“Mumbai is infectious. Once you start living in Mumbai, working in Mumbai, I don,t think you can live anywhere else.”                        –  Yash Chopra

The city of dreams, the city of Bollywood, and the Manhattan of India, Mumbai. The kind of emotions Mumbaikaar have for their city, rarely you will find anywhere else. It is the city when every day many dreams are realized and even many are extinguished. Mumbai welcomes everyone, every day wholeheartedly but this commercial capital of India has a lot of history hidden inside. The people of Mumbai are passionate about their rich culture and history and have preserved it amidst all modernization and renovations.

The name of the city was derived from the local goddess named Mumbadevi. The history dates back to the time of Ashoka when Mumbai was an amalgamation of seven islands- Colaba, Mazagaon, Mahim, Parel, Bombay Island, Worli, and Old woman’s Island. After that, the islands were colonized by many rulers. In 1543 AD after the Silahara dynasty, the Portuguese came and settled in the city. The seven islands were later merged into a single mass in 1845. The country’s 1st railway line was also constructed from Bombay to Thane. The opening of the Suez Canal with Bombay as one of the connections has also increased its trade opportunities. During the time of the British Period, around the onset of the 19th century, then the city went through a massive reconstruction. There was a severe boost in the economy and most of the trading happened through Mumbai itself. Hence, until now, it is known as the commercial capital of India. The city has faced the American Civil war, World War 1, World War II, Hindu Muslim riots, and a plague epidemic and successfully risen from it like a phoenix.

Mumbai welcomes tourists all around the year. Being a commercial city, it is also the business hub. People travel to the city for all kinds of reasons like a business trip, leisure travel, solo travel, food trip, honeymoon, and family vacations. It is also one of the top cities for medical tourism in the world. Whenever you are on a trip, make sure to book hotel rooms in Mumbai for a hassle-free experience. If you are on a plan to spend some quality time with your partner, then you can book couple-friendly rooms in Mumbai. If you are a solo traveler, then hotel rooms on an hourly basis and 24 hour check-in hotel rooms are also available. Make sure to book a hotel room near to the Mumbai airport. If you are traveling via train, you can also book your hotel room near Mumbai railway station. Booking your rooms near these places will help you save some traveling time

Most of the monuments in Mumbai have a gothic style of architecture since they are built during the British era. Many iconic monuments in the city can take you back to the pages of history. Here are the top 10 monuments worth visiting to experience the history of the grand city.

1-Chhatrapati shivaji terminus

Built-in the year 1887, this railway station has been declared as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2004. It is India’s finest and oldest Victorian-Italianate-Gothic style building designed by F.W Stevens. It is made from marble and has ornamental ironwork. For a history buff, this place should be on the top of must-visits. It is the second most photographed monument after the Taj Mahal.

2-Gateway of India

Being one of the iconic historical monuments in India, Gateway of India was erected to commemorate the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary in India in December 1911. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the country. It was built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture and is made with stones. There are many couple friendly hotels near the Gateway of India where you can comfortably stay with your partner and enjoy an amazing trip.

3-Townhall

The Townhall in Mumbai is built in the 1800s and has a Roman and Greek style of architecture. It is designed by Colonel Thomas Cowper. It is one of the majestic colonial structures in the country and houses a public state library called the Asiatic Society of Mumbai. It contains a huge collection of ancient manuscripts in Sanskrit, Urdu, Persian, and Prakrit. It is regarded as one of the prized possession from Victorian age Mumbai.

4-Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

It is an iconic museum from the year 1905 and was earlier known as Prince of Wales Museum. It is Indo Saracenic style of architecture designed by George Wittet. It shows a huge collection from archaeology, art, and natural history

5-Rajabai Clock Tower

This is a 140-year-old clock tower that has been built taking inspiration from Big Ben in London. This Italianate Clock Tower was built in the year 1865 and is a spectacular Gothic-style monument made from Porbandar stone and Blashfield’s terracotta dressings from Lincolnshire. It has a drinking fountain at its 85m tall tower.

6-Mumbai High Court

This Gothic-style architectural monument was built in the year 1870 and was designed by Colonel James Augustus Fuller. It is made from Porbandar, Stucco, Sewri, and Coorla stones. The placement of red tiles in the high pitched roofs gives it an even better esthetic view from afar.

7-Taj Mahal Palace and Tower

Talk about Mumbai and The Taj Mahal Palace go hand in hand. It is one of the most famous monuments of the city. It was built by Sir J. N. Tata in the year 1903. It was built following the breakout of a massive plague epidemic out of pure love for the city. The iconic red Moorish domes are what defines the entire. It was also the first air-conditioned hotel in the country. The hotel is one of the costliest in the country. But there are many hotels in Colaba in Mumbai where you can comfortably stay and go for site seeing near the Taj Mahal Towers.

8-The Bombay Stock Exchange

It also called Phirozee Jeejeebhoy Towers in Dalal Street. It was built in the year 1875 as the Native Share and Stock Broker’s Association and is regarded as the 1st and largest securities market in India.

9-Mount Mary’s Basilica

It is one of the best churches in Mumbai. The monument is 100 years old but the original statue dates back to the 16th century and is from Portugal. It is a semi gothic style of an architectural monument. It attracts a lot of tourists during the Bandra Fair. To attend the fair, many tourists around the country visit Mumbai, book hotels in Bandra and enjoy a very enjoyable time.

10-Haji Ali Dargah

This shrine was built in the year 1431 in the memory of Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. Situated on an islet off the coast of Worli, it is one of the most iconic monuments of the city. It looks like it is floating in the middle of the sea and gives a mesmerizing view. People from all faith are welcomed in this mosque.

These monuments are just a glimpse of what the entire city offers in the matter of rich culture and heritage. There are many more to a beautiful city. You can also gorge into the lip smacking and delicious Mumbai Street food while you are here.

As said by Mehak Batra

“Mumbai is like a giant piece of soul. Every time a new person comes to Mumbai and attach oneself to this city regardless of wherever you go after that, it travels with you, enriching you.”