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Must see must do in Mumbai Think you know everything about your city? PrachI Rege trawls through Mumbai's nooks and crannies to bring you a list of all that is iconic in your city as well as a few little known jewels.
Breathe free Marine Drive: This three kilometer long promenade is perhaps the most iconic spot in Mumbai. Featured in numerous Bollywood films, Marine Drive is always populated with people that come here to sit by the ocean and enjoy the cool evening sea breeze. The stretch is often referred to as Queen's Necklace, since the lights along the promenade look like a string of glowing jewels. Sit with the locals at the edge of Marine Drive, munch on louis vuitton shoes list some roasted corn or masala peanuts and listen to the sound of the waves. Or head to one of the sea facing restaurants such as Pizza by the Bay, which serves pizzas and beer!At: Marine Drive. Musical note Furtados: If you are a musician or a music lover, this is one place you wouldn't want to give a miss. Pianos, drums, guitars, bass, violins, tablas, harmonicas and keyboards you name the instrument and they have it. The sales people here are both helpful and knowledgeable, who will help you pick out just the instrument that you're looking for. Elephanta caves which are a UNESCO heritage site, date back to the second century. Located on the island of Gharapuri, the caves are a major tourist attracton. Once at the island you can either take the toy train or walk to the caves. Visitors here are mostly families, couples looking for a quiet spot as well as archaeological enthusiasts. After an exciting but tiring trip through the caves, feast on the humble but tasty Marathi cuisine top 3 louis vuitton bags that is served at the island. Know your money! Monetary Museum: This is the one stop shop for all your questions on the history of currency. Apart from valuable artefacts like coins used by Tipu Sultan, the museum also showcases information on our current currency. If you are a student of finance or just interested in knowing about money, this will surely be an afternoon well spent. Tel: 26014043. Holy spirit Mount Mary's Church: This 100 year old church is a striking feature of the hip suburb Bandra. This sea facing building is located near the Bandstand promenade and was constructed in honour of Saint Mary, who was believed to have healing powers. September is the best time to visit, since the Feast of Saint Mary takes place then and is celebrated in the form of the Bandra Festival, during which the whole suburb bears a festive look with shops and eateries set up all along the streets. At: Near Mount Mary School, Bandra West. Tel: 26423152. Down memory lane Bhau Daji Lad Museum: Be it monochrome images of Mumbai or silver accessories from the 19th Century, this museum is an ode to the industrial age. The imposing statue of Prince Albert in the lobby reminds one of the history of this museum. Set up in 1872 as the Victoria and Albert Museum (renamed in 1975), the museum remained dilapidated till its recent renovation. The six galleries inside showcase 3,500 displays apart from which many exciting exhibitions and lectures take place here as well. Timing: 10 am to 5.30 pm. Entry: Free. At: Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marg, Byculla East. Organised by Mumbai Magic A lacarte Tours, these walks are restricted to six people per walk, and are popular with both residents and tourists alike. The walks take you through the various iconic markets in the city, including Crawford Market, Chor Bazaar, Mirchi Galli, Mangaldas Cloth Market and Zaveri Bazaar. The history and specialties of each market are explained in detail during the walks. Fish varieties like pomfret, Bombay duck, mori (shark), shinani and suramaee fry are standards on their menu. Often frequented by Bollywood celebrities, the restaurant has a Goan feel to it in both, food and ambience. A glass of the kokam kadi, a typical Konkan drink is highly recommended after your meal. Average meal for two: Rs 1,000 including taxes. At: Gandhi Nagar, Bandra East. Tel: 26409692. Buried in time Japanese graves: A unique and lesser known site in the city, this cemetery built in 1907 is a reminder of the relationship between the two nations in past times. The cemetery named Nipponjin Bochi is the only Japanese cemetery in the city and probably the only one in India. Goodwill between Gandhi and a Japanese priest Nichida Tsu Fujii, fondly referred to as Fuji Guruji, led to the construction of a Japanese shrine in 1952 and later the cemetery. Bhikshu Morita who now takes care of the cemetery and the temple says that there are over 50 graves that include those of the Japanese businessmen who were settled in India along with their geishas. At: Dr E louis vuitton bags new Moses Road, Worli. Fight club Boxing match: For an adrenaline rush, head to Inorbit Mall, Goregaon to enjoy a live boxing match. The mall, having already hosted a World Series of Boxing bout last year, will play host to more quality international boxing events in 2012. Since the matches will be held at the malls' atrium, its free for all those who want to go and watch the men slug it out. Just make sure you're out of the way when the punches are thrown. Look and listen National Centre for the Performing Arts: Started in 1969, it is India's best known performance art institute which showcases the best in theatre, film, music and dance. Performing art connoisseurs can indulge at the library which has a collection of over 20,000 books related to art, film, theatre and culture. There is also a collection of 5,000 audio recordings of Indian classical, Hindustani and carnatic music in the audio archives of the library. Call to find out their program schedule before your visit. At: Nariman Point. Once here, look for ethnic jewellery, footwear from mojris to stilettos, bags, clothes, scarves, books, carpets, antiques and more. Remember to polish your bargaining skills before buying anything here. The famous Leopold Cafe, Theobroma and Cafe Mondegar are places you must stop at for a bite. Price: Rs 60 onward. At: Colaba. The Global Vipasana Pagoda: This state of the art pagoda which opened in 2009 was built keeping the aesthetic of a Burmese pagoda in mind. It is the world's largest structure with no pillars, also the only one which houses Buddha's relics in the tomb. A twenty minute ferry ride from one end of the Gorai creek takes you to the Pagoda. Halfway through the ferry ride, one can see this magnificent golden structure. At: Gorai, Borivali West. Devotees from across the world visit this temple to pray for their wishes to come true.
Popular among the Bollywood fraternity, this temple is Mumbai's best known. Since there are long queues outside, it may even take you more than two hours to just enter the temple. It is believed that the idol of Lord Ganesha has been carved out of a single black stone and has louis vuitton briefcase ebay wish granting powers.
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