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“A cultural experience, undoubtedly!”
Review of Haji Ali Mosque

Haji Ali Mosque
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Sitting on a jetty in the Arabian sea, this spectacular white mosque was built to honor and house the remains of the Muslim saint Haji Ali.
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“A cultural experience, undoubtedly!”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

A note before the review in itself: I have travelled extensively. However, I found the visit to this mosque overwhelming!

It was my first day in India. I couldn’t understand so much noise pollution, such crowds, such dirtiness, such chaos. I was prepared for beggars and people with physical problems. But the visit to Haji Ale Mosque exceeded all I had ever imagined!

Having said this, and now in the distance, I can say the mosque is worth a visit. Not because of the mosque itself only, but for everything around it. It is not an easy visit for a Westener in my opinion. However, I’m glad I did it.

The mosque can only be visited when the tide is low as when the tide is high the path gets submerged and it becomes inaccessible. Along the path leading to the mosque you will be able to see water polluted with ALL sorts of man-made junk! A pity! The Arabian Sea is so beautiful! But it can’t be enjoyed with such dirt! Huge plastic garbish bins are EMPTY!!! The sea shore seems to be the place to drop your rubbish. Unfortunately, some thoughtless tourists and (local) visitors do not mind polluting the sea.

Baby goats and Indian children sailing on bags (full of I don’t know what) can be seen as well.
As son as you enter the grounds of the mosque you find in a marble courtyard with the Dargah (tomb). The tomb is covered with green and red coloured chaddars.

Women must wear head scarves (provided for free) and both men and women should be barefoot. Actually, women are not allowed IN the mosque. There is a window for them to look inside. The whole place has a holy atmosphere. The walk to the mosque is spiritual, and it is a good way to see the locals' devotion to the place and to admire faith practitioners with utmost sincerity. Irrespective of faith and religion, people go there to get blessings of the legendary saint.

Laughable security as in other parts of India.

An enriching, though hard, cultural experience, undoubtedly!

Visited January 2013
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“Great Religious Place”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

If you happen to be @ Mumbai can't miss visiting this holy shrine. Just walking distance from Mahalaxmi temple. Then shrine is kind of situated about 100-125 mts off the beach / surface.

But overall you will have a great experience!!

Visited August 2013
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“Haji Ali Dargah”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

The Haji Ali Mosque or Dargah is one of the oldest landmarks in Mumbai as far as I can remember. You can go there only when the tide is low. During high tide the path gets submerged and it is inaccessible. Before entering just ask anybody around and they will guide you about the tide timmings. Its a nice walk to the Dargah although the road can have portholes due to the sea continuously eroding it. Once you enter the gate there is the marble courtyard with the Dargah. The tomb is covered with green and red coloured chaddar. Go a bit further up and just see the endless sea. Its wonderful. At times you may have beggars who will pester you for a few coins. After the visit you can have a bite at the famous Haji Ali Juice centre. Their grilled sandwitches are really good and the pizza. All the juices and milk shakes that they prepare are good. The Juice centre is opened till late in the night.

Visited October 2012
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“Great Religious Place”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

I always wonder how this mosque was built, it is almost on the sea. If you have seen the song "Piya Haji Ali" from the movie Fiza, you have already seen this mosque, but going there physically was alltogether a different experience. You will find people from all kind of backgrounds there. Once I also had a wish with which I came here and I would like to believe it was granted by the divine power here.

Visited December 2012
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Was under renovation. But the walking passage to it from the mainland through creek was a new experience.
Noted for its holy aptitude.

Visited March 2013
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