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Photo of The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai - Part II ( 1/57 by Shweta LakhwaniI love traveling more than anything. Discover new places, learn about history, art, culture. Meet new people and listen to their stories. But, unfortunately, my bank balance doesn't always agree so I'm all time looking for ways to travel in super tight budget, save more money and make sure I get reward for whatever I spend while traveling. Right from collecting Dineout cashback months before traveling so that I can use it to make payment at restaurants who accepts Dineout Pay. Do more online bookings and collect Payback points. Dine-in at restaurants who are member of Zomato Gold so that I can have 1+1 on food. And many more! I am a Freelance Travel Planner since May 2012 and have learn numerous travel hacks by reading more about it on pinterest and travel blogs. One of the best travel hacks of all the time is: EXPLORE PLACES ON FOOT MORE.

In previous post (you can read it here), I introduced to y'all the old world charm of South Mumbai. Today I will share my side of the story about the Upper east side of Mumbai - South Mumbai or Old Bombay or SoBo . Why this side of Mumbai should be on your list and you need to spend more time here than at any other side of the city.

Nearest Station is "Churchgate" [Note: Churchgate is the last station in Western Line and CSMT in Central where you can get off in South Mumbai).

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Embassy work can never be easy (ever!). Summer 2016 I booked Hotel Residency Fort because I got bookings.com vouchers to redeemed and want a fancy stay near historic area - FORT and proximate distance from Embassy. It was one of my best 2 nights stay in Mumbai. Located 800 meter from UNESCO World Heritage Site in India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station (AKA Victoria Terminus). All rooms were well equipped with cozy double bed, not so spacious space (you will love it if you are kinda studio apartment person), dim lights and bathroom with rain shower. They have 2 categories to accommodate: Deluxe (single and double) and Club (single and double). Deluxe rooms are located less than 2 mins distance at next building while Club rooms is located in the same building. I arrived early at 6:50 AM and the staff were courteous to accommodate us (I and my mother) as early as 8:20 AM.

If you are traveling to Mumbai and want to stay close to Colaba Market, Taj Hotel, chill at Marine Drive, witness the magnificent Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station (AKA Victoria Terminus) but do not want to spend more than *5000 per night then I highly recommend a stay at Hotel Residency Fort. [*Always keep check for special offers on Expedia / ** Make My Trip / bookings.com plus a good reason to earn **payback points].

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The hotel offers a good dining experiences to its guests as well spacious living area for your one to one business meeting, equipped with foot + back massager, high speed internet connectivity with computer, stand for magazines and different area maps to explore Mumbai.

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Nothing much we could do that time because it was 'strictly' work visit but how would we miss dine in at Leopard cafe, Colaba and chill at Marine Drive. Also one day we manage to go to Lower Parel to meet a friend and we board local train from CSMT (while reminiscence the deadly November 2008 terrorist attack). Back then I had no idea how this Local Train thing gonna work. What if I didn't get down at my destination station? What if I board the wrong train? Lots of IF'S. But my friend (who we were meeting) asked me to download m-indicator app (an award winning Public Transport App of India primarily provides information about public transportation in the cities of Mumbai and Pune. It contains details about 232 trains making 3,000 daily trips through 108 stations on the city's suburban train network, it has 84000 timetable entries).

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED APPLICATION FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO TRAVEL IN BUDGET IN MUMBAI (ALSO NO TRAFFIC JAMS DRAMA).

At evening, while walking on promenade at Marine Drive, I met a Slovenian couple who were shooting for their Travel Project and asked me about my experience in Mumbai so far. Later after good 10-15 mins kinda interview chat, I asked them where they were staying in Mumbai and they point out Sea Green South hotel which was exactly opposite to the road where we were standing. I bookmarked it to know more about nearby good budget hotel because...sucker for sea view.

Later in December 2016, we need to go back to Mumbai again for Embassy work and I had Make My Trip voucher at that time and without a second thought I booked Sea Green South Hotel - sea view room. I never again stayed at anyplace in Mumbai unless I have to!! Flat 10 mins walk from Churchgate Railway Station. You can go to the hotel by walking.

The hotel is not so fancy in looks. They have 2 hotel adjoining - Sea Green Hotel and Sea Green South Hotel. Much resembles to an old 5 storey apartment. Offers standard (with/without partial sea view), sea view room and deluxe suite rooms. They have no in-house restaurant but offers 'limited' breakfast menu (eggs to order, which they cook at the premise). Rooms are great, spacious! but equipped with old wooden furniture and have only twin beds to offer. Spacious basic bathroom with shower. I'd recommend booking a room with a view of the Arabian Sea - The Sea-View Room to make the most of your stay at the hotel .

This view from my room always unbeatable. I clearly do not want to stay at luxury hotel when I can stay in budget hotel (up to INR 5000 per night) and woke up to this view every morning.

Photo of The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai - Part II ( 5/57 by Shweta LakhwaniHighly recommend to stay at Sea Green / Sea Green South Hotel. Keep checking offers on bookings.com or make my trip!!

Best restaurants to go nearby: If you are following me on instagram, you might know that Pizza by the Bay at Marine Drive is my best place to dine-in!! Their pizzas are out of the world. One of the oldest restaurant of South Mumbai. They do not accept reservation in advance unless you are coming in big group. They have indoor ac seating and outdoor non-ac seating but.... the best view of Marine Drive. They serve delicious breakfast too!!

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Also after a pizza meal it's our (I and my mother) ritual to have Baskin Robbins ice cream at the opposite road.

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There are others restaurants / cafe as well, which you should definitely try! Kamling (for authentic Chinese), Mocking Bird Cafe (cafe with library and serves best chicken breast), K Rustom Ice Cream (known for the scrumptious sandwich ice cream since 1953), Shiv Sagar (for economical budget meal), Gaylord (Bollywood celebrities such as Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, BR Chopra, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle were the regulars here. Old charm luxury vintage restaurant), Tea Villa Cafe Churchgate (their pin head gunpowder green tea and green thai curry with streamed rice are my absolute favorite).

Secret tip: At Churchgate Station beside the ticket counter you will find a small shop selling vada pav. You will get "big Bombay vada pav" in just INR 10. (read it again!')

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Nearest Station is "Charni Road"

HIGHLIGHTS: Chowpatty Beach, Taraporewala Aquarium (India's oldest aquarium) Photo of The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai - Part II ( 9/57 by Shweta Lakhwani

Adjoining Marine Drive in the Girgaon area it lies Chowpatty beach. A must visit every time you are in Mumbai. Get down at Charni Road Station and ask anyone for over bridge tahat connects to Chowpatty. Flat 10 mins walk and you are at the beach! (Or else you can definitely have a good long 5 kms walk from Marine Drive to Chowpatty).

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Chowpatty means Chau-Pati (four channels or four creeks). This name is analogous to that of Satpaty, a village in the Mahim Taluka of the Thane District, which is approached through a Channel or Creek, containing seven divisions of water.

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Part of this beach reminds me of Miramar Beach in Goa. Chowpatty practically celebrates people. Watching sunset from this beach is a sight worth seeing! A stroll on Mumbai's Chowpatty Beach will guarantee you an experience of a lifetime.

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Crowd is considerably less during the wee hours of the mornings while evenings are just jam-packed. It is not a good idea to visit the beach during the monsoon season because high tides and water logging makes the place quite dangerous. The best time to visit Chowpatty Beach is between the months of October to March.

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Apart of street hawkers who sells amazing vadapav, pav bhaji, gola and bhel, you can also find snake-charmers who entertain the crowds with their antics. There are bunch of fortune tellers here who will let his parrot pick the card and tell you the future :D. There are also camel and horse rides that are available here. Packed punch for kids! There are merry-go-rounds, ferry wheels, beebee gun shooting galleries on the beach.

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FESTIVALS AT CHOWPATTY BEACH: During the festival of 'Ganesh Chathurthi', idols of 'Ganesh' are immersed into the sea as a part of the celebrations and that presents quite a sight for the sore eyes. Once you are out from the station take over bridge and you will reach Chowpatty Beach. It is flat 10 mins walk from the station. It is also one of the many places in the city where the 'RAMLILA' is performed on a stage every year during Navratri. An effigy of Ravan erected on the sand is burnt at the end of the 10-day performance on Dusshera.

Babulnath Temple: Located exactly at the end of Chowpatty area, Babulnath temple is an ancient Shiva Temple in Mumbai, constructed in 1780. The temple's marvelous architecture and carved interiors are worth seeing, as the temple gives an illusion of Mount Kailash.

Tip: Visit Grandma's Cafe at Kemps Corner and try their signature mint green! also take a moment to appreciate the white decor and the elegant insignia.

Kemps Corner: An upmarket neighborhood in South Mumbai flanked by Altamount Road (where most countries Embassies are located) on one side and Malabar Hill on the other. It lies at the intersection of Breach Candy, Pedder Road and Nepean Sea Road.

Hanging Garden: The Hanging Gardens spread out over a vast area that offers plenty of green space and trees amongst the heavily congested South Mumbai. Along with numerous hedges carved into the shapes of animals, the gardens feature a prominent flower clock at its very center. Another source of attraction for tourists is the 'Old Woman's Shoe' or the 'Boot House' - a giant boot structure made out of stone and brick. Children can climb into the house. In addition, the spectacular view of the Arabian Sea offered by the gardens is its main highlight and tourists flock to the park during late evenings to take in one of the most beautiful sunset views in the city.

HIGHLIGHTS: Breach Candy, Haji Ali, Mahalaxmi Temple, Mahalaxmi Race Course. Photo of The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai - Part II ( 17/57 by Shweta LakhwaniPhoto of The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai - Part II ( 18/57 by Shweta LakhwaniPhoto of The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai - Part II ( 19/57 by Shweta Lakhwani

Nearest station is "Mahalaxmi"

Breach Candy: Bhulabhai Desai Road, also well known by the old name Warden Road (and the part at and near the swimming pool as Breach Candy). The area has many famous landmarks throughout its long and winding stretch, from the Breach Candy Hospital (It was established in 1950 at the upmarket Breach Candy area in South Mumbai, and designed by an English architect Claude Batley) to the Amarsons and Tata gardens and Lincoln House, former location of the Consulate General of the United States, Mumbai. The elite Breach Candy Club in the neighbourhood features the country's largest India-shaped swimming pool. Just off Bhulabhai Desai Road is the women-only Sophia College.

Haji Ali Dargah: The Haji Ali Dargah, Mogul-style island mausoleum was constructed in 1431 in memory of a wealthy Muslim merchant, Sayyed Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who gave up all his worldly possessions before making a pilgrimage to Mecca. Hailing from Bukhara, in present-day Uzbekistan, Bukhari travelled around the world in the early to mid 15th century, and eventually settled in present-day Mumbai.Haji Ali Dargah looks stunning from the road side. One of my friend said the best time to visit is during rains because it is built on a tiny islet located 500 metres away, the whole pathway turned to a sea shore during monsoon.

HIGHLIGHTS: Chor Bazaar - one of the largest flea markets in India. Photo of The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai - Part II ( 20/57 by Shweta Lakhwani

Mahalaxmi Race Course: The Mahalaxmi Racecourse is a horse racing track in Mahalaxmi. Built in the year 1883. It was modeled on the Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne and is spread over land facing the sea. The track is oval shaped with 2,400 metre straight chute, spread over approximately 225 acres of an open land in the heart of Mumbai city. It was originally donated by Sir Cusrow N Wadia and today it is on lease from the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to Royal Western India Turf Club which runs the racecourse.

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Nearest Railway Station is "Grant Road"

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Chor Bazaar literally translates to 'thieves market'. One of the oldest markets in Mumbai, the place has a fascinating history that dates back to over 150 years. Initially, Chor Bazaar was known as 'Shor Bazaar', which means 'noisy market'. However, the British, during their reign in India, mispronounced the word and the market eventually became known as 'Chor Bazaar'.

One of the most fascinating flea market, Chor Bazaar is home to many stolen goods, just as the name suggests. But here you will get best art stuff at throwaway prices. From antiques to Victorian furniture and to fancy decorated knobs to electronics to vintage chandeliers and much much more!! Basically this a little heaven for those who love old school stuff. Bargain is the only key which works here!

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Photo of The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai - Part II ( 24/57 by Shweta LakhwaniChor Bazaar is located appx 1.5 kms from Grant East Road station. Before you embark your journey, must visit B. Merwan Bakery which is just at stone away distance from the station. 100+ year Parsi bakery standing still. Trademark breakfast of bun maska with Irani chai and the moist mawa cakes you ever tasted in life.

CSMT - Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus Area

Photo of The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai - Part II ( 25/57 by Shweta LakhwaniMahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai (Crawford Market): Crawford Market has been at the centre of market life in South Mumbai since it was built in the days of the British Raj. Now officially rename Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market in honour of a famous social reformer who lived in the 19th Century who, together with his wife, was a pioneer in women's education.

The major things to buy in Crawford Market are fresh produce such as fruits and vegetables. As well as daily necessities also seasonal and luxury fruits and vegetables are to be found. During the Alphonso Mango season (April-May) this is the place to get the largest range in the city. Also in the market, at the other end, there is a large pet animal market where dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, fish, parrots and songbirds are displayed and sold.

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Elsewhere inside the market many small stalls also sell snack foods such as chocolates and biscuits. You will find both international brands as well as local Indian brands here. Before the liberalization of trade in India Crawford Market was one of the main places to buy overseas brands. Today it still sells many of those, often at discounts.

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Street stalls directly outside the market have a larger range including ladies clothing, children's clothes, soft goods and toys. Some of the stalls are part of the market itself, under the roof. But others are portable street hawkers using backs of motorcycles or hoods of cars to sell their wares.

HIGHLIGHTS: Kala Ghodha Arts Festival, Kala Ghodha Pavement Gallery, Jehangir Art Gallery, National gallery of Modern Art, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Bombay Stock Exchange, Elphinstone College, Esplanade Mansion, Flora Fountain at Hutatma Chowk, The Asiatic Society Mumbai Library, The Knesset Eliyahoo Jewish Synagogue, Church of St Andrew, David Sassoon Library and Old Army Navy building.

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FORT area is home of Heritage Buildings dated back to 18th/19th centuries. They have maintained it so well. Walking Tour in this area is highly recommended. History here serves as a laboratory and the past serves as a demarcation to understand the regional laws and social structures. While walking here, it will transport you back to Colonial Era. You cannot stop clicking pictures. If I ever get a chance to stay for a longer duration in Mumbai, Fort area (and Marine Drive) will be on my top list!!

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Kala Ghodha: In 18th century philanthropist Albert Abdullah David Sassoon and Jewish businessman built a statue of King Edward VII (as the then Prince of Wales) sitting on a horse. The statue was made from black stone. Hence the name of the place, Kala Ghoda (translates 'Black Horse'). In 1965, it was decided to remove the statues of British rulers from prominent places across the city, hence the original 'Kala Ghoda' was moved to the Byculla zoo. In the new year of 2017, the Kala Ghoda area finally got the symbol that once defined it. The 25 feet tall black horse statue was hosted in the parking lot of this area.

Long before Goa introduced "Serendipity Arts Festival", in year 1999, Kala Ghoda Association, Mumbai introduced "Kala Ghoda Arts Festival". This year (2019) it commemorate 20 years of this iconic festival, as also commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The country's largest multicultural festival, taking place in February each year. The Festival draws visitors in large numbers, not just from the city but from all over the country, and the world. The grand festival celebrates ART!!<3 Sigh! I never get a chance to join the fest. Next year may be 🙂Photo of The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai - Part II ( 39/57 by Shweta Lakhwani

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Jehangir Art Gallery: A master piece gallery you should visit while in Mumbai!! Founded in 1952 by Sir Cowasji Jehangir at the urging of K. K. Hebbar and Homi Bhabha. Managed by the Committee of Management, the entire cost of this mansion was donated by Cowasji Jehangir.

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They have Terrace gallery as well. At the time I visited there was an exhibition by Erach Barucha, a well-known wildlife photographer and he has traveled and studied Indian National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries extensively over the last three decades. Erach Bharucha has been active in wildlife and nature conservation for nearly fifty years.

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya: Formerly named the Prince of Wales Museum, one of the most significance museum in India. It was established during the early 20th century. The Museum was originally a building that was used as a military hospital for the Children's Welfare Exhibitions. This museum is considered as a heritage structure in Mumbai because of its admirable architecture right from Buddha sculpture outside the museum to high wall ceiling of the museum. The museum showcases several collections of ancient artworks, sculptures and artifacts in its galleries. After the inception of the renovation project in 2008, many new galleries were opened, which contained artworks of Hindu God Krishna, textiles and Indian traditional costumes. Regular exhibitions and lectures on several topics are also held inside the museum.

HIGHLIGHTS: Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Palace, Holy Name Cathedral, Afgan Church Regal Cinema and Colaba Causeway Photo of The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai - Part II ( 49/57 by Shweta Lakhwani

Tourists from the world all over, make it a point to visit this magnificent heritage building and to explore the various ancient artifacts preserved within this museum. They also have Audio Guide. The museum equipped with open cafe where you can have snacks / meal.

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Bombay Stock Exchange: Exactly behind Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya you will spot BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange). Established in 1875, the BSE is Asia's first stock exchange. The BSE is the world's 10th largest stock exchange with an overall market capitalization of more than $4.9 trillion on as of April 2018.

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Flora Fountain at Hutatma Chowk: Built in 1864, Flora Fountain is a fusion of water, architecture and sculpture, and depicts the Roman goddess Flora. It was built at a total cost of Rs. 47,000 (9000 pounds sterling) definitely a large sum in those days.

The Asiatic Society Mumbai Library: Often you might have seen this as a 'Court' in many Bollywood movies, The Asiatic Library and Town Hall are the earliest example of neo-classical architecture in Mumbai. The style is characterized by iron pillars, a triangular roof on the facade, white paint, and a false ceiling in the main foyer. The architecture style was a revival of ancient Greek and Roman structures that are known for its elegance. The newly renovated building looks straight out of a Jane Austen novel.

Esplanade Mansion: India's oldest surviving cast iron building. Formerly known as Watson's Hotel. Named after its original owner, John Watson, the building was fabricated in England and constructed on site between 1860 and 1863.It was the site where films were introduced to India with a screening of the Lumiere Brothers Cinematograph in 1896.

The Knesset Eliyahoo Jewish Synagogue: Built in 1884 in Neo Classical-style by Jacob Elias Sassoon, this Jewish synagogue is one of the oldest in Mumbai. Its interior features Minton tile floors, stained-glass windows, cast-iron columns, and chandeliers all shipped from England. The synagogue re-opened in early 2019, after a magnificent restoration that took nearly two years. As part of the works, the building's distinctive blue painted exterior was scraped away to reveal its original stone and color. The photo below is taken in November 2017.

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There are many restaurants / cafe around fort area. But there is one must visit cafe at-least once in a lifetime - KALA GHODA CAFE, Mumbai's best kept secret tiny boho-chic cafe ❤ (Sesame Salad here is heaven!)

Located on the extreme southern gradient of Marine Drive, Nariman Point is one of the posh locations in Mumbai and home of the fourth most expensive office location in the world!! Yes, you read it right! It is home to some of the biggest financial and business establishments such as Air India, Central Bank of India, Indian Express, State Bank of India, The Oberoi Hotel, Trident Hotel. The road

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Best way to explore Nariman Point is by walking from Marine Drive till the end of the promenade. I still miss my morning walk watching sun rise. You find many faces here. All want to get a piece of Mumbai hence bustling with people who takes photographs and dangerously blindly jump on the tetra-pods (four legged concrete rocks alongside Marine Drive).

Cuffe Parade was named after T. W. Cuffe of the Bombay City Improvement Trust, which reclaimed around 75,000 m² on the western shore of Colaba. Much of Cuffe Parade was developed on reclaimed land in the 1960s, with many of the buildings over thirty storeys high.

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Prior to the mid 2000's, some of the tallest buildings in Asia were located in Cuffe Parade. Unlike Nariman Point to the North, Cuffe Parade's lack of proximity to major historical sites has allowed construction of towers above 150 metres of height. However, in recent years, residential towers in Parel, along with commercial towers in Bombay Central have overtaken Cuffe Parade's skyline.

Cuffe Parade has been making a resurgence in recent years, with a slew of residential and commercial towers going up along the bay facing Nariman Point. There are also plans to greenfly the edge of the bay, allowing a seamless park/plaza between Cuffe Parade and Marine Drive.

Colaba, Mumbai's main attraction point located at the southern end of Mumbai. Colaba is a most diverse and dynamic area of Mumbai. Along with the seaside promenade that begins at the Gateway of India, it is also house of high-end street fashion, decades old-cafe and outdoor stalls selling handcrafted souvenirs. The British started developing the area in the 1800s, and although it has evolved into the city's unofficial tourist headquarters, it retains many atmospheric buildings with various styles of architecture.

Gateway of India: This striking symbol of the British Raj era was completed in 1924 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. It was designed in Indo-Saracenic style by Scottish architect George Wittet (who designed many other landmark monuments in Mumbai), combining Hindu and Muslim architecture, with elements of the Roman triumphal arch. The last of the British troops left through the Gateway when British rule came to an end in India, in 1947.

Taj Mahal Palace: Opposite the Gateway of India, the luxurious Taj Mahal Palace was completed in 1903 and is the flagship property of India's Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris group.The hotel is divided into two wings-the original heritage wing, and the newer tower wing that opened in 1973. Much of the heritage wing had to be rebuilt after being extensively damaged during the 2008 disaster terrorist attack in Mumbai.

Holy Name Cathedral and Afghan Church: Old Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Name, built around 1905 and the seat of the Archbishop of Bombay. The church is made entirely of stone and is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Inside the church, noteworthy relics include the intricate gravestones of former Archbishops and a beautifully carved marble altar.

Afghan Church is basically a war memorial church built by Britishers honoring those who died in the First Afghan War & the 1842 retreat from Kabul. It is an Anglican Church - the Church of St. John, the Evangelist.

[STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT POST. I WILL TAKE YOU TO "SUNDAY MORNING CHURCH WALK IN SOUTH MUMBAI" ]

Regal Cinema: Colaba's Art Deco Regal Cinema sits at the beginning of Colaba Causeway and was thrown open to the public during the cinema boom of the 1930's. It's one of the last remaining single-screen cinemas in Mumbai and shows Hindi movies every day.

Colaba Causeway: The market stalls that line Colaba Causeway attract locals and tourists alike, who come to buy all kinds of things including souvenirs, cheap junk jewelry, shoes, and clothes. Also, Colaba is an one-stop destination for foodies, with diverse options ranging from global fine dining to unusual local delicacies. Cafe Mondegar and Leopold Cafe (remember at the beginning of the post I talked about Leopard Cafe?) are two popular hangout places on Colaba Causeway not because they serve great food but also they are the oldest one!! Leopold's has an additional fame factor, as it's featured in Gregory David Robert's epic book Shantaram and was a target in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack. Some of the bullet holes can still be seen in its walls. Buddy, the servers here will surely take you time travel to the most dangerous terrorist attack. Literally it will give you goose bumps!! I also love visiting Le 15 Cafe, The Obroma and Kailash Prabhat here.

WHAT I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE MOST!

WALK, WALK, WALK!! That's the only mantra I follow religiously when I am traveling specially when I am in Mumbai. One of the perks of staying longer in a destination is that your experience isn't rushed. You have more time to soak in the atmosphere of a place, immerse yourself in its culture, and connect with the people who live there. What's the best way to do all that? Lace up your best walking shoes and explore on your own two feet. Walking, move at a pace that allows travelers to stop and smell the roses. Or the salty ocean air along a coastal trail. Or the fresh ground coffee wafting from a quaint café. When you're walking, you have ample time to photograph what inspires you, whether it's a perfectly framed landscape shot or a candid photo of performing street musicians. And when you're walking, you have more time to stop and chat with the interesting people you meet along the way.

Join Mumbai Walking Tours: [CLICK HERE TO KNOW MORE] Walking isn't just the best way to immerse yourself in a city's atmosphere. It's also a great way to connect with its history, which will give you a deeper understanding of local culture and you can't experience these things from behind the windows of a bus. On foot, you're in the thick of it. You experience more.

So ditch that car tours while you are on vacation and go walking!!

Secret Note: The more you walk, you burn more calories, so you can shamelessly dig in your favorite hamburger or cheese burst pizza or donut or cheesecake (guilt free!!)

That's all for today peeps!! Have a fabulous week ahead. Month end going to be tough but this too shall pass. Sending peace and shine to everyone reading this ❤

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