Ask anyone about a few must visit places in Mumbai and they will quickly tell you - Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Siddhiviniyak Temple, Juhu beach and so on. But there is much more to explore in the maximum city. On this 'World Tourism Day', we bring to you a list of culturally and historically rich places which should be on your must visit.
Nipponzan Myohoji Japanese Buddhist temple
This temple in Worli follows Nicherin Buddhism and their prayer is ‘Na Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo’ known as a chant for peace. Resident monk Bhikshu Morita, says that the chant is the key to total salvation and it’s not what you should understand but what you should adopt. The place is surrounded by peace and if you want to take a time off from the hustle bustle of the city, this Buddhist temple can be the place for you.
Nipponzan Myohoji Japanese Buddhist temple, Mumbai |
Global Vipassana Pagoda
It is a meditation dome hall with 8,000 Vipassana meditators seating capacity and is the largest meditation hall in the world. The monument of peace and harmony is located in Gorai village in Borivali West.
Vipassana is the practical quintessence of the universal, non-sectarian teachings of the Buddha. The purpose of Vipassana Pagoda is to spread information about Vipassana and Gautam Buddha. This is a best place to unwind yourself.
Global Vipassana Pagoda, Mumbai |
The blue mosque located at Mohammed Ali Road, is built using gleaming blue Persian tiles (therefore the name), and it has a pond too. Onyx and granite are used for the inner walls of masjid and verses from the Holy Quran are engraved on these walls. The mosque is managed by the Haji Mohammed Shirazi trust. Visit this place for its intricately carved architecture and admire the creativity of the artists of those times.
Blue Mosque, Mumbai |
Kuan Kung temple, Chinese temple
The only Chinese temple in India was built in 1919, symbolic of the Chinese community's existence in Mumbai in the 1950s and 60s. It is situated in Mazagaon Dockyard area. Kwan Kung is the Chinese Goddess associated with justice, protection, and courage. The temple is red in colour with golden carvings. The place not only has historical importance but also marks a small existence of Chinese architecture.
Kuan Kung temple- Chinese temple, Mumbai |
National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA)
The National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai, is the first multi-venue, multi-genre cultural centre in South Asia. It is preserving and promoting India’s rich and vibrant artistic heritage in the fields of music, dance, theatre, film, literature and photography.
It is also presenting new and innovative work by Indian and international artists from a diverse range of genres including drama, contemporary dance, orchestral concerts, opera, jazz and chamber music. NCPA hosts more than 700 events each year, making it India’s largest performing arts centre. A performance here is a must for every Mumbaikar as well as a tourist.
National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai |
Royal Opera House (Opera House)
Located on Charni Road, Royal Opera House Mumbai speaks of the city's social, artistic and cultural dynamism, therefore it is also known as the city's 'Cultural Crown Jewel'. It was inaugurated by King George V in 1911.
It is 'India's only surviving opera house' to date, also a performing arts venue and a cultural hub. In 2017, it received the 'UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation'. You can spot a member of Royal family of Gondal here apart from many known names from the city.
Royal Opera House, Mumbai |
Raj Bhavan Bunker Museum
Located at Malabar hills, Raj Bhavan, Bunker Museum is an underground shelter offering visitors a glimpse into India's history as it takes you to time travel to the 19th century. It is surrounded by the sea on three sides and thick forest.
Raj Bhavan Bunker Museum, Mumbai |
Spread across 15 thousand square feet, the underground museum has 13 rooms. The Bunker Museum in Raj Bhawan is open for public from Tuesday to Sunday starting from October 1. You have to book your visit online a day in advance.