Where is the best architecture in Mumbai?

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Rakhee Ghelani

Without a doubt, the best architecture in Mumbai can be found in South Bombay. Some of the most famous buildings include:

1. The Gateway of India - Probably Mumbai's top attraction, this entrance to the city was built in 1920 to celebrate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary.  Nowadays, it is a meeting place for tourists and locals alike, and is also where you can find a ferry that will take you to Elephanta Caves. 

2. Taj Palace Hotel - Just across the road from the Gateway of India is the infamous Taj Palace Hotel. One of the most luxurious hotels in Mumbai, this grand old building is also architecturally striking.  Take a walk through the reception area, or perhaps revisit the colonial days by having a gin and tonic in the bar. 

3. Horniman Circle - With a stately facade, the buildings of Horniman Circle are laid in a semi-circle surrounding the kept garden. Built in the late 19th Century this region is worth walking around to see some of the other lovely nearby buildings including the stock exchange and St Thomas Cathedral.

4. Rajabhai Clock Tower - This iconic tower was designed with London's Big Ben in mind.  Located inside Mumbai University it looks over the institution and much of Churchgate. Unfortunately it is no longer possible to go inside the tower or the University grounds, but the clocktower is best viewed from the cricket ground across the road. 

5. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - Resembling St Pancras Station in London, it is easy to forget you are in India when you are looking at this magnificent building. With an interesting mix of Gothic and Mughal architecture, this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of Mumbai's best remnants of the Raj Era. 

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