Mumbai Museum, Memorials , Planetariums Garden and Parks
Bahu Daji Lad Museum (Victoria & Albert Museum)
The museum set amidst lush Veermata Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan was originally established in 1855, as a treasure house of the decorative and industrial arts. Today, it has a rich collection of archaeological finds, original maps, photographs, prints and paintings depicting the history of Mumbai. The museum was recently honoured with an ‘Award of Excellence’ by UNESCO under its Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation Programme, 2005.
Bombay Natural History Society (Hornbill house)
It is located near Prince of Wales museum and is a treasure house of nature’s wonders.
Mani Bhavan (Gandhi Memorial)
Mahatma Gandhi often resided here during his visits to the city. It is now preserved as a national memorial. The building houses a research library, a film and recording archive and a set of diorama on Gandhiji’s life.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastusangrahalay (Prince of Wales Museum)
It is one of the best museums in the country and was earlier named after King GeorgeV, who as Prince of Wales laid the foundation stone in 1905. The museum is housed in an impressive building built in Indo Saracenic style and is surrounded by well laid out gardens.
This imposing structure at Worli, houses the only astronomical centre of the city. The circular sky theatre of the planetarium recreates an image of the sky as seen from anywhere on the earth. A library here has a rich wealth of books specialising on astronomy, astrophysics and space sciences. Nehru Science Centre, adjacent to the planetarium is especially designed for children and youth.
Parks, Gardens & Amusement Parks
Kamla Nehru Park
The children’s park named after the wife of Jawahar Lal Nehru is perched on the beautiful slopes of Malabar Hill. It was laid in 1952 and commands a panoramic view of marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach. The “Old Woman’s Shoe” along with the swings and slides in the park are centre of attraction for children.
Pherozshah Mehta Gardens (Hanging Garden)
This beautiful garden was laid out in 1881, atop a water reservoir. It is also a popular picnic spot and the sun-set view from here is spectacular.
Veermata Jijabai BhonsleUdyan (Victoria Gardens)
The lush garden is a comprehensive complex of a Botanical Garden, Zoo and Museum, which has cultural and historical exhibits. Elephant, camel, pony and boat rides are available.
Sanjay Gandhi national park
It is located near Borivalli railway station, which is about 35km by suburban electric train from the town. The park also called as krishnagiri Upvan, has the Gandhi Smriti Mandir on Pavilion Hill. The Lion Safari Park is very exciting. Kanheri caves, one of the largest groups of Buddhist caves in western India, are another attraction of the park.
Essel World & Water Kingdom (70 km near Gorai beach)
This very popular theme park offers exciting rides and games. The Water Kingdom nerby is great experience for any water loving individual.
Nearest railhead is Malad or Borivalli from where the journey ha to be made by road and sea. It is also approachable by road via Bhayandar on Western Empress Highway.
Fantasy Land (29 km at Jogeshwari)
This amusement park is smaller in size and cheaper as compared to Essel World.