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13 Awesome Things To Do In Mumbai If You Bunk Office On Monday

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HolidayIQ Travellers list down 14 fun things to do if you are planning to bunk office and explore Mumbai. Read on.

1. How About A Long Drive To Lavasa?

How About A Long Drive To Lavasa?source: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ Traveller Sonali Meena from Mumbai shares, “Lavasa is an amazing escape from the hectic city life. Amidst the Western Ghats, Lavasa can be a good place for a weekend or a couple of days for those who have busy work schedule and cannot afford a lot of days on leave. This place has some amazing water sports and adventure activities at The Waterfront Shaw. Best time to visit would be monsoon and since it's not that far from Mumbai/Pune one can drive their way till here. Proper Maharashtrian food can be relished.”

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2. Haggle For Non-Antiques In Chor Bazaar

Haggle For Non-Antiques In Chor Bazaarsource: jackworldsapart.wordpress.com

Chor Bazaar, located near Bhendi Bazaar in South Mumbai, is one of the largest flea markets in India. The area is one of the tourist attractions of Mumbai. According to popular legend, if you lose anything in Mumbai you can buy it back from here. 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."

3. Spend Some Time Browsing Through Indian History At Prince Of Wales Museum

Spend Some Time Browsing Through Indian History At Prince Of Wales Museumsource: et.iitb.ac.in

HolidayIQ Traveller Nitin Mittal from Mumbai says, “Good place for art lovers where you can see old architecture and paintings. The complete tour takes around 2 hours if you read about all the architecture.”

4. Try Authentic Gujarati Food At Shree Thaker Bhojanalay

Try Authentic Gujarati Food At Shree Thaker Bhojanalaysource: sim.burp.net

HolidayIQ Traveller Traveller Aashish says, “Kalbadevi area has many small food joints that serve amazing food. Chinese, Gujarati and many other cusines are available.” You need a GPS system and a bicycle to navigate through the tiny lanes of Kalbadevi to find this gem of a restaurant. What's amazing about Thakers is not just the consistency and flavour of the food (perhaps another thali joint might rival it) but it's the humility and hospitality that engulfs you the minute you step in. The menu changes twice a day with seasonal specials such as undhyu and aam raas to die for!

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5. Pack Your Trekking Gear And Scale Kalsubai With Friends

Pack Your Trekking Gear And Scale Kalsubai With Friendssource: flickr - Fitrangi

HolidayIQ Traveller Amit Motwani shares, “It is full energy vasool trekking. Mine best experience till date especially during monsoon. Mountain is wet and slightly risky, you can trek with friends, family and yes with wife too. Take backpack and trek to Kalsubai you will surprise yourself by trekking. Take lots of water with you and glucose drinks or biscuits, total 5hr trek.”

6. Spend Some Time Admiring Art At Jehangir Art Gallery

Spend Some Time Admiring Art At Jehangir Art Gallerysource: Ting Chen

Over the years, this area has evolved as the center of art activity in the city, a phenomenon triggered off in the 1950s with the establishing of the Jehangir Art Gallery. As a rendezvous point for artists, patrons and art lovers, the Jehangir Art Gallery complex over the years is recognized nationally and internationally as a centre of contemporary Indian art. HolidayIQ traveller Swapan Das shares, “It is a place which would be loved by all. There are so many things to see and learn.”

7. Munch On Some Drool-worthy Parsi Cuisine At Kyani At Grand Road

Munch On Some Drool-worthy Parsi Cuisine At Kyani At Grand Roadsource: ankush308.blogspot.com

With its high ceiling, black bentwood chairs and checkered table cloths, Kyani & Co is one of the oldest Irani joints in Mumbai. Even offering a separate section for families, on display is a wide variety of cakes, biscuits including ones made from wine, puffs and patties. Their most famous fare, of course, is the elaichi-laden Irani chai and melt-in-your-mouth bun maska.

8. Wildlife Safari At Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Wildlife Safari At Sanjay Gandhi National Parksource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ Traveller Ashwathi Kaimal from Mumbai shares, “The ticket is reasonable and it is best to travel at morning hours so that it is less sunny and you can walk longer distances. Those who know the route can take their vehicles for others there are buses available from the ticket counter itself to the Kanheri caves. There is a new park also where one can walk, sit and take rest, the lake where one can go boating. When I went the train was undergoing some maintenance. Also there was lion and tiger safaris and an introductory nature movie for the visitors. Tickets are available from 9:30 and one can carry food but make sure the place is not littered. There are also small vendors who sell the seasonal fruits inside the park. There is also a small stream where one can get down if the water level is not too high. There are loads of monkeys so careful while carrying food.”

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9. Grab A Beer At Mondegar Cafe In Colaba

Grab A Beer At Mondegar Cafe In Colabasource: flickr - cell105

HolidayIQ Traveller Kaberi Das says, “Hang out in Cafe Leopold or Cafe Mondegar. This place competes with Leopold and serves some amazing starters with chilled beer. It is always full and it will be hard to find a place. It is worth every penny spent and a must-visit for all Mumbaikars.”

10. Discover Dharavi

Discover Dharavisource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ Traveller A S from Hyderabad shares,”Dharavi is one of the biggest slums in Asia and you will be amazed by massive area it covers. Trust me it is no different than how it looks in the movies. To get the most out of Dharavi get hold of one of the local kids they can show you Dharavi better than any guide in the world. At the end of your tour you will actually know every story associated with each and every nook and corner of Dharavi. If someone starts to document it then this can become an interesting part. It is not a tourist destination but one must visit this place to see magical livelihood of people living here.”

11. Catch A Play At The Prithvi Theatre

Catch A Play At The Prithvi Theatresource: wikimedia.org

Prithvi Theatre is a landmark theatre in the western suburbs of Bombay run by a branch the famous Kapoor family and stages some fantastic dramatic performances. In addition, it has a wonderful cafe outside which serves delectable snacks of all sorts. Its a great place to see the culturally-enthusiastic crowd which tourists typically do not associate with Bombay.

12. Dangle Your Feet, Lean Back On Your Palms And Enjoy The Sea At Marine Drive Promenade

Dangle Your Feet, Lean Back On Your Palms And Enjoy The Sea At Marine Drive Promenadesource: flickr - Dan Searle

HolidayIQ Traveller Rayan from Gurgaon shares, “Marine Drive is simply the best urban waterfront setting in India. Gently curving across kilometers of a long bay on the Arabian Sea, with the sea on one side and the tall buildings of Mumbai on the other, the setting is magical for a stroll, a jog or even a drive. And if you happen to be in Mumbai in the monsoon, ensure you go to Marine Drive & get yourself fully drenched in the spray & the rains.”

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13. Chuck Boutiques, Try Shopping At Fashion Street Or Colaba Causeway

Chuck Boutiques, Try Shopping At Fashion Street Or Colaba Causewaysource: flickr - Benjamin Vander Steen

Colaba, Fashion Street and Linking Road you well know how to buy a good at a bargain price. So even after the online market taking a front seat, a true blue Mumbaikar can’t miss shopping in these areas. HolidayIQ Traveller Prithi says, “Colaba is best place for shopping for girls. You can buy beads, slippers, shoes, chains, bags and purses. Fashion Street is another place where you can shop at affordable prices. Hiranandani is also a shopping paradise.”

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