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A little bit of Mumbai, India…. Part 1

There’s really no word to describe Mumbai (or Bombay as it was once called). For those who have never been to India would probably be shocked or find it quite dirty. I have friends who have been to India and when asked ‘what do you think?’ their response would be ‘been once, done that, never again’. I can understand why. It’s not your typical tourist sightseeing, relaxing destination – far from it actually. There are a LOT of people in Mumbai itself, the city is bustling with energy and can be a little intimidating for people who are not used to crowd and pollution. If you are not used to being stared 24/7 then, this is not the place for you! I was constantly stared at, and I admit, it did make me feel a little uncomfortable at first, but once you get pass that, and as long as you don’t attract attention to yourself either, it is ok.

I agree that one do need to go to India with an open mind. If you want to experience India at its best, you have to broaden your outlook / horizon. It is completely different to say Europe or US, it is an eye opener that’s for sure.

Hubby has wanted to go to India for a while now, we originally wanted to go to Delhi, and then make our way to Mumbai but due to time constraint, we decided to stay four days in Mumbai, to experience and explore the place a little better. I was pleasantly surprised with Mumbai, compared to Chennai. I found that there were more to do in Mumbai, from the Gateway of India to Mani Bhavan, the museum dedicated to Gandhi to Chowpatty Beach to Dhobi Ghat, to Siddhivinayak temple and the Hanging Gardens. Of course there is also the Oval Maidan, checking out the cricket, yes this trip was a little cricket involved but I didn’t mind it.

We started the day at Dhobi Ghat, a 140 year old place where clothes are washed. It is Mumbai’s oldest and biggest human-powered washing machine, every day hundreds of people beat the dirt out of thousands of kilograms of soiled Mumbai clothes and linen in 1026 open-air troughs. There weren’t as many people as I imagined but it was indeed quite spectacular.

After that, we went to Mani Bhavan, a tiny museum dedicated to Gandhi. The building itself is where Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai from 1917 to 1934. It showcases the room where the leader formulated his philosophy of satyagraha (nonviolent protest popularized by Gandhi) and launched the 1932 Civil Disobedience campaign that led to the end of British rule.

We decided to go for a walking tour, which shows Mumbai’s distinctive mix of colonial-era and art deco architecture. We started from the Gateway of India, which is a monument in Mumbai, located on the waterfront in Apollo Bunder area in South Mumbai. The Gateway is a basalt arch 26 metres high.

The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, is a prestigious luxury five star hotel located in the Colaba region, next to the Gateway of India. We didn’t go in, but it was seriously impressive from the outside!

Check out the Chhatrapasti Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (Prince of Wales Museum) building – seriously remarkable!

David Sassooon Library and Reading room, where members escape the afternoon heat lazing on planters chairs on the upper balcony.

We thought about going into the National Gallery of Modern Art but decided not to but again, the building was very ‘British’ and impressive!

Walked passed St Thomas Cathedral…

And of course the Oval Maidan…

There were more places of course, but I won’t bore you with all the details! After the Oval Maidan, we decided to go to Chowpatty beach and walked along the foreshore

And of course, walk on the beach itself…

It was quite a humid day, and Hubby thought he would be ‘brave’ and have a mango icy cone. You all know that when traveling in India, one should always drink water from bottled water… Well…. Let’s just say that this mango icy made Hubby really REALLY sick – i.e. ‘Delhi Belly’ – oh the joyous of traveling! He said that ‘it was tasty and absolutely worth it’! Below is a picture of the icy mango cone. We saw one of our friends, S, a couple of days later and EVEN he wouldn’t eat that stuff and he LIVES in Mumbai – oh Hubby – so brave but yet so silly!

We drove around Malabar Hill, Mumbai’s exclusive neighborhood of sky-scrappers and private palaces. Didn’t go in the Hanging Gardens but were outside for a bit, and it was beautiful. It was indeed very different to the other suburbs that we went too.

We were in Mumbai during the monsoon season and you could say that we were either brave or silly. However, we were extremely lucky with the weather except for one particular day, which was the day we went for a walk, and we were both caught in the rain! Both were totally and utterly saturated, and unfortunately for me, I got extremely ill with the flu and was knocked out for a day in a half! I didn’t feel so bad, as both Hubby and I were pretty sick for the next day and half! Thankfully, we did enjoy another day of Mumbai (next post), a more relaxing day in Mumbai.

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