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A city of contrasts and steeped in history yet famously modern, there's an endless variety of things to see and do in Mumbai. From mosques and temples to galleries and historical wonders, expats are sure to find something in the city that interests them.
Recommended attractions in Mumbai
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
An outstanding example of late 19th-century architecture characterised by a combination of High Victorian Gothic and traditional Indian features, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is at the core of Mumbai's suburban train network. Built in 1888, it looks more like a cathedral than a terminus.
Hop on a ferry and take a trip to Elephanta Island. Here, culture and architecture enthusiasts can appreciate the cave temples on the island which are dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The island also hosts the Elephanta Festival, which normally takes place in February.
A fun day out for the kids or the young at heart. Esselworld is an amusement park located in Gorai, offering a variety of options including family rides, thrill rides and children's rides. It also plays host to an ice rink, a bowling alley and a number of restaurants serving local and foreign cuisine.
Gateway of India
Built between 1913 and 1924 to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary, the beautiful basalt structure was built to be the first thing seen when approaching the city by boat and stands as a testimony to the British rule.
Jahangir Art Gallery
A must for all art lovers. This gallery was founded by Sir Cowasji Jahangir and built in 1952. Centrally located behind the Prince of Wales Museum in South Mumbai, the Jehangir Art Gallery has four exhibition halls which house a great collection of pieces.
An impressive-looking complex that encompasses an art gallery, planetarium, discovery centre and a culture wing, Nehru Centre is a great way to discover the sciences and learn more about Indian culture and history.
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