A Quote for life!

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
Specialization is for Insects

Robert A Heinlein
(American science-fiction writer,1907-1988)

Friday, June 10, 2011

A guide to touring Mumbai - 2

Tour of Mumbai definitely starts with the Gateway of India, which is located on the sea shore in the extreme left edge of the city. The Gateway of India was built from 1911 and 1924. It is a huge 26 meters or 85 feet tall arch made up of basalt stone incorporating both Hindu and Muslim architecture. It was initially used by fishermen as a simple dock for their fishing boats. Later, the British renovated this heritage building as a quay for their ships carrying their governors and dignitaries. Visitors arriving by ship would still first see the Gateway of India while setting their foot in Mumbai.

Adjacent to the Gateway of India, is another heritage building – the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. It was custom built in Indo-Saracenic style by Jamsedji Tata as far back as in 1903. This is where the brutal massacre took place on November 28, 2008, when a few terrorists came into Mumbai and took to siege. The Taj, as it is popularly known as, overcame the disaster quickly and re-opened for the tourists within a year’s time.

Mumbai, along with the adjacent towns in Navi Mumbai and Thane, constitutes a tourism catchment where there are plenty of religious, historical and tourist places which are also of much archeological importance. It would take months to complete visiting each point and spending time that each one would deserve. There are places that would take an entire day to just visit, roam around, observe and understand and know the history and specialty of it. Mumbai and Maharashtra as a whole, has seen many dynasties ruling the people here over the centuries. There are numerous forts, temples, mosques and other palaces located in various places in Mumbai and the outskirts of the city with glimpses of these ancient kingdoms, their engineers and their architecture. One should come to Mumbai with lots of time in hand and with an inner desire of exploring and learning about these places.

To be Continued...

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Anonymous,  Friday, June 10, 2011  

good post. my son's favorite city Mumbai. I liked it too when i visited.

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