Bambai Meri Jaan!

Marine Drive at AirIndia Building

Mumbai my Love! This is a line from a song from a classic Bollywood movie CID. I was born in Bombay and over the past few years it became Mumbai . Names changed , Buildings got torn down, Skyscrapers came up Flyovers got built But the heart of the city never changed. It is still the same beautiful , Straightforward and Tough city it has always been and I Love it! It was time for both my loved to really meet and get to know each other; so I took my Husband to meet my first love, My City, My Mumbai.

We Took a 5 day 1580 Km road trip to Mumbai and back and the best time ever.  It is always fun to meet Family and old friends and Grandma.

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To Reach Mumbai from Hyderabad we took NH9 that pass the states of Andhra pradesh, Karnataka and enters     Maharashtra terminating in the historical city of Pune. From Pune we join the t Mumbai Pune  Expressway and reach Mumbai.

The list of things to do is endless and depending upon your tastes you will be able to find something to do for sure, There is Loads to see and Loads to eat!

No Visit to Mumbai is complete without visiting the Siddhi Vinayak temple at Prabhadevi. This temple dedicated to the elephant god ganesha is believed  grant the wishes of the devoted. Though it is a hindu temple , people of all faiths believe in the power of the lord and pray. Along with the Mumba devi temple(On whose name Mumbai is named) and Mahalakshmi temple , Siddhivinayak  is the Most important places of worship to Hindus in Mumbai.

I love downtown Mumbai, the old british buildings wide roads, open grounds, transport you to a time gone by. I spent many a summers in these parts walking to the various movie theaters and road side book stalls with my mother and sister. Here is where you will find the major landmark buildings, Art galleries , Museums and Movie theaters.

Our first stop was Marine Drive near Air India Building.  This is probably the best spot on the 3 Km long promenade to view the city from its tip to the governor’s residence.

DSC00104Next we went to The Gateway of India and took a ferry-ride into the sea. The nearby TajMahal Hotel was the target of the 26-11 terrorist attack two years back. Almost restored to its formal splendor, the Taj greeted us with the same warmth and splendor. The Gateway of India was built to commemorate the visit of King George Vand Queen Mary to Bombay,  in December 1911. Its a Favorite haunt of the touts and guides. Photographers make a quick buck here by taking pictures of the tourists. The photographers would take pictures and give the developed copies only the next day, or at an extra cost would post it to you. Over the years technology has made its invades here as well. The SLR are replaced by DSLRs and Mobile battery operated Epson PictureMate PM235.

Lunch was at Leopold’s cafe. It’s a old Irani Cafe and a watering hole for the locals as well as the visiting tourists. It was made popular with the tourists in the Book Shantaram. Its quaint, relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff is what attracts the folks. Unfortunately It was also a site for the 26-11 attack. The food varies from Indian , Continental to Chinese. The Indians prefer Continental food and the tourists seem to like the Indian Fare. Bullet Hole At Leo's

The cafe is located on Colaba Causeway. I love shopping here, from trinkets, Purses and Bags, clothes and books You find it all. Haggle, bargain and for good measure bargain again.  if you would like to know the probable cost, simply reduce the cost to 40% of the cost told by the shop keeper and settle any where between 50-55% of the original said price. TIP: Be ready to walk away from the bargain as if you don’t care, Trust me, the shopkeeper will call you!  I picked up some Block printing Blocks and a mobile pouch. Don’t forget to visit Anupam Chappals for amazing leather slippers (Called Kholapuris) in amazing colors. If you fancy some Masala Pav , spicy veg gravy sandwiched in a Pav ( indian style bun) , head to the eatery adjacent to Sahakari Bhandar.

From here we took a taxi to Abdul Rehman St. This Area is called Crawford market. It’s the mecca for wholesale good of all kinds, from stationary (Abdul Rehman St), Jewellery (Jhaveri Bazar), Fabric ( Manish market). Just decide what you want, walk around and ask around. Locals will guide you to the dedicated market for the product you seek.  Many shops are wholesale only, but retail bargains are really hard to walk by. My husband who is not a big shopper, also got excited at the heavily discounted prices.

A great place to eat is “Cannon” adjacent to The “Jhunka Bhakar Trust” opposite to CST. It has the best PavBhaji in the city. It’s a “Stand and eat ” , “Hole in the wall ” kind of joint run by an institution that employs woman who have nowhere to go.

The latest in mumbai is the Bandra – worli sealink. It connects the suburbs of bandra to central Mumbai .

Some more pictures from my trip

 

Bandra Worli Sea link

Bandra – Worli Sea Link

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A decorated tractor en route to Mumbai on NH-9

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Bill Board outside Air India Building

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Marine drive at night

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Gate way of India at Night

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Flora Fountain

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40 Ft X 40 Ft rangoli at my neighborhood ground

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Rangoli at the competition

Hope you enjoyed my recap 🙂
Lots more coming up this week . I wanted to thank Rebecca from ” One pretty thing ” for featuring the yogurt tub Lamp tutorial on Nov 12th roundup. It was exciting to see so many friends visit from all over the world!

Take care
Rashmi

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