Eat, Travel, Love…Mumbai

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Be prepared to shoved and pushed and loved by a city that is said to be never at sleep. 24 hours time is never enough to explore the highlights of this overrated city. Just to make most of a day in Mumbai, the financial capital of India, hail a cab speed wild around the city.

Mumbai’s distinctive curving seafront avenue, the Marine Drive, connects the skyscrapers of Nariman Point to the green villas of Malbara Hills. It is also called the Queens Necklace because of its appearance at night when the street lights sparkle around the curve of the bay. The Juhu Beach and the Chowpatty Beach are the famous two beaches. These beaches encapsulate the spirit of Mumbai. The graceful ceremonial archway, Gateway of India, was built to commemorate the arrival of King George V. It also has historical significance for India because after India gaining Independence, the British left the Indian soil walking away this imperial archway.

People having historic and the cultural taste could visit the Elephanta Caves. It is situated on an island having beautiful rock cuttings of Shiva Temple on the top of the hill. This island can be reached by a short enjoyable ferry ride. The Prince of Wales Museum is a heritage building situated on green lawns totally away from the hustle bustle of the city. The Jehangir Art Gallery displays colourful exhibits by notable artists.

Mumbai has a justified reputation as a concrete jungle but there are some nice pockets of greenery within the city. Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Kanheri Caves are surrounded by hills and tall bushy tress. The Lion Safari is the most interesting part of the tour here at Borivali. Also the Hanging Gardens at Malbara Hills gives a clear sunset view of the Mumbai Sea, The Arabian Sea. For its location on a hilltop, the place has its name as the Hanging Gardens.

Mumbai is probably worth visiting just for its street markets, the hustle bustle vendors and the madness of the crowds. Fashion Street and Linking Road are the best place in Mumbai to buy cheap clothes whereas Colaba Causeway is a place where one could find many authentic Indian souvenirs, antiques, carpets and chandeliers. Normally the more you buy here, the less you will hav eto pay for each individual item. The Crawford Market is the major wholesale trading market.

Songs have been written about Mumbai’s street food and one will find that the hype is justified. One can find them at every nook and corner of Mumbai, right from the beaches to the railway stations and around the city colleges. Mumbai holds the main three cuisines, the authentic Marathi Cuisine, the Udupi and the Irani Cuisine. Matunga has the best south Indian fare in Mumbai whereas the Irani cafes are Persian styled cafes. Many movies we have seen the sight of them. These cafes have a unique lazy atmosphere wherein people spend hours and hours reading newspapers or chit chatting over a cup of Irani Chai or the Bun Muska or the egg omelette.