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My Experience With The City Of Dreams : Mumbai


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Duration: 11 Days
Expenditure 15000

As I sit and share my experience about one of my most favourite cities in the world, I'm infused with memories of marine drive, juhu beach, the bandra-worli sea link, queen's necklace, colaba causeway and many such places. Mumbai happened to me when I was 3 or 4, needless to say back then I never realized the positive influence it had on my subconscious mind. The wheels of time grind slowly and I again visited mumbai in june 2011, (this time around with a better retaining and observing power ) and since then it has been a mandatory ritual to spend my summers in Mumbai. The crowds and chaos of Mumbai can bewilder even the savviest of traveler but settle into its rhythms and you'll soon be won over. Aggressively modern, yet in parts verging on medieval; glamorous, yet rough-edged; dazzlingly cosmopolitan, yet quintessentially Indian.

Walk down busy Colaba Causeway and you'll be shadowed by tobacco wallahs and fruit wallahs, hash wallahs and bongo wallahs, money-changers and life-changers. You'll find restaurants serving regional dishes—Goan, Kashmiri, Keralan, Tamil, Hyderabadi, you name it -  they have it.

The whole vibe and feel about this city is unparalleled, its a compact mix of modern and traditional. There's something extremely desirable about this city which urges visitors to visit again and again. Wheather you drive a luxury SUV or travel in the locals, equality is the way of life here and has prevailed time and again. The city of dreams, the city that never sleeps, the city of strength, and now Mumbai city is also the second most honest city in the world. Mumbai is truly magical.

 

As the sun sets over the Arabian Sea, the lights come up on Marine Drive (a.k.a. "the Queen's Necklace").The first thought that comes to my mind when someone says Mumbai is Marine Drive ( its a clash b/w Shahrukh Khan and Marine Drive for me ). The ambiance around this place is intoxicating and addictive. once you are hooked you will find it almost impossible to detach and move away. Marine Drive is a 4.3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai. It is a 'C'-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast. A perfect place for your evening stroll, sit and watch the tides go back and forth with a cup of coffee easily available on the promenade.
Photos of Marine Drive Promenade, Chowpatty, Marine Lines, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 1/1 by Gunjan Upreti
Closely located to Marine Drive is The Gateway of India. Built in the Indo-saracenic style, the Gateway of India is meant to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai (erstwhile Bombay).Gandhi returned to India from South Africa through this very arch. To get the best view of the Gateway, get a table by the window at the Sea Lounge at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel opposite. The Sea Lounge is a quintessential and a must on the itinerary of a first-time visitor. Experience the old buses, variety of pubs, restaurants,along the colaba causeway near The gateway of India.
Photos of Gateway of India & Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 1/1 by Gunjan Upreti
The bandra-worli sea link is something you CAN NOT miss, if you do your mumbai trip remains incomplete. It crosses the arabian sea and connects the suburban area of Mumbai with south Mumbai. Its an engineering marvel and drive through this bridge is a must!
Photos of Bandra - Worli Sea Link, Mount Mary, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 1/1 by Gunjan Upreti
Carter Road Promenade is located along the Arabian sea .It has number of options for your taste-buds and the best time to stroll around this promenade would be at night. Its also a famous tourist destination as a lot of bollywood stars reside here.
Photos of Carter Road, Carter Road Promenade, Union Park, Pali Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 1/1 by Gunjan Upreti
One of the safest beaches in Mumbai in terms of cleanliness. Its breath taking to watch the sunrise while the water plays with your feet.
Photos of Silver Beach, Shanti Road, Juhu Tara, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 1/2 by Gunjan Upreti
Photos of Silver Beach, Shanti Road, Juhu Tara, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 2/2 by Gunjan Upreti
A perfect place for you evening drinks with good food and music. Leopold is a popular restaurant and bar on Colaba Causeway and was one of the destination of 2008 terror attacks.
Photos of Leopold Cafe, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 1/1 by Gunjan Upreti

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