my first guest post at inspiringtravellers.com! thanks andrea for posting my ‘what to do list for a first visit to south mumbai’ at her travel blog! over to the guest post…
I’ve never travelled to India but I imagine it to be a complete shock to the senses – in a delightful way. Today Bhavani Ramesh from Merry To Go Round… brings us a list of so many wonderful things to do and see just in South Mumbai alone. Be sure to bookmark her list if you’re planning a visit to this vibrant city.
Start off by watching the fishermen and fisherwomen at Sassoon dock – makes for interesting photographs. It is a noisy and smelly affair!
Then walk down towards the Afghan Church through the Colaba Causeway all the time thinking about how you are walking on reclaimed land and at one point this was all the sea and the Afghan Church was on an island called Old Woman’s Island!
Tired and weary from the walk, haggle with the roadside vendors all along Colaba Causeway to buy jewelry, clocks, clothes, footwear as you walk back.
Take a pit stop at Leopold’s or Café Mondegar to replenish your body! Or grab a gooey-chocolatey brownie at Theobroma!
Make your way to the Gateway of India – stop and pause before the huge structure and take in the view of the Taj Mahal Hotel behind you (maybe you can step in there for a coffee later on!).
Catch a ferry and make your way to Elephanta Caves to see the statues, if you are lucky you could be in town for the annual Elephanta music festival that takes place in March. Buy tickets in advance and enjoy the late night ferry back to the mainland.
Walk to Woodside Inn and enquire about their cycle tours in Mumbai, book yourself on one and peddle across South Mumbai to drink in the sites, sounds and stories.
Walk to Victoria Terminal / C.S.T and drink in the Indo-Saracenic architecture that was a blend of all forms in India and Gothic architecture.
Go to Crawford market, once the only place to get exotic and imported ingredients. Drink in the gothic architecture and the stained glass windows.
Go to Café Paradise, a heritage Iranian joint at Fort for lunch. With limited support from the current generation, this is a place that might shut shop soon. Fingers crossed! Look out for pieces of the ceiling falling into your plate, but make space in your stomach for some mouth-watering dhansak (specialty lentil preparation) with brown rice and other Parsi delicacies!
Walk along Marine Drive and drink in the sea, then sit on the ledge with feet dangling and watch the sun set over the Arabian Sea with the entire drive lined with Art Deco buildings that rival Miami!
My list goes on… with NCPA, Haji Ali, Asiatic Library and some awesome suggestions on where to eat and drink… but for more head over to InspiringTravellers.com. And yes, welcome to Mumbai!