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Mumbai was given by Portuguese as dowry to Charles II of England when he married Catherine. The group of seven island was leased to the East India Company who offered freedom of business and religion to persons who came and settled here. Initially a few Parsis and Gujarati came but soon a sizeable population began to thrive here. This was way back in the 17th century. Today also Mumbai is a city of migrants. People from all over the country have come and settled here. This gives the society of Mumbai a multi-lingual and multi-cultural colour.

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  • Gateway of India - This 26 metres high stone archway is the first landmark of Bombay a visitor sees when arriving by ship. Designed by Writtet in the 16th century Gujarat style, it was built to commen/morate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Indfia in 1911.

  • Afghan Church - Dedicated to the British soldiers who fell in the Singh and Afghan comapigns of 1838 and 1843, this church also known as St. Johns Chrch was built in 1847.

  • Chowpatty Beach
    A popular beach where celebration of festivals such as Coconut Day and the Ganesh Chaturthi immersions take place. Besides little kiosks selling Bombay's special snacks, Bhelpuri & Kulfi (local ice cream) one can find professional massesurs, pony leaders, beebee-gun shooting galleries, contortionists, snake charmers, monkey-trainers, balloon sellers, flower-girls and lots more.

  • Haji Ali Mosque
    The tomb of a Muslim saint who died while on pilgrimage to Mecca. It is believed that a casket containing his mortal remains floated and came to rest on a rocky bed in the sea, where devotees constructed the tomb and mosque. Can be visited only at low tide.

  • Head of Western Railways
    Completed in 1897, It has as ornamentation, a sculptured group representing engineering commerce and agriculture.

  • High Court
    An attractive building built in 1878 in the early Engligh Gothic style. The central structure rises up to 54.2 metres and is surmounted by statues representing Justice and Mercy.

  • Hutatmas Chowk
    Formerly known as Flora Fountain. This is the business centre of Mumbai, surrounded by offices, banks, colleges and shops.

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  • Jain Temple
    Built in marble in 1904, the shrine is dedicated to Adinath, the first Tirthankara or apostle. The walls of the temple are adorned with colourful paintings depicting various incidents in the lives of the 24 tirthankaras of the Jain religion. On the first floor is a special shrine dedicated to Parsvanath carved out of black marble& the ceiling shows the different planets as personified in Hindu mythology.

  • Kamla Nehru Park
    Situated on the slopes of Malabar Hill, it is mainly a children's park named after the wife of India's first Prime Minister. Laid in 1952, the garden offers a panoramic view of Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach.

    Mahlaxmi Temple
    An important Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess of wealth.

  • Malabar Hill
    The poshest area of Mumbai, Malabar Hill has attractive residences, including the Chief Minister's house and a palatial state guest house. Here also, are the ruins of Walkeshwar temple build sometime between 810 and 1260 AD. It is believed that lord Rama on his way to rescue his sita, stopped here and made a lingam (phallic totem) out of sand to worship Lord Shiva.

  • Rajbai
    Tower Built in the19th century Gothic style on the university campus, the 79 metres high clock tower commands a fine view of the city. The tower also houses the university library.

  • Nehru Science Center
    The museum here has a children's Science park and a permanent gallery, which consists of exhibits relating to the properties of life. There are also antique exhibits like a railway engine, tramcar, supersonic aeroplane and steam lorry.

  • Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market
    Formerly known as Crawford Market it was constructed in 1867. This is principally a fresh produce wholesale market with shops selling flowers, fruits, vegetables, meat andf fish all under one roof . At the hub of the market is a fountain by Lockwood Kipling (father of Rudyard Kipling)

  • Mani Bhavan (Gandhi Memorial)
    A memorial dedicated to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. He used to stay at House No.19 called Man Bhavan, from time to time between 1917 and 1934. He was arrested here in 1932 and taken off for one of his many prison terms. The building now contains a pictorial gallery, a 20,000 volume research library, a film and recording archive and a set of diorama on the Mahatma's life.

    Nehru Planetarium
    The high-rise corncob of the cylindrical Nehru Centre looms north of Mahalaxmi. Here is a planetarium, convention centre and concert com-movie auditorium. The planetarium recreates an image of the sk as seen from anywhere on the earth, at any time- past, present or future.

  • Pherozsha Mehta Gardens
    Popularly known as Hanging gardens they were renamed after the national barrister Pherozshah Mehta. The garden were laid out in 1881 on top of the reservoir which supplies water in Mumbai. A special feature are the hedges which are cut into animal shapes. In the early hours of the morning it is inhabited with people doing yoga, calisthenhics of just takinga wals, whicle at sunset one can get a stunning view of the city harbour and hills beyon. There is also a flowre clock here.

  • Race Course
    The Mahalaxmi race course is name after the Hindu goddess of wealth and is one of the finest in the East.

  • Raudat Tajera
    The Dawoodi Bohra Muslims erected a marble mosque and mausoleum honour of their spiritual leader the late Dr. Syedna Taher Safuddin. The lavishly decorated mausoeum has four silver door and the koran is inscibed on the inner walls in gold. The air-conditioned Fatemi mosque has 17 arches.
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