Mumbai - a city of dreams and illusions, where everyone dreams to visit once in a lifetime. It is a city, which never sleeps. It is a place, which can make you big with your single smart move and can break you with your small mistake. Here, time and money run faster than anything does. This is a city, which has seen its worst but never broke. Here, everyone is unknown, but no one is stranger. And this is MUMBAI!
Let us now check out some interesting places to visit in Mumbai, which you can enjoy with child.
1. Marine Drive
Marine Drive is one of the most loved places in Mumbai. It is a 3.6 kilometres long Boulevard located in South Bombay. Marine Drive gives the sense of calmness and serenity. During the night, its streetlights create an illusion of a pearl necklace.
It is also the best place for morning and evening walks and a preferred location for hangout amongst youngsters. If we take an aerial view of Marine Drive, it looks like an alphabet ‘C’ constructed with the concrete road. The late philanthropist Bhagojisheth Keer and Pallonji Mistry constructed this road.
Attraction for Children: Cool breeze and tides attract kid’s attention. You can also impart knowledge about sea and its related factors, if your child is above 7 years old.
2. The Gateway of India
The Gateway of India is an arc monument built in the year of 1924. The foundation stone was laid in the year of 1911 to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bunder on their visit to India. Since then the Gateway was used as the ceremonial entrance to India for Viceroys and the new Governors of Bombay.
The best feature of this monument is its design and architecture. It is a combination of Hindu and Muslim architectural style. The arch indicates the Muslim architectural design whereas the decorations are of Hindu style.
For the British Empire, it was the symbol of ‘Power and Majesty’, however, now it is a ‘Monumental Memento’ of the British Colonial rule over India.
Attractions for Children: Boat Ride, Bird Watching and Photography. Also, inform your kid about its history and background.
3. Haji Ali Dargah
The Haji Ali Dargah - a mosque located in southern part of Mumbai, is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic architecture. It is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Mumbai. If you get to visit this place during Friday, you will see Sufi musicians are performing devotional music called Qawwali in the dargah. This dargah is a tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. The dargah was constructed in the year 1431 in the memory of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who was the wealthy merchant in Mumbai, but gave all his worldly possession to the needy people and went for the pilgrimage to Mecca.
You will really get peace of mind if you visit this holy landmark.
Attraction for Children: Tell your kids about its history and background. Teach them the importance of kindness and devotion.
4. Shree Siddhivinayak Temple
The Shree Siddhivinayak Mandir is a Hindu temple of Lord Ganesh. This temple is located in Prabhadevi, Mumbai. The contractor, Laxman Vithu, builds this temple and the rich Agri woman, Deubai Patil in the year 1801, funded the original building. Deubai Patil was childless; therefore, she built this temple so that Lord Ganesha bless the other barren women with child.
The temple has often marked the presence of the famous politicians and of the famous Bollywood celebrities. The Trust of this temple is the richest temple trust in Mumbai.
Attractions for Children: While being on this place, you can teach your kid about how your deeds can pay your back. Tell something about Lord Ganesha and his blessings to a humankind.
5. Bandra-Worli Sea Link
This Bandra-Worli Sea Link is a cable-stayed bridge, which connects Bandra of Western Suburbs of Mumbai to Worli of South Mumbai. The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation commissioned this bridge. This bridge has eight lanes, which was opened for the public transport in the year 2010.
The main purpose of constructing this bridge was to reduce the travel time from Bandra to Worli during the peak hours. Previously, the travelling time was 60 to 90 minutes, but now due to the presence of this beautiful bridge, the travel time is reduced to only 10 minutes. However, this bridge does not allow pedestrians, two-wheelers and three-wheelers, as this is not designed for them.
The night view of this bridge is really worth watching. The freeway ride is full ‘paisa-wasool’.
Attractions for Children: Teach about the technology which is being used while constructing this bridge. Kids love to listen about science and technology in their growing years.
Mumbai, being the capital city of the state Maharashtra, is the busiest city in India. However, if you are planning to visit the ‘Aamchi Mumbai’ (Mumbai of Commons) then make a visit of at least seven days and do not forget to carry water and dry snacks everywhere while having kids around you, so that you really enjoy the story of Mumbai and can further share with others.
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