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Fantasies Of Aquatic Life - Taraporewala Aquarium Mumbai

February 6, 2015

With so much of expedition and experiences throughout the journey, Mumbai has bestowed me with the most memorable travel so far. A traveler freak, wildlife lover, artistic mind and much more, all summed up in me and successfully been justified through my journey to Mumbai. Till yet none of the place was disappointing, and with same expectations and anxiety, I was waiting to explore my last destination, Taraporewala Aquarium Mumbai. Located on the sea coasts of Marine Drive, the aquarium is named after a Parsee for his donation given in its construction. As per the view of local inhabitants, it costs nearly 8 lakhs to build this aquarium, in 1951.

Entrance Of Taraporewala Aquarium Mumbai

Entrance Of Taraporewala Aquarium Mumbai | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The place is a host of many fresh water and marine fishes. One of the interesting and oldest attractions of the city, the aquarium includes 100 species of fish with seven different and unique Coral fish from Lakshadweep Island. The other fond attractions were moray eels, turtles, sharks rays, stingrays, sea turtles and small star fishes. A perfect display of the wonders of aquatic life, this aquarium had lost its popularity in the recent years due to ill maintenance and fade looks, and the number of visitors deteriorated sharply. But thanks to Maharashtra Government, a second generation set up has been formulated with more than 1000 square meter space and a touch pool, specially designed for children who can swim in around with different species of fishes. Its new attractions would be both externally and internally beautiful, as well as educational hub for the students. Its swimming tank would be the first of its kinds in India, to explore and learn about the fish species while swimming along with them.

Inside View Of Taraporewala Aquarium Mumbai

Inside View Of Taraporewala Aquarium Mumbai | Image Resource : flickr.com

The most fascinating point of this place for me was Girguam Chowpatty just opposite and well connected to it. My cravings for food at lasts saturated at that place. The delicious snack stalls of Panipuri, Bhelpuri and Pav Bhaji was mouthwatering. Walking along the sides of the beach was a retreat from the tedious routine for many of the visitors. ‘All is well that ends well’, was an appropriate saying for my trip. A serene and peaceful atmosphere at Taraporewala Aquarium Mumbai, with a stroll on Chowpatty gave an experience of a lifetime. A wonderful and heart touching journey it was.

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