Swiping down a beautiful push notification on the phone, which says 'Airfare reduced to Rs 899, Book your ticket now on Yatra!' and in the parallel world got a call from my gang, saying let's go to Mumbai, we can never have such 'Low on Fare and High on Travel' type trip in our life. Round trip from Bangalore to Mumbai Go Air Airlines @ Rs 3200. Can you say NO to this? Isn't the App, friends and the travel bug inside you giving a strong signal about the trip?
Tickets were booked instantly and yes, being a first time user on Yatra Flight Schedule , got a decent Cash Back on the tickets too, one more plus to the happiness.
So three days in Mumbai and all trip aspirants thinking about Sea shores, Shahrukh's home, dance pubs, Vada Pao, Maratha Mandir and the never ending list of what-to-see-in-Mumbai. Moreover, we categorized all the things that we can do in Mumbai into 5 categories, Places, Food, Nightlife, Activities and Shopping; and formed a aspirational itinerary out of that.
Places were divided into two layers, one which are time-consuming like Gateway of India, Haji Ali, Siddhivinayak Temple, Elephanta Caves, Film City and others, such as Marine Drive, Bandstand, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and sea-link. And some of the popular building can also be seen while on a ride such as Bombay Stock Exchange building, The Asiatic Library and Town Hall and the Bombay University.
The variety of food in Mumbai is tremendous and Batata Vada, Bombil fry, Keema Pao, Kanda Poha, Misal Pav, Kolhapuri Mutton, Modak and Puran Poli are some of the popular dishes of Mumbai for your inspiration. Do Visit an Irani Restaurant, pick one of Kyan and co, Marine Lines(Bandra), Cafe Military(Fort), Yazdani Bakery & Restaurant (Fort) or Britannia & Company Restaurant(Fort). There are some of the very famous restaurants, which every kid of Bombay must have heard about like Leopold cafe, Bademiya, Janata lunch home, Cafe Mondegar, Theobroma and Candies. You can also grab street side food at Badshahs(Crawford),Vithal Bhelwala(near Victoria Terminus), Dheeraj Vada Pao, Pao Bhaji at Mithibai College, Amar juice center at Chowpatty, Sardar Pav Bhaji at Tardeo Road Junction and Mewada Ice cream at a 120 year old, near Gateways.
We will always give credit to Mumbai for letting us know what the nightlife is(not considering the fact that this city never sleeps). After a tiresome journey every day, pick a place to party from She said she said, Colaba Social, The Little Door, Irish House, Bora Bora for the sea view, Three Wise Men, H20 or Toto's Garage.
Get into the skin of the city and grab a experience to cherish by riding in a Double Decker, eating from a dabba by any Dabbawala who delivers in a company, visiting Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, the old and famous Dhobi Ghat, catching up 1:40 am last local train, learning 'thode' Marathi, visiting Asia's largest slum, Dharavi, watching DDLJ in Maratha Mandir, getting selfies at a film star's house and watching a play in Prithvi Theatre.
Adjusting your tight travel schedule and considering the rush in Mumbai, you should indulge yourself in shopping destination like Colaba causeway for jewellery, Chor Bazar for antique items, Linking road in Bandra, Palladium in Lower Parel, Fashion street at MG road and Heera Panna market near Haji Ali for electronic items.
You can book Hotel from here, shelter before all!
Wondering why few things are highlighted? Those are the goals we were able to achieve, woot woot! Though it's quite less, we wish the readers to get the sense on how to plan a trip considering these categories. Research before a trip is always a good idea, it makes you curious about a place and helps knowing about a place sitting at your table, infact, you can prioritize or in Mumbaikar words, give more footage to the places which attract you more, if you research well. So customize your trip, it requires a little effort (feeding yourself with trivias about a place, sequencing the places to visit by keeping in mind the working hours of a place and the best time to enjoy the place to fullest; and sometimes, keeping Plan B ready in case of an emergency or any other reason), but after all the struggle, a comfortable and enjoyable trip is guaranteed.
This post was originally published on The Travellist.