Mumbai the dream home of several ambitions aspirants, boots of vicious minds and vivid lifestyle. Its not just about the beaches, pubs, caves and clubs. This island has an history so interesting, that you would never see Mumbai as a crowded city, but as a historical marvel. Lets explore some of its 7 historical wonders of Mumbai
Gateway of India
The Gateway of India is located at Apollo Bunder in South Mumbai, on the shore of the Arabian Sea. This architectural marvel scores over any other monument in Mumbai. The foundation stone of the structure was laid in 1911 but took more 13 years to get completed. This symbol was built by a Scottish architect by the name of George Wittet to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. Undoubtedly the pride of Mumbai, this structure will always stay close to the heart of Mumbai. The Gateway of India stand right opposite the famous Taj Mahal hotel.
Mumbai High court
Situated in the fort area, Mumbai high court is the most bedazzling and glittering example of stupendous architecture. The marvel was designed by Col. Fuller a British engineer. Al thought the building was inaugurated in 1862, the first sitting int he court took place in January 1879. This distinguished high court in the country is impressive enough to bedazzle a visitor.
The Mumbai high court has the reputation of having the first Chief Justice, Attorney General and the Solicitor General of Independent India.
Victoria Terminus (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus)
One of the main and oldest railway station in Mumbai. Victoria terminus, also known by its acronym ‘VT’ is declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. It stands tall as one of the massive structural designs of Mumbai. The architecture of the building blends Victorian, Gothic and Indian style, is an epitome of excellent artisan ship.
VT is well connected by rail to almost to all parts of the country, resulting in brewing business and heavy economy for the nation and most importantly for Mumbai.
This wonder was later renamed at Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus in 1996.
Rajabhai clock tower
Located within the university of Mumbai, it is one of the important landmark of Mumbai. Build between 1969 and 1878, this 300 feet high clock tower was designed by renowned English architect George Gilbert Scott. It is modeled on Big Ben of London.
The foundation stone of this historical architecture was laid on 1st March 1869, it took 9 years for the construction and was completed in November of 1878. The clock tower was named after the mother of 19th century stock broker Premchand Roychant at a cost of Rs.200,00 which was a huge sum in those days.
The Rajabhai clock tower was built using the locally available Kurla stone. This was the tallest tower during that time in Mumbai.
Flora Fountain is named after the Roman goddess Flora, the fountain looks nothing short of a miracle when it gleams with light in the night. Although it now known as Hutatma Chowk, it is still famous as Flora fountain in south Mumbai. Designed by Richard Norman Shaw and was erected in 1869 in honor of Sir Henry Bartle who was the Governor of Bombay at that time. The architectural beauty and grace attracts a lot of tourist to gleam in its beauty and serenity.
Situated in the middle of lustrous green Borivali national park, the caves have an interesting history. As per the records, Buddhist Monks started their work on these caves in 1st century and continued till 11th century AD.
Kanheri caves are located within the lush forest of the famous Sanjay Gandhi National Part. The caves are around 7 km from the Borivali railway station and tourists and visitors are allowed only after 9:00am. Nothing less than any other architectural wonder the gracefully chiseled work on the caves add as charm to the visual effect.
Need to relax an weekend after an busy week, head to Kanheri caves to sooth your eyes and calm down your nerves.
Cant get enough of primeval temples head straight to the Elephanta caves. This island (known so, because it is situation on Mumbai’s Elephanta Island) boast of several 5th to 8th centuries caves.
The biggest highlights of these caves is the Mahesh murti cave, which houses a 6 meter height statue of the 3 head Trimurti of Lord Shiva, signifying Shiva as the creator, preserver and destroyer of the universe. There are regular boat service available from Gateway of India, which will take you to these out of the world experience. Tourist can visit Gateway of India and Elephanta caves together.
Apart from the architectural wonder, Mumbai boasts of the also famous Dharavi slums. Dont forget the dabbawalas who are the soul of Mumbai. The Siddhivinayak temple, Haji Ali, Mount Mary church are among the other elegance. Visit them for a spiritual experience.
Come to Mumbai to satisfy your need to see beauty as its best.