5 Historic Places to Visit in Mumbai during Business Trips
The best part about business trips is exploring the local city before, after, or even in-between your meetings! Whether you’re hosting an international business conference in Mumbai, or you’re the one traveling there, be sure to check out these destinations either on your own or as group excursions!
1.Gateway of India
Often referred to as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai, this 20th-century monument overlooking the Arabian Sea is the city’s most prominent tourist attraction. Built to welcome King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bunder in 1911, and facilitated entry into India as well as exile by the British troops on February 28th, 1948, signifying the end of the British rule in India.
2. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
Originally built in 1887 under the name Bori Bunder railway station, this train station has experienced many reconstructions and name changes to reflect and commemorate reigning Queens and historical warrior kings of India. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers both long distance and local neighborhood trains, acting as a two-birds-with-one-stone opportunity for you to check out the amazing Indian Goth classical architecture before heading off to your next destination.
3. Haji Ali Dargah
As one of the most recognizable landmarks of Mumbai, the Haji Ali Dargah is a must-see for tourists! This dual mosque and tomb feature unique Indo-Islamic architecture as well as legends about doomed lovers – check it out while you’re in Mumbai to learn the whole story!
4. Elephanta Caves
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Elephanta Caves, can be found on Elephanta Island in the Arabian Sea. The island boasts two sets of caves, one a larger group of Hindu caves, and the other a smaller set of Buddhist caves. The Hindu caves feature rock cut stone sculptures that were carved when the cave was used as a Hindu place of worship. Now preserved, the caves and statues were severely damaged when the Portuguese took over in 1534.
5. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation building
BMC is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mumbai, situated opposite of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, and is India’s richest municipal organization. Said to be the largest civic organization not only in India, but all of Asia, the building that houses Mumbai’s governing body is not to be missed!
Check out some culture on your next business trip to India by visiting some of Mumbai’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and exploring the city! Mumbai is home to 18.41 million people based on 2011 statistics, and it can be quite easy to become overwhelmed by the fast pace of the city. With Solo Expenses, one thing you won’t have to worry about while traveling is keeping track of receipts to take home with you. Just upload a photo of your receipt to have it sent directly to your company’s accountant via the cloud so you can simply enjoy all that Mumbai has to offer!