Mumbai & Monsoon Romance

Tripoto
24th Jul 2016
Day 1

Mumbai, a city of history, culture and soulful stories. It has a vibe which instantly surrounds and welcomes you. This is how I felt when I went there in the month of July 2016 on an official trip.

South Mumbai

Fortunately, my stay was in south Mumbai which is considered to be the best locality in Mumbai. I was staying on Walkeshwar road. Girgaum Chaupati beach was hardly 1.5 KM from there.

Girgaum- Chaupati

Photo of Girgaon Chowpatty by Saloni

Exploring Chaupati beach

Photo of Girgaon Chowpatty by Saloni

View of Arabian Sea and Marine Drive from guesthouse

Photo of Girgaon Chowpatty by Saloni

Marine Drive

I took the soothing 3.5 km evening walk along the promenade from Girgaum Chaupati to Marine drive. Other side of the road was lined with art deco style of tall buildings including Air India office, Hotel Inter-Continental, Trident, Oberoi etc. Then I sat at the very end of the marine drive to witness the spectacular view of sunset.

Photo of Mumbai & Monsoon Romance by Saloni
Photo of Mumbai & Monsoon Romance by Saloni

Glittering night view of marine drive

It was an experience of a kind! People from all walks of life and age group flocked there. I saw college going students sitting in circle and playing guitar, professionals unwinding after work, families, old & young couples having a great time. What really amused me was to see middle aged couples holding hands and being with each other romantically. This is not a common sight in other parts of India where elderly couples are either too stressed with their hectic life or too conservative to express in public places. I think it was the effect of magical Mumbai monsoon and the presence of Arabian Sea!

Marine drive

Photo of Marine Drive by Saloni

Sunset at Marine Drive

Photo of Marine Drive by Saloni
Photo of Marine Drive by Saloni
Day 2

Colaba

Great place for shopping, walking around and tantalizing your taste buds in restaurants and road side eateries. I thoroughly enjoyed walking there and passing by the Gateway of India and The Taj Mahal Hotel. Then I headed to the much heard ‘Bade Miya’ restaurant in Colaba. I had one of the best chicken seekh kababs of my life there. A must visit place to savor grilled non-vegetarian food. It is only open in evening hours till late night. So, do not make the mistake of going there in afternoon.

Gateway of India and Hotel Taj Mahal at the back

Photo of Mumbai & Monsoon Romance by Saloni

Hotel Taj Mahal

Photo of Mumbai & Monsoon Romance by Saloni

Gateway of India

Photo of Mumbai & Monsoon Romance by Saloni
Photo of Mumbai & Monsoon Romance by Saloni
Day 3

Crawford market

I wanted to explore the old market of Mumbai and as reviewed online, Crawford market seemed to be an interesting option. It’s an old establishment with Norman and Flemish style of architecture. You can see the carving of Indian farmers on the exteriors.

Crawford Market

Photo of Mumbai & Monsoon Romance by Saloni

It is a wholesale cum retail market selling India and exotic groceries, vegetables, imported cosmetics, travel bags, house hold items etc. This place was really crowded but worth going because of the highly reasonable pricing. Needless to say, one needs to know how to bargain! If you want to buy Arabic candies and chocolates, then you can get a lot of them over here.

Local Bus ride

I took a bus ride from Crawford market towards Colaba and admired the beautiful gothic-revival and Mughal inspired architecture along the way. I crossed Municipal Corporation Building, Times of India and Churchgte railway station.

Municipal Corporation Building

Photo of Crawford Market by Saloni

Times of India

Photo of Crawford Market by Saloni
Day 4

Bandra-Worli Sea Link night drive

What an amazing drive it was! I felt like a kid and really wanted to yell and clap with excitement. The lighted bridge was a beauty over Mahim bay.

Bandstand

The panoramic view of the sea waves from Band Stand promenade was breath taking.

Band Stand Promenade

Photo of Bandstand Promenade by Saloni
Photo of Bandstand Promenade by Saloni
Photo of Bandstand Promenade by Saloni
Photo of Bandstand Promenade by Saloni

Co-existence of awe-inspiring Indo Saracenic architecture & Arabian sea make one fall in love with Mumbai city. Last but not the least, a wonderful city to explore!

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