“August 2013, Get ready for all new looking Taraporewala Aquarium which is one of the oldest and leading attractions of Mumbai since 1951 which faded its looks recently and is all ready with new renovations and makeup. A huge second generation aquarium as large as 1098 square meter wide with more species of Indian fishes and other facilities like huge touch pool, swim tank and fish spa is almost ready for public that is surely gonna attract more citizens and tourist who lately lost interest. This South Mumbai attraction has high hopes to double the daily walk in visitors which currently dropped to 1.5 thousand. 62 year now, this aquarium is one and the only best of its kind for understanding and educating about Marine life, specially species of fish started by a Mumbai Parsi called Mr. Taraporewala, so is the name. Till date it had different species of Sea fishes including Sharks and beautiful turtles, Now undertaken by State of Maharashtra..”
Coming months is gonna be attracting more fish lovers towards south Mumbai as the newly renovated Taraporewala aquarium which lately lost its charm due to lack of maintenance and space is getting the second generation setup ready inside with more then 1000 square meter of new total space with work currently under process since March. We mentioned in our older post of the attraction being a mini water world of Mumbai city with fish, turtles and more marine life, And yes the new renovation of this place is bringing us something similar one might experience, a touch pool which is specially designed place to swim in and around with about 100 different species of fish. This attraction is currently closed for renovation to develop with more space for growing species of fish from 50 to 55 to get double in number.
What’s more, the renovated version will have bigger tanks which means more bigger fish to see and feel around from very close. Mumbai would have been lucky if the plan to make a fancy oceanarium of fifth generation aquarium with 360 Degree tunnel plan would have got approved by coastal regulation and development control department, Still the new second generation brings more of new attractions and look more beautiful internally and externally too as the fish department is currently working on same. It will be a great place for entertainment and education for school children who would love to come here for a one day picnic, also are expected some visitors who are fish and aquarium lovers of city having a mini fish tank at home as good luck charm and hobby.
This new Attraction also brings the first of the kind of swimming tank in India, It will be a kind of adventure in itself to explore and understand those species of fish around by swimming inside with them. I am sure the light effects for such swimming tank from Inside and of those which will illuminate Taraporewala building from outside will enhance the beauty of Girgaum Chopatty which is just opposite and connected to it. The new looking aquarium building will be total of 11 floors with parking facilities for citizen and tourists and good office space for management and tourism departments of Maharashtra.
Old Charges : Till date the entry fees for aquarium was Rs.5 for students, Rs.10 for Children less then age 16 and Rs.15 for adults above 16 years of age.
New Charges : Increased rates of tickets will be Rs.20 (Students), Rs.30 (Kids below age 16) and Rs.40 for Adults and other tourists.
By Train : Nearest station being Charni Road on Western Railway Route, Second station from Churchgate (South Mumbai). If you are coming from outside city or are a tourist getting down at CST station, Direct taxi and buses are easy option to reach in next 15 to 20 minutes. If your train drops you at Dadar station, get any slow local train towards Churchgate and get down at 7th station from Dadar which is Charni Road. If you are a tourist staying at far suburb hotels near airport or locations around you need to follow the same train route and catch any local train towards churchgate. Once at station, you can see sea beach side connecting chowpatty and its just walkable from here.
By Road : Get inside Mumbai city from Eastern / Western Express Highway and follow the sign boards towards south Mumbai. From east of Marine lines, Cross a small east west flyover bridge and you are to this attraction. Alternatively you can get inside Dadar west and follow Worli AB Road, Peddar Road or Bhulabhai Desai Road which takes you towards Chowpatty Beach near Aquarium.
Address Contacts and Timings
Address : Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, Near Charni Road Railway Station, Post Police Gymkhana Club House, Marine Lines, Mumbai, Maharashtra – 400002, India
Contact : +91-22-22821239
Timings 10:30 am – 8:00 pm Weekdays, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Sundays, Monday Closed.