Haji Ali Dargah is the complex housing the tomb of the Muslim Saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. Along with the tomb, there is also a Masjid at Haji Ali. It is held in reverence by people of all faiths and it is beleived that a wish made here comes true. I have always wanted to be here and when the opportunity came I did not want to miss it. In fact this was the first place to visit during my short three day visit to Mumbai. It is located about 500 meters into the sea close to the Mahalaxmi Race Course. We were there on a Friday and the place was pretty crowded. Due to the Friday Prayers entry to public was closed for nearly an hour around lunch time. This caused a huge rush by the time entry was opened again.
There are many eateries lined along the pathway as also a large number of beggars who pester you for alms. The local shop owners too try to sell you their wares. The complex itself is well managed but the area surrounding the pathway is dirty and full of litter. This needs to be kept clean. As mentioned due to the rush we were rushed all along but once inside the complex things were better managed. It does get pretty warm during the afternoon so a better time to come here would be early morning or late evening. Parking is a big problem so one should take a taxi or park some distance away. Luckily for us a helpful taxi driver guided us to the Heera Panna mall across the road where we were able to park comfortably.
We would have loved to spend some more time here but had other places to visit. Maybe when I am in Mumbai next I will do that.
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