It is not fashionable to go to prominent cities for a vacation in your own country. But, it so happened as I wanted to meet my friend and had some free time.
I found Mumbai to be both lively and beautiful, maybe because I did not have to travel by local trains during peak hours. The city is far ahead of metros and other Tier I cities in terms of infrastructure and culture.
Day 1: Bandra and Street shopping
We began by exploring street shopping at Vile Parle. It has good variety of clothes for daily wear. Then, we went for a quick meal at Tea Villa Cafe, which is a small yet innovative cafe offering varied flavors of tea and delicious food.
Thereafter, we moved to Bandra beach. I got myself clicked at Mannat, hoping to run into ShahRukh Khan but unfortunately it could not happen.
So, we crossed the road and sat on beach side, pondering over misunderstandings, corporate world and life.
Day 2: Gateway of India and Caves
Next day, we went to Gateway of India, located opposite to hotel Taj. It was enchanting to cross “Sealink” as it reminds of advancement of our country. I could also spot many familiar locations on the way, seen in different Bollywood movies.
It takes around one and a half hours to go by ferry to famous Elephanta Caves from Gateway of India. There is a toy train, transporting tourists from the point of arrival of ferries. However, we walked to the caves, having local snacks on the way.
After climbing the narrow stairway to the caves, we could see giant structure housing ancient statues and sculptures.
It was evening by the time we returned from the caves. We decided to patrol the streets of Colaba, which have stalls selling accessories of various kinds.
Day 3: Marine Drive and Cakes
Next evening, we went to Marine drive to sit quietly on the elevated pavement built around the sea. The lights on the road formed beautiful Queen’s Necklace.
We travlled by local train (thankfully on weekend) to reach our place. Just like many Victorian buildings of Mumbai, the railway station makes for a worthwhile tourist site.
Thereafter, we went to nearby yet popular Theobroma bakery to bring a sweet end to a long-awaited meet-up.
“Check it off” shortcuts:
- Gateway of India
Haji Ali Dargah