Mumbai!

Quotes-About-Traveling-Part-II“Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down.”

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As I had already shared in my earlier post that the past few days have been quite hectic for me, both on personal and work life. A lot of travelling had also added to the busy days. After my official tour to Agartala (you can read about it here) was completed, I had a week-long training program to attend. Thereafter, I took a few days off and headed to Mumbai. 🙂

A visit to Mumbai, as a tourist, was in my list for quite some time now. After coming in touch with an old friend, Papiya, who currently resides in the city, I could not keep my plans pending anymore. Me and my good friend Anky decided to make it happen together. Tickets were booked for the last week of July even when both of us were not very sure whether we would get leaves, from our respective offices, or not. We decided to test our luck and of course lady-luck smiled in our favour. So off we flew to Mumbai for a well deserved break and all-girls time. 🙂

I wanted it to be a tension-free and relaxing holiday – just eat good food, shop at the popular places and have load of fun with my girls. Time was also a factor and so we did not plan on much sight-seeing. Also, since it was monsoon time rains also did not favour much sight-seeing around the city. Our friend Papiya played a good host and planned an itenary that included little of everything we wanted to do. 🙂 We hopped on autorickshaws (they don’t cheat), taxis, local trains, braved the incessant rains and had some first hand experience of life in the city. We did not click much pictures because we were too busy having a good time. Even then, I have included a few pictures below which will talk about my short but fun Mumbai experience –

1. Visit to Lonavla – It is around 96 kilometers from Mumbai and basically a hill-station. Read more about it here.

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It was drizzling and misty too! 🙂

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It was very crowded that day. We bought Chikki here which is the most famous item of Lonavla.

2. Gateway of India – It is a monument built during the British Raj and overlooks the Arabian Sea. Read more about it here. 

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3. Hotel Taj Mahal Palace- The hotel is Mumbai’s first harbour landmark, built even before the Gateway of India.  For more than a century, the Taj has played an intrinsic part in the life of the city, hosting Maharajas, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe. Read more here.

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4. Bandra-Worli Sealink – It is basically a cable-stayed bridge that links Bandra in the Western Suburbs of Mumbai with Worli in South Mumbai. Read more about it here.

bandra-worli-sealinkPic taken from Google search 

5. Marine Drive – it is a long boulevard in South Mumbai. It is a C-shaped 6-lane concrete road along the coast, which is a natural bay. Its perfect for sitting and enjoying the view- the crashing waves, the infinity of the sea, the salty air……. 🙂 [Read more about it here]

marine-drive-picGoogle search pic, We could not get down and take pics as it was raining heavily. 

6. Colaba Causeway Market -We shopped and shopped and shopped here – sandals, tops, dresses, kurtas, accessories, bags and everything else that we came across. We hardly noticed that by the time we were done, it was past 5pm and we had missed our lunch! 😛 And obviously we forgot to click pics; hoewver this is what the market looks like –

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Also,you can visit this page to have an idea of the place – http://www.giasaysthat.com/2013/07/colaba-causeway-mumbai-shopping-video.html

7. Cafe Mondegar, Colaba -After heaps of shopping we landed up at this place for lunch. It was very crowded but the crowd here was lively and the atmosphere was relaxed. The waiter who attended us clicked a lot of pics for us 🙂 And the food there was finger-licking-oh-s0-good!!

cafemondegarfoodYummilicious roasted chicken in a black sauce and garlic bread and some pasta………it was simply yummmm! 🙂

InstagramCapture_9706c660-9119-4a7e-987d-589f14389dcb_jpgA not-so-tasy mocktail :/

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Onion rings and Cappuccino 🙂

WP_20140728_017 - CopyUs in the Cafe……I loved the murals in the walls 🙂

8. Watched a Bollywood movie – I have already revealed my love for Salman Khan in many of my earlier posts. So when I was in his city and his latest release, KICK, was being aired in the theatres, how could I miss it? So off we went for a late-night show of the movie. I would not comment much about the movie here. 😛

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9. Mall hopping – This is what we mostly did during our short stay in the city. It was SALE season everywhere and the opportunity was perfect to shop our favourite brands……and that is what we did! 🙂

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10. Tasting the famous Vada Pav – Loved it! 🙂

[More about it here]

vada-paoTasting some street food 🙂

 11. A night out – After a hectic and tiring day of shopping, our friend Papiya decided to take us to BORA BORA so that we could enjoy the night life of the city. And we absolutely loved BORA BORA, everything about it was very good – food, music, ambience, service. Cheers to BB!

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12. Mount Mary Church – This church is located on a hillock and very near to the sea. The ambience was calm and soothing and we could feel it the moment we entered the campus. I forgot to click pictures of the inside of the church as I was kind of lost in the peace and calmness of the place. 🙂 Read more about it here.

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13. Mannat & Galaxy – As every tourist to the city and a Bollywood fan does, we too went to see MANNAT (apartment of superstar Shahrukh Khan) and GALAXY APARTMENTS (apartment of superstar Salman Khan). I was awestruck at the massive crowd that had accumulated infront of Galaxy. And that day and at that moment if Salman Khan would have made an appearance, there would have been a stampede for sure! Even I wanted to stand there and wait for a glimpse of my favourite star but then we were getting late and so we had to leave soon after….. sadness! :/

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14. Also bought a certain variety of brinjals – I saw this lil’ different variety of brinjal there and so bought it all the way to home. I made masala baingan (spicy-brinjal) and it tasted different & good. 🙂

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So you see, I had some really good time at Mumbai even though I was there for only 3 days! ? Not bad na 😀

So people, have you been to Mumbai? What is your favourite thing about the city?

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11 comments

  1. Made on impulse travel plans are the best, aren’t they? So happy that u enjoyed. I feel like shopping in the colaba causeway market now 😦

  2. It seems when my friend said we shud go to Lonavala and I said No, I made a mistake.. NExt time for sure ..

    and I saw KICK too .. it is good one .. and the vada pav ooooh yummmyyyyyyyyyyyyyy 🙂

    1. I found Lonavla too crowded and since we are from the hilly parts of the country it was okaybkind of a place for me. i liked my journey better than the destination in this case 🙂

  3. This brought have so many memories! have stayed in Mumbai for 8 years! And you sure had loads of fun at Mumbai. Lovely pics too 🙂

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