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10 Historical Spots To Visit In Mumbai Everyone Should Visit Atleast Once

    Mumbai is rich in history that neatly blends with its modern avatar without taking away the heritage value. While a substantial lot move to Mumbai for a livelihood, the city also gets a massive influx of tourists on a daily basis. While they do visit all the popular spots in the city, a lot of them are missed out on. We culled out some of our favourite spots that will not only teach you a whole deal about the city, but also make for some breathtaking photos.

    Gateway Of India

    Gateway Of India

    Colaba, Mumbai

    This majestic structure was conceptualised in 1911 to welcome King George V and Queen Mary. However, they only got to see a cardboard version of the Gateway of India because the construction only started in 1915. Built with a vision to lay a striking first impression, this was once the entry point for all prominent Britishers and continues to be an entry point for incoming ferries even today. 

    Ferries for destinations like Elephanta Island and Alibaug depart from here. We suggest you carry the bare minimum of items with you here as the area gets crowded. Also, expect a security check before you can get to the monument. While in Fort, also check out these places - do note operations may be affected by Covid-19.

    Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

    Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

    Mumbai CST Area, Mumbai

    Built in 1887 to commemorate 50 years of Queen Victoria adopting the Indo-Saracenic architecture, the station supports both the suburban network and central railways and is a heritage site demarcated by UNESCO. Though one of the busiest stations in terms of passengers, the site also gets frequented by tons of tourists to capture the light play on the face of the building every day.

    Oh, and there’s a hidden museum inside the station. For more info, click here.

    Asiatic Library/Town Hall

    An almost two-century-old building, Asiatic Library has Roman-Greek architecture with eight Doric columns in the portico and the famous flight of 30 stairs. We presume this is what makes this building Bollywood’s favourite spot that often doubles up as a courtroom for all sorts of drama. 

    You can even head on inside and check out the public library for yourself. There's a reading room that's open to all, while the member's only Asiatic Library section is truly a bibliophile's dream and has a fantastic research library. 

    For more info, click here.

    Banganga Tank

    Banganga Lake

    Malabar Hill, Mumbai

    Remember that tale about Lord Rama and brother Lakshmana were looking for Sita and the entire hunt left them so parched that Lakshmana struck a bow to the ground and a whole lake emerged? Well, that lake, the Varanasi of Mumbai, is situated in the middle of the posh Malabar Hills and is a place where religious rituals are a routine.

    Take your camera with you and get here at sunrise or sunset for the best clicks.

    For more info, click here.

    Mount Mary Church

    Located in Bandra, Mount Mary Church is Roman Catholic Basilica which must be visited on the first Sunday after September 8 for the grand feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary. But what’s more interesting is the history of this place – a Koli fisherman dreamed that he would find a statue in the sea which is exactly what happened somewhere between 1700-1760 CE. And that’s why both Christians and Kolis visit this church creating a peaceful semblance.

    The popular Bandra Fair, an annual fair following the Feast Of The Nativity of Mount Mary on the first Sunday after September 8, is a local experience that's worth checking out if you happen to be in the city.

    For more info, click here.

    Gilbert Hill

    Gilbert Hill

    Andheri West, Mumbai

    Gilbert Hill is possibly older than time itself; we are talking some 66 million years old. Yes, you read that right. This 200-feet-tall monolith is a result of a massive volcanic eruption and the fun part is that there are only two other such structures in the world, both located in USA. Gilbert Hill houses two Hindu temples on the top which also offer a panoramic view of the city’s skyline.

    For more info, click here.

    Kanheri Caves

    Located in the midst of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Kanheri Caves are a collection of 109 Buddhist caves which dates back to the 1st Century BC. It gets its name from the Sanskrit word ‘Krishnagiri’ meaning black mountain as these caves have been carved from the basaltic rock.

    Monsoon is the best time to visit the caves, when the park is awash in greenery and the view from the caves are especially spectacular. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes when visiting the caves, and we suggest you carry insect repellent with you as well. 

    For more info, click here.

    Haji Ali Dargah

    One of the iconic religious monument Mumbai is gifted with - Haji Ali Dargah - is located around 500 yards away from the Mumbai shorelines, right in the middle of the Arabian sea. It's this unique feature which makes the mosque a prestigious landmark and attractions thousands of tourists all round the year. It's not only a mosque but also houses the tomb of a Muslim saint - Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. Constructed in 1431, this white-domed structure is a brilliant example of Indo-Islamic and Mughal architecture. 

    Rajabai Tower

    If you're in the Fort or Churchgate vicinity, there's no way you'll miss this 85-metre tall structure. Tucked between the Bombay High Court and the University of Mumbai, Rajabai Tower is undoubtedly a perfect example of Gothic and French style of architecture. It was designed by an English architect named Sir Gilbert Scott who modelled this tower on the basis of the UK's Ben Tower.  

    Did you know the entire cost of construction (which was approx INR 2 lakh) was funded by an Indian businessman and the founder of BSE - Premchand Roychand? In return to the funding, he has only one condition that the tower should be named after his mother Rajabai. As his mother was blind, the clock tower bells helped her know the time without anyone's help. 

    If you get peckish around this time, check out these popular eateries for take-away. Please note operations might be affected by Covid-19.

    August Kranti Maidan

    August Kranti Maidan

    Tardeo, Mumbai

    Known to very few, but this park in South Mumbai has a deep historical significance. It was from this spot that Mahatma Gandhi ordered the British to leave India and thereby launched the Quit India movement. This park was initially called the Gowalia Tank Maidan which was then renamed to August Kranti Maidan. 

    Today, this historic playground is split into different parts including a garden for children, walking paths, open ground for football or cricket and also houses a school and computer coaching classes as well. Just a few minutes from the park is the popular museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi - Mani Bhavan.  

    If you are looking to shop while here, visit these stores.

    Disclaimer

    Timings and accessibility to these monuments may be affected due to Covid-19. We'd suggest you wear masks and maintain social distance at all times if you are heading out. Several of the monuments can be viewed from the street itself, so if you wish to go sightseeing, consider remaining in your vehicle and opting for a drive.