1. Mount Mary church (Bandra)The basilica of Mount Mary church stands on a hillock, about 80 meters above sea level overlooking the Arabian Sea. The building is only a 100 years old. However the history lies in the deep pasts. In the 16th century it was said that a Koli fisherman dreamt of finding a statue of the Virgin Mary floating in the sea. The locals called the statue as ‘mot mauli’ literally meaning the ‘pearl mother’. After it was installed in 1700 the Arabian pirates that were interested in gilt lined object in the hand cut the entire hand off. Now Christian and Hindu worshipers both visit this shrine.
2. Gilbert Hill (Andheri)This 2nd grade historical monument that stands 200 feet high is made with black basalt rock. It has an unbelievably vertical face for Mother Nature. This huge rock is made of molten lava that got squeezed out of the earth’s cleft some 66 million years ago. History says that originally, this rock was a part of a really huge ridge whose remnants are seen in Jogeshwari.
3. Gateway of India (colaba)George Wittet, on whose tapestry many other noble buildings in the city were made, made the plans for the Gateway of India. This monument was erected in the memory of King George, and his wife Maria von Teck. Originally this monument was designed for passengers from P&O steamers. Here’s where the story takes a toll, the English chose this place to finally say goodbye to India after all.
4. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) (Victoria Terminus)This railway station uses architecture that has a similar revival of Indian Goth (classical era) architecture. The station was then rebuilt as the Victoria Terminus, named after the then reigning Queen Victoria. The station has been renamed 4 times. It was originally known as Bori Bunder from 1853-1888. It was rebuilt as Victoria Terminus to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. In 1996, the name of the station was again changed to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in honor of Emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji, founder of the Maratha Empire.
5. Taj Hotel (Colaba)You know rumors that Jamshedji Tata was refused entry in an English hotel, and thus he built the Taj all out of spite. What you don’t know is that originally the taj entrance was supposed to be facing the ocean. Thus having more grandeur than what it is offering now. The workers messed it up, and built the wall facing the ocean. It is rumored that W. A. Chambers the man responsible for the plans of the Taj committed suicide on witnessing the goddamn mishap.
6. Haji Ali Dargah (Worli)Story time. Once upon a time a man named Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari gave up all his prized possessions in order to go to a pilgrimage in Mecca. He had a recurring dream that stated that he had acted wrong. He was filled with regret and was not keeping well since then. So with the permission of his mother, he and his brother came to the shores of India in Worli. From here he sent his brother back home with a letter for his mother stating his permanent stay in India, for which he asked forgiveness. From then onwards he lived here and preached Islam. In his final days he asked his followers to keep his coffin in the same place where he was found. Keeping his words the followers made a tomb in the middle of the sea where his ship first arrived the shores of India.