posted on 2018-04-07 19:43:40
posted by Abhinav Mishra
‘Mumbai', a word that has not remained a cosmopolitan cusp or a mere melting pot of cultures anymore but has crawled its way out of the Atlas and has become an emotion associated with energy, zeal and entertainment. Mumbai is Bollywood; Mumbai is Wankhede; Mumbai is Sachin Tendulkar. The zest of Mumbai is a microcosm of the vitality and buoyancy of the dynamic people of this strange country! The most populous city of the country also boasts of some of the most spectacular marvels of engineering. But we are not here to talk about the most obvious choices that are there in every tourist's to- do list. If you are a passionate traveler, have an artistic bent of mind and you chance to visit Maharashtra's capital, then we have the perfectly curated spots for your “above standard” aesthetics!
The Kanheri Caves are situated within the Borivali National Park. The ancient caves are mesmerizing and they date back to the 4th century BC. Even if there is not much information available about the caves, one cannot shy away from appreciating the serene and picturesque backdrop and the world-class craftsmanship of the rock sculpted caves. It is a must watch for all you archaeologist and architect wannabes.
The Majestic Sewri fort had been built around the 1860s and was initially a prison. It is one of those very few forts in Mumbai from the British era that still remain relatively untarnished.
Every year during the colder months the fort witnesses the rarest migratory flamingoes which visit this region. This fascinating fort is now owned by the Maharashtra State Department of Archaeology and Museums. Even if the fort has lost some of its past glories, it is still worth a visit for its grandeur and history.
This is easily the most popular of the three points mentioned here. It is a very significant place from the Indian freedom struggle point of view. Arguably the most popular man of the freedom struggle days, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi stayed at this building through the years 1917 to 1934. Some of his most significant movements including the Satyagraha, Swadeshi and Non Cooperation movements where chalked out here.
This historic building was also a regular gathering point for some other freedom struggle leaders like Subhash Chandra Bose, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The place actually belongs to the prestigious Mani family and is named after them. In 2010 President Barack Obama and lady Michelle Obama presented a Karl Marx stone which is kept at the entrance of Mani Bhavan.
After the exciting match is done at Wankhede and your favourite team has won, treat yourself to the footprints of the great people of our country and be a part of history. Don’t thank us! Appreciate the characteristic beauty of each of these locations while you are in Mumbai and at our quirky site, explore the unexplored (which is actually still unexplored).
*Header image courtesy - Maps of India