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Elephanta Island was first designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It was mainly done to preserve the artwork. Elephanta Island is located in Mumbai at the distance of 10km from the Gateway of India. The island is about an hour away by boat ride from the Gateway of India.
These caves are rock-cut temple/statues of Lord Shiva, Ganesha, Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh, carved in the 5th century. The Portuguese named this island Elephanta because right after the arrival, the statue of an Elephant was seen near the landing area of the island.
VICTORIA TERMINUS STATION:
Modeled on the lines of the St Pancreas Station in London, Victoria Terminus is undoubtedly the Raj's piece de resistance, Complete with carved stone friezes, stained glass windows, and flying buttresses. It is Gothic architecture at its best, an awesome edifice that most citizens view with deep pride. At the top of the central dome stands the triumphant figure of Progress. The station was christened to commemorate Victoria Jubilee Day in 1887 when India's first steam engine puffed out to neighboring Thane, about 45 km away. Today it has been rechristened Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus after the Maratha warrior. And the old steam engines have been replaced by electric ones. But to the 2.5 million commuters who push past its massive portals every day, this is still VT, the pulse of a throbbing city.
It stands at a busy five-point intersection in the heart of the commercial Fort area. The beautifully sculptured fountain was erected in the memory of the Governor, Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere, as a tribute for his contribution towards the building of Mumbai.
GATEWAY OF INDIA:
Mumbai's most famous monument, this is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. It was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. Ironically, when the Raj ended in 1947, this colonial symbol also became a sort of epitaph: the last of the British ships that set sail for England left from the Gateway. Today this symbol of colonialism has got Indianised, drawing droves of local tourists and citizens. Behind the arch, there are steps leading down to the water.
Nariman Point is the leading business center in Mumbai, previously called Bombay. Located on the southern end of Marine Drive in South Mumbai, Nariman Point owes its name to KhusheedFramjiNariman - a futurist Parsi, who wished to retrieve the land from the sea in 1940.
Marine Drive is a skillfully laid-out boulevard in South Mumbai. It is actually an upturned 'C'-shaped six lanes concrete road, which lengthens to 3 km along the coastline - a natural bay. This avenue connects Nariman Point with Malabar Hills. Situated over domesticated land, facing west-south-west, its coastline forms the part of the Arabian Sea. What draws attention to this avenue is the striking Esplanade next to the road, where scores of people come to breathe fresh air and view the sunset.
Mani Bhavan is the old Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. It's a pretty, two-storied structure that now houses a reference library with over 2000 books, a photo exhibition of the Mahatma's life, and well-preserved memorabilia, including an old charkha or spinning wheel that Gandhi used to use. Today, it’s only a symbolic exhibit that lies unused, but many old Gandhians still visit the place to pay homage to their hero and demonstrate the noble art of spinning your own yarn!
Crawford Market :
The market was designed by British architect William Emerson. The edifice is a blend of Norman and Flemish architectural styles. The friezes on the outside entrance depicting Indian farmers, and the stone fountains inside, were designed by Lockwood Kipling, father of novelist Rudyard Kipling. The market covers an area of 22,471 sq. m (2, 41,877 sq. ft.), of which 5,515 sq. m (59,363 sq. ft.) is occupied by the building itself. The structure was built using a coarse buff colored Kurla stone, with Redstone from Bassein. It has a 15 m high skylight awning designed to allow the sunlight brighten up the marketplace.
Chowpatty is really Chau-pati (four channels or four creeks) as per (Bombay City Gazetteer, I. 27). This name is analogous to that of Satpaty, a village in the MahimTaluka of the Thane District, which is approached through a Channel or Creek, containing seven divisions of water.
PRINCE OF WALES MUSEUM:
Counted among the most famous art museums in Mumbai, this museum showcases a huge collection of natural history artifacts, Indian miniature paintings, decorative art, Tibetan and Nepali Art, European paintings and armory and textile galleries.
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