Lovingly called the ‘City of Dreams’, Mumbai is known for its pulsating vibe and an amazing charm that spreads like magic. Though the city serves as the commercial capital of India but it also home to a number of tourist attractions. It attracts business as well as leisure travelers from all around the world in huge numbers, every year. This city, formerly known as Bombay, knows how to capture the fast-pace mode of life. From beaches to caves and temples, it has everything.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Elephanta caves located on around 11 km north-eastwards from gateway of India. These caves placed on an island, called Gharapuri. Also called the ‘City of Caves’, this place is a prized-possession of rock art culture of India. The ancient archaeological relics are a proof of the rich cultural past.
Lying inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Kanheri caves is also famous place to visit in Mumbai. Located on the western outskirts of the city, these caves are a collection of rock-cut architecture remains, dedicated to Buddhist religion, culture and art. Kanheri caves have been etched-out from a huge basaltic rock formation and are around 7 km from the main gate of the national park.
A total of 109 caves, these were carved between 1st century BCE and 10th century CE and contain carvings of Buddhist scriptures as well as sculptures on the pillars and walls. While most of them were used as Buddhist Viharas for studying, living and meditation, the larger ones were Chaityas or caves for group worship.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park
If you are fond of wildlife, Sanjay Gandhi National Park should be in your Itinerary! Formerly known as Borivali National Park, it surely comes in the list of best places to visit in Mumbai. The rich flora and fauna of the park attracts a huge number of visitors each year and makes it one of the most-visited national parks in Asia. 2400-yr old Kanheri Caves, lying within the park is another attraction here.
Spread in 104 sq km of an area, the Sanjay Gandhi national Park is home to 40 mammal species, 38 reptile species, 50,000 insect species, 251 avifauna species, 150 butterfly species and around 1000 species of plants. Do not miss spotting the big cats here during your wildlife safari.
Also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens, Hanging Garden is a layered or terraced garden, placed on the western top-side of the Malabar Hills, right in front of Kamla Nehru Park. The garden offers some amazing sunset views over the Arabian Sea. Established over a reservoir by Ulhas Ghapokar in 1881, it also houses a number enclosures carved into shape of a number of animals.
This well-maintained garden is a real treat to the eyes due to its lush vegetation and greenery. Enjoy the cool breeze and a leisure walk around the garden. Do not miss clicking photographs. The garden is also popular amidst locals for walks and yoga sessions. It is one of the best places to enjoy in Mumbai tour.
Chhota Kashmir Park
A relatively lesser-known park, Chhota Kashmir Park is an ideal place to enjoy along with your loved ones during the weekends. A former popular location of a number of Bollywood songs, this park also has a lake where visitors can enjoy boat riding here. Visitors can treat their eyes to the lush greenery and colorful flowers all around and plan some great picnics here.
This picturesque park is located in Aarey Milk Colony, Goregaon East. During boating, one can also spot several colorful birds such as sunbird, cuckoo, parrots and so on.