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Locally known as Mazagaon Hill, this 124-year-old park has a jogging track, a children's area, a senior citizen's corner, a study center, fountains and a tiny temple cut out of the rocks for those who have more than an evening walk on their minds. The view of the docks from this garden is spectacular.
The center offers interactive exhibits that help children decipher and understand the mysteries of science. There is also an outdoor science park that gives kids a chance to understand science through games. The center organizes programs, science expositions, creative science workshops, film festivals and a science drama festival on a regular basis. It houses a terrific bookstall called Third Wave that sells great scientific toys and books.
Nehru Planetarium is the city's premier science institution. Other than just being a planetarium, the center is also home to lectures on scientific and social science subjects, art exhibitions, music and drama performances. Special arrangements can be made to watch, study and photograph lunar and solar eclipses. The always playing 'Discovery of India' exhibition covers the artistic, cultural and intellectual achievements in India through the ages. Only cash accepted.
August Kranti Maidan is associated with India's freedom movement. It is here that Mahatma Gandhi told the British to 'Quit India' on 8th August 1942. Formerly the maidan (or open ground) was also known as Gowalia Tank, because cows used to be bathed at the tank. Today the tank has disappeared and a small garden and a memorial has come up at the site. Mani Bhavan, a small pre-independence house, turned into Gandhi Memorial is another attraction nearby.
No visit to Mumbai is complete without an excursion to the bazaars of Kalbadevi. It was known as The Native Town in British times. It is here that you can buy anything from jewelry (Zaveri Bazaar), dress material (Mangaldas Market), household goods (Bhuleshwar Road), stationery (Abdul Rahman Street), or electrical items (Lohar Chawl). Jama Masjid and Mumbadevi Temple are also nearby. Just be there!
Great for an evening outing with your children or friends, this park has decent sitting areas as well as a playground. You can enjoy your morning walk or simply take a stroll in the evening. Enjoy a break from the bustling city life by stopping by at the S K Patil Park.
Situated along the Marine Drive, the Taraporewala Aquarium houses exotic marine life and rare species of fish as well as some exquisite pearl jewelry. The place has three large rooms with various kinds of fish tanks. The large tanks have sharks, octopus, kite fish, and the smaller ones display corals, worms, sea flowers and sea horses. Call ahead for further details.
Also known as Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens, the Hanging Gardens were built in 1880 and renovated in 1921. They were named Hanging Gardens because of their location on the slope of a hill. This terrace garden looks south from Malabar Hill towards Colaba and gives a panoramic view of the city and a spectacular sunset. It is built over three reservoirs, which store around 30 million gallons of water. In the mornings, it is the haunt of joggers and fitness freaks and a hideout place for young couples in the evenings.