Last month I had a quick visit to Mumbai and explored some parts of the city with Desi Traveler. On the last day, we booked taxi and kept moving from one place to another. Haji Ali was one of the halts on our way. This Photo Journey shares more about Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai, timings and some do's/don'ts.
Haji Ali Dargah is located on shoreline and high tide area in Mumbai. The very first photograph of Haji Ali is clicked from the road where you need to park the car, if planning to visit the mosque. Please note that cameras are not allowed inside the Haji Ali dargah. At least I was stopped at entry gate and not carry camera inside. I dropped the idea of going beyond that point and came back towards the famous Haji Ali juice shop.
I tried clicking Haji Ali Photographs from different places around the main road and most of the photographs are clicked with cell phone camera.
There is also a famous Haji Ali Song, which remind me of this place now. And if you haven't yet listened to this song, go and check. I am sure you would love it.
Haji Ali Mumbai is one of the main places to visit in the city. The Haji Ali Dargah was constructed in 1431 in memory of a wealthy Muslim merchant, Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who gave up all his worldly possessions before making a pilgrimage to Mecca. Hailing from Bukhara , in present-day Uzbekistan , Bukhari travelled around the world in the early to mid 15th century, and eventually settled in present-day Mumbai. Check out more - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haji_Ali_Dargah
The Dargah is built on a tiny islet which is located 500 meters from the coast and in the middle of Worli Bay. Haji Ali is in the vicinity of Worli . The edifice is a brilliant specimen of the Indo-Islamic style of architecture and I wish I could go closer to click some good photographs there. The islet is linked to the city precinct of Mahalakshmi by a narrow causeway, which is nearly a kilometre long.
Haji Ali Mosque is clearly visible from a distance. This is the high tide area during evenings.
Here is the famous Hai Ali Juice Centre which goes great business here. I noticed long queues of cars parked in front of this Juice centre and people order light snacks with fresh juices.
It was getting dark. We spotted a tea vendor along the road and tried tea in Mumbai. Detailed experience of tea in Mumbai can be checked here.
I loved shooting Haji Ali in blue hour during monsoons. Isn't it best mood. Blue shades and a yellow boat to add appropriate color contrast.
I would request you to follow these things when traveling -
- Manage your waste well and don’t litter
- Use dustbins. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin.
- Avoid bottle waters in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem.
- Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits.
- Don't play loud blaring music in forests of jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite