Explore Mumbai in one day | Best Mumbai Tour | Day 3

Day 3 of Mumbai Tour

Cheers Mateys! As we have made it to our Day 3 of Exploring Mumbai in one day. If you have been with us from Day 1 itself, love you guys! But in case you are new, and wish to go through our complete mapped out route towards spending an amazing holiday in Mumbai, go to our Mumbai Tour Day 1 guide and Mumbai Tour Day 2 guide.

Despite the fact of being the most expensive city in India, Mumbai shares the title of being ‘world’s cheapest city’ along with major cities of other countries like Karachi in Pakistan. The city is also known for its network of local trains that webs across the entire city connecting all the regions to one another.

But what makes the Mumbai local trains significant is that, although the trains have a capacity of 200 people, in the real scenario it’s 3 times more. The local trains are known for carrying almost 6 million people daily, which is almost equal to the population of a country like Israel.

National Gallery of Modern Art

National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai was opened to people in 1996. It has different displays and art accumulations of celebrated craftsmen, artists, and diverse civic sculptors.

The Gallery has two branches- one at Mumbai and the other is at Bengaluru. The NGMA is a store of the social ethos of the nation and features the changing artistic expressions through the inception of the last hundred and fifty years beginning from around 1857 in the field of Visual workmanship and Plastic expressions.

The possibility of an art gallery, to sprout and prove to be fruitful was first initialized in 1949. It was supported by Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru and Maulana Azad, along with bureaucrats like Humayun Kabir.

The inauguration of NGMA was marked by a display of exquisite sculptures. All the prominent stone carvers of the time like Debi Prasad Roy Chowdhury, Dhanraj Bhagat, Ramkinkar Baij, Sarbari Roy Chowdhury, Sankho Chaudhuri, and many more had participated. The show discussed the careful arrangements made by the first curator of NGMA, Herman Goetz.

Structured by Sir Arthur Blomfield, as a residential place for the Maharaja of Jaipur, the butterfly-formed structure with a focal dome was worked in 1936. It was styled after an idea of the Central Hexagon, as pictured by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The well-known draftsman conceptualized harmony of exteriors giving the structures an unmistakable character.

Art, Culture, Music, Dance and Theatre of Mumbai

The culture of Mumbai is a rowdy mix of cuisine, dialects, sustenance, expressive arts, film, and celebrations. The city-inhabitants, regularly marked as the ‘Mumbaikars’, lead a quick paced life. Aside from being one of the greatest metropolitan urban communities in the nation, Mumbai guarantees a high-adrenaline, foot-tapping, diverse life to all its occupants. Sustenance and the celebrations are the most critical features of the culture of Mumbai.

Each Mumbaikar is energetic about the rich festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Christmas, Diwali, and Eid. Since the metropolitan is advanced in terms of following the modern way of life, the caste, and creed, religion and faiths assume a lower priority in this city, and the carefree attitude of people breaks all limits.

The occupants of this city are extremely enthusiastic about dance, music, and theatre. Customarily, Marathi ‘Koli’ music that started from the Koli clans in Maharashtra, structure a piece of the melodic legacy of this city. In any case, since Mumbai is home to the renowned Bollywood industry, Bollywood music is the most well-known music heard, played, sung and even performed.

Aside from Bollywood music, Marathi Classical, Indi-pop, Hindustani Classical, English and Western Classical music have developed extensively as famous genres in their own circles.

Dance is another imperative aspect of Mumbai culture. From Bollywood dance to Classical Bharatnatyam, Mumbai is the center point for developing dance ability and numerous people even get the chance to perform in Bollywood films, shows, and theatres.

Mumbai is additionally home to a large group of theatres and renowned performers, for example, the Whistling Woods, Prabhodankar Thackeray Theater Club, and the Rang Sharda are instrumental in monitoring the customary theatre legacy of Mumbai.

David Sassion Library

Apart from being a famous library, the David Sassi on the library is also an old heritage site of Mumbai. The library is situated on Rampart Row, looking over the Kala Ghoda. The structure, finished in 1870, is assembled with yellow Malad stone, much like the adjoining Elphinstone College, Watson’s Hotel and Army and Navy Buildings.

Over the passageway, porch is a white stone bust of David Sassoon. This marble bust was Thomas Woolner’s working model for the statue of Sasson, sculpted at the front of the stairs of the Library.

The thought for a library to be arranged in the focal point of the city was of Albert Sassoon, son of David Sassoon who was a popular Baghdadi Jewish philanthropist, The structure was planned by J. Campbell and G. E. Gosling, for the Scott McClelland and Company, at an expense of Rs. 125,000. David Sassoon contributed Rs. 60,000, while the rest was borne by the Bombay Presidency Government.

Delhi Art Gallery

In the art business since 1993 when the Delhi Art Gallery got set up, their complete accumulation spoke of the scope of Indian art practice over the twentieth century, covering periods, styles, and artistic concerns. The gathering features artists from the mid-twentieth century. While the emphasis is on the advanced period, the Gallery’s art collection likewise features crafts, created by the absolute most praised voyaging European artists from the seventeenth century forward.

The gallery’s Indian art accumulation intently pursues contemporary Western art developments, following topical parallels. The DAG accumulation charts a noteworthy continuum: from artists, for example, Raja Ravi Varma, early century scholastic artists prepared in Bengal and Bombay, those as N. R. Sardesai, J. P. Gangooly, and others.

The timeless artwork by Amrita Sher-Gil, the Bombay Progressives, including any semblance of M. F. Husain, F. N. Souza, K. H. Ara, S. H. Raza, Krishen Khanna, Akbar Padamsee, Ram Kumar, V. S. Gaitonde and Tyeb Mehta. DAG has used this broad accumulation to mount acclaimed artist work and topical displays noted for their trustworthiness and meticulousness of research.

These also incorporate first-historically speaking reviews of artists, for example, Chittaprosad, Rabin Mondal, Avinash Chandra, and G. R. Santosh; topical shows on art from Bengal and Santiniketan, abstracts and legendary art, and those following the inheritance of critical artist, for example, the Progressive Artists’ Group.

The Koli Community of Mumbai

The Kolis of Mumbai have flourished in the concealed quarters of the city, the ‘koliwadas’, which basically signifies a home that opens towards the sea. The ‘Worli Koliwada,’ ‘Vasai Koliwada,’ ‘Sion koliwada,’ and ‘Colaba Koliwada’ are likewise noticeable.

Sometime in the past, when Mumbai was Bombay, and the city was only a dispersed amalgamation of seven islands, the Kolis built up the harbors and the coastlines. As the city went under British support, the inescapable occurred; original occupants were sidelined and minimized.

The Kolis were expelled from Dongri in 1770 by the East India Company. As more tracts of land were recovered and present-day structures came to fruition, the ‘men of the ocean’ were consigned to alcoves. Gothic design, as we appreciate today, consigned them to the edges of the city.

Islands like Kolbhat, Palva Bunder, Dongri, Naigaum, Mazgaon, and Worli were named by the Kolis.

Knesset Eliyahoo Synagogue

Knesset Eliyahoo Synagogue is a place of prayers built up in 1884 by Jacob Elias Sassoon and his siblings to respect their father. It is also a Jewish Center and an acclaimed spot of enthusiasm in Mumbai. Commended modelers, like Gostling and Morris, planned the structure, which was painted in the light blue shade on the first occasion when it was assembled.

Why this spot holds a unique spot as a traveler hotspot in Mumbai is on the grounds that Giani Zail Singh, the previous President of India, visited the synagogue in 1985 as a sign of the 100th-commemoration festivity of the spot. It was on this day that the Indian Post Office issued a stamp to recognize the centennial commemoration of Eliyahoo Synagogue.

A pined for Jewish built up, this site of love is of Sephardic Rite and will clearly be unique in relation to any conjuring knowledge you have had at any point.

The synagogue includes a blend of neo-Classical and Gothic-Victorian engineering. The neo-Classical highlights can be found in the consideration of cast iron sections in the petitioned corridor, and a triangular rooftop on the external façade, like that included in the Asiatic Library and Town Hall.

Curiously, the first shade of the structure was dark. Ten years back, while the structure was being repainted, the painters coincidentally painted it blue. The synagogue has been blue since.


We have now arrived at the end of our Day 3 Tour of the Mumbai City. Today, we covered mostly the Art and Cultural places of Mumbai that have left a deep impact on the city from a long time. In our Day 4 guide of Exploring Mumbai in one day we will take you through some of the hidden gems that most people miss on their holiday to Mumbai.

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