Taraporewala Aquarium is one of India’s oldest aquariums. It is one of the main tourist attractions of Mumbai. You will find marine as well as freshwater fishes at the display for visitors.
The aquarium was taken up for renovation and has been renovated with a new look and reopened on March 3, 2015.
It now has a 12 feet long and 360-degree view glass tunnel. Another interesting part is the special pool for children, where they can touch and feel the fish, which are harmless.
The fishes are placed in a large glass tank which is illuminated with LED lighting. tropical fishes meet in blue coral reef seawater aquarium. Underwater paradise
The Taraporewala Aquarium houses 2,000 fishes of more than 400 different species. The total cost for renovating the complete aquarium is around Rs.22 corer.
Internationally available exotic fishes have been introduced in the renovated Aquarium.
The aquarium is now maintained by the Fisheries Department. The aquarium has around 16 seawater fish tanks and 9 freshwater fish tanks and hosts around 31 varieties of fish. The 32 tropical fish tanks house 54 different varieties of fish.
- There is an Amphitheater with a 50 seating capacity, where they screen documentaries of fishes and the marine ecosystem.
- The pool is where visitors can touch and feel the starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and various turtles.
- SPA for your foot – Here, you can dip your feet into one of the 10 tanks. The fishes in the tank will nibble away and clean your feet of the dead skin.
- LED lighting display of coral and rocky Terran.
- Jellyfish in a circular tank.
Built in the year 1951, the Taraporewala Aquarium was built with a cost of Rs.8,00,000 (around 12,000 USD).
The aquarium was inaugurated by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, who was India’s first president. The major contributor to the aquarium was a Parsee Philanthropist, DB Taraporewala (Rs.2,00,000 – 3,000 USD), after whom the Aquarium was named.
Visit Timing and Fees (validity for the ticket is one hour only)
|Monday||Closed / Holiday|
|Tuesday||10:00 am – 8:00 pm|
|Wednesday||10:00 am – 8:00 pm|
|Thursday||10:00 am – 8:00 pm|
|Friday||10:00 am – 8:00 pm|
|Saturday||10:00 am – 8:00 pm (1st, 3rd, and 5th)|
10:00 am – 9:00 pm (2nd & 4th)
|Sunday||10:00 am – 9:00 pm|
- 10 am to 8 pm on weekdays
- During government, public holidays, Sundays and 2nd and 4th Saturday Aquarium remain open from 10 am to 9 pm.
- The aquarium is closed on Mondays.
|Adults, Above 12 years||60|
|Children Between Age 3 to 12 years||30|
|Rates For Educational Institutes||30|
|Retired Government Employees||40|
|Foreign Tourists (NRI & Other International Visitors, Above Age 12)||200|
|Children Foreign Tourists (NRI & Other International Visitors, Between 3 to 12 years)||100|
|Disabled or Physically Challenged Person||30|
Photography and Videography Charges :
|Type Of Cameras||Charges|
|Photography / Videos via mobile Cameras||500|
|Pictures and Clips Via Video and Digital Cameras||1000|
|Professional Still Cameras||5000|
|Professional Video Shoots||10000|
How to reach the Tatapurwala Aquarium
Address: Tarapurwala Building, Near Charni Road Railway Station, Charni Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400002, India. Tel : +91-22-22821239 +91-22-22821622
Walking distance from Charni Road Railway station.
From Charni Road Railway Station:-
- Walk north-west on Maharshi Karve Rd towards Dr. Babasaheb Jaykar Marg/Thakurdwar Rd for 15 meters
- Turn right at Bank Of India onto Dr. Babasaheb Jaykar Marg/Thakurdwar Rd for 25 meters
- Take the pedestrian overpass – Pass by IndianAutoStore.com (on the left in 100 meters)
- Turn left onto Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Rd – Pass by Kaivalyadham (on the left in 29 meters)
- Taraporewala Aquarium Destination will be on the
Places to visit close to Taraporewala Aquarium
- Marine Drive – Taraporewala Fish Aquarium located in Mumbai is located along the famous promenade that faces the sea – Marine Drive. It’s a three-kilometer-long stretch of pavement which is a favorite among locals for a night out with your friends or take the pleasure of a solo stroll. Many visitors visit the Marine Drive promenade for their regular morning runs or to enjoy a romantic evening watching the sunset while watching the waves crash.
Tourists and locals are aware of Marine Drive for its restaurants and food vendors that sell local foods.
- Girgaon Chowpatty – The Girgaon Chowpatty Girgaon Chowpatty Beach can be a local spot to explore close to the aquarium. It is located across the road, just 100m in front of Marine Drive. It is also a favorite place for health-conscious people. The beach is a popular destination for massages, yoga, and strolls at a leisurely pace. It’s also a popular spot for those looking to relax with their family and friends after work.
You can relax on the beach, sipping hot bhelpuri and panipuri while watching the sunset on the Arabian Sea.
- Hanging Gardens – The Hanging Gardens park is a spot that lets you breathe in the fresh air amid the bustling city of Mumbai. It is located 3 kilometers from Taraporewala Aquarium, and it is a green area that has seating spaces throughout. Photographers will enjoy this spot as well. The Boot House offers visitors breathtaking views of the ocean. It’s even more stunning by climbing to the top of the towering Boot House.
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja Terminus is one of the most important railway stations that connects Mumbai with other regions of the nation. In addition to its importance in the commercial world, It’s also a landmark structure constructed in the Victorian-Gothic style. It was previously known as Victoria Terminus. British engineers and Indian artisans worked for a decade to construct this structure.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus still retains much of its architectural appeal and was also awarded the distinction of being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located approximately 4 kilometers from the marine aquarium.
- Gateway of India – This stunning stone arch that overlooks the Arabian Sea was built to commemorate that first visit by King George V and Queen Mary. It is among the most popular spots for a visit to Mumbai for the people of Mumbai who visit to stroll around or just watch the ferries that enter and leave the harbor. It is also known as the Gateway of India is the location for many of the luxurious boat excursions as well. It’s about 5km far from Taraporewala Aquarium.