Rows and rows and rows of slums
An emotional taxi ride from the city to the airport will have you thinking twice about how lucky you are to be blessed with what you have. I snapped these photos as we were passing through the suburbs along Reay Road as I saw rows of slums which went on for a few miles until we finally turned into another road. You see people washing, cooking, kids playing and adults going on their usual day routine in front of their 5 by 5-feet madeshift hut.
Best Time to Visit
The fascination for the Island City of India, Mumbai, never gets exhausted. People plan trips according to their holidays and suitability, yet one should refer the weather and peak travel season of the city before scheduling the trip. Mumbai, being located on the coastline, observes humid and sultry climate throughout the year. Summers elongates from March to May, where high temperature doesn't allow enjoying the capital of Maharashtra.
Monsoon season gives an amusing breathing space, but excessive rains spoil the mood of a holiday. Frankly, one should not plan a tour to Bombay during the rainy season. Due to its propinquity with the sea, the Bollywood City virtually floats in the heavy showers. The cultural festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, held in August/ September, attracts people from various parts of the country as well as the world.
After monsoons, the weather changes and, owing to the light breezes, becomes quite agreeable. Winters arrive and make the climatic conditions truly pleasant. It is the time when the city is comparatively less humid. However, winters doesn't mean wearing loads of woolens in Mumbai. The weather is just fine to take pleasure in the attractions, which the city offers. Thus, the best and ideal time to visit Mumbai is between the months of October and February.
EAST MEETS WEST
You may get offended when you walk through the crowded streets. Locals have a nasty habit of staring (don't worry-they only stare) when they see someone with a different skin color.
You may (extremely rare) get a few comments too from the local by-passers if you wear skin-baring clothes like tank tops and skimpy shorts-Don't worry: it won't matter to you unless you understand the local language- Hindi/Marathi - The picture on the side shows Indians not wearing any shorts, sleeveless or tank tops even on a beach
2.Overall, Bombayites are extremely friendly and helpful. But there are always exceptions! Local cab drivers or roadside stall owners may try to fleece you by charging 3 times as much as the normal price for their product or service.
TIP- Ask your hotel staff (if possible), what should be the approximate price?
3. Street urchins tend to swarm around foreigners-don't be scared. They are just trying to be friendly or asking for a penny or two.
BUT overall, BOMBAY IS THE IDEAL BLEND OF BOTH -EASTERN & WESTERN WORLDS
Bandra is the new face of Mumbai. it's a prosperous, modish suburb that reflects the desire of Mumbai's middle class to engage with the global culture of fast food, international brand names and high street retailing.
Known as the "queen of suburbs", it's the first of the city's outlying areas to offer a credible lifestile alternative to South Mumbai,
If you're struggling to come to terms with the rest of Mumbai, Bandra can be a blessed relief. It's relaxed, unharassing, clean and full of bright young things who probably kno more about western pop culture than you do!
The Local FLEA MARKET
Loooking for cheap cotton casuals?Looking for artificial jewellery? Visit this market.It has anything and everything you can think of - even electronics and cellular phones. Everything is sold on roadside stalls. Although it may be very crowded during evenings, there is plenty of 'room' for bargaining.
Tip- must carry plenty of water and courage to make way through the congested, narrow streets.