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Mumbai Picnic Spots

Mumbai in particular has a wonderful track record of religious tolerance.

Afghan Church (4.5 km)

In Colaba Island situated at the southern end of the city, church of St. John the Evangelist is located. Work on this church began in 1847. At the entrance, there is a big black board, revealing that it is an Anglican church dedicated to St. John the Evangelist. It is impressive with the wide Gothic Arches and beautiful stained-glass windows.

Hazi Ali Mosque (7.3 km)


The mosque and tomb is situated in central Mumbai and were built by devotees in the early 19th century. It is set 500 yards into the sea and can be reached only in low tide. The structure is a slim solitary minaret. It is linked to the mainland by a tenuous causeway, which is practically nonnegotiable during rough monsoon, tides. Behind the sculpted entrance, a marble courtyard contains the central shrine. Hundreds of worshippers stoop to press their forehead against the richly brocaded red and green chaddar covering the tomb, lying in an exquisite silver frame supported by marble pillars and is decorated with artful mirror work: blue, green, yellow chips of glass arranged in kaleidoscopic patterns interspersed with Arabic patterns which spell the ninety-nine names of Allah. The whitewashed mosque also has a cool courtyard generally full of people and refreshment stalls. The rocks exposed during low tide at the rare end of the mosque are a favourable spot to catch some cool sea breeze. There's nothing somber about the building's cool courtyard, which is generally full of chattering families and refreshment stalls.

Jain Temple

Built with marble in 1904, located on the Malabar Hill, the temple is dedicated to Adinath(the first Tirthankara). The walls of the temple are adorned with colourful paintings depicting various incidents in the lives of the 24 Tirthankaras of the Jain religion. On the first floor is a special shrine dedicated to Parsvanath carved out of black marble and the ceiling shows the different planets as personified in Hindu mythology.

ISKCON Temple

It is a marbled temple having restaurant where pure vegetarian food, as prescribed by the Vedas, is served.

Mahalaxmi Temple(7.2 km)

The Mahalaxmi Temple located at the northern foot of the Malabar Hill, a part of it is now called Breach Candy in Mumbai. This is one of Mumbai's oldest temples dedicated to Mahakali, Mahalaxmi, and Maha Saraswathi. Large number of devotees come to this temple daily.

Kailash Temple

The Kailasha Temple situated near the village of Ellora, 30-km from Aurangabad . It is considered as one of the most astonishing 'buildings' in the history of architecture. This is the largest of 34 excavations at Ellora, which took almost a century. This temple is the world's largest monolithic structure carved from one piece of rock and the most extensive rock-cut projects ever undertaken.

Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple, Prabhadevi

This is Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple at Prabhadevi in Mumbai, a two century old Temple that fulfills the desires of the worshipers. Built of black stone, the idol of Ganesh is two and a half feet in height and two feet in width. An unusual feature of the statue is that the trunk turns to the right, not often found on Ganesh idols. Tuesday is the main day of darshan and puja, but this temple is frequented by hundreds of devotees everyday.

Raudat Tahera (2.5 km)

The Dawoodi Bohra Muslims erected a marble mosque and mausoleum in honour of their spiritual leader the late Dr. Syedna Taher Saifuddin. The lavishly decorated mausoleum has four silver doors and the Koran is inscribed on the inner walls in gold. The air-conditioned Fatemi mosque has 17 arches.

Akloli Ganeshpuri

Ideal for a sojourn. The hot sprigs, Nityanand Ashram, Gurudev Ashram and the Vajreshwari Temple are some of the spots to see. Nearest airport is Mumbai, 60 kms. Nearest railhead are Thane Kalyan on Central Railway and Vasai Road Virar on Western Railway. Mumbai Akloli 80 kms. Via Bhivandi and 88kms. Via Ghodbunder. State Transport buses ply from Thane, Kalyan, Virar and Vasai to Akloli.

Titwala

A pilgrim center sacred twice over-for its Mahaganesh Temple and the temple of Shri Vithoba. Another fascinating temple is the one at Anbarnath, dating back to the 11 th century and built in the 'Hemadpanti style or architecture. Nearest airport is Mumbai, 75 kms. Titwala is a station on Central Railway, but the more convenient railhead is Kalyan. Mumbai-Titwala, 75 kms. via Kalyan (can be visited from Thane, Kalyan and Mumbai) by road.