Thursday, 24 May 2007
Worli, a part of South Mumbai, is a place you cannot miss
if you are traveling towards south Mumbai, it extends from Haji Ali to Prabhadevi and is recognized by its prominent ‘Nehru planetarium white, round dome’.
Some of the most exclusive residential buildings, such as Sumudara Mahal, Eden Hall, etc, in Mumbai are here, in Worli, The sea face near Worli also has a number of extremely exclusive and prestigious residential addresses. Worli used to be one of the Mill lands of Old Mumbai, and now these mills have been converted into Posh Offices and Malls.
Worli has the Mahalaxmi Racecourse, which is also known as ‘The Royal Western Turf Club’ of India, The Mahalaxmi Racecourse is a horse racing ground. The horse racing season starts in November and ends in February. On the first Sunday in February, the Derby (horse race) is conducted annually and is attended by many of the city's glitterati.
The Nehru Planetarium is especially popular with Mumbai's public and visitors, particularly the audio-visual shows at the sky theatre. At the Planetarium, an image of the sky as seen from anywhere in the world at any time, past, present and future 270,000 years either way, can be viewed. Shows in English are held twice a day daily at 3 and 6 p.m. except on Mondays when the planetarium and also the Nehru Science Museum are closed
Adjoining the planetarium is the Nehru Science Centre and a children's science park. Nehru Science Centre is visited by over 600,000 people every year who experience and enjoy the basic principles and marvels of science & technology. It is the largest Science Centre in the country with 8 acres of Science Park planted with varieties of plants, trees and shrubs. More than 50 hands-on and interactive science exhibits on energy, sound, kinematics, mechanics, transport, etc. are installed in the science park.
The Haji Ali shrine is located on a small island on the Arabian Sea overlooking the Worli sea face. There is a walkway which connects the shore to the shrine. This walkway is the only way to enter the shrine and it can be used only during low tides. High tides and monsoon rains completely cover the walkway. Inside the shrine there is a courtyard which normally sports a festive, talkative atmosphere.
The structure has typical white, Mughal domes and minarets. Although it is a famous Muslim pilgrimage site, non-Muslim visitors are welcomed. The shrine looks its best when seen from the shore silhouetted against the setting sun.
On a typical windy evening at Worli sea face, (overlooking the Arabian Sea) you get to see couples meeting on the sly, women friends catching up over corn and conversations, parents with children clamoring for candy floss and rides on the small merry-go-round, there are serious walkers and joggers, some with their dogs during the evening hours.
Some of the well known restaurants in Worli are ‘The Jewel Of India’, which is located near Jade Gardens in Nehru Centre, this restaurant is famous for their Sunday buffets and serves exclusive Indian cuisine with wide range of Kababs. There is also ‘Mela’, which is located neat Love Grove Complex, this is themed on a typical Indian fair with magicians, tattoo artists, fortune tellers and of course a good cuisine. Copper Chimney is another famous restaurant which is known for its Indian cuisine. Mahalaxmi Racecourse also features a restaurant, Gallops, which is populated by the well-to-do couples or families during the day and night. The interior is decorated with a rustic charm, reminiscent of the British imperialism's palaces with the light fixtures, the dainty carriages with the curtains, and still, the stable, with the bolts along the wall and lining the roof.
If you wish to shop, then the famous malls in this vicinity are ‘Heera Panna’ which is near Haji Ali, Pheonix Mills (Big Bazaar) which is behind Nehru Science Centre and Atria Mall which is located near Nehru planetorium.
The best way to travel in and out of Worli is by B.E.S.T buses. There is no railway station in Worli. The nearest station is Mahalaxmi. The other major railway stations are Dadar and Mumbai Central. Worli is connected very well to other parts of the city by roads. Worli - Bandra Sea-link is still under construction and will make the travel from suburbs to the downtown areas very comfortable, when completed.
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