Top 20 must-visit spots in Mumbai (Part 1)

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With many historic sites and iconic monuments, Mumbai beauty can overwhelm any visitor. To help you plan a wonderful trip in this lovely city, we suggest you 20 attractions in Mumbai that you shouldn’t miss.

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Gateway of India

Initially constructed to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to the city, the iconic Gateway of India monument also happens to mark the spot from where British soldiers last departed India after centuries of colonial rule. It was designed by Scottish architect George Wittet and inspired by Indo-Islamic, Indian and Roman influences.

Apollo Bunder, Mumbai

Colaba Causeway

The historic Colaba Causeway thoroughfare is lined with street-side stalls selling everything from cheap jewellery to clothes and used books. From cafes, bars and restaurants such as Leopold Cafe and Cafe Mondegar that boast of cult-like followings to historic stores selling quirky items, there’s a lot to see here.

Banganga tank via bijoor.me

Banganga Tank

Built in 1127, the Banganga tank and its surrounding Walkeshwar Temple Complex serves as a reminder of Mumbai’s rich history. The complex was rebuilt to its current form in the 18th century after it had been destroyed by the Portuguese during the 16th century.

Walkeshwar Rd, Teen Batti, Malabar Hill

Knesset Eliyahoo Synagogue

Established in 1884, the Knesset Eliyahoo Orthodox Jewish Synagogue is among the city’s oldest. Featuring a striking sky-blue façade and impressive Victorian stained glass, the synagogue was built under Jacob Elias Sassoon, the grandson of David Sassoon, who was a leader of the Jewish community in Bombay after emigrating from Baghdad while fleeing persecution.

VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort

Afghan Church

Featuring neo-Gothic architecture, stained-glass windows and a 60 metre high tower and spire, this stunning church was built by the British in memory of the soldiers who died at the First Anglo-Afghan War. This was a failed attempt by the British in 1842 to encroach into present-day Afghanistan.

Nanabhai Moos Marg, Navy Nagar, Colaba

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus via Wikimedia Commons

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Undoubtedly among the city’s most iconic landmarks, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus features stunning High Victorian Gothic and Indian architectural styles, and is one of the country’s most famous railway stations. It’s a lively place and integral to Mumbai, so is a must-visit location for any visitor.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort

Kyani & Co

This iconic restaurant in Marine Lines is among Mumbai’s oldest and most celebrated Parsi cafes, and one of your best options if you’re looking to get a taste of the city’s rich Parsi cuisine and heritage. Founded in 1904, Kyani & Co oozes old-world charm, and is an essential stop among other historic South Mumbai landmarks in the city’s official heritage walk. Opt for the bun maska (bread rolls slathered with butter) and chai for a truly Mumbai experience.

Kyani Restaurant, Ratan Heights, Dr D B Road, Opposite Navjivan Society, Mumbai

Elephanta Caves

Dating from the 5th century CE, the Elephanta Caves are a group of five Hindu and two Buddhist caves, some of which served as places of worship until the 1500s. They are located about 10 kilometers, or an hour’s ferry ride, into the Mumbai Harbour from the Gateway of India.

Chor Bazaar via Padhaaro

Chor Bazaar

This 150+ year-old market is home to a variety of peculiar items, from antiques to spare automobile parts. Chor Bazaar (which means thieves market) supposedly got its name after belongings of Queen Victoria’s that had gone missing in Mumbai were found on sale in this market. In its heyday, the market is said to have featured stolen goods from around the city.

Mutton St, Ajmer, Kumbharwada, Mumbai

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

The Sanjay Gandhi National Park isn’t just largest park in the world located within city limits, but also one of Asia’s most visited. Dubbed the ‘lungs of the city’, this rich stretch of nature is home to diverse flora and fauna, including tiger and lion populations!

Borivali East, Mumbai

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