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#11 of 1255 Places To Visit in Mumbai
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Dargarh Road, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400026, India
contact
+91-22-23529082
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No entry fee
timings
All days of the week
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
visit duration
1 to 2 hours

how to reach haji ali dargah

Mahalakshmi Station, Mumbai Central Station, and Byculla Station are the closest to the Dargah. You can either opt for a private cab, auto or state transport bus to reach the beautiful Haji Ali Dargah. Once you disembark at the station, you can opt for local transport such as buses, auto-rickshaws, and even taxis to reach the destination.

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about haji ali dargah

The view of the stark white dome and needle-thin minarets of Haji Ali Shrine against the clear blue skyline, with the Arabian Sea stretching into eternity in the backdrop, is one of Mumbai’s most striking visual icons. Built on a  tiny islet located 500 m off the coast, in the middle of Worli Bay, the Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and dargah (tomb), containing the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, a rich Muslim merchant. Constructed in 1431, the sculptured, elegant whitewashed structure of the dargah, is a brilliant work of Indo-Islamic style of architecture.

The path that leads up to the dargah is the Mahalaxmi causeway, nearly a kilometer long, and has the sea on both the sides. Walking on the causeway with the Arabian ocean on your both sides, as you approach the Haji Ali Dargah’s entrance, magnifies the feeling that you are in the presence of divinity and power much greater than you have possibly felt before. Keep in mind that not only does the causeway not have railings, but also, how accessible it depends on the tide; in times of high tide it gets completely submerged and the dargah is completely cut off and looks more like an island or oasis of divinity. The mosque is just one feature of the dargah; the tomb lies within the mosque covered with a brocaded red and green chaddar (tomb cover sheet). It is surrounded by an exquisite silver frame, supported by marble pillars. Walk through the main hall and you will find the marble pillars adorned with intricate mirror work: blue, green, yellow chips of glass arranged in kaleidoscopic patterns interspersed with Arabic patterns which spell the ninety-nine names of Allah.

Due to erosion, the flow of saline winds and a large number of devotees that visit it daily, the dargah’s 400-year-old structure had corroded and recently underwent restoration, so that it glistens with faith and stands strong for years to come. When you leave Mumbai and as your plane takes off and is gaining height, do look down; your last image of Mumbai is likely to be that of Haji Ali seated serenely, even as the waves crash around it, illuminated in the rays of the sun, reflecting back rays of its own.

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Sagar Gantyala
Sagar Gantyala
The shrine In Water
Jul 01 2014
Haji ali shrine is a Shrine which is located in Water,i.e a Bride of Rocks Connects the shrine and the common land. The Shrine is usually visited by a lot of Muslim caste People. Theirs No Restriction for other caste members everyone can go into shri ...... read more
Shail Agarwal
Shail Agarwal
perfect location
Jun 29 2014
the way to haji ali can be blocked during high tides because the path is through the sea. the shrine itself is beautiful but the loacation makes it even better. the sea waves crashing at the rocks is beautiful.
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