As much as I love talking about fashion and style here on the blog, penning down travel posts give me a different happiness altogether. Travel keeps me alive and sane. So when a long weekend approached us last month, we decided to not let it just slip through and instead put our travel shoes on and landed in Mumbai. Let me tell you this post is no outfit or styling one but has some random snippets from our travel. I hope you will enjoy it.
The moment we landed in Mumbai, we knew its going to be tough given the heat and humidity. More so because the husband can’t bear hot weather and gets all cranky. But alas, we were here and were not going to let the sun hamper our spirits. On that note, we started our trip by meeting our friends after three long years who were the best hosts we could have asked for and showed us around places the mumbaiya way.
This post has pictures from camera and my phone as well. Since I wanted to share all the details with you, hence a super long post. But I hope it will be useful to you if you are planning to visit Mumbai.
A local train journey to start with and visiting Sidhivinayak temple on our first day marked the beginning of our trip. If you are new to Mumbai and want to experience local train travel like us, make sure you avoid peak hours (You know what i mean 😉 )
After that we headed to Palladium mall for some window shopping but i ended up buying some stuff from Forest essentials , The Body Shop and battery replacement for my Samsung phone. For lunch i wanted to try the chicken burger at Burger King for we do not have it here in Bangalore. And boy do i love it!!
Palladium or High street Phoenix is one mall i liked visiting after real long. It is very nicely done, you can indulge in some luxury shopping here and satisfy your taste buds at the fine dine restaurants or can also enjoy the standup comedy acts at the popular Canvas Laugh Club. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the show tickets cuz we had not done the booking in advance but make sure you check out the show details on their site or on BookMyShow website. The large open space area outside the mall again houses lots of restaurants and stores which is quite a sight!
Shopping wise visiting Bandra market and Fashion street proved out to be a sorry affair for me and we really didn’t spend much time in any of these places though i loved shopping at Colaba and also Hill road which houses some of the best salons in Mumbai and stand alone stores besides the local market. I was quite excited to see the exclusive Kama Ayurveda store there and ended up gifting my friend their customized gift box which i think was totally worth it.
Colaba market was very near to our hotel and is surrounded by many renowned eating joints too. Theobroma is famous for its desserts and bakery products and their Red velvet cheese cake is to die for. It was so tasty and gooey that i can really feel its flavor at the moment as i write this.
Food at theyellowchilli Thane needs a mention too specially their crispy stuffed veg roles presented the fancy way.
Salt Water Cafe was on my must visit list and as expected, their ambiance, service, food, everything was interesting and tastefully done. You got to try it.
Bade Miyan and Baghdadi hotel near Gateway of India are famous among the meat eaters and are easy on pocket too. Also must try the Pav Bhaji and Kulfi Falooda at Juhu Chowpatty. Though the place is super crowded and noisy but that is how Mumbai is and one cannot complain! All this food and so much more was basically the reason i have come back with few grams extra. 😛
Anyways, the best thing that i liked about Mumbai is its transport system. We were surprised to see the taxi and auto walas be so honest and not asking for any extra money, for whatever time of the day it is unlike Bangalore!!
Evenings in Mumbai are beautiful and its perfect time to visit Marine drive. Walk, run or just sit down to relax for there is no better place than this in Mumbai. We went their twice just the way locals do and enjoyed the cool sea breeze with some chai and vada pav. Go there at any time and you will find groups just chilling and having fun. The city never sleeps i believe! 🙂
Old buildings of south Mumbai are a wonderful insight into the old British era and still hold their charm and that is the reason i chose to shoot this outfit here. We spent two days roaming around and checking out the local shops and cafes there. Though we had an option to go for a boat ride from Gateway of India to Elephanta caves but we gave it a miss and instead visited Kala Ghoda and sat down at this cute little cafe called The Nutcracker for some tea in the evening.
Bandra beach is one super crowded beach with nothing much to see in general. we reached there just at the time of sunset and the sight was really pretty. But we left quickly and headed to band stand market which was again a disappointment for me. I liked the Bandra church and our driver made sure he stop outside Shahrukh Khan’s bungalow and ask us if we want a photo there. We liked his sincere gesture though. 🙂
Some key points to note :
1. The climate in Mumbai is always hot so make sure you are prepared in advance. August brings in some relief with rains but again it gets difficult to commute.
2. Lonavala and Nasik are beautiful places at a few hours drive from Mumbai and a must visit during rainy season.
3. Ideal location to stay is in south Mumbai as all major shopping and tourist spots are nearby. Better try to plan your day in advance so that you can cover as much as possible.
4. Download ‘m-indicator’ App and trust me it’s the best thing to help you travel hassle free.
5. If you want to save time on travel, local trains are the best bet with great connectivity though its only bearable during off peak hours.
6. Don’t forget to pack facial spray, oil blotting paper, sunscreen, wet wipes, umbrella and a dry shampoo.
Have a look at some more pictures we clicked. And in case you have any queries feel free to shoot me an email. 🙂