My journey from Los Angeles to Mumbai has been a pretty good one. In fact it was the most exciting one and it gave me so many memories which will last for eternity. Mumbai attracts the highest number of foreign tourists and Maharashtra is the most preferred tourist destination in India according to a recent report by the World Travel and Tourism Council. Here’s a look at the five spots in the city that are absolute favorites of international tourists.
GATEWAY OF INDIA
A prominent landmark not only for Mumbai but for the entire country, the Gateway of India overlooks the splendid Arabian Sea. Inaugurated on 4th December 1924 and made in yellow basalt stone, it is the most frequented place by international tourists, especially history buffs and photographers for its flawless Indo-Saracenic architecture and picturesque view. The 26-metre high archway joined with four turrets is a monument that stands tall and best demonstrates the spirit of the city. Already thinking of booking LAX to Mumbai flights? I am glad!
Lined with rows of open concrete wash pens, Dhobi Ghat is considered as the largest open-air laundry in the world, and has been explored by several commercial, art and documentary filmmakers, across the globe. It makes for a spectacular sight when several washermen gather at the same time every day to wash clothes. They use the age-old method of using a flogging stone and a wooden bat to wash clothes and this is a unique sight for many. The colored clothes when starched and hung on wires for drying in a row, makes this place a photographer’s delight. Come on give it a try then. Book your Los Angeles to Mumbai cheap flights as Indian Eagle have the availability of cheap flights to Mumbai in abundance. They are the travel agency that helped me in booking my LAX to Mumbai cheap flights.
HAJI ALI DARGAH
This celebrated Islamic shrine is popular among tourists for its location and the fact that one needs to walk through a narrow pathway amidst the Arabian Sea to reach it. The Haji Ali Dargah is spread over an area of 5, 000 sq meters and consists of three main structures – a dargah, mosque and sanatorium. It houses the tombstone of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari a Muslim saint. The shrine witnesses a huge footfall of visitors irrespective of their religion, social status and nationality. What lures most tourists is the Mughal-style architecture, with imposing white minarets and a large marble-covered entrance. This spiritual place was one of the main reasons behind my booking of LAX to Mumbai cheap flights.
GLOBAL VIPASSANA PAGODA
Regarded as one of the seven wonders of Maharashtra, this large meditation center in Gorai was built in honor of Lord Buddha to spread the universal message of peace. It features among the biggest stone monuments across Asia and houses the sacred bone relics of Gautam Buddha in the main dome. At 325 feet, it is the largest pillarless dome in the world and surpasses Bijapur’s Gol Gumbaz in size. With a seating capacity of 8, 000 people, the Global Vipassana Pagoda is popular among international tourists who come to India in search of nirvana. I did too and that is why I booked cheap flights to Mumbai.
Not all international tourists come to the city to shop for colorful Indian clothes, traditional jewelery or capture the glimpses of unfulfilled life in the underprivileged lanes of Mumbai. A lot of them come to Mumbai to experience the century-old architecture and history. The seven cave excavations in the Elephanta caves and the evolved Brahmanical rock-cut architecture and exquisite sculptures make it a most sought after destination for history-buffs. International tourists flock the caves during the popular Elephanta Festival that promotes art, culture and heritage through various events that are organized at the island.
All these places are just a gist of what Mumbai is all about. I had my best times in Mumbai and wish you have them too. Bon Voyage!