The rush, chaos, madness—it’s all part of an average Mumbaikar's life. As an outsider, I always believed that the ‘the city never sleeps’ image was an idea blown out of proportion. Now, having lived in the city for more than a year, I realise how true it is! Love it or hate it, the fact is that Mumbai does have this crazy, infectious vibe that cannot be ignored.
But behind all the madness, lies a side to the city that few people talk about and even fewer acknowledge. While the suburbs are all about the infamous crazy lifestyle, the southern part of the city basks in its rich heritage. The glorious colonial-age buildings, commanding statues, wide junctions and alleys paint a completely different picture of the city — a part I personally never get bored of exploring on foot.
Just to clear things, there’s something with me and walks. From walking on hilly roads with my dad, as a kid, to eating ice cream with my gang of girls after school, to going for those long aimless strolls with my special someone on a cold winter night, walking has always been something I have enjoyed. Even after all these years, I believe that the best way to really soak in the charm of a place is to do it on foot. And Mumbai, especially its southern part is a delight to explore walking. The place exudes of its own unique charm and character that speak volumes of its illustrious past, present and future.
Here’s my very own specially curated 'South Bombay Heritage Walk' that will offer a truly unique experience to those stepping into the city for the first time, or to someone who’s wanting to look at their city differently.
Time Taken: 2.5 - 3 Hours