Located within the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the Kanheri Caves are among Mumbai’s most important historic sites. Featuring 109 rock-cut cave temples dating to the 1st century BCE that are believed to have once been Buddhist shrines and places of meditation and study, the complex is well worth the trek into the park.
Borivali East, Mumbai
Haji Ali Dargah
The Haji Ali Dargah was built in 1431 in the memory of Sayyed Peer Jaji Ali Shah Bukhari, a wealthy merchant from present-day Uzbekistan. After giving up all his worldly possessions to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, he travelled the world and eventually settled in Mumbai. The pristine white building is located on an isle off the coast of Worli, and is linked to the mainland by a narrow pathway that appears only during low-tide.
Haji Ali Dargah, Dargah Road, Mumbai
Mount Mary Church
Among the most historic churches in the city, Mount Mary’s Basilica was first built around 1570 and later rebuilt several times. The current edifice dates to 1904, but houses a statue of Mother Mary that is said to have been brought to India by the Portuguese in the 16th century.
Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra West, Mumbai
Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
The Taj Mahal Palace is much more than just a hotel: it is among Mumbai’s most celebrated landmarks. Built in 1903, the iconic dome served as the first clear marker of the Bombay Harbour until the Gateway of India was built next to it, a couple of decades later. More than a century after its construction, the hotel continues to remain one of the finest in the country.
Apollo Bunder, Mumbai
Marine Drive, South Mumbai’s iconic sea-facing promenade, is among the first places outsiders think of when picturing Mumbai. Whether you are looking for an excellent location for your early morning or evening jog, a spot to unwind and gaze at the Arabian Sea or a drive by the sea, Marine Drive is the place.
Global Vipassana Pagoda
With the world’s largest stone dome built without any supporting pillars, the Global Vipassana Pagoda is among Mumbai’s most striking architectural works. Modeled after the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, this massive pagoda was built to express gratitude to Gautama Buddha, and to serve as a reminder of his teachings.
Global Pagoda Road, Next to Esselworld, Borivali West, Gorai
The Town Hall
Its stunning neoclassical architecture notwithstanding, this historic building houses the Asiatic Society of Mumbai whose library is home to one of the two known original copies of Dante’s Divine Comedy, as well as 13th century Sanskrit texts. Built in 1833, the Town Hall is among South Mumbai’s highlights.
Town Hall, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort, Mumbai, India
Mumbai is home to many bustling markets, and the Crawford Market in Fort is one of the most popular. From fresh produce to handicraft items, there’s almost nothing you cannot find at this vast bazaar. It also happens to be a fantastic place to people watch and soak in the city’s madness.
Dhobi Talao, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort, Mumbai
This walkway by the Arabian Sea offers stunning views of the iconic Bandra-Worli Sea Link and of South Mumbai’s picturesque skyline. At its southern tip is the historic Bandra Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1640.
Mumbai is the arts and entertainment capital of the country, which is why you should make sure to sample its rich artistic offerings. As one of the country’s most acclaimed theatres, Prithvi regularly features various performing arts shows featuring celebrated and emerging talent.
Prithvi Theatre, 20, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Mumbai
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