Lives in Mumbai, India
Since Oct 2006
35-49 year old female
Entrepreneur. Educator. Social Worker I am the founder of Mumbai Magic/Delhi Magic, a responsible tourism company which provides training and employment for students from slums in Mumbai and Delhi. I also run Abhyudaya, a non-profit that works with school-children from slums in Mumbai. In addition, I teach at an MBA college and am a public speaker. More about Mumbai Magic/Delhi Magic (actually, there are 25 Magics right now): We are currently the largest pan-Indian guided tours company in the inbound segment. We have been featured on the History Channel, Discovery (TLC), iTV UK, CNN, NDTV India, and in several international and Indian magazines and newspapers. The offbeat tours we have created – bazaar walks, cuisine tours, textile and craft tours – have delighted thousands of discerning customers. We employ more women than men, and give back in many ways to the society we live in. Please reach out via a Tripadvisor message if you want to talk to me about your travel to India.
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Fountains
Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites
Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Flea & Street Markets
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Scenic Drives
This iconic landmark is usually the first stop for people exploring Mumbai, and the perpetual throngs of tourists and street vendors at Gateway of India create a lively, colorful atmosphere. Enjoy fine views of the harbor and the grand Taj Mahal Hotel opposite.
CSMVS (formerly known as the 'Prince of Wales Museum') is one of the best museums in India, with an active calendar of events. Located in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai's art precinct, it's only a 10-minute walk from the Gateway of India, and it provides an excellent overview of Indian art and history. The museum building itself is also a fine example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture.
The Rajabai Tower is part of the Bombay University campus. Built in 1878, it is one of the best examples of 'Bombay Gothic' architecture, and the imposing stone buildings adjacent to it — including the university’s Convocation Hall, the Secretariat, and the High Court — are pretty impressive too.
Stop at Churchgate Station to see Mumbai’s famous dabbawalas (tiffin-carriers) hard at work, ferrying hot, freshly prepared lunches from central kitchens to hungry customers. The Western Railway Headquarters building, erected in 1899, is beautiful too, with a heritage steam engine on display on its lawns.
Surrounded by the elegant stone buildings of the financial district, this pretty fountain is dedicated to Flora, the Roman goddess of spring. Check out the statue of Dadabhai Naoroji, the Grand Old Man of Bombay, as well as the Martyr’s Memorial that commemorates those who lost their lives during the struggle for the creation of a Marathi-speaking state.
Mumbai's first Anglican cathedral was completed in 1718. It has beautiful interiors, with many memorials and statues from the British period. Services are still held here too, if you'd like to take one in.
The Asiatic Library, also know as the 'Town Hall,' is a historically significant building where several major announcements and decisions were made during the era of British rule. In front of the library is Horniman Circle, the garden where Mumbai's port cargo was once loaded and unloaded. And if you are interested, you can walk farther into the district to see the State Bank of India building and the iconic Bombay Stock Exchange building.
No visit to Mumbai is complete without a visit to Victoria Terminus (now Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus). Thousands of commuters stride through here each day, and it's just as enjoyable watching them as it is admiring this truly stunning architectural masterpiece, with its intricate carvings, stained-glass windows, and domed ceiling. No wonder it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
If you like bazaars, stop for a look around the chaotic Mahatma Phule Mandai (Crawford Market). This authentic market sells everything under the sun, from spices and fruits to cheese and chocolates. It even features a pet market! Built in 1869, the market's beautiful heritage building consists of a central hall with three large gateways, and, above them, a clock tower.
Mani Bhavan, Gandhi's home when he stayed in Mumbai, is a quiet place, where the story of Bapu's life is now told through a great collection of dioramas, photos, letters, artifacts, and books. It's a serene place to visit and learn about one of the great personalities behind India's freedom struggle.
The Dhobi Ghat at Mahalakshmi, one of the many outdoor laundries in the city, provides a little insight into daily life in Mumbai. Although it's very popular with overseas visitors, locals merely shake their heads and wonder what’s so fascinating!
Hanging out on Marine Drive is a quintessential part of life in the city. Here, great views and great breezes are combined with a variety of snacks, drinks, and even head massages! A walk along this road is an opportunity to admire the long line of art deco buildings too.
Chowpatty is a colorful beach with plenty of games and rides for kids, plus a range of snacking options. It is particularly famous for its fast food street stalls, and it's most active in the evenings.