Festival of words -5

 7 must see must do’s in Mumbai

I love Mumbai, why? It’s a can-do, fabulously frantic city where anything is possible provided you have the fortitude to stick it out! I love it because it’s the only city in the country where people appreciate the value of time. Only in Mumbai, I saw old and new worlds at the same time; I saw and visited five-stars and dhaba’s at the same time. It’s such a variety of culture for me that I don’t think I can find anywhere else in the world.

This is my list of what 7 must see must do’s are in Mumbai.

1. Marine Drive: This three kilometre long promenade is perhaps the most iconic spot in Mumbai. Featured in numerous Bollywood films, Marine Drive is always populated with people that come here to sit by the ocean and enjoy the cool evening sea breeze. The stretch is often referred to as Queen’s Necklace, since the lights along the promenade look like a string of glowing jewels.

2. Colaba Causeway Market: With a number of shops, restaurants and street vendors located along the bustling Causeway, this sure is a shoppers’ paradise. Once here, look for ethnic jewellery, footwear from mojris to stilettos, bags, clothes, scarves, books, carpets, antiques and more.

3. Siddhivinayak Temple: This 200 year old temple, made of gold and marble occupies a pivotal position in the city, both figuratively and literally. Devotees from across the world visit this temple to pray for their wishes to come true.

4. Haji Ali Dargah: Dargah is located in the middle of the Arabian Sea and is spread over 4,000 square metres. A meandering concrete footpath running over the sea leads to this holy place which is visited by thousands of people every day.

5. Bandra-Worli sea link: India’s first cable-stayed bridge constructed over open seas. Drive down this eight lane bridge and the travel time from Bandra to Worli is reduced from 45 minutes to a mere 10. The best time to take a ride is during late evening when the cable on the link is illuminated.

6. Second hand books: SoBo’s most famous business area Flora Fountain’s pavements are home to second hand book sellers during the day. Whether it’s marketing genius Philip Cotler’s words of wisdom or Sidney Sheldon’s mystery novels, you can find almost all authors and titles here. These books are in decent condition and one can easily bargain for a good price.

7. Monetary Museum: This is the one stop shop for all your questions on the history of currency. Apart from valuable artefacts like coins used by Tipu Sultan, the museum also showcases information on our current currency.

I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words 1st – 7th September 2013.

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PS: Click here to read my another post on Mumbai written a few months back.

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8 thoughts on “Festival of words -5

  • September 5, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Why I am not surprised Mumbai is the most preferred 7-er on cities in India?! You expressed a beautiful sentiment that many of us would have loved to express. Great post. I was buying books outside Churchgate Station near Planet M, love strolling at Colaba and Marine Drive. I am sure if there was competition, Mumbai would win hands down:)

  • September 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I remember 6 very well on my first visit to Bombay. Second hand books near Flora Fountain and the bargaining in pidgin Hindi.

  • September 5, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Wow… Mumbai love! I have been to Mumbai for a couple of times but, but have never seen Siddhivinayak temple and Haji Ali…Nice post

  • September 5, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    A very interesting journey through the important landmarks of Mumbai.

  • September 5, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Love the Marine Drive 🙂 Been there at all times of the day and night. Also the CC market, it’s a treat.

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