Shivanee Patiyal, 3rd year, EE.
I stood there, drenched in the never-ending rain and the strong wind almost pushing me off my feet. My hair whipped me in the face and the cool wind gave me goose bumps. The skies loomed above us, grey and overcast and the sea danced in front of us in its own tune. Despite the heavy rains, the place was full of excited mumbaikars who I doubt ever got bored of this and the tourists who wanted to stay there as much as possible, soaking in almost everything. Chowpaati isn’t a favorite of many people without a reason. With the sea right ahead and the amazing view all around, you can stay there forever. At night, it becomes even more beautiful, captivating and soothing. One can sit there for hours, doing nothing.
Apart from the beaches, one of the must visit sites is the Water Kingdom. It undoubtedly has some of the best and the craziest rides. A whole day can be spent without any regrets. There are rides that take you straight down from 2-storey building and ones that make you go all the way around in a swirly closed dark tunnel for what feels like forever. Essel World is worthy too but considering the rides are somewhat similar to the ones, we have here in Delhi, Water Kingdom is a better choice to waste money on.
A day should be set aside for the museums. Wales museum (now Chhattarpati Shivaji museum) needs 3 and half hours for one tour but it is totally worth it. It has different sections sprawled across three floors, ranging from coins to weapons, animals to birds, mammals to crockery, sculptures, paintings etc. Jahangir art gallery is another amazing stoppage. When you enter, a well-lit room with white walls and beautiful paintings welcomes you emanating sophistication and perfection.
Elephanta caves are amazing too but the cannon hill is what will excite you more. It won’t be a surprise if you haven’t heard of that place ever. But if you are up for a little bit of trekking, you must go for it. And on the way you can drink the awesome “neembu pani” which was one of the tastiest things I had in Mumbai. Also do not forget to go to Lonavla and Khandala.
Every place has its special street food and this place is no behind. The world-famous Vada Paav, however, wasn’t that impressive. I would also warn the delhites not to go for Gola and Paav Bhaji there. The former tastes like cough syrup and the latter cannot be compared to the BTW’s Paav Bhaji we are so fond of. But there are other things to gorge on, like the non-veg at Bade Miya, the fruit cream at Crystal Dhaba, kulfi at Kulfi Center, cupcake and pastries at Theobroma.
Mumbai has a certain charm about it. And I am not really sure what is more lovable about the city- the sky scrapers, the rich people in big cars, the always-in-action sea, the local trains, the autos fairing on meters or the ever-pouring-rain. It might be anything, or it maybe everything. The autos do not have front mirrors so you won’t ever find them peeping in the back seat. Also do not forget to take a ride on the BEST buses. The Conductors come to your seat for the tickets; quite a change from our DTC buses’ conductors glued to their seats. Travelling in locals is a whole new experience in itself. And the nightlife is worth the experience too. You can find street full of people even at midnight. The city literally never sleeps.
Irrespective of the Delhi-Mumbai rivalry, there is no arguing to the fact that Mumbai is magical and will make you fall in love. So guys next time you thinking about a place to de-stress and finding peace and craziness under your budget, try Mumbai. It won’t disappoint you.