The jewel of Maharashtra
Lovers of thrills and adventure sports can satiate their excitement with plenty of activities like Sea Kayaking in Mandwa, near Mumbai, Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Malvan for those who like to witness marine life in proximity with water creatures, Trekking and Camping in Sahyadri which is a heaven for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. There is something for everyone! If your family and friends are not up for adventure but wish to accompany you then send them for a boat ride to enjoy the beauty of nature here.
You can't visit Mumbai and not have fun on its beaches. Of these, the two most popular are the Juhu Beach and Chowpatty. The former has metamorphosed from being a narrow sand bar off the coast of Salcette Island in the 19th century to one that has at its edge to the most elite suburb of the city. In fact, visitors come here not just for the beach but also to have a look at the imposing bungalows of film stars. Chowpatty Beach is the one with larger crowds. It has a row of shops that offer some of the most delicious food and drink by way of chaats, bhelpuris, pavbhaji, vadapav and of course an assortment of kulfis and ice-creams. Some of the other beaches, located at quite a distance, are those at Madh Island and the ones at Marve and Manori. The beach at Gorai is where the Global Vipassana Pagoda is located.
Get inspired with exquisite art works exhibited in this modern art gallery. Adjacent to the Prince of Wales Museum, this gallery is a showcase for contemporary art. The displays change regularly. Outside is the Artist's Plaza with more paintings on display and sale. It is located in the Kala Ghoda locality of Mumbai. Built in 1952, this art gallery is considered the most prestigious venue for Indian artistes in the city, as it houses four exhibitions halls to exhibit artists' works. It was donated by Cawasji Jehangir and managed by the Bombay Art Society. The building of the gallery is a huge and stunning mansion which makes it the centre of attraction for both artists and visitors.
It is the place which cannot be missed by any tourist, patriot and history buff who visits Mumbai. The building is under the ownership of Gandhi Smarak since 1955 and it became a worthy memorial to Mahatma Gandhi and all the facets of the Indian independence movement. Now, a memorial which houses a library, picture gallery and memorabilia, Mani Bhavan is a museum which is open between 9. 30 am and 6 pm. Mani Bhavan was the focal point of the political activities of Mahatma Gandhi during the years 1917 and 1934. It witnessed the four-day fast conducted by Mahatma Gandhi back in 1921, to restore peace in Mumbai. It was in Mani Bhavan that Gandhiji started his association with the 'charkha' or spinning wheel. The initiations of noted agitations like the Civil Disobedience, Satyagraha, Swadeshi, Khadi and Khilafat movements took place in this historical building. Mani Bhavan takes us back to the political struggles and agitations led by Mahatma Gandhi, which culminated in the independence of India.
Large crowds of people come to this place to stride along the beautiful walkway and to view the stunning sight of the setting sun at dusk. The scenic beauty offers its visitors an enthralling experience. Marine Drive is also referred to as 'Queen's necklace', because the street lights make the road look like a string of pearls and create an illusion of a necklace, The sight of sparkling waters of the Arabian Sea and the amazing feeling of cold breeze after a warm day along with a long array of restaurants offering mouthwatering food and drinks can make any day bright again. Needless to say that these streets are a perfect hang out for all age groups.
If you like to shop then Mumbai is the right place to satiate your desire. The Linking Road, Bandra is known best for accessories, clothes, shoes for both men and women. Hill Road in Bandra has some exquisite variety of Hardware, wood work and textile shops. Colaba has a gook variety of books, jewellery, clothes, shoes and handicraft items. The well-known Fashion Street on MG Road sells trendy and high-end street fashion at reasonable prices. This huge market has over 300 shops with endless variety for fashion items that can consume an entire day for shopping. Hindmata Market in Parel has an exclusive variety of traditional and Indo-western clothes for weddings. For people wanting to shop for high-end and designer apparels there are many options in this glamorous city of nationally and internationally renowned designers displaying the best seasonal trends, they even customize according to ones' requirement. Handloom textiles and sarees from all over the country are available at Colaba and at the Central Cottage Industries Emporium.
For anyone who comes to Mumbai, Bollywood is always high on the sightseeing itinerary. While you may not be allowed to enter the gates of any film studio on your own, there is now a wonderful way of going about it. Take the 'Bollywood Tour' which gives you the opportunity to see what happens behind the scenes as you visit the sets of films and television programmes. You may be lucky enough to see some of Bollywood's biggest stars and get an insight into all the creative pain and effort that goes into the making of 'entertainment'.
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