Its great to have so many attractions that are so close to your Mumbai Airport Hotel. Mumbai offers so much to travelers and visitors.
Gateway of India
Gateway of IndiaDistance from Mumbai Airport: 16.8mi / 27km
Built by the British to commemorate the visit to India in 1911 of King George V and Queen Mary, the Gateway of India stands as a monument to the importance of Mumbai as a port when the steamship was king. Designed by George Wittet, it replaced the temporary structure that the architect had erected for the Imperial visit itself and was completed in 1917.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST; formerly Victoria Terminus)Distance from Mumbai Airport: 15.1mi / 24.3km
Now the headquarters of the Central Railway, this magnificent terminus building, commonly known as CST, was completed in 1888 for the Great Indian Peninsular Railway to designs by the architect FW Stevens. It is one of the world’s grandest railway stations, quite the equal of New York’s Grand Central Station or London’s St Pancras Station.
Dr D Navroji Road, Fort
Tel: (022) 265 9512.
St Thomas CathedralDistance from Mumbai Airport: 16.1mi / 26km
St Thomas’ is the Anglican cathedral of Mumbai and, having been founded in 1676, bears witness to almost the entire history of the British in Bombay. The main structure was not completed – due to lack of funds – until 1718; the tower and clock were added in 1838 and the chancel was built in 1863. The main interest for the visitor is in the splendid array of marble monuments that line the aisles of the cathedral, which give an immediate, anecdotal flavour of life and death in British Bombay.
3 Veer Nariman, Fort
Town HallDistance from Mumbai Airport: 16.2mi / 26.1km
An impressive neo-classical structure overlooking Horniman Circle, the Town Hall was built between 1821 and 1833 to designs by Colonel Thomas Cowper. It originally stood on Bombay Green, which was the centre of the Fort area, and is one of the few remnants – along with the Mint Building – of pre-Victorian Bombay. It is now used as a public library.
Horniman Circle, Fort
Tel: (022) 266 0956.
Jehangir Art GalleryDistance from Mumbai Airport: 16.4mi / 26.3km
The premier exhibition space in Mumbai for contemporary Indian art, the Jehangir Art Gallery was founded in 1953 by Sir Cowasji Jehangir in memory of his son. It boasts two large galleries, which stage frequently changing (often weekly) exhibitions.
Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort
Tel: (022) 284 3989.
Shrine of Haji Ali
Shrine of Haji AliDistance from Mumbai Airport: 15.7mi / 25.3km
Commemorating a Muslim saint who died while on pilgrimage to Mecca, the Shrine of Haji Ali rises out of the sea off Mumbai, sparkling in the bright sunshine like a priceless jewel. The shrine, which is topped by an elegant tower, is connected to the mainland by a causeway – thronging with beggars – and is only accessible at low tide.
Off Lala Lajpa Trai Murg
Balbulnath TempleDistance from Mumbai Airport: 16.8mi / 27km
Perched on the northeastern end of Malabar Hill overlooking Chowpatty Beach, a visit to Balbulnath Temple necessitates a steep climb. But the effort is amply rewarded by the elaborate terrace and by the splendid carving, picked out in blue, which adorns the pillared hall.
Near junction of Walkeshwar and Marine Drive
Prince of Wales MuseumDistance from Mumbai Airport: 16.4mi / 26.3km
Set in beautiful lush gardens, the Prince of Wales Museum is one of the landmarks of southern Mumbai. The museum is housed in a grand somewhat exotic building, designed by George Wittet in 1909 in the Indo-Saracenic style. The collections include ancient and medieval sculpture, Indian decorative arts and large number of beautiful miniatures.
159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort
Tel: (022) 284 4484. Fax: (22) 204 5430.
Horniman CircleDistance from Mumbai Airport: 16.2 / 26.1km
Laid out in 1869 on the site of the old Bombay Green – and originally called Elphinstone Circle – Horniman Circle is the epicentre of the Fort area of the city. The Circle consists of James Scott’s elegantly curved, arcaded terraces with a garden in the middle, and was the first significant piece of the redevelopment of the city, which began under the Governorship of Sir Bartle Frere in the 1860s. The gardens in the middle of the Circle – open to the public – are a lush and shady retreat from the glare and bustle of the streets, a good place to break a morning’s sightseeing.
Horniman Circle, Fort
Opening hours: Sun-Fri 1000-2030, Sat 1600-2030.