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Location The Gateway of India

The Gateway of India by the water's edge at Apollo Bunder is the most famous colonial monument, and Mumbai's most famous landmark. Designed by George Wittet, it is one of the last imperial monuments built by the British in Mumbai. The first stone was laid by the then Governor of Mumbai, Lord Sydenham on 31st March, 1913. It is a solid structure consisting of eight open door ways, above which is a perforated design. It was completed in 1924 and was conceived as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar on the 2nd December, 1911.Initially used as a disembarkation point for passengers alighting from steamers, ironically twenty-four years later it became an exit point for the British troop who had to leave India when it got its independence in 1947. There are launches and cruisers anchored in front of the Gateway that take people to the Elephanta Caves, or for short rides.
Location The Prince of Wales Museum

It is a mid-Victorian Gothic style building made of stone, surrounded by a beautiful garden. It is named after the Prince of Wales who came to India and laid the foundation for it in 1905. This grand structure houses a priceless collection of art, sculpture, china, a fine collection of miniature paintings and much more. Carefully preserved, the museum is a pleasure to visit, the gardens surrounding the building adding to its charm. Jehangir Art Gallery Adjacent and within the compound of the Prince of Wales museum is Mumbai's premier art gallery. A venue for contemporary arts and crafts from around the world. Prince of Wales Museum.
Location CST (Terminus)

Designed by FW Stevens and built in a style that combines Gothic and Indian influences. This is the city's most prominent building and considered architecturally one of the finest station in the world. Built in 1878, the Italian Gothic building has a frontage of over 1500 feet. The administrative offices form three sides of a rectangle enclosing an ornamental garden, the entrance gate guarded by a massive stone lion and tiger. The most prominent feature of this building is the high 160 feet dome crowning the center. On top of the giant dome is a figure of a woman with a torch held aloft to symbolize progress. The tower clock visible from outside has a diameter of 9' with a 3' & 10" minute hand and a 2'3" hour hand run mechanically. Still ticking 120 years later it is only one of its kind in the country. Marble columns support the entrance facade. The main entrance has four great doorways which open to the booking offices. The internal arrangements were designed to afford a maximum of convenience. Amidst the cacophony of rushing commuters and hooting trains about one thousand trains and nearly two million commuters pass through the Terminus of this country's largest railway station. The local electric trains that ferry in and out of the city leave every three to four minutes. On the other side of the building, the trains pulled by heavy diesel or steam locomotives depart to different cities and towns. Trains from the central, southern and eastern region arrive here.
Location Marine Drive

The city's pride and joy, and it's most spectacular verandah. Built on land reclaimed in 1920 and running parallel to the shoreline of backbay, from Nariman Point it sweeps past Chowpatty right up to Malabar Hill. Also known as "Queen's Necklace" it is a crowded thoroughfare .by early morning joggers who pound the promenade during the day, and an equally crowded promenade in the evening. by lovers canoodling at Marine Drive. Except during the monsoons you can board a hovercraft. from here. There is also the Chowpatty Beach which is at the one end of Marine Drive and is very famous for its snack food stalls on the beach. Best viewed from Hanging Gardens.
Location Hanging Garden

Situated on top of the Malabar Hill, these gardens were laid out in 1881. Also known as Sir Pherozashah Mehta Gardens, but more popularly known as Hanging Gardens. because of its location on the slope of a hill. Built on reservoirs that supply water to Mumbai the way up to the gardens from Marine Drive is by Walkeshwar Road and Ridge Road. The gardens are popular with local residents for their early morning or late evening walk.
Location Haji Ali Dargha

Haji Ali built to honour a Muslim saint, stands almost 500 yards out at sea. It is approachable only during low tide by a narrow rock causeway built above sea level.
Location Elephanta Island

The island of Elephanta is about 10 km North-East of Apollo Bunder and is Mumbai's major tourist attraction due to its four rock-cut temples. They are thought to have been cut out between 450 and 750 A.D., and at that time the island was known as Gharapuri, the Fortress City. When the Portuguese arrived they renamed it Elephanta after the large stone elephant near the landing place. This figure collapsed in 1814 and the remaining pieces were removed to the Victoria Gardens in Mumbai in 1864 and reassembled in 1912. There is one main cave with a number of large sculpted panels, all relating to Shiva, and a separate lingam shrine. The most famous of the panels includes one of Maheshmurti (Trimurti), or the three headed Shiva. Launches depart from Apollo Bunder by the Gateway of India. A new alternative to the launches is the catamaran which leaves daily from Apollo Bunder in the morning and returns in the afternoon. The voyage takes about 45 minutes.
Location Siddhivinayak Temple

This 200 year old temple at Prabhadevi is one of the most popular Ganesha temple in the city. Every Tuesday devotees throng this temple in the firm belief that their wishes will be fulfilled. The idol is made of black stone with a height of two and a half feet and width of two feet. The head is adorned with a gold crown. On either side of the idol are the carved images of Riddhi & Siddhi, the goddesses of wealth and prosperity.The temple was recently renovated in 1994, to accommodate the huge crowds that throng the temple everyday and especially during Ganesh Chaturthi festival. There are television sets installed outside for those who do not have time to wait in the long serpentine queues that lead to the temple inside.
Location Juhu Chowpatty

Juhu Chowpatty is one of the most famous beaches in Mumbai. It is situated on the shores ofArabian Sea in Juhu suburb. There are three main entrances to the beach. One is from the Vile Parle side, another is from the Santacruz side and the third one is from the Andheri side. Many tourists make it a point to visit the beach when they come to Mumbai, as it is a relatively uncrowded free space in the city, although it does get crowded in the evenings and weekends. But the beach is too much polluted, It is generally advised to not to go inside water. It is famous for its Mumbai street food, notably bhelpuri, pani puri, chaats, and of course pav bhaji. The nature of the food stands hygiene standards are often high. On the southern end of Juhu beach there are many luxury hotels and apartments. Juhu beach is also a very popular place for aircraft watching as planes from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport usually takeoff directly over the beach towards the sea.
Location Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), previously Borivali National Park is a large protected area in the northern part of suburbanMumbai city in Maharashtra State in India. It encompasses an area of 104 km2 (40 sq mi) and is surrounded on three sides by India's most populous city. It is notable as one of the few national parks existing within a metropolis limit in Asia and is one of the most visited parks in the world. The rich flora and fauna of Sanjay Gandhi National Park attracts more than 2 million visitors every year. Tourists also enjoy visiting the 2400 years old Kanheri caves sculpted out of the rocky cliffs which lie within the park. The undulating green lands of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park have a natural environment which tourists love to retreat to for moments of quiet introspection or meditation. The great views of forests, hills, valleys, lakes and open expanses have a therapeutic effect on mind, body and soul.
Mumbai: Avion Hotel, Domestic Airport, Nehru Road, Vile Parle (East), Mumbai - 400 057.
Tel.: 91-22-2611 6958, 2612 3902, 2611 3220, 2617 8722 . Fax: 91-22-26116956
Madh Island: Samara Gardens, Madh Marve Road, Vyas Wadi, Madh Island, Malad West, Mumbai - 400067.
Tel.: 082 9124 8625, 082 9108 4825
Lonavala: Avion Holiday Resort, Fly Over Junction, Mumbai Pune Highway, Lonavala. Tel : 02114-272 755, 270 969 Fax : 02114-272 902
Lake View Resort, Near Lonavala Lake, Ryewood - 4, Lonavala - 410 401. Tel.: 02114 - 272 141, 278 942
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