Haji Ali Dargah
The beautiful and immensely popular Haji Ali Mosque is a must visit sight when in the financial capital of India- Mumbai. Every day, thousands of tourists from all around the world of different religions visit the tomb of the holy saint- Haji Ali.
The place is located in the district of Worli and is easily accessible by public as well as private transport vehicles. Being an important tourist destination, taxi drivers, tour guides as well as locals know the location of the place.
The Haji Ali mosque is a fine example of Islamic style architecture. Built in the year1431, the mosque has ancient minarets and other structures typical to that period. Over the years, the holy place has been renovated a couple of times, but in its core, it still carries about the feel of a different era.
Going to the mosque is an experience in itself. The legend goes that the holy saint had asked his followers to drop his coffin into the ocean and create a tomb for him where it was found. When the coffin miraculously perched itself on a small mound of rocks in the middle of the sea, his followers created the tomb. So, a pathway made of gravel leads the devotees to the shrine. Visitors can see the beautiful ocean while walking to the mosque. The pathway is crowded but amazingly organized and no untoward accident has ever taken place there.
On some days, typically Fridays, lucky visitors will get to see Sufi musicians singing praises of God in the traditional ‘Quwali’ style. On other days, the Quwwal Khanna is a place where visitors can relax and take a look at the sea. The best time to sit here is during sunset when the cool sea breeze blows over and devotees can watch a spectacular sunset in the middle of the ocean.
Haji Ali Juice Center:
Right outside the shrine lies the famous Haji Ali Juice Center where visitors can have a glass of fresh juice or dig into a sandwich or a fruit platter. The juice center is over three decades old and is extremely famous for its variety of deserts and juices.