Home to ‘Aquatic Life’ in the city of Mumbai is the ‘Taraporewala Aquarium’. Situated on the Marine Drive area which is referred to as ‘Queen’s Necklace’, this aquarium is considered to be one of the ‘oldest’ in India.
Furthermore, it is also one of the major tourist attractions of this ‘City That Never Sleeps’. Now, the question that arises is, what exactly makes this aquarium such an important tourist attraction in the city? And so, to answer this question here is presenting everything you need (facts) to know about this tourist spot.
- What is Taraporewala Aquarium?
‘Home to marine life’ is the best way to define the oldest aquarium in ‘Maximum City’. It mainly comprises of freshwater fishes. It was established in the year 1951. Furthermore, this aquarium underwent major renovation, and was reopened to the public on March 3rd 2015.
This aquarium is maintained by the ‘Department of Fisheries’, and comprises of a total of 16 sea water tanks and 9 sweet water tanks.
- Where is the Taraporewala Aquarium located?
It is alongside the ‘Marine Drive’ (also referred to as Queen’s necklace) on the ‘Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road’ that this aquarium is situated. The nearest railway station to this tourist spot is located in Charni Road. Now, if you intend to find this place then please click this Google Map link.
- What is the Taraporewala Aquarium known for?
‘2000 fishes belonging to 400 species’ is what this aquarium comprises as of today. Furthermore, it consists of a 12-feet long 180 degree acrylic glass tunnel which has been added after renovation. More importantly it comprises of exotic fishes such as Helicopter,Arowana,Gruppen,yellow-striped tang, blue-spotted stingray, star, clown, hark, trigger, Grouper, Moorish idol,Azure Damsel, Blueline Demoiselle, Purple Firefish, Cloudy Damsel, Copperband Butterflyfish, Schooling Bannerfish, Raccoon Butterflyfish, White Tail Trigger, Clown Triggerfish and Blue Ribbon Eel. In addition, 40 new freshwater fishes have also been included and they are Red Devil, Jaguar, Electric Blue Jack Dempsey,Frontosa and Catfish. Fishes such as sharks, turtles, rays, moray eels, sea turtles, small starfish and stingrays are also a part of this wonderful aquarium. It also includes a tropical section which comprises of a variety of ecosystems like the “moss aquarium” for pregnant fishes.
- What Are The ‘Timings’ and ‘Entry Fee’ Of The Taraporewala Aquarium?
This aquarium is opened to the public for six days from Tuesday to Sunday while, Monday is a holiday. Furthermore, visiting hours are 10 am to 8 pm. The entry fee for an adult is Rs 60, a child below the age of 12 years is Rs 30, and for Government employee is Rs 30. In addition, there is a Rs 500 and Rs 1000 additional charge for clicking pictures and taking videos in the aquarium respectively.
- What restaurants are available around the Taraporewala Aquarium?
There are a number of restaurants available around this aquarium. So, if you intend to find them please click this Google Map link. And so, if you want spend time with the fishes in Mumbai, then Taraporewala Aquarium is a place you want to visit.