the Haji Ali Dargah is located in the middle of the Arabian Sea about 457.2 meters away from the Mumbai shoreline off Lala Lajpatrai Marg. Constructed in the year 1431, the sculptured and elegant whitewashed structure of the dargah showcases the brilliant work of Indo-Islamic style of architecture. Spread over an area of 4,500 square meters, the dargah is actually a complex that houses the tomb of the Muslim Saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari and a Masjid.
Activities To Do
The mosque can be reached only during low tide. The whitewashed mosque also has a cool courtyard generally full of people and refreshment stalls. The rocks exposed during low tide at the rare end of the mosque are a favorite spot to catch some cool sea breeze. There's nothing somber about the building's cool courtyard which is generally full of chattering families and refreshment stalls.
Best Time September to March is considered the best time to visit Aksa beach. The other months can get unbearable due to the heat and humidity. Also, due to the strong tides, it is also not recommended to visit during monsoons.
Dargarh Road, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400026, India
1 to 2 hours
opening and closing time
All days of the week 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
It is located close to the Mahalakshmi railway station, Mumbai Central Station and Byculla railway station
It can be easily reached by road via Ghatkopar (Eastern Express Highway).
The Haji Ali Dargah is an iconic mosque in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It is located 500 yards into the Arabian Sea. It is the tomb of Saint Haji Ali. A constricted path leads to the dargah. The white mosque can be accessed only during the low tide.
As Mumbai is one of the most important metropolitan cities in India, it is well connected by air. Haji Ali Mosque is located at a distance of 20 km from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Flights of almost all the major and minor airlines land at Mumbai Airport.
Mumbai Central Railway Station is about 3 km away from Haji Ali Mosque. So you can easily reach the place by hiring an auto or a taxi from the station.
It is very easy to reach the famous Haji Ali Dargah by road as well. One can easily get the buses of Mumbai Transport Corporation to Worli from any part of the city. Take a short walk for 500 yards from Worli bus stand and you are at the destination. One can also hire a private taxi or an auto to reach the mosque. The National Highway 8 connects Mumbai to Delhi along with Jaipur and Hyderabad.
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Interesting facts about Haji Ali Dargah
It is named after the wealthy saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, the greatest Muslim Saint. To make a pilgrimage to Mecca, he gave all of his fortune and possessions for noble deeds. During his journey to Mecca, he died, and the body in the coffin came back floating to Mumbai. The shrine was built at the same spot. In the year 1431, the mosque was built in his loving memory.
The Dargah is about than 587 years old. Due to the impact of visitors and the saline winds, the structure is constantly eroding. Renovan 26th July 1949, a storm hit the Mumbai city causing a great amount of destruction, but Haji Ali Dargah stood unharmed. Every building of the city suffered harm and loads of damage. Waves kept crashing the shore, and the people inside the dargah were scared that they would drown. But with the blessings of the saint, the waves bowed the walls without harming a single person in the dargah, and people returned back to their homes without any damage.
There is a lesser known tale surrounding the almighty’s dargah. Once the saint saw a poor woman holding a vessel and crying. She was crying because she had accidentally spilt the oil and was scared that the husband would beat her. To this, Haji Ali asked her to take him to that spot where she had spilt the oil. Upon reaching there, the oil came oozing out from the soil as soon as he jabbed a finger into the soil. The woman was overjoyed and filled her vessel. Later, Haji Ali Shah had a disturbing dream that he injured the Mother Earth. Soon after this, he got ill and asked his followers to put the coffin into the Arabian Sea. Miraculously, his casket just got stuck offshore of Worli where the Dargah was constructed. Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most visited mosques in Mumbai, and the history attached to the place is significant. So it’s your chance to see for real the purity of the place.