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Malabar Hill

Location: South Mumbai
Specialty: An elite and posh residential area of Mumbai
Attractions: Hanging Gardens, Banganga Tank, Parsi Tower of Silence
Best Time to Visit: October to March

Malabar Hill MumbaiMalabar Hill is Mumbai's most upwardly mobile and posh residential area. A small hillock in Southern Mumbai, Malabar Hill is the highest point in downtown Mumbai with an elevation of 50mts, offering a stunning view of the city that spreads out at its foothill.

Malabar Hill houses a Jain Temple dedicated to Adinath, the first Thirthankara. All built in marble, the temple walls are adorned with colorful paintings depicting incidents culled out from the lives of 24 Thirthankaras of the Jain religion.

There is also Walkeshwar temple, which dates back to the Silhara dynasty. Adjacent to the temple is the famous Banganga Tank, which is the oldest standing structure in Mumbai. The holy Banganga tank holds a two-day colorful and musical festival in the early January each year. Organized by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), the festival sees a convergence of renowned artists performing during the live musical concerts.

Malabar hill has three best parks that Mumbai boasts of - Hanging Gardens, Kamala Nehru Park and Priyadarshini Park. The hill has a Parsi Tower of Silence where Parsis dispose off their dead. A splendid view of the Back Bay with the placid Girgaum Chowpatty beach in the foreground and the glittering expanse of Nariman Point skyline in the background entice tourists to visit the place over and over again.