Taraporevala Aquarium – A Must Visit Oceanarium in Mumbai

Taraporevala Aquarium, Marine Drive, Mumbai, Maharashtra

This was my first visit to Taraporevala Aquarium though I have visited an aquarium at Mount Abu (Rajasthan) few years ago. Taraporevala Aquarium was inaugurated by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, President of India on the 27th May, 1951. Recently, more than 20 crores is spent on renovation.

64 years old oceanarium, good enough the reason to visit. In short: Country’s oldest aquarium.

The nearest local railway station is Charni Road. Aquarium is situated on Marine Drive – west side of Charni Road. Just 5 mins walking distance from the station towards the left side. B.E.S.T. bus number 108 and 123 also stops at aquarium.

Once I reach during the afternoon hours I was amazed by the people present. It was a crowd though it was not Saturday or Sunday. Two ticket counters were open and all with a long queue. Interesting to watch so many people like to visit the Taraporewala Aquarium. The ticket counter is on the left side.

Rs. 60 is the ticket cost for Adults (Indian) and for photography I had to think twice, then I decided for once I may pay. Rs. 500 is for mobile photography, but as I do not have a good mobile for photography I paid for digital camera photography and the cost is Rs. 1000/-. Total amount I paid – 1060 rupees. If one is having DSLR camera then the amount is Rs. 5000 and for video professional cameras – Rs. 10,000. It is costly for sure. One time visit and the experience is required – I said to myself. For camera they provide you a hand band that is a sign you have paid for camera which one has to tie around wrist. It was re-checked by the security guard. They are very strict conveying everybody in advance do not use mobile/camera if one is not having a ticket. Rs. 2000 is the penalty charge if caught and equipment will be seized too. Inside the aquarium I was the only person using camera for photography. Few others were using mobile camera.

To enter, one has to cross a small marine tunnel which creates excitement about the aquarium. The building also is creative showing dolphins, sea horse and jellyfish. Interesting painting to convey the message it is an aquarium. Inside the aquarium there are tanks one after another displaying various water species. Above each tank there is LCD screen displaying the photos of each species present in the tank and information about it in Hindi, Marathi and English languages.

There are so many beautiful fishes and turtle in the aquarium such as Arowana, Chiclid, Giant Gourami, Cat fish, Alligator fish, Sea Horse, Red Tail, Upside Down, Asiatic Cat fish, Oscar fish, Rohu, Catla, Mrigal, Lizard, Frog, Sea Turtle, Shark, Butterfly fish, Exotic Angel, Undulated Trigger, Bluetooth Trigger, Picasso Trigger, Clown Trigger, Marine Eel, Ribbon Eel, Dwarf Lion fish, Grouper, Koi, Gold fish, Flower Horn, Red Belly Piranha and many many more..

There are fishes that are found originally in India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, South America, Africa, Australia, South East Asia, East Asia, China, Lakshwadeep Island etc. etc.

Seahorse and Flower Horn – personal favorite. I have only heard in stories, but today I was watching. It’s different. But the tank for a very big turtle I find too small. I wish it was much bigger.

Timings: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, Sundays and Public holidays 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday Closed

The aquarium was full with people which includes school and college going students and parents and tourists. After spending about 1 hour, I was thirsty. I had pista doodh at a kiosk situated outside the aquarium. Rs. 25/- I paid.

There are more than 1000 water species, I guess. I thoroughly enjoyed the visit, and I wish you too should visit Taraporevala Aquarium if not visited it till now. It is another world for sure. The journey continues..


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