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7 Things About Mumbai People Pretend To Hate But Secretly Love

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So crowded, so noisy, no place to keep your feet, so busy, so expensive and so hyped! Why would you chose to live in Mumbai? HolidayIQ Travellers tell why.

7 Things About Mumbai People Pretend To Hate But Secretly Love:

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1. Gateway Of India Is A Cliche? Nah! It Can Never Be Passé

Gateway Of India Is A Cliche? Nah! It Can Never Be Passésource: upload.wikimedia.org

It’d be cliched to say that no other part of Mumbai matches up to the charm of South Mumbai, but sometimes cliches are plain truth and hence cannot be dumped as being passe. Visiting the gateway of India might be boring. But the love for the waves, the ferry ride and cave hunting to Elephanta caves has always been a guilty pleasure. HolidayIQ Traveller Pravin Chheda says, “Gateway of India is a wonderful place and there are ferry rides too that you can enjoy. It is a must visit place for everybody who visits Mumbai.” HolidayIQ Treller Malik says, “Do not forget to take you camera along.”

2. Street Dancing During Ganpati

Street Dancing During Ganpatisource: outlooktraveller.com

It’s so amazing to be completely submersed in the culture and colours of Ganesha when in Mumbai. It might be a little weird for a snob-traveller or a non-mumbaikar to dance on the streets on the beats of nasik dhol during ganpati but I am sure you would secretly love to soak in the beauty of the festival. HolidayIQ Traveller Nagesh Kamatr says, “Ganesh Chaturthi is traditionally celebrated festival in Mumbai. On all nine days, Mumbaikars dedicate themselves and participate in the puja. The tallest Ganesha and the richest in the world is kept at the GSB Seva Mandal Tentat Krida Mandir.”

3. A Zillion Pictures Of Marine Drive On Your Phone! But You'll Still Go For More

A Zillion Pictures Of Marine Drive On Your Phone! But You'll Still Go For Moresource: wikimapia.org

You’re probably flooded with a zillion pictures in different shades and angles of Marine Drive and you’d still go for more. Eating peanuts and watching the orange sun turn red, crimson until it fades from the horizon might be cliche but you still love going there. HolidayIQ Traveller Pravin Gule says, “Marine Drive is the soul of Mumbai. For people living in Mumbai or visiting Mumbai, Marine Drive is a must-visit. Walk along the sea, take a break at Nariman Point and Girgaum Chowpatty. Have kulfi in front of Chowpatty. Visit Taraporewala Aquarium and Hanging Gardens around this area.”

4. You Might Be Finicky About The Street Food But You Can't Live Without It, Can You?

You Might Be Finicky About The Street Food But You Can't Live Without It, Can You?source: grabhouse.com

Street food is one of the characteristics of the city. The city is known for its distinctive street foods. You are always finicky about eating the food sold by hawkers from portable stalls but you just cannot resist. The long ass line with locals chowing down on vada pavs makes you drool! HolidayIQ Traveller Deeps says, “You can spot various bollywood celebrities at Juhu beach. Try out the local street food offered at food stalls and snack joints set up at the beach. Street food, such as 'pani puri', 'bhel puri' and 'pav bhaji' are just awesome. Watching the sunset in this wonderful place, guarded by the vast Arabian Sea, is a visual delight.”

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5. No Matter What, You Love Shopping At Chor Bazaar

No Matter What, You Love Shopping At Chor Bazaarsource: chuzailiving.files.wordpress.com

Says HolidayIQ Traveller Amit, "Chor Bazaar, in spite of this reputation, is said to sell mostly second-hand goods rather than stolen goods. The market is now famous for antique and vintage items."

6. Rain Makes The City Messy And Gloomy But You Love It!

Rain Makes The City Messy And Gloomy But You Love It!source: india.com

Mumbaikars share a love-hate relationship with the rains! Love for the much needed respite from the heat and AC bills! And hate, for the ‘getting to work’ battle.HoilidayIQ Traveller Surjit Singh says, “The days are busy with heavy traffic. Mumbai never sleeps. It is a lovely city, especially the night life. I always hang out with friends at night when I am in Mumbai. Weather is always great!”

7. Local Trains Are Crowded But It’s Your Lifeline

Local Trains Are Crowded But It’s Your Lifelinesource: holidayiq.com

HolidayIQ Traveller Jae Rajesh from Hyderabad shares, “Mumbai local trains are a very convenient way to travel in the city considering the heavy road traffic that exists there. The railway police are quite prompt in responding to any complaints regarding this. Be conversant with the route (there are 3 separate lines), if necessary make a note of the stations in each route.” HolidayIQ Traveller Shejal says, “Travelling in the Mumbai local is an experience! We travelled to Alibaug.” Because Mumbai never sleeps, the local doesn't either. From 4 in the morning to 2 in the night, the local is always at your service.

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