Mumbai is not just the financial capital of India but it also has a rich historical past. Mumbai has some of the highest numbers of Billionaire’s of India, and also home to the biggest film industry in the world. But at the same time, it has some of the iconic buildings which reminds us of the cities past.

These iconic buildings are either some of the historic structure in Mumbai or some famous buildings making their mark in the world.

So here are the top 10 iconic buildings in Mumbai that should visit when you are in Mumbai.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Chetan Poojari
Chetan Poojari

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj terminus is one of the busiest railway stations in the entire country. Earlier known as Victoria Terminus, CSMT is a historic railway station and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This 129-year-old iconic structure is still operational as the Cities major railway station and is located in South Mumbai. It is also example of the best Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture.

Built in the British era, the iconic building reminds of the British architecture and the colonial rule in India.

You also get the famous Cannon Pav Bhaji near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.

Gateway of India

I would say this is unofficially the first place to visit for all the tourists in Mumbai. People often start their visit in Mumbai from this historic place and later move towards other places. The iconic structure has become the symbol of the city.

Built nearly 100 years back to commemorate the landing of King George V in India. Gateway of India is one of the most important British architecture in Mumbai. The iconic structure near the Taj Mahal place is a must visit place in Mumbai

Taj Mahal Hotel.

The Taj Mahal Palace is a 5-star luxury, heritage hotel located near The Gateway of India, facing the Arabian Sea. During World War I the hotel was converted into a military hospital with 600 beds.

It was the first iconic building in the country to get intellectual property rights protection for its architectural design.

The hotel not only has a historic past but some horrifying past as well. The hotel got attacked during 26/11 attacks in India. The Taj Mahal Palace is more than 100 years old and holds an important place in Mumbai history. It is one of the most iconic buildings in Mumbai.

Raj Bhai Clock Tower

The Raj Bhai Clock tower is part of The Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai, which was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 2018. The Raj Bhai Clock Tower was modeled similar to the Big Ben in London.

The Iconic tower stands tall off the Mumbai University campus. The place is closed for public viewing since many used it to attempt suicide.


Antilia is not only an iconic building of Mumbai but the world. Antilia is the house of Asia Richest Man, Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani. Antilia is a 30 storey building and is deemed to be the world’s most expensive residential property.

It is considered by some to be the tallest single-family house in the world. With around 600 Staff that maintains the building. Some of the staff monthly salaries is around 1 to 2 lakhs, which is much greater than an average Engineer, MBA Graduate in the country.

Bombay Stock Exchange

The Bombay Stock exchange building also known as Phiroze Jeejeebhoy Tower named after the then chairman of BSE Sir Phiroze Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy. BSE is the first stock exchange of Asia.

The iconic building construction was started in 1970 and completed by 1980. At the time of its completion, it was the tallest building in India. It surely doesn’t hold the record now.

Bombay High Court

The building is part of Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai, which was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 2018. The Bombay High Court was one of the three High Courts in India established at the Presidency Towns by Letters patent granted by Queen Victoria.

Bombay High Court is one of the oldest high court in India. Only one of the few high court that comes under World heritage site.

Haji Ali Dargah

Haji Ali is a Mosque or Dargah(Tomb) of a Sufi saint and a wealthy merchant Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari from Uzbekistan.

The Dargha is located in the Southern part of Mumbai, off Worli coast. You can reach the Dargah along the pathway which goes through the sea. The dargaha was constructed back in 1431.

The shrine is visited by an enormous number of pilgrims. Irrespective of faith and religion, people visit the dargah to get the blessings of the legendary saint. The Structure is located in the middle of the sea. Due to which it becomes one of the iconic structure in Mumbai.

Horniman Circle

Horniman Circle is an iconic circle surrounded by the iconic office complex on all side. The Horniman cirle is named after Benjamin Horniman, editor of The Bombay Chronicle newspaper, who supported Indian independence movement.

The Place overlooks the iconic Asiatic society building. At this Horniman Circle under the Banyan tree the first Stock Exchange of India BSE was started. Later it was moved to the BSE building.

Elphinstone College.

Elphinstone college
Elphinstone college

The Elphinstone College is an institution of higher education affiliated to University of Mumbai. Established in 1856, it is one of the oldest colleges of the University of Mumbai.

The Elphinstone college is an iconic building structure constructed back in 1800’s. The College was started in Mumbai to promote higher education in English language and the Arts, Science and Literature of Europe.

These are the list of some of the iconic building in Mumbai as well in India. Their are many more iconic building in and around Mumbai, which have some historic importance but we tried to keep the list limited.

If you are in Mumbai, you need to visit these places and i Promise you will be awed by these structures.


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