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Things to Do in Mumbai

  • Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue

    The Greek word 'synagogue' means 'house of prayer' and generally refers to Jewish prayer assemblies. Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue is a religious, heritage edifice, located in the Fort area of Mumbai. Jacob Elias Sassoon and his brothers built this old Orthodox synagogue in the honour of their father Eliyahoo Sassoon in 1884. An important place of religious interest among Jewish people, this pious site of worship is of Sephardic Rite.

    The building, which was designed by famous architects - Gostling and Morris, is painted in bright blue colour. Giani Zail Singh, the former President of India, visited Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue in 1985 to celebrate the centennial anniversary of this structure. In the same year, the Indian Post Office issued a stamp to mark the 100th anniversary of this Jewish establishment.

    Gavriel Noach Holtzberg (an Orthodox Rabbi) and the Chabad Emissary (shallach) to Mumbai offered services here until November 2008 Mumbai attacks. Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, managed by the Jacob Sassoon Trust, is a prime Jewish centre as well as a popular place of interest.

  • Prithvi Theatre

    Prithvi Theatre is a famous performing arts centre and landmark in the vibrant metropolis of Mumbai. It is counted amongst the best and most well-facilitated theatres across the city. The theatre was established by the well-known Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor in remembrance of his father Prithviraj Kapoor, a pioneer of Indian cinema and theatre.

    Prithviraj Kapoor owned an acting troupe called Prithvi Theatres, which used to perform plays across the country. After the theatre company was shut down due to his illness, he continued to lend support to the troupe members in every way possible. Post his death, his son Shashi Kapoor formed Shri Prithviraj Kapoor Memorial Trust & Research Foundation in 1975. The present-day Prithvi Theatre was built in 1978, as a subsidiary of this memorial trust. It was established on the same spot where Prithviraj once formed a small performance and practising space for his group.

    More than 550 shows and plays are staged on an annual basis in the 200-seater Prithvi Theatre. Its foyer has a special display gallery, where art and photography exhibitions are organised. A tiny bookshop also forms a part of the compound. You can buy memorabilia like film DVDs and books about different performing arts here. What forms a major highlight of this heritage theatre is the Prithvi Café, which is a popular hangout of the city and earns recognition for its delicious brownies, Irish coffee and special cutting chai.

    Prithvi Theatre Festival, the annual celebration of this performing arts venue, is a major event in the city. From local and national drama groups to famous international troupes, several talented artists get a chance to display their skills during this festival. It also features an exhibition about a notable theatre personality or topic every year. The annual memorial concert of this theatre is another event organised here. The renowned tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain has a strong association with this music concert.

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How to Reach Mumbai

By Air

Mumbai is the gateway to India for a large number of travellers and is extremely well connected by air with most major destinations around the world as well as in India. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport lies about 30 kilometres north of the city. The Santa Cruz Domestic Airport is about 4.5 kilometres from the international airport and 26 kilometres north of the city.


By Train

Mumbai is very well connected to rest of India by trains. Trains travelling from Central, East and West India arrive at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, or VT as it used to be called. Trains from the North arrive at Mumbai Central Station.

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Best Time to Visit Mumbai

Mumbai is the gateway to India for a large number of travellers and is extremely well connected by air with most major destinations around the world as well as in India. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport lies about 30 kilometres north of the city. The Santa Cruz Domestic Airport is about 4.5 kilometres from the international airport and 26 kilometres north of the city.

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