Mumbai is the largest city in India and a place of longing and wanderlust: its special location on a natural harbour made it easy for ancient Bombay to quickly develop into one of the most important trading ports in the world. Under British rule the traditional culture of the Koli population mixed with colonial European influences.
This dynamism gives Mumbai a unique atmosphere to this day: cultural diversity, holy Buddha temples, UNESCO World Heritage and an endless number of markets and bazaars - Mumbai carries you away and will remain in your memory forever. Less
An important museum of Indian culture
Buddhist cave with Trimurti statues
An artistically designed fountain
A monument of emotion: The Gateway of India was built in honour of George V, as he was the first British monarch ever to set foot on Indian soil. The 26-meter-high triumphal arch is the landmark of Mumbai and a popular place for walkers. Enjoy the honey-coloured triumphal arch at sunrise and sunset. Its intense colours make a great photo motif. From here ferries leave for the Elephanta Caves.
The Elephanta Caves are located just 6 miles from the port of Mumbai. In the Buddhist caves there are several Trimurti statues and representations carved into the basalt, which go back to the main deity Shiva. Go to the caves in the morning, as it is not yet quite as warm. The boat trip takes about an hour - an ideal half-day excursion.
An important piece of India: For culture and history lovers, a visit to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum is an absolute must on their Mumbai trip. Well over 50,000 exhibits explain Indian art, natural history and shipping. Originally the museum was called "Prince of Wales Museum". If there is not enough time to visit the museum, then enjoy the beautiful facade and the fantastic park. The dome building is in the traditional Mughal Gothic style.
The Roman goddess Flora is enthroned on the artistically designed Flora Fountain, a play of water, architecture and mythology. The fountain is one of the landmarks of southern Mumbai. Together with the Hutatma Chowk monument, the Flora Fountain forms the "Picadilly Circus of Mumbai". The fountain radiates its special beauty at night. It is atmospherically staged with a play of light - the best opportunity for unforgettable photos on your Mumbai trip. Less
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