gandhi lived during the period of 1917-34 AD. He was staged a four-day fast while living here in 1921 in an effort to restore peace to Mumbai. This house belonged to the Indian National Congress supporter and a friend of Mahatma Gandhi, Revashankar Jhaveri. Gandhiji initiated the Non-Cooperation, Satyagraha, Swadeshi, Khadi and Khilafat movements from this house. In 1955, the building was taken over by the Gandhi Smarak Nidhi in order to maintain it as a memorial to Gandhi.

The two-storeyed structure standing on the Laburnum Road is the city's pride. The Museum has a library in the ground floor that preserves Gandhi-related works which .....


Park

At a distance of 7.5 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and 2 km from Sri Babulnath Temple, Hanging Gardens, also known as Perozeshah Mehta Gardens, are the beautiful terraced gardens that are situated on the western side of the Malabar Hills in Mumbai. These gardens are one of the best sites in Mumbai and also one of the top Mumbai visiting places.

Established in the 1880s, this garden was designed by Ulhas Ghapokar to protect a nearby reservoir from getting polluted. These gardens are named after the famous lawyer, Perozeshah Mehta, who is also the father of Mumbai's Municipal Charter. These terraced gardens located just opposite Kamla Nehru Park.

The garden has a vast area and well-laid pathways. The colourful flower clock at the center and numerous animal-shaped hedges are the unique features of this park. One can also enjoy spectacular views of the Arabian Sea from the Hanging Gardens. Its well-maintained pathways are perfect for a jog or stroll around the park.

Situated .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 9 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mahalakshmi Temple is an ancient temple situated on Bhulabhai Desai Road in Mahalakshmi area of Mumbai. This is one of the most famous temples of Mumbai and also one of the top places of Mumbai sightseeing.

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mahalakshmi who is also known as the Goddess of Wealth. This beautiful temple was constructed in 1785 CE. The temple contains images of the Tridevi goddesses Mahakali, Mahalakshmi, and Mahasaraswati. All the three images are adorned with nose rings, gold bangles and pearl necklaces. The main idol of Goddess Mahalakshmi is placed on the far side of the ornamented gate and is seen on a tiger. In the month of March/April and September/October, the Sun rays of rising sun fall on the deities for few minutes.

Mahalakshmi temple is adorned with intricate designs and is structured in the most exquisite manner. The main doorway leading to the temple complex is luxuriously ornamented .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 1 km from Mount Mary Church and 17 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Castella de Aguada, also known as the Bandra Fort, is an ancient fort located at Land's End in Bandra, Mumbai.

The Bandra Fort was built by the Portuguese in the early 1640 AD to serve as a watchtower overlooking Mahim Bay to the south, the Arabian Sea to the west, the islands of Worli to the south and the town of Mahim to the south west. The fort also guarded the northern sea route into Mumbai Harbour. During the Portuguese rule, it was armed with seven cannons and other smaller guns as defence. A freshwater spring in the vicinity supplied potable water to passing ships, thus lending the fort its name Castella de Aguada.

After the decline of Portuguese in the early 18th century, the Marathas were the greatest threat to the Britishers. Foreseeing the inevitable defeat of the Portuguese, the Britishers demolished a part of the fort so that the Marathas couldn't capture the fort .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 21 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, ISKCON Temple, Mumbai officially known as Sri Radha Rasabihari ji Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Juhu area of Mumbai. Also known as Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple, it is counted one of the most-visited temples of Mumbai and also one of the best Mumbai places to visit.

Situated near the magnificent Juhu Beach, the ISKCON Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and it sprawls over an area of approximately 4 acres. The ISKCON Temple in Mumbai is one of the 400 ISKCON temples across the world and also one of the best Mumbai visiting places. Built in 1978, this temple was established under the Hare Krishna Movement founded Bhakti Vedanta Swami Prabhupada aimed to spread Krishna consciousness.

Sri Radha Rasabihari ji is the presiding deity of the temple. Sri Gaura-Nitai and Sri Sita Rama Laxman Hanuman are other deities worshipped here. ISKCON Temple is very spacious and has an inbuilt publishing house, guest house .....


Wildlife

At a distance of 35 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), earlier known as Borivali National Park, is a large protected area near Borivali in the northern part of Mumbai. It is one of the major national parks existing within a metropolis limit and one of the most famous picnic spots in Mumbai.

The park was named Krishnagiri National Park in the pre-independence era. At that time the area of the park was only 20.26 sq. km. In 1969, the park was expanded to 104 Sq. km by acquiring various reserve forest properties adjoining the park and was renamed as Borivali National Park in 1974. In 1981, it was re-dedicated as 'Sanjay Gandhi National Park' in memory of Sanjay Gandhi, the son of ex-Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi, who was killed in an air-crash in 1980.

The park is known for its dense forests, vast bird life, butterflies, and the small population of tigers. The Kanheri Caves in the centre of the park were an important Buddhist .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 42 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Kanheri caves are located inside Sanjay Gandhi National Park to the north of Borivali in the outskirts of North Mumbai in Maharashtra. These Cave are considered as one of the top tourist places in Mumbai.

The name of these caves has originated from the Sanskrit word Krishnagiri, meaning black in colour.
The Kanheri Caves constitute a group of rock-cut monuments chiseled out of a massive basaltic rock. The caves demonstrate the Buddhist influence on the art and culture of India. These caves were formed between 1st century BC and 10th century AD, with the earliest rocks comprising 109 tiny rock-cut cells. Most caves were named as Buddhist Viharas in ancient times and were meant for living, study and meditation. The site also served as a university during the rule of Kushanas and Mauryas.

Kanheri caves are divided into three different caves, each of which has a stone plinth for a bed. The caves have chaityagrihas .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 46 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Madh Fort, also called Versova Fort, is a small fort situated at Madh Island close to Aksa Beach in northern Mumbai.

The Portuguese built Madh Fort as a watchtower during the 17th century. The Marathas captured the fort in the 1739 CE war. The British occupied Salsette Island, Thana Fort, Fort Versova, and the island fort of Karanja in 1774 CE.

The fort is long and narrow with a 7 sided polygonal structure. Only the external facade of the fort is intact but internally it is dilapidated. From the Madh Fort, travellers can view the Gorai, Worli and Mumbai Beach Skyline. Many Indian movies have been shot at this location. The fort is under the supervision of the Indian Air Force and Navy at present. Visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the coastline and city skyline from this fort. Visitors need to seek special permissions from the concerned authorities to visit this fort.

The fort is located far away from .....


Adventure / Trekking | Wildlife

At a distance of 13 km from Panvel, 53 km from Matheran, 56 km from Lonavala, 66 km from Mumbai Central and 112 km from Pune, The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is situated in the Panvel Taluk of Raigad district in Maharashtra. It is one of the picnic spots near Mumbai city.

Karnala was declared a bird sanctuary in 1968 as the first one of its kind in Maharashtra. During its initial phase, the sanctuary covered an area of 4.45 sq. km and in 2003 this was increased so that it now spreads across 12.11 sq. km. This bird sanctuary is situated below the Karnala Fort. The bird sanctuary is a popular destination for bird-watchers and hikers in the Mumbai area.

The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is home to over 150 species of resident and 37 species of migratory birds. In the monsoon season, travellers can spot a vivid collection of bird species such as the racket-tailed drongo, golden backed woodpecker and heart-spotted woodpecker. Three rare birds, .....

Distance (From Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus): 66 Kms
Trip Duration (From Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - Including Travel): Half Day to Full Day
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Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 73 km from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Vasai Fort, also known as the Bassein Fort, is an ancient fort located at Vasai in the suburbs of North Mumbai. The fort, overlooks the confluence of the Ulhas River, is one of the top places to visit in Mumbai.

Vasai was known as a place for ship building in the 15th Century. Bahadur Shah, a Mughal Emperor had built the Bassein Fort in the 1530s. The fort covers an area of around 110 acre. The Portuguese conquered and destroyed most of the fort a year after it was built. The Portuguese remodeled the fort into a flourishing city by building a citadel inside. The fort was under the Portuguese control till 1739 AD. In the 18th century, the fort was raided and overtaken by the Maratha army under Chimaji Appa. They stood strong for 3 long years, and then the British took over the fort in the First Anglo-Maratha War.

Once a strategic place on the Western coast of India, this fort has now mostly turned into ruins. Despite .....


Hill Station

At a distance of 94 km from Mumbai, 56 km from Lonavala and 122 km from Pune, Matheran is a small hill station in Raigad district of Maharashtra. Situated at an altitude of 800 m in the Western Ghats range, Matheran is one of the smallest hill stations in Maharashtra. It is one of the top monsoon destinations in Maharashtra and also among popular hill stations near Mumbai & Pune for a weekend trip.

Matheran was developed by Hugh Poyntz Malet, the then district collector of Thane district in 1850 AD. The place was developed by Lord Elphinstone, the Governor of Bombay, as a summer resort for the British. Matheran is birthplace of famous freedom fighter Veer Bhai Kotwal. The Matheran Hill Railway was built in 1907 AD by Sir Adamjee Peerbhoy and covers a distance of 20 km, over large swathes of forest territory. The Matheran hill railway, also known as Matheran Light Railway (MLR), is being considered for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Matheran, .....

Distance (From Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus): 94 Kms
Trip Duration (From Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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Hill Station

At a distance of 67 km from Pune, 95 km from Mumbai and 282 km from Aurangabad, Lonavala is a beautiful hill station in Pune district of Maharashtra. It lies at an altitude of 622 m in the Sahyadri Ranges which separate the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan Coast. Lonavala is among the top hill stations in Maharashtra and also one of the famous Tourist places in Maharashtra. This is also among the best tourist places to visit near Mumbai & Pune.

Lonavala and Khandala are twin hill stations near Pune to Mumbai hightway and are very popular monsoon getaways in India. The hill station is spread over an area of 38 square km. The name of the city is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Lonavali', which refers to a 'group of caves'. The name was given to the place due to the presence of many caves in and around the city.

Lord Elphinstone, who was the Governor of the Bombay Presidency, developed .....

Distance (From Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus): 95 Kms
Trip Duration (From Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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Adventure / Trekking | Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 26 km from Mahad, 83 km from Mahabaleshwar, 105 km from Alibaug, 118 km from Lonavala, 136 km from Mumbai, 138 km from Pune and 196 km from Ratnagiri, Raigad is a hill fort situated at Pachad near Mahad in Raigad district of Maharashtra. This is one of the most popular forts in Maharashtra and popular places for trekking near Mumbai. This fort is one of the prime places to experince Maharashtra tourism.

Earlier called as Rairi, Raigad was initially under the control of Chandrarao More of Jawali and was captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's in 1656 CE. After taking over the Rairi Fort, Shivaji Maharaj got it completely renovated and renamed it as Raigad (the King's Fort). Shivaji Maharaj made it his capital in 1674 CE when he was crowned as King. The fort was destroyed by the British in 1818 CE after they conquered it.

Perched at an altitude of 2700 feet above sea level, Raigad Fort falls under the Sahyadri .....

Distance (From Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus): 136 Kms
Trip Duration (From Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - Including Travel): Full Day
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Hill Station

At a distance of 54 km from Satara, 123 km from Pune, 177 km from Kolhapur, 243 km from Mumbai, and 377 km from Panaji, Mahabaleshwar is a popular hill station and a town in Satara district of Maharashtra. It lies at an altitude of 1,353 m in the Western Ghats range of India. It is one of the best hill stations near Pune & Mumbai and among the top Places to visit in Maharashtra.

This pretty hill station is often referred as the queen of hill stations in Maharashtra. It offers panoramic view of the plains with the imposing sloppy peaks and surrounding woods. Mahabaleshwar constitutes three villages - Malcolm Peth, Old Mahabaleshwar and some part of the Shindola village.

Present day Mahabaleshwar has come in to existence in the year 1829-30, when it became the summer capital of Bombay presidency during the British Raj. Earlier, it .....

Distance (From Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus): 243 Kms
Trip Duration (From Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - Including Travel): 2 Full Days
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Hill Station

At a distance of 18 km from Mahabaleshwar, 48 km from Satara, 104 km from Pune and 254 km from Mumbai, Panchgani also called Paachgani is a famous hill station and municipal council in Satara district of Maharashtra. It is one of the top hill resorts in Maharashtra and among the best hill stations near Pune & Mumbai cities. Panchgani is one of the popular Tourist places in Maharashtra and also an ideal weekend getaways near Pune for a 2 day trip.

Situated at an altitude of 1334 m, Panchgani is bordered by Wai, Bavdhan and Nagewadi dam in the east, Gureghar in the west, Khingar and Rajpuri in the south and Dhom dam in the north. Panchgani is nestled at middle of five hills in the Sahyadri mountain ranges, also there are five villages around the Panchgani which are Dandeghar, Khingar, Godwali, Amral & Taighat.

The town was discovered by the British as a summer resort in 1860s. Mahabaleshwar was .....

Distance (From Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus): 257 Kms
Trip Duration (From Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - Including Travel): Full Day
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