Mumbai – A city of dreams, as its popularly known has a unique charm and aura that mesmerizes every soul that has been here.
Mr. Yash Chopra has rightly said that "Mumbai is infectious, once you start living in Mumbai, working in Mumbai , I don't think you can live anywhere else."
Backing him, me a Mumbaite myself feels super proud of this fact that people love this city immensely and it's a dream for many to visit this place at least once in their lifetime, so today I'll give people more reasons to visit our vivacious, sociable and glamorous city - Mumbai, A station that will make you halt forever........
Mumbai is popularly divided in two parts for the most as Suburbs & South Mumbai (town), wherein the jurisdiction of Mumbai Suburban District is from Bandra to Dahisar, from Kurla (Chuna Bhatti) to Mulund and from Colaba to Mahim is known as South Mumbai.
Colaba, the southern tip of Mumbai is believed to be the prettiest part of South Mumbai, with buildings dating back to the colonial India lending it the old-world charm. This is where you'll see the iconic Taj Mahal Hotel and Gateway of India, the remarkable World Heritage Site of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (where the 1st steam engine in India started), the beautiful 19th century Afghan Church in Navy Nagar, the art deco style Regal Cinema, the cafes (Café Mondegar, Cafe Royal and Leopold Cafe) and of course the Colaba Causeway (the most loved shopping street and a shoppers paradise consisting of high end boutiques to street full of stalls selling souvenirs, clothes & accessories).....all this simply makes Colaba super enchanting.
The Gateway of India is also the place from where you can board a ferry to the magnificent 5th century Maurya Dynasty caves, the Elephanta Caves.
A stone's throw away lies the arty district culminating at Kala Ghoda, the crescent-shaped precinct is the city's premier art district. It has a large number of the city's heritage buildings, and is full of museums, art galleries and educational institutions like the Jehangir Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Modern Art, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (Price of Wales Museum) and The Arts Trust, which hosts the work of celebrated Indian & international artists. Each year, the area hosts the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. The Festival has grown in stature and popularity, attracting visitors and participants from other parts of the country and the world and its objectives is to physically upgrade the Kala Ghoda sub-precinct and make it the Art District of Mumbai. Rampart Row is closed off to vehicular traffic for the duration of the festival, with the entire area becoming a street mela, with food stalls, artisans selling their creations, artists who sketch instant portraits, street art installations and the like.
A little North to Colaba lies Fort, marked by the Flora Fountain, the ornate central fountain with a statue of the Roman goddess Flora atop. One part of the Fort is taken up by the stunning University of Mumbai, with its famous 128 year old, 280 feet tall Rajabai Clock Tower. Modelled on the Big Ben in Gothic revivalist style, it overlooks the famous Oval Maidan. The other side is no less interesting, with rickety old buildings harbouring quirky little shops that line DN Road, leading up to the magnificent CST & The General Post Office.
Fort also has a smattering of art galleries in its leafy by-lanes that are worth a visit if you are into modern art. The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) situated at Nariman Point, is the best place for shows in classical, traditional and contemporary performing & visual arts, whether in music, theater, dance or photography. The stretch from Nariman Point to Malabar Hill also known as Queen's Necklace due to the shape of the boulevard highlighted by lights in the evening, is the road no visitor should miss. It's charm lies not just in the bay it overlooks but also in the medley of people populating it in the evening from walkers to hawkers, lovers and college gangs..it is one place where Mumbaikars stop for a breather.
Sunday is an ideal day to explore Colaba minus the hustle bustle of daily traffic, it truly feels like you are transported back in time to an older, quieter and slower Mumbai. But otherwise as its said Mumbai Never Sleeps......
More on Mumbai in my following blogs.........happy reading :)