• SIOP ASIA 2020

Gate Way of India

The Gateway of India is an arch monument built during the 20th century in Mumbai, India. The monument was erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bunder on their visit to India in 1911. Built in Indo-Saracenic style, the foundation stone for the Gateway of India was laid on 31 March 1911. The structure is an arch made of basalt, 26 meters (85 feet) high. The final design of George Wittet was sanctioned in 1914 and the construction of the monument was completed in 1924. The Gateway was later used as a symbolic ceremonial entrance to India for Viceroys and the new Governors of Bombay. It served to allow entry and access to India. It is located on the waterfront at Apollo Bunder area at the end of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg in South Mumbai and overlooks the Arabian Sea. The monument is the city's top tourist attraction.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (station code: CSMT), formerly known as Victoria Terminus, is a historic railway station and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways. The station was designed by Frederick William Stevens according to the concept of Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and meant to be a similar revival of Indian Goth (classical era) architecture. The station was built in 1887 in the Bori Bunder area of Mumbai to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The new railway station was built to the south of the old Bori Bunder railway station. It is one of the busiest railway stations in India, serving as a terminal for both long-distance trains and commuter trains. The station's name was changed from Victoria Terminus (code BBVT) to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (code CSTM) in March 1996 in honour of Emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji, founder of the Maratha Empire. In 2017, the station was again renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (code CSMT).

Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a collection of cave temples predominantly dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. They are located on Elephanta Island, or Gharapuri (literally "the city of caves") in Mumbai Harbour, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the east of the city of Mumbai in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The island, located offshore about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) west of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port, consists of five Shaivite caves and a few Buddhist stupa mounds that may be dating to the 2nd century BCE, as well as a small group of two Buddhist caves with water tanks. The Elephanta Caves contain rock cut stone sculptures that show syncretism of Hindu and Buddhist ideas and iconography. The caves are hewn from solid basalt rock. Except for a few exceptions, much of the artwork is defaced and damaged.The main temple's orientation as well as the relative location of other temples are placed in a mandala pattern. The carvings narrate Hindu mythologies, with the large monolithic 20 feet (6.1 m) Trimurti Sadashiva (three-faced Shiva), Nataraja (Lord of dance) and Yogishvara (Lord of Yoga) being the most celebrated.

Colaba Causeway

Colaba Causeway, officially known as Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, is a commercial street, and a major cause way or land link between Colaba and the Old Woman's Island in the city of Mumbai, India. It lies close to the Fort area, and to the east of Cuffe Parade, an upmarket neighborhood in South Mumbai, and close by are Mumbai's famous landmarks, the Gateway of India and Taj Mahal Palace & Tower.

Global Vipassana Pagoda

The Global Vipassana Pagoda is a Meditation Dome Hall with a capacity to seat around 8,000 Vipassana meditators (largest such meditation hall in the world) near Gorai, North-west of Mumbai, India. The Pagoda was inaugurated by Pratibha Patil, then President of India on 8 February 2009. It is built on donated land on a peninsula between Goraicreek and the Arabian Sea. The pagoda is to serve as a monument of peace and harmony. The Global Vipassana Pagoda has been built out of gratitude to Sayagyi U Ba Khin (1899 - 1971), Vipassana teacher and the first Accountant-General of Independent Burma, who was instrumental in Vipassana returning to India, the country of its origin. Built entirely through voluntary donations, the purpose of the Global Vipassana Pagoda is to: 1) share information about Vipassana, and 2) spread information on Gotama the Buddha and his teachings.

Taraporewala Aquarium

Taraporewala Aquarium is India's oldest aquarium and one of the city's main attractions. It hosts marine and freshwater fishes. The aquarium is located on Marine Drive in Mumbai. It was re-opened after renovation on March 3, 2015. The renovated aquarium has a 12-feet long and 180-degree acrylic glass tunnel. The fish will be kept in large glass tanks, which will be lit with LED lights. 2,000 fishes of over 400 species and has been renovated at a cost of Rs.22 crore (approx Rs 7.5 crore for aquariums and Rs. 16.5 crore for construction work done by Public Works department). The exotic fish from overseas has been introduced at the new aquarium the number of new varieties of marine fish at 70.

Jehangir Art Gallery

Jehangir Art Gallery is an art gallery in Mumbai (India). It was founded by Sir Cowasji Jehangir at the urging of K. K. Hebbar and Homi Bhabha. It was built in 1952. Managed by the Committee of Management, the entire cost of this mansion was donated by Cowasji Jehangir. This gallery is situated at Kala Ghoda, behind the Prince of Wales Museum, in South Mumbai near the Gateway of India, and has four exhibition halls. The gallery was designed by G.M.Bhuta for G.M. Bhuta & Associates.

Film City

Film City is an integrated film studio complex situated near Sanjay Gandhi National Park at Goregaon East, Mumbai in India. It has several recording rooms, gardens, lakes, theaters and grounds that serve as the venue of many Bollywood film shootings. It was built in 1977 by the state government to provide facilities and concessions to the film industry. The plan for Film City was prepared and executed under the guidance of V. Shantaram. It was renamed Dadasaheb Phalke Nagar in 2001 in memory of India's first producer-director-screenwriter Dadasaheb Phalke, who is considered father of Indian film industry. It has been the shooting location for almost all Bollywood films. It has all types of location available for shooting including a temple, prison, court, lake, mountains, fountains, villages, picnic spots, garden and even a man-made waterfall.

Juhu Chowpatty Beach

Juhu Beach is one of the most famous and most visited beach in Mumbai. It has a big shore line. You will find people jogging on the beach during early morning and evening. Security is managed well and you will see Mumbai Police patrolling the beach regularly. Best time of the day is evening time, as you will see the sunset, beautiful lighting and various vendors offering food and articles for sale. Juhu Beach is a favourite shoot location for the film industries as it provides beautiful ambiance for shooting. Children and tourist love this beach.Well-known seaside destination with restaurants, bars & hotels situated in an affluent part of town.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Sanjay Gandhi National Park is an 87 km² protected area near Mumbai in Maharashtra State in India. It was formerly known as Borivali National Park. It is notable as one of the major national parks existing within a metropolis limit and is one of the most visited parks in the world.Sprawling, forested park home to the ancient Kanheri Caves, a lion & tiger safari & nature trails.

Bandra

Bandra is a coastal suburb located on Salsette Island in Maharashtra, India. The suburb is located to the immediate north of the Mithi River, which separates Bandra from Mumbai City. It is the third-largest commercial hub in Maharashtra, after Mumbai and Pune. The name "Bandra" possibly originates from the Persian and Urdu word for port, or "bandar." Bandra is known as Vandre, which also means 'port' and is possibly derived from the same Urdu/Persian word.

Place of Interest in Bandra-

Mount Mary's Church

More than 100 years old church located on Bandra West. It is also known as 'The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount'. What makes this church even more beautiful is that it is sited on top of a hill known as 'Sunderban Bandra', which overlooks the mighty Arabian Sea. It is believed that the church has unbelievable healing powers and for this reason, the church is herded by devotees every day.

Bandstand Promenade

The Bandstand Promenade, also known as Bandra Bandstand is a 1.2 kilometer long walkway along the sea on the western coast of Mumbai, India in the neighborhood of Bandra. It is simultaneously a popular hangout spot, a jogging track and a park.

Hill Road

Hill Road (officially renamed as Ramdas Nayak Road) is an arterial road in Bandra (West), Mumbai, India. Hill Road is a popular shopping street and houses a number of old and new brands, hand in hand with the omnipresent illegal street vendors leading to severe traffic congestion.

Linking Road

Bandra’s Linking Road fascinates many for its street shopping experiences. Its one of the best places for road side shopping in Mumbai for latest trends clothing, accessories, shoes and more at Mumbai Suburban queen Bandra.

Bandra Fort

Castella de Aguada, also known as the Bandra Fort, is a fort located in Bandra, Mumbai. "Castella" is a misspelling for Portuguese "Castelo". Properly, it should be called Castelo da Aguada, although it seems its Portuguese builders actually called it Forte de Bandorá. It is located at Land's End in Bandra.

Bandra Lake

Bandra Talav locally referred to as Swami Vivekanand Talav is a small lake located in Bandra, Mumbai. The lake was formerly known as Lotus Tank and is a Grade II heritage structure. The lake was also called "Motha Sarovar" and was constructed by a rich Konkani Muslim of Navpada, an adjoining village.