Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Things to do in Mumbai!!

Mumbai, previously known as Bombay, is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra.Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbor. In 2009, Mumbai was named an Alpha world city.The seven islands that came to constitute Mumbai were home to communities of fishing colonies.
Mumbai is known for its friendly people,food,monsoons,sea,fashion,Bollywood and a lot more.Best time to visit Mumbai is from October to march.If you want to enjoy the rains of Mumbai then June is the perfect time,it pours non-stop.Temperature is never that hot,it gets a lot humid though.Traveling in Mumbai is the easiest in India trust me,traveled and lived in so many parts of India,i can vouch for it.Local trains are the best options if you want to avoid traffic.Taxis wallah and Auto wallahs are the most friendliest one here.
Local train
Here are few of our fav places to visit and eat in Mumbai-
1)Colaba Causeway-When you are in Mumbai,the 1st place you should visit is Colaba.The place has got everything from shopping to cafes to Gateway of India to high end hotels to roadside food stalls and what not.
Colaba Causeway
  Apart from upmarket retail showrooms, and small shops dealing in electronic goods, cosmetics, and music, its has pavement book stalls dating back several decades , besides having numerous small shops and footpath outlets selling everything from artifacts to shawls, carpets and minor antiques to slippers of all kind, which make tourists, backpackers and local from South Mumbai, throng the area through the year.The market is flooded with a lot of tourists and locals throughout the year.Shop till you drop here.The place is a stretch which starts from Regal Cinema alongside the road.
Flora Fountain
2)Bade-miyaan-When you are done shopping you would be hungry,you won;t have to worry.This is one of the most famous eateries in Mumbai,heaven for the non vegetarians .The kababs and rolls  here are to die for..The keema,chicken bhuna with romali roti or reshmi paratha is finger licking.


The place has lot of options for vegetarians as well.The place is open till 2AM in the morning frequented by loads of people everyday including  hindi movie actors.Wondering about the price,well everything here is surprisingly very cheap.Gluttony comes at a very low cost here,even  voraciously eating won''t cost much here.
Location-Behind Hotel Taj Mahal


3)Cafe Leopold and Cafe Mondegar- These are the 2 famous cafe in Colaba.The place most frequented by youngsters and tourists.The food along with the drinks is good.The sandwiches,chicken lollypop and other starters are finger licking good.

The staff is very friendly.If you want to enjoy your drink with friends or on your own these are the 2 places you should visit.Cafe Leopold has been mentioned in the famous book "Shantaram".The places are full on weekends and you would have to wait for sometime to get a place.


4)Gateway of India-The Gateway of India is a monument built during the British Raj in Mumbai, India.Located on the waterfront in the Apollo Bunder area in South Mumbai, the monument overlooks the Arabian Sea.This is one of the most photographed places in Mumbai.
Gateway of India
 Enjoy the lovely view and breeze in the evening.The place is always crowded.You can get a ride in Victoria here.If you want to enjoy a meal in luxury,have it in The Taj Mahal Palace hotel which is right opposite this monument.Starbucks is situated just behind Taj,you can enjoy a coffee there.
If you have a day in your hand,you can visit the Ajanta Ellora caves.Ferries are there from Gateway.
All the 4 places are in Colaba,the nearest railway station is Churchgate.There  are a lot of guest houses in this area,so you can stay here as well.
The Taj Mahal Hotel
5)Marine drive-Marine Drive is a 3-kilometre-long boulevard . It is a 'C'-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast, which is a natural bay.It is also called as Queen's necklace because if viewed at night from an elevated point anywhere along the drive, the street lights resemble a string of pearls,forming a necklace. Visit this place during sunset.It is a 10 min drive from Gateway.
Marine drive
 Apart from these places in South Mumbai,take a walk around Churchgate station,the place has lot of beautiful buildings.Central library,Jehangir art gallery,fashion street are some of the places which you can visit in this area.
Haji Ali
 6)Linking road-Situated in Bandra,this lane offers a lot of shopping options as well.The place has a good collection of footwear,remember to bargain or you might get ripped off.Lot of chunky jewellery is up for sale.It also houses lot of high end brands apart from the roadside shops.Bandra has a lot of eating options from fine dinning to street food.You might like to try Carter's Blue on carter road opposite CCD or Lucky restaurant famous for biryani and kebabs near Bandra Station.Lot of pubs and bars are there like-Red Box,Big Nasty,Red Ant,Bungalows,Out of the Blue,Oilve Bar and restaurant the list is endless.

7)Candies-The place is buzzing with youngsters all around.The crowd is full of energy and you can feel it too.
Lovely ambiance,the tables,the chairs  just love everything about the place.It can get a bit crowded on the weekends and sometimes even on weekdays during lunch and you might have to wait for a good amount of time.
Candies
 Service is a bit haphazard,you have to wait until someone attends you and takes your order and then gives your order,sometimes the whole process can take as long as 30min (waiting in the queue-ordering-receiving your order)but once you get the food and sit its all good.I love everything from the punjabi samosa to the chicken lollypops.The coffee served with cute little tarts or chips :)The huge cup of hot chocolate.. yumms is not the word :)The peach ice tea..The salad is fresh and has a lot of variety too.The hot and cheesy lasagna ..can go on and on...Last but not the least the price..With that kind of food and ambiance,this price is nothing.

8)Bandra Bandstand-It is a kilometre long stretch along the sea.The stretch is lined by rocks and has a jogging track as well.Towards the end are Bandra fort and an amphitheater.Mannat,Shahrukh Khan's bungalow and other Hindi movie actors stay in this area.
Enjoying some desserts at Barista Bandstand
 The place attracts a lot of crowd,there are a few food stalls as well.Recently Bollywood walk of stars is added which has statutes,hand prints and signature of Bollywood stars.Mount Mary church and Bandra sea link are other attractions in Bandra.The sea link is visible form Bandra fort.Elco market serves some good chaat.
Bandra Worli Sea Link
 9)Juhu beach or Chowpatty-Visit to Mumbai is incomplete if you don't visit the beaches of Mumbai.These 2 beaches are the most famous ones.Known for the food stalls which serve Paav bhaji,Ragda patties,Bhelpuri,Kulfi Falooda etc.The chaat here is simply superb.Enjoy the sunset as you lick your fingers.

10) Borivali National Park-The park is world's largest park within city limits.It offers amazing views of hills,lakes and is known for the dense forest and bird life.The park has the famous Kanheri Caves and 2 lakes as well. The park is near Borivali station.If you are a nature lover you could also visit the Powai lake located in Powai,this is a man made lake.You can enjoy your evening sitting by the lake or sipping coffee in Renaissance Hotel which offers amazing views of the Powai lake.