Mumbai: Business and Pleasure
Mumbai goes well with the tagline ‘the city never sleeps’. The dynamic city’s energy carries you in its wave before you can catch your breath. Be prepared for the city to dazzle you and not just with its superstar residents; this is where the heart of Bollywood beats. There are magnificent skyscrapers that scream trade in south Mumbai which is the CBD, and this is the city that has for years set trends with the best of fashion and food.
Mumbai is a great place for shopping. There are designer stores and quirky boutiques; High Street Phoenix, OMO and Bombay Electric are just a few of the many great places to shop. Bargain hunters can’t go wrong with Linking Road and Chor Bazaar.
Seeking God? Mumbai has that too. Go where the silver screen gods go – the two-century-old Shree Siddhivinayak temple and the Mount Mary Roman Catholic church. Haji Ali Dargah, synagogues, Parsi fire temples (there is a large population of Parsis in the city), Global Vipassana Pagoda and ISKON temple are some of the other places of religious and spiritual significance.
One of the city’s surprises is the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, a national park bang in the middle of the city. You will also find the Kanheri Caves, which are believed to be over 2000 years old.
Many colonial buildings make up Mumbai. The train station Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mumbai also has local trains connecting you to different parts of the crowded city but it is not for the faint-hearted. The Taj Mahal Hotel near the Gateway of India is another magnificent instance of colonial architecture.
After the success of Slumdog Millionaire, slum tours have become a trend and this takes you through Dharavi, touted as one of Asia’s largest slums.
Marine Drive and Juhu Beach are good for walks. The former is quite a sight when lit up at night and has rightfully earned the name, Queen’s Necklace. This is where you can taste the city’s famous paani puri, vada pao and other street treats. If you are thinking, ‘ah, now you are talking’, there’s more. Cinnamon rolls at A1 Bakery on Hill Road, kullad chai at The Yoga House, breakfast at Salt Water Café, Parsi food at Britannia, beer at Leopold’s Café and ice cream at Bachelorr’s.
There is more to the city than just this…it thrives on art and culture and you may stumble on a festival; Kala Ghoda Festival is a good one. So it is a good idea to keep your eye on the calendar of events.Another way to gain a new perspective of the city is by taking a cruise along its harbor on a luxe yacht!
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