Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Touring the City Part 3

Continuing with my series on ‘Touring the City of Mumbai’ I guide you to some places in Mumbai that you can also explore on your own. I have lived in Mumbai for most of my life and have loved every moment. Many times I get guests from abroad who want to see the city. I don’t always go out with them but yes I do guide them at no extra cost.

All I give is the information on where to go. What to do and what you see, is for your eyes only. You can always come back and share your pictures with me. I will be happy to post your experiences on my blog.

So, lets start our tour from Nariman point..

First things first. Rent a car. You can either book a car for one full day, or you can call a cab, 30minutes before the ride from any venue for a short trip. There are many taxi services in Mumbai (Read about Taxiservices in Mumbai from my earlier post.)

I would prefer to rent a car if I just want to drive around the city, but if I have to see the depth of the place, I would rather call for a cab for shorter distances.

So lets start from Nariman point at 7am



 Enjoy the sea breeze while you wait for a cab to take you to Gateway of India



Drop the cab and walk around the sea shore. Take a boat ride to enjoy the sea.

Opposite Gateway of India is the beautiful architecture, you can admire of TajMahal hotel



Would you like to go for breakfast of egg and sausages in a coffee shop at Taj Mahal Hotel? Or else, there are many more restaurants around that area…...take your pick.

Call for a cab at 10am 

Ask him at take you to Victoria Garden, (also called Veermata Jijbai udyan) at Byculla in the heart of Mumbai. Some time can be spend in this beautiful garden that has botanical garden, zooand also AlbertMuseum now known as The Bhau Daji Lad Museum that contains large collection of archeological artifacts



A light lunch would be advisable, perhaps a sandwich or some light street food. There is an Iranian restaurant in Byculla where you could try some cakes and pastries.

At 4pm call for cab to take you to Malabar hill via Mahalaxmi
Where you can see Dhobi Ghat, a big laundry area.



And pass via Hajii Ali


If you are not too tired, you could walk the path through sea and go to see the mosque.



Or else, proceed to Kamala Nehru Park at Malabar hill
Drop the cab.

Spend some time walking around the park



And Hanging gardens



And enjoy the great view of Chowpathy from up above.



At 6pm call for a cab to take you to back to Nariman point.

On you route you can pass via heritage sites like

 Victoria Terminus now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus


Elphinstone College


Mumbai University


Rajabhai tower


 and via Marine drive, back to Nariman point. Now relax and have lovely dinner at Trident……

My earlier post on ‘Touring The City’


Sunday, 9 November 2014

Mumbai wakes up to #EqualStreets


Woke up to the loud cheers down the street, drew the bedroom curtain and saw road converted to ‪#‎EqualStreet Children skated in the middle of the road, cyclist did acrobats on their cycle wheels, musician played tunes. The street was bustling with excitement, it seemed like a street party. All the traffic was diverted to one side of road while the other side of linking road was converted to sporting ground during the early hours of this Sunday morning..








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The idea behind this #EqualStreet is to take back street from oppressive traffic. It has become impossible for pedestrians to walk freely on the road because of lack of footpaths and cycle lanes.

In an attempt to help reclaim streets for people, EMBARQ India has initiated “Equal Streets – A Citizens’ Movement” with the help of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and Mumbai Traffic Police, and with support from the Times of India Group.

Equal Streets is here to stay and will be held every Sunday at different streets of Mumbai.

Do visit their Facebook page to know about the events taking place on Sundays.





Sunday, 5 October 2014

Durga Mata Idol in Western Suburbs of Mumbai

At Lokhandwallah
at Bandra
At Seven Bungalows


at Powai




Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Ganesha Festival In Mumbai

Every year, Ganesha festival is celebrated with much pomp and show. It is the most important festival of Maharashtra. At the work place , there is not much activity happening except celebration of this festival. Many people don't report to work because they are busy visiting pandals all over the city, eating prasadam and enjoying the festival. The stage and decorations are very innovative and creative and most of the streets are decorated with twinkling rows of lights for miles.

If your are in Mumbai, you can see people dancing on streets, with loud music at every street. There are traffic jams because of the large procession during arrival and departure of Lord Ganesha.  The festival lasts for 10 days during which people get attached to the idol and you may even see people weeping  when they finally go to the seashore to drown the idol in the sea.

Truly this is the festival not to be missed if you are visiting Mumbai in the month of September.
























Sunday, 15 June 2014

Photo Trail Through Mumbai Metro

Mumbai Metro is finally here after seven years of construction and Mumbai city is proud of it.




A big crowd waited excitedly at the railway platform, young, old, women with children. 



Everybody wanted to experience the fun ride in chak-a-chak, cool metro between Versova to Ghatkopar









 Train arrived..people jumped in and they soon realized that metro travel experience differed from Mumbai local..




People prefered to stand and enjoy the view from big glass windows and watch mumbai city as metro moved through the shiny glass buildings, through cluster of slums on the hills, above express highways and crowded market places.














Up above,were the huge airplanes taking off at regular intervals, down below, were the familiar roads where ppl had spend hours cursing traffic hazards





The Children preferred to sit on the little seat by the window



There were graphic and art everywhere, even at ticket counters



It felt good to float freely above...In 20mins ride..the story of mumbai unfolded, exposing its true belly....


Thursday, 12 June 2014

Touring the city - Part 2 - Beyond The Cultural Square of Mumbai


Bhagat Singh road is termed as cultural square of Mumbai because the architecture of the area is reminiscent of the old Bombay.
Just opposite across the Prince of Wales museum is National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA)
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Fabulous work of Indian as well as foreign artists is displayed here. Initially known as the Sir Cowasji Jehangir Public Hall, it was converted into a national art gallery in 1996. There are as many as four floors dedicated to art and works ranging from Pablo Picasso’s to Amrita Shergill’s are exhibited here.

Opposite NGMA, across the square is the Regal Cinema
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The Regal Cinema is an Art deco Movie theater located at Colaba Causeway, in Mumbai, India. Built by Framji Sidhwa, the first film to be aired at the Regal was the Laurel and Hardy work The Devil's Brother in 1933. Opened in 1933, Regal was designed by Charles Stevens, the son of the famous 19th century architect, F. W. Stevens. Its interiors with extensive mirror-work were designed by the Czech artist Karl Schara. The main auditorium had a motif of sunrays in pale orange and jade green. Its interiors were designed to create an impression of airiness, coolness and size in harmony with the modern simplicity of the exteriors.
As you walk up the Colaba road, there are many shopping centers and restaurants found at this stretch.

Further down the road is the famous Parsi colony called Cusrow Baugh
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Cusrow Baug was built in 1934 after two years of construction. In present day Mumbai, it may seem totally unbelievable, but the Baug covers an area of 84,000 square yards and is home to over 500 families. The houses are all on a rental basis and cannot be sold. There is a designated trust looking after maintenance of the place. This ensures that the place remains exclusive to the community.

Further up the street is Afghan church
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The building of the church is declared as a heritage building, the church is a Presbyterian church built on 7th January 1957 by British. The Church is a mute testimony to the brave men who sacrificed their lives for the glory of the Empire. Built in the Gothic style, it was meant to be a garrison church to observe the memories of the British Soldiers who lost their lives during the First Afghan War.

As you walk further, you get a strong fishy smell, you are approaching Sassoon Docks
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Sassoon Docks was built on reclaimed land by David Sassoon and completed in 1905. The docks today play host to the local fishing fleet. The auction of the day's catch takes place early in the morning around 5:30 am.
To be continued…….. 

The name "Bombay" was derived from 'Bom Bahia' (The Good Bay),

.... a name given by Portuguese sailor Francis Almeida, in 1508 ....“Bounce back Mumbai” .....as it is called by the locals, it is a city that has been through a lot in the recent past – floods, bomb blasts, riots – and come out stronger each time.

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