Sightseeing in Mumbai.

Places to look at in South Mumbai - often best done by just wandering around Mumbai's streets.

Gateway India view, Mumbai, India. With it's deep natural harbour it's perhaps not surprising that the low lying area which is now Mumbai attracted the attention of various sea-faring countries such as Portugal and England in the 17th and 18th centuries as it was ideal for use as a trading port. Bombay as it was once called was rapidly developed and with the wealth created much money was spent on constructing beautiful buildings especially in the southern part of the area. Unlike some locations in India, these beautiful buildings in most cases have not been neglected and make for an interesting stroll looking at their outside features - note that often as not the best buildings have been taken over by government or other semi-official setups so you cannot go inside.
The majority of these beautiful buildings were built whilst the British controlled the area - designed in many cases with a mix of Gothic Revival and Indo-Saracenic styles - examples being for instance the Bombay University building and the excellent Victoria Terminus.

The Gateway of India and the Taj Mahal Hotel Building in Mumbai.

Designed by George Wittet the Gateway to India commemorates the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India (which occured in 1911) however the actual construction and subsequent opening did not take place until 1924. Facing out to sea the 26 metre high basalt and concrete arch is located at the southerly end of Chhatrapati Shivaji Marg beside Apollo Bundar. The fairly large area in front of the monument becomes very busy in the early evening when many people turn out to wander around looking at the many stalls which spring up at the same time. Local ferries have jetties there which serve tours of the Elephanta Caves as well as services going out to Alibaug and Mandwa.
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Gateway of India, Mumbai, India.
Gateway of India
Taj hotel tower, Mumbai, India.
Taj hotel tower
Mumbai Ferry, Mumbai, India.
Mumbai Ferry
Gateway India sideview, Mumbai, India.
Gateway India sideview
Elphinstone College, Mumbai, India.
Elphinstone College
Elphinstone College, Mumbai, India.
Elphinstone College
Marine Drive Beach, Mumbai, India.
Marine Drive Beach
Army Navy Building, Mumbai, India.
Army Navy Building
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, India.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Chhatrapati ShivajiTerminus, Mumbai, India.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
The beautiful Oriental Building in Mumbai, India.
Oriental Building
The magnificent Western Railway Building at Mumbai, India.
Western Railway Building
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, India.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Flora Fountain Mumbai, Mumbai, India.
Flora Fountain Mumbai
High Court, Mumbai, India.
High Court
High Court Mumbai, Mumbai, India.
High Court Mumbai

The High Court Building in Mumbai.

This huge and beautiful colonial building is situated between Dr Kane Road and Mahatma Gandhi Road in the Fort district of South Mumbai (more or less due east of the Oval Maidan). The building was designed by architect J.A. Fuller who was a Colonel in the British Royal Engineers Regiment and construction was completed in 1878. The entrances are all guarded by police and they don't allow anyone unauthorised to even go into the outside courtyard - however if you talk to them nicely you can just a get a bit of a peek inside the gates.
High Court Mumbai, Mumbai, India.
High Court Mumbai
High Court Mumbai, Mumbai, India.
High Court Mumbai
La Kozy Mansion, Mumbai, India.
La Kozy Mansion
Mumbai Colonial Building, Mumbai, India.
Mumbai Colonial Building
Mumbai General Post Office, Mumbai, India.
Mumbai General Post Office
Mumbai tatty building, Mumbai, India.
Mumbai tatty building
Oval Maidan Mumbai, Mumbai, India.
Oval Maidan Mumbai
Oval Maidan tea tent, Mumbai, India.
Oval Maidan tea tent
Oval Maidan Mumbai, Mumbai, India.
Oval Maidan Mumbai
Oval Maidan Mumbai, Mumbai, India.
Oval Maidan Mumbai
St Thomas Cathedral, Mumbai, India.
St Thomas Cathedral
Rajabai Clock Tower base, Mumbai, India.
Rajabai Clock Tower base

The Rahavau Clock Tower and The Maidan Oval in South Mumbai.

Just about wherever you are in the Fort area of Mumbai you can see the 280 foot high Rajabi Clock Tower. Situated within the University of Mumbai grounds, one of the best views of the tower has to be from the Maidan Oval Cricket Ground where the whole thing just looks like a typical English County cricket ground. Designed by architect George Scott and financed by a wealthy banker called Premchand Roychand, the clock was completed in 1878 and subsequently named after Roychand's mother.
The Oval Maidan is a large grass area which is widely used for ad-hoc games of cricket and football - as well as by joggers and people just walking. There are only two entrances to the area - the rest of it's perimeter is fenced to stop rubbish dumping, annoying touts and other stupid misuse. Such forbidden misuse also includes not allowing political rallies and protests from taking place there.
Rajabai Clock Tower, Mumbai, India.
Rajabai Clock Tower
Rajabai Clock Tower, Mumbai, India.
Rajabai Clock Tower
Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai, India.
Prince of Wales Museum
Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai, India.
Prince of Wales Museum
Royal Bombay Yachtclub Building, Mumbai, India.
Royal Bombay Yachtclub Building
David Sassoon Library, Mumbai, India.
David Sassoon Library
Dhobi Ghat basins, Mumbai, India.
Dhobi Ghat basins
Dhobi Ghat Mumbai, Mumbai, India.
Dhobi Ghat Mumbai

The Dhobi Ghat at Mumbai (Prakash Pathe Marg).

This huge "outside laundry" is certainly something to see although tourists are not allowed down into the area itself - but you get good views of it all from the flyover bridge next to the ghat.
Dhobi Ghat Mumbai, Mumbai, India.
Dhobi Ghat Mumbai
Marine Drive clutter, Mumbai, India.
Marine Drive clutter
Low tide early evening at Marine Drivve, Mumbai, India.
Marine Drive
Mumbai boats and slums, Mumbai, India.
Mumbai boats and slums

Visiting Haji Ali Dargah in South Mumbai.

Haji Ali Dargah is located on rocks within Haji Ali Bay and is reached by a half kilometre causeway (called Dargah Road) which starts off from Pedder Road in South Mumbai. Constructed in 1431 the Dargah contains the tomb of a rich merchant called Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. You need to work out when to visit the Dargah since the causeway to it does get flooded at high tide - also because the causeway is not that wide perhaps a good time not to visit is on Fridays when it is at it's busiest. During low tide both sides of the causeway are populated with small stalls selling this and that - generally visitors are not pestered to buy things though. Tourists will however be approached by "guides" at the Dargah itself who will want to show you around inside this small building - there may be a restriction on how far inside women are allowed to go.
Mumbai skyline, Mumbai, India.
Mumbai skyline
The picturesque Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai, India.
Haji Ali Dargah
Haji Ali Dargah is entered via a causeway, Mumbai, India.
Haji Ali Dargah entrance
Haji Ali Dargah Mosque is often busy, Mumbai, India.
Haji Ali Dargah Mosque
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