Mumbai Experience: Bombayyyy!!!! This city breathes gusto and madness - everything seems endless, the waters; the miles; the sands; the heights; the foods; the lights!! City indeed never sleeps. You come to bombay and get lost in the magical destination that it is and by the end of it you feel that even a fortnight wasn't enough! Events like barely leave the grip on the city - food festivals, art shows, theatre, exhibitions, concerts and the list fails to cease! The glory of the beach early morning in bombay and at night is worth an experience, the architecture of the town area really holds the gaze. Bombay holds beauty in it's every nook and cranny. Visit the city with an open heart and it will take you in- forever and for always!!
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: It's not just food that keeps you glued to bombay, it's actually the myraid hues of the culinary expertise!! The city is full of restaurants, eateries, cafes, bistros with thousands of cuisines. You name it and you have it! 'Quatro's' for example is this amazing vegetarian italian restaurant near palladium that assures you that being a herbivore all over again can actually be worth it - try the fried lasagne and the philedelphia cheesecake there, you'll die of satisfaction! This pub in bandra called 'Totos' will actually drive you crazy - it's a small place (amazing interiors) but the rock music here is ROCK-ING!!! Order a pitcher of draught beer (I liked it much much better here) and fries - you are ready to go, not too heavy on the pocket too!!! 'Gadda da vida' - the terrace lounge at the Novotel Hotel in juhu is the most magnificent place in the evening where one can be, the cool breeze, the pool side - everything just sets the mood!
If you are a 'junk-kard' hit 'colaba causeway' in town - you 'll find the most beautiful pieces of junk jewellery here and also the best kohlapuris - you are just spoilt for choice!! 'Tribal-route' is this store in andheri where one can find exquisite jewellery pieces along with home decor products, kitsch art products, lighting peices and preppy furniture, if you are in for something different this is the place for you! 'Masaba's' store on juhu-tara road is another place to look out for, kurtas, sarees and many other apparels with edgy colour-blocking can be a shopping treat!
If you have a thing for history 'town' can make you immensely happy, almost all the buildings have the old-world charm, then there's jahangir art gallery and the prince of wales museum with a splended expanse of green! The gateway of india though too much talked about should not be missed, sounds cliched but cliche is a cliche for a reason!! The ferry ride from gateway to the elephanta caves is nice and slow - it's an experience, the caves themselves! The newly found 'bandra-worli sealink' adds another feather to the hat - while on the sealink at night turn around and look at it from the cab as it trails away; there's nothing more beautiful you'd ever see!!
Activities & things to do: Go to carter road and just sit by the sea, moments will pass away without you even realising it! Mocha-mojo in bandra at midnight is the best thing ever - play fuseball, chit-chat, have granitas - it's FUN! Hang out in the prithvi theatre cafe- you might get lucky and catch a glimpe or two of the celebs - it's bombay afterall! The comedy store at phoenix is something you shouldn't miss - stand up comedy is not something you'll get everywhere - it's worth an experience!
AND do take a ride in the local train preferably in the afternoon to avoid rush - it's a RIDE indeed!
Make a trip to 'khandala' when in bombay - shouldn't miss the hills around the beach!
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: To reach bombay is the easiest thing because it is BOMBAY! Fly or take the train if really far - bomaby is well connected - else buses are good if you stay closer! Within bombay travel is not difficult - you have autos, cabs, buses, local trains of course or you can hire a cab or hire a car and drive!! And it's safe, it is!
One warning - don't quite rely on the directions given by someone, try and ask more then 3 people for the same direction - bombay people like to have fun if you know what i mean!
Plan your days well 'cause it's a huge city, you shouldn't waste time in travel like set days aside for town and leave early morning to avoid the rush!
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