Mumbai is the city of dreamers, hard-workers, and wandering souls coming to witness its dashed natural beauty. Resting beautifully on the coast of Arabian Sea, Mumbai city holds a magical aura, making you feel out of the world. Its serenity topped with the scenic waterfront of rumbling the Arabian Sea is arguably to-die-for.
When talking about Mumbai, it is hard not to mention the popular tourist attractions Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Juhu Chowpatty, etc. Owing to their popularity, these top attractions can be visited by opting for an ideal Mumbai tour and travel packages. The touristy spots are thronged by people who travel to Mumbai from all over the world to see its fascinating beauty.
Mumbai city also houses some gorgeous places in its lap, away from the spotlight and the attention of people. The remnants of historical forts, relics from a bygone era, a peaceful hall for meditation and soothing vibes are hallmarks of these intriguing places. Ditch the all-time crowded places and visit the following lesser-known jewels sitting silently in the bustling city :
1) Fort Bassein
Fort Bassein is a formidable fort, now turned into a monument in Mumbai city. The fort is of national importance and has an important role related to the Portuguese invasion in Indian history. It is after the ‘Treaty of Bassein’ the Portuguese slowly expanded their rule in West-India. The rustic ruins retain their charm withstanding the course of nature. See the buildings in ruins, arches with worn out marks of designer carvings, gateways, etc. Several parts of the fort can also be seen covered by plants and minor wildlife inhabiting around it. Plan a visit to this fort and get acquainted with an interesting Indo-Portuguese history.
2) Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum
Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, established in 1855 is the oldest museum in Mumbai city. It is another unnoticed spot, exhibiting an impressive archaeological collection. Dr Bhau Daji Lad was one of the members of a committee then formed for the construction of a new building for the museum under the leadership of George Buist. Later, the museum was renamed and opened in 1872. It displays timeless artefacts, including a 17th-century manuscript of Hatim Tai, historical photographs of Mumbai, clay models, silver and copperware and costumes. After exiting the museum, stop by the installation of the monolithic basalt elephant sculpture recovered from the sea, which originated from Elephanta Island.
3) Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra
The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, widely famous as a Mount Mary Church, is a 100-year-old Roman Catholic Basilica. The Basilica devoted to the Virgin Mary is located in Bandra, Mumbai. The birthday of the Virgin Mary is celebrated every year on the first Sunday after 8 September. Bandra Fair is the main attraction and people visit from far off places to enjoy the lively celebration.
4) Global Vipassana Pagoda
The Global Vipassana Pagoda is the largest meditation hall in the world with a seating capacity of around 8,000 mediators. It was built as a tribute to Vipassana teacher, Sayagyi U Ba Khin. The massive structure is an emblem of peace and harmony. You will enjoy the visit as you witness the world’s largest stone dome built without any supporting pillars. You can also join the Ten-day Vipassana meditation courses held free of cost at the Dhamma Pattana meditation centre, a part of this huge Pagoda complex.
5) Haji Ali Shrine
It is a 600-year-old mosque and the tomb of a Sufi Saint, built on an islet connected by a jutted causeway. The Haji Ali Dargah is highly revered and sees as many as 80,000 visitors per week swarming to take the blessings. It lies on the coast of Worli representing a quintessential Indo-Islamic architecture. You can visit this famous place on your interesting tour to the Dream City Mumbai.