Mumbai is known by the name Maximum City or the City that never sleeps. Mumbai has beautiful tourist attractions, lovely beaches and smashing malls. However there is no dearth of spiritual destinations too. The Haji Ali is one such religious destination that can inspire you to go off on a wonderful 48 hour trip.
Where to Go
Haji Ali is a famous mosque and dargah that’s located on the Worli Islet n South Mumbai. The dargah is in the centre of Mumbai city and is one of its most beautiful spots. This is known to be one of the most prominent examples of Indo Islamic architectures and is revered for containing the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari
You can hire a vehicle from the best bike rental in Mumbai and drive to worli in South Mumbai.. You will be able to see the picturesque Worli Bay that contains a small islet which houses Haji Ali Dargah. The Mahalakshmi city zone is connected to the islet by a 0.62 mile causeway.
What to Do
There is an interesting aspect of Haji Ali….the accessibility is dependant on tides. The causeway doesn’t have railings and therefore is completely submerged during high tide and is totally cut off. During low tide it’s easy to access this place. Most pilgrims and tourists vouch for the fact that walking on the causeway flanked by the open sea on both sides is a wonderful experience
The structure as mentioned is Indo Islamic…there is a marble courtyard that contains the central shrine. The tomb of Haji Ali is covered by a gorgeous green and red chaddar or a cover sheet and supported by a priceless silver frame and pure marble pillars. The central hall has marble pillars that have beautiful mirror work, yellow, red and green glass chips in a kaleidoscope style that contain the 99 names of Allah. Separate praying rooms for men and women are there in accordance with Islamic tradition
Interestingly Haji Ali dargah has been featured in many Bollywood movies. There is a famous song from Karishma Kapoor Hrithik Roshan starrer Fiza that’s named Piya Haji Ali.
Where to Eat
There are some great places to eat an awesome meal near the Haji Ali Dargah. If you need snacks there is the yummy Haji Ali Juice centre that’s just half a km away…it serves fresh juices, pav bhaji, Chinese and Indian snacks. There is Café Noorani that serves kebabs, biryani and sumptuous indo Islamic food. Neel is a posh restaurant where you can get fancy meals in a great ambience. And if it’s just some coffee that you are looking for then Di Bella Coffee that’s just half a km away will serve your purpose.
Contact car rental Mumbai and choose the very best….just log in to www.ziphop.in and you will be all set for your trip. Once you are done with touring Haji Ali you can visit the Mahalakshmi temple and the Nehru Planetarium…both of which are nearby, you can also visit the Sree Swami Narayan temple and the Indo Nepal Art centre. If you feel like shopping then the Premsons bazar and Heera Panna shopping centre are nearby
Where to Stay
There are plenty of great hotels around worli…one good choice is Hootel Rosewood that’s 0.6 km away. The Claridge Hotel is just 1.4 km away and it offers a luxe ambience. Other great star hotels in this area are Treebo Olive Nest and Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai.
Distance from Mumbai
The Haji Ali Mosque is in Lala Lajpatrai Marg in Mahalaxmi Race course…as mentioned in the middle of Worli Bay. You can get more information about the dargah by calling 9052343500
It will take you 20 minutes to reach the shrine from worli if the causeway isn’t crowded.