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Places and Attractions to see in Mumbai

A list of places to see and things to do in Mumbai, India, compiled by our very own India Miker Aarosh. If you haven't spent time in Mumbai, be sure to check out this article, which includes brief descriptions for attractions like the Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Hotel, Wellington Fountain, Colaba Causeway and more! ... read more »

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We two friends will be visiting Mumbai next month as break journey while returning from Goa. We have one full day in hand, provided we need to catch train at 9 evening from Borivali. We will be staying in Kandivali.

What we have planned is, take local from Kandivali to Dadar and visit Siddhi Vinayak. Come back to Dadar station and take train to CST. Visit Crawford market by walk. Visit other points of interest in that area. Visit Gateway of India. Take a taxi to Marine Drive. Walk along Marine Drive upto Chowpati and enjoy sunset. Take local from Charni Road to Kandivali.

Is this plan doable? What are points of interest near CST / Crawford market area? If we want to add Bandra-Worly Sealink, will it be possible?
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Kandivali to Dadar by local train travel will be around 40 minutes by slow train or around 30 minutes by fast train. How do you plan to reach Siddhi Vinayak from Dadar station? Taxi would take around 10-15 minutes depending on traffic. Time taken for darshan will depend on the crowd.

Dadar Central to CST by local train travel will be around 20 minutes by slow train or around 15 minutes by fast train. Crawford Market would be around 15 minute walk. You can walk along DN Road seeing other points of attractions till Gateway of India. From Pt. Shyama Mukherjee Chowk (Regal Circle) take a bus to Ahilyabai Holkar Chowk (Churchgate). From there go walking to Chowpatty via Marine Drive.

Charni Road to Kandivali by local train travel will be around 55 minutes by slow train or around 45 minutes by fast train.

You can see Jama Masjid or Mumbadevi or JJ School of Arts near Crawford Market. Near CST there is Times of India office, BMC headquarters, Mumbai GPO.

Bandra / Worli sea link would be possible only if you take a taxi to Bandra Station from Chowpatty.
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Thanks Aarosh for the detailed information. Well, we are not into shopping as much, can we drop Crawford Market to save on some time?

For Sealink, what do you suggest, passing over the link or spectacular view from other place? If second one is, can it be viewed from somewhere near Dadar Chowpati? So that we can do it when we visit Siddhi Vinayak temple.
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You can see Worli Sea Link from the memorial built for Babasaheb Ambedkar at Shivaji Park. This is around 25 minutes walk fro Siddhi Vinayak temple. Have a look at the images from Google and see if it meets your requirement.

Crawford Market is a wholesale market. If you want to skip it you can do so.
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A team, starring BMC engineers and conservation architects, has solved a British-era plumbing riddle to revive one of Mumbai's iconic structures
When a team of BMC engineers and conversation architects turned the valves at the massive 38-ft high Flora Fountain in September, water literally started flowing from everywhere. Now, after two months of identifying countless leaks, repairing rusted pipes, replacing hidden valves, sealing punctures, joining broken fittings -and possibly embarking on the city's toughest plumbing job -it has finally managed to solve a British-era jigsaw puzzle. Noted conservation architect Vikas Dilavari, best known for restoring the resplendent Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Byculla, says, “We had to figure the entire plumbing network out. It was all trial-and-error since we had to locate the leakages first, and many parts were missing as well. We scanned through old pictures and even wrote to British-era plumbing experts in Scotland to see if they could help us.We even tried thermography (a technology that uses infrared images). Finally, we reached out to plumbers from the old days in Mumbai and sought their help. The water works are back in shape now.“
The iconic Flora Fountain was constructed in 1869 at the cost of Rs 47,000 to commemorate colonial Bombay's governor, Sir Henry Bartle Frere, who had contributed significantly in beautifying the city.British architect Richard Norman Shaw, whose other designs include the Scotland Yard building and the Bradford City Hall, gave it a decidedly environmental edge. Aside from the goddess Flora, the fountain also has four other mythological figures on its sides, representing the four seasons. Inside the fountain, there are numbers marked in Roman digits, which helped masons assemble the fountain shipped in parts from England. When the BMC, in collaboration with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), commissioned a Rs 2.34 restoration project to restore it, the team was unaware of the secrets lurking within it.

“As we went below the fountain and removed the cement flooring, we found a massive hollow. It was a large tank, around 7 feet high with big valves (now repaired) that controlled the flow of the water at various levels. The entire fountain is an engineering marvel,“ Dilavari points out. While water flows from dolphins in the first tier, a large trough collects the water below at the last tier before it is circulated back to the top.

Adding to the challenge, many stone figures from the fountain were either broken or missing, including a cast-iron lion head. Miraculously, “we found that our staff had collected the parts that had fallen off over the years. We even tried to get an endoscopy done but it was proving to be too costly,“ says Sanjay Sawant, senior heritage engineer at BMC. “We really had to join the dots to get it all working. We were also surprised that our staff had kept pieces of broken hands, lions and creepers that had fallen off. We will now place them back.“

Dilavari adds, “Over the years, many layers of paint and plaster were added to the structure. The original structure is made of imported Portland limestone and is offwhite in colour. We want to make it look just the way it was in 1869. So, all the extra additions will have to be removed carefully.“
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Sassoon Dock is set for a Rs 52 crore revamp

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From a restaurant to a museum and an open-air theatre, Sassoon Docks is set to get a major revamp.

This really is an idea whose time has come.
For years you may have seen the iconic Sassoon Docks as a backdrop in Bollywood films and part of history textbooks and now, it may be part of your selfies album, too.That's right! The place is set to get beautified into a modern cultural spot with restaurants, a museum and more.

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Built way back in 1875 on reclaimed land, the docks are used as a fish loading and trading centre and sees a crowd of harried buyers and fish sellers. But things are set to change with the new makeover plan that will see a renovation of the old plus new additions. Affirms Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman of the Mumbai Port Trust, “There is a complete revamp set to take place here, which will be in phases. We have planned a fishing village, which will be open for tourism. We are also going to provide facilities for an airconditioned fish market where people get a hands-on idea of the various activities. In addition, there will also be a ship museum and restaurants. In fact, we had invited tenders and have already got an offer for a restaurant in the area outside. This will be an indoor facility. And this is just five per cent of the whole plan.“

LOCALS WELCOME IT

Niti Verma, a resident of Colaba says it's time such a revamp took place. “I pass by the docks enroute to the nearby park for my daily jog and have been bearing the stench of fish for so long. I'm glad something will be done now,“ she says.

Rahul Narwekar, Colaba resident and member of the legislative council, who is said to have also mooted the plan to the Port Trust, adds, “The place has a strong stench as there was no proper waste management so far; this revamp should take care of that. Fishing docks attract tourists from all over the world, for example, you see sea food restaurants with fresh catch as well as theme-based excursions taking place there. We welcome the idea and I had discussed the plan with the MPT Chairman. We wanted to look into sprucing up and tourism of Sassoon Dock.Around ` 52 crore have been allotted for its revamp, but that may not be enough as this is prime real estate where so much more can be done. Why just one or two restaurants? We need to have various outlets there.“
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Hello all,
A really nice discussion is going on & thanks for taking this discussion. next month I have planned to go for a trip to India & already booked from Complete India & Asia. They also suggested me to go Mumbai. So after some searching of images & news I have convinced with them But after this discussion, I will conform him to go Mumbai.
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Elephanta is also known as Ajanta caves which was originally discovered in 1819 by a English man known as John Smith. Although the cave was built in 4th century but was not known until John find it out source - http://www.ajanta-caves.org/when-and...as-discovered/
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Originally Posted by ajitchoudhry View Post Elephanta is also known as Ajanta caves which was originally discovered in 1819 by a English man known as John Smith. Although the cave was built in 4th century but was not known until John find it out source - http://www.ajanta-caves.org/when-and...as-discovered/
Elephanta and Ajanta are not synonymous. The Ajanta Caves are very far from Elephanta Island (in Bombay Harbour).
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