Sunday, 7 January 2007

Moving aroung exploring Mumbai city

Don't let yourself be overwhelmed by the big city character because there are plenty of nice things to see and do. There are museums, art galleries, bazaars like Crawford Market area (check out Jhavari Bazaar, where bargaining is done comfortably on piles of pillows), parks (the hanging gardens are a must) and temples.

Even the existing malls are worth a visit. Especially the In Orbit mall at Malad and Nirmal lifestyles at Mulund.. Besides shopping, these huge malls also have huge food courts and multiplexes where you can enjoy a film or two.

You will find a large concentration of impressive and important historical buildings, such as the fabulous Town Hall in neo-classical style. Marine Drive nearby the seaside, which is also called the Queen's Necklace because of its sparkling nightlights, is a nice area to stroll and relax in the evening hours. If you are on the suburb side, you could watch the sunset from the sea-shores of Bandstand or Carter road in Bandra.

However, you haven't actually been to Bombay if you haven't seen the Gateway to India. This monument was built to commemorate the visit of King George the V and Queen Mary in 1911. At the same time, it's the place where you can catch a boat to the Elephanta Island, a UNESCO world heritage site where you can see rock-cut temples and caves dating back to the 6th century.

Daytrips from Bombay include visits to the Kanheri Caves at Borivli (more rock carvings), Bassein (to see its Portuguese fort) and Cheul (ruins of Muslim and Portuguese forts). From Bombay visit Ellora and Ajanta caves too.

Don't miss the various food outlets. There are numerous restaurants and roadside eateries. Specialities are: Vada pav, Bhelpuri, Paanipuri, Dhabeli, Masala Papad and various other cusines local, Indian and International.

Traveling in Bombay is calculated by time it takes to reach a destination and not by kilometers as is the norm elsewhere.

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

.... a name given by Portuguese sailor Francis Almeida, in 1508 ....“Bounce back Mumbai” 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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