Mumbai things to do
Favorite thing: depends what you like? the upmarket elitist tjing like 5 star hotels, or just want to get a feel of this huge city? how would you like to travel? taxi, train or what? which day of the week are you here?
however, above all do remeber that for your flight at 1130, u need to be at the airport by latest 930. so depending on where u are, it can take you anything upto 1 hour to reach. so u need to plan to wind up by 830 pm.Add to your Trip Planner
Hotel information desk at the domestic Airport
Favorite thing: There is a hotel information desk at Santacruz domestic airport, just in case you don't have a hotel. They booked a hotelroom with free transport to the city for a lower price than the hotel claimed for ad-hock guest. So I guess they have a very good agreement with the hotels.
(Hotel Four Seasons in Juhu Beach was 5000 rupies for a dbl.room, the reception claimed 8000 rupies for extra days).Add to your Trip Planner
The bridge over troubled traffic
Fondest memory: Mumbai's bridge over troubled traffic and a densely inhabited area of mostly muslims. Without this bridge it would have taken two hours to get from the southern parts of the city to Bandra area and the northern parts.Add to your Trip Planner
Rainy days 15 June to 15 Oct.
Favorite thing: If you have a love for rain ,you will get to enjoy during 15 June to 15 Oct, many Arab tourists from gulf countries come to Mumbai to enjoy rainy days.
Fondest memory: Torrential rains in Mumbai brought life to a standstill on Tuesday15/07/09 even as people in Konkan, western and northern Maharashtra thanked the weather gods for rescuing them from the relentless heat. With just 170 mm of rain, not even one-fourth of what Mumbai had received on 26/7/08 (944 mm), the city came to a standstill. Normal life was crippled as heavy rains that had started on Monday night lashed the city, flooding roads and disrupting railway services. Mithi river rose above the danger markRelated to:
Bollywood Birds -eye view
Favorite thing: I think that Mumbai is one of the best cities in India for walking. Wear comfortable shoes!
There is so much beautiful architecture of historical value, that one cannot appreciate through the window of a taxi. The wide open space of the Maidan was also a pleasure to see. There were hundreds of young boys, and some not so young boys, playing cricket, and families sitting under the trees having picnics. They were cheering like crazy, but we could never figure out which team they were supporting!The promanade alongside the sea at Colaba is filled every evening with families, taking in the sea air. Vendors sell hot roasted nuts to snack along the way. Another good walk is Marine Drive. A place to see and be seen, for Mumbaikers.
Fondest memory: We stayed at a hotel across the road from the promanade, and there is causeway which juts out into the sea. This area is a hot-spot for wedding receptions and parties, We saw a wedding every night we were there, and on New Years Eve- there was a real Bollywood style
party happening, which carried on till 5am.It was amazing to see how quickly they put up decorations for each of these celebrations. And we had a birds eye view of everything. The weddings were so colourful-we could see the bride & groom, and all the guests, very beautifully dressed, dancing the night away. Who needed Bollywood??Related to:
- Historical Travel
The largest slum in the world
Favorite thing: Nowhere in the world in the developing countries you could see the contast of uneven development as you can see in India: Bombay is covered with Slums, and that is the fact of life. there are tours if you wish and there are nice stories written about them. when you land at Bombay international airport during the day, you can get a dekko at the slums surrounding the airport.Add to your Trip Planner
GANDHI MUSEUM (Mani Bhavan).
Fondest memory: Gandhi Museum is also known as M.G Museum located at Mani Bhavan, Address is 19, Laburnam Road, Gamdevi, Near Nana Chowk which is still there and dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi a legend, He was the first freedom fighter with the slogan of "Ahinsa Parmodharam" who belived in Non violence.
Mani bhawan is now converted to Gandhi gallery, where pictures and old libraries related to mahatma still there for reference. Any person can visit this place from Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 6:00 PM which are the timings of Museum.
Specialty of the place is the things he use to use during satyagraha times, like khadi clothes, His unique watch which is very famous and known sa Gandhi Clock, his Charkha and Pictures etc.Add to your Trip Planner
BABULNATH TEMPLE MUMBAI
Fondest memory: Well Know and Famous for Lord Babulnath 'Lord Shiva' father of Lord Ganesha, Among all festivals 'Mahashivaratri' is the day of worship for Shiv Shambhunath, It is celebrated just one night before day of darkness 'Amavasya'. This place is Approx 1000/- Feet above Sea Level and one of the very famous and old monuments of Mumbai for Hindus. you will find lots of beggars around this temple as usual for all other temples in mumbai.
Location Address (How to Go,Reach/Reaching Babulnath Mandir) :
You Can Reach this place by taxi/cab from Charni Road Station (West).Its just adjacent to Famous Girgaon/Girgaum Chowpatty and back side of Wilson College. Walking distance is around 20 to 30 mins from Charni Road Station.
Specialty of Babulnath with Pictures:
Its the place of Worship for Hindus, lord Shiva is famous for SHIV LING (Genital of Lord Shiva), people pray and Worship it. everyday people come here to offer water/milk on Shiv ling, His vahan(carrier) is Snake, Load Shiva carries SNAKE around his neck and Pours water from the head. Also believed that he has Third eye in Forehead.
Places Near Babulnath Temple :
Girgaun/Girgaon/Girgaum Chowpatty, Walkeshwar hanging garden, Banganga, Nariman point Churchgate, Queens Necklace Marine Drive.Add to your Trip Planner
Fondest memory: Mumbadevi is said to be Goddess of mumbai and one of the oldest Famous temples located at Bhuleshwar in south mumbai area. Its a old Monument Temple, It is named as 'Mumba' means Mumbai and 'Devi' means godess so named 'mumba devi'. Its a an oldest and famous place of worship for hindus. Here in rituals they offer coconut, flowers, agarbatti and sweets (prasad) to godess and Pray for there needs.
Location Address(Reaching/How to Go,Reach Mumbadevi Mata Mandir) :
This place is located at one of the most crowded location/market business place of mumbai known as Bhuleshwar. Its a 10 mins walkable distance from Charni Road Station (East), or alternately you can take a cab/taxi from same to other Station like Churchgate/marine drive.
Speciality of Mumbadevi Temple:
Famous For and You will enjoy the Aarti's that are performed in evening at 7:30 pm and also in early morning, this are special prayers for godess, also you will find lots of other Murtis (idols) of other gods believed by Hindu community. If you really want to see crowd and Rush markets of mumbai you should go walking here.
Places Near Mumbadevi Mata Temple :
Zaveri bazaar (Place for jewelry market), Princess street, Bhuleshwar market for beautiful ornaments for every occasion, C P tank market, Crawford market.Add to your Trip Planner
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Cricket: Popular sport
Favorite thing: Cricket in India was brought by the British in the early 1700's and is now the most popular sport. In Mumbai I saw cricket occasionally in the street and mainly in parks and on TV.
When I visited Bolzano, Italy, I was surprised by the popularity of base-ball and I notice their similarity, even though the bat and the terrain are much different (good wikipedia page on their comparison). I never paid attention before as cricket and base-ball are not popular here in Belgium.Add to your Trip Planner
me and marni
Favorite thing: Me and VT friend marni had a nice one day tour of mumbai in which we had enjoyed elephanta caves, gate way of india, dhobi ghat, hanging garden and more. Had a wonderful lunch at food inn at colaba , one of the best restaurant having tasty food.Add to your Trip Planner
Name changing and such
Favorite thing: Many major buildings in Mumbai have been renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji including the main train station(Victoria Terminus), the Prince of Wales Museum, and Mumbai International & Domestic Airport. I wonder why they even bother. Many of these buildings are still known by their previous names so there shouldn't be any probelm but any other tourist may get just a tit bit of confusion especially since when its quite a tongue twister just pronouncing it. Having said that. I do prefer Mumbai than Bombay. Mumbai sounds modern, cosmopolitan and different which is what the city is all about whereas its old name Bombay just sounds like curry! LOL!Add to your Trip Planner
The city comes alive at night!
Favorite thing: Take some time to wander about and admire the beautifully illuminated colonial buildings. The most beautiful of all is most probably the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus which is also the main train station. Minusing everyone else on the street, you may even just think you are in some part of Europe. Right outside it is a street market which gets exceptionally busy at night so watch your belongings. If you are lucky enough, you may even get to see some amateur cricket matches at the open fieldgrounds.Add to your Trip Planner
Kala Ghoda - museums & galleries
Favorite thing: The Kala Ghoda area is recognisable by the huge round-about with crazy traffic. This area between Colaba and the Fort contains Mumbai's main galleries and museums along with some gorgeous colonial buildings. Be careful when your museum hopping - don't get run over by a car.Add to your Trip Planner
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