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Royal Opera House

Marvel at the fading baroque grandeur of this former opera house and then visit one of Mumbai’s most popular beaches.

Mumbai’s Royal Opera House is a fine example of baroque architecture and one of the last surviving opera houses in India. It dates back to the early 1900s and was inaugurated by King George V. The Royal Opera House hosted live performances until 1935, after which it became a theater and cinema until it closed in the early 1990s. It provided the springboard for the famed theater actor Prithviraj Kapoor and the singer Lata Mangeshkar. Walk past the dramatic exterior to appreciate its faded grandeur.

Stand at the building’s entrance and gaze up at the ornate façade. Check out the elegant balconies, elongated columns, Italianate balustrades and shuttered windows. Look up at the intricately carved sculptures adorning the pediment. They portray musicians and cherubs playing instruments such as the cello, harp, flute and violin. Crowning the pediment are waving figures, cherubs and a coat of arms.

Located in the Girgaon district, the Royal Opera House is about a 15-minute drive from Colaba and Kala Ghoda, two popular tourist areas of Mumbai. The closest train station is Charni Road Railway Station and public buses also stop nearby. Alternatively, get here by taking one of Mumbai’s many tuk-tuks and taxis. Walk here via the picturesque Marine Drive Jogging Track, a coastal boulevard that stretches between Nariman Point and Malabar Hill.

Combine your trip to the opera house with visits to nearby attractions. Sit on the golden sand of Chowpatty Beach, where families enjoy picnics, children play on fairground rides and snake charmers entertain passersby. Be sure to try traditional Indian street food such as bhel puri, which is a snack of puffed rice, vegetables and a spicy tamarind sauce.

About a 20-minute walk from the beach is the Hanging Gardens, a scenic hilltop park decorated with sculpted hedges and topiary. For more sightseeing, wander through the streets of the Malabar Hill district to Banganga Tank. This ancient sacred pool is part of the 12th-century Walkeshwar Temple complex.


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OYO 15519 Hotel Grand Residency

OYO 15519 Hotel Grand Residency

4 Nusser House Opera House, Opp. Roxy Cinema Girgaon Charni Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    2.5 out of 5.0
     
     

    Located in Girgaon, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Royal Opera House, Mohammed Ali Road and Chor Bazaar. Hanging Gardens and Jaslok Hospital are also ...

    Hotel Sanjary

    Hotel Sanjary

    7, Old Mani Mahal, 2nd Floor, Mathews Rd, Behind Opera House Cinema, Charni Rd, Mumbai, Maharastra
       
       

      Located in Girgaon, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Royal Opera House, Chor Bazaar and Hanging Gardens. Mohammed Ali Road and Jaslok Hospital are also ...

      Hotel Regal Palace

      Hotel Regal Palace

      Opera House, Tata Road No 1, Opp.Roxy Cinema, Sopariwala Estate, Mumbai
        3.0 out of 5.0
         
         

        Located in Girgaon, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lamington Road and Saifee Hospital. Girgaun Chowpatty and Haji Ali Dargah are also within 3 mi (5 ...

        Hotel Regal PalaceAU$69

        Hotel RK

        Hotel RK

        379,Lamington Road,(DB marg), Near Naaz Cinema., Mumbai, MH
          2.5 out of 5.0
           
           

          Located in Girgaon, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lamington Road, Mohammed Ali Road and Chor Bazaar. Hanging Gardens and Jaslok Hospital are also within ...

          Hotel Tourister

          Hotel Tourister

          2nd Floor 348 Tara House Vittalbhai, Patel Rd, Imperial Cinema Compound, Mumbai, Maharashtra
            2.0 out of 5.0
             
             

            Located in Girgaon, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lamington Road, Saifee Hospital and Girgaun Chowpatty. Mahalaxmi Temple and Haji Ali Dargah are ...

            Hotel TouristerAU$47

            Hotel Hira

            Hotel Hira

            215/217, R.R. Road, Opp. Jain Temple, Girgaum Church, Prathana Samaj Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra
              2.5 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in Girgaon, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Saifee Hospital, Mohammed Ali Road and Chor Bazaar. Hanging Gardens and Crawford Market are also within ...

              Treebo Trip Sun City

              Treebo Trip Sun City

              Prathna Samaj Bldg,160 Rajaram Mohan Rd., kotachiwadi, Ambewadi, Girgaon,, Mumbai, Maharashtra
                3.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Located in Girgaon, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lamington Road, Mohammed Ali Road and Chor Bazaar. Hanging Gardens and Crawford Market are also within ...

                OYO 37552 Suncity

                OYO 37552 Suncity

                Prarthana Samaj Bldg,160,Kotachi Wadi, Bhatawadekar Wadi,Ambewadi, Mumbai, Maharashtra
                  3.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in Girgaon, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lamington Road, Mohammed Ali Road and Chor Bazaar. Hanging Gardens and Crawford Market are also within ...

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