Mumbai overwhelms, fascinates and charms. A mix of everything and anything; this city is a mystery to visitors. I personally enjoyed its rhythm mixed with the noise and heat of the city, and I was sucked into the magic, that is Mumbai! I've never been much of a party person, really, and that is why, in this blog, I would introduce you to things that you can thoroughly enjoy in Mumbai other than its very active and glamorous nightlife.
You haven’t ‘done’ Mumbai till you’ve visited Marine Drive. It is a quintessential Mumbai experience – to sit and stare at the Mumbai skyline as the waves splash around you. The best view of Marine Drive is at night though. As the lamps light up along the road, Marine Drive transforms into what is popularly known as the ‘Queen’s Necklace’: curved, sparkling and pretty. And since a majority of experiences in Mumbai involve food, here’s the low-down if you crave for munchies while you’re on Marine Drive: awesome food for all budgets, from reasonable Crystal to the more expensive Pizza by the Bay.
The Elephanta Caves experience unfolds in two parts. The first being the ferry trip to the island on a wobbly boat. Quite an experience in itself; you also have the option of paying extra to the ferry operator so that he lets you climb onto the deck for a great view as you approach the caves. Next come the caves themselves: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the rock cut stone sculptures in these caves date between the 5th and the 8th centuries. If you are a history buff, then this is the trip for you!
The everyday carnival of the Colaba Causeway market is a shopping experience like no other in Mumbai. Geared especially towards tourists, that infamous Indian saying of "sab kuch milega" (everything is possible) certainly applies at this market. Dodge persistent balloon and map sellers, as you meander along the sidewalk and peruse the stalls. Want your name written on a grain of rice? That's possible too. If you need a break from shopping, pop into Leopold's Cafe or Cafe Mondegar, two well known Mumbai hangouts.
Your visit here would be incomplete if you don’t experience our lifeline, at least once. Local trains in Mumbai are the most commonly used means of transport, connecting the whole city along three different railway lines: Central, Harbour and Western. Mumbai is very well connected by these railway lines, which thus prove to be an easier and time-efficient mode of travel than by road. Let me remind you, Mumbai has a humongous population, owing to which the trains are always packed with people. If you're going for a ride, stick to travelling in non peak hours (working hours).
Our city is always up and running, and it is the people who need to keep their pace with Mumbai to enjoy life at its fullest. My experience has been wonderful, let me know about yours! ;)