Here are some weekend getaways from Mumbai | To travel
There is something about the city of Mumbai, a star quality or fairy dust, that manages to capture the hearts of people all over the world. From Andheri to Nariman Point, from local trains to black and yellow taxis, from monsoon madness to crackling humidity; I understand why people say that the city has a beating heart, it is a character and a person in itself, that changes and reorganizes itself, so that with each visit you can always be surprised and learn something from new on this kaleidoscope of a city. There are classic Mumbai must-sees, like eating vada pav or visiting Marine Drive, but don’t stop there …
Here is a list of how to host a gala in Mumbai even if you can only manage a weekend in the “city of dreams”.
Food: Mumbai is a foodie’s paradise with a culinary culture that encompasses religions and ethnicities. There are the aesthetic Iranian cafes like Britannia and Co or Yazdani Bakery that litter southern Bombay, where Bun Maska dipped in sweet and sweet Iranian chai is a staple. You must also try some famous Parsi dishes like Akuri Eggs (their tasty version of scrambled eggs). You can’t miss Mumbai’s fabulous street food, and you must try bhel puri, vada pav, and pav bhaji, available at any roadside stall across town.
If you’re a seafood fan, Trishna is an iconic restaurant for all the crabs, lobsters, fish, and shrimp you can eat. If you prefer to visit high-end restaurants, head to the Bombay Canteen to experience unique versions of traditional Mumbai cuisine. The “Bastian” restaurant in Bandra is also a great place for extravagant specialties, and you might even spot a Bollywood celebrity or two at the table next to yours. Visiting Swati Snacks, the “Bikanerwala” of Mumbai, will give you the opportunity to try a variety of Marathi, Gujarati and local dishes, both sweet and savory, at very reasonable prices. If you are in the Juhu area, you can also experience authentic Mumbai street food at Chowpatty Beach. Whether it’s street food or fine dining, no matter what corner of town you are in, you’re sure to find great options.
Marine training: No matter how many times I visit Mumbai, I just can’t leave the city until I stop at Marine Drive for a walk. As cliché as it sounds, there is something soothing about watching the sun set under the Arabian Sea with the wind blowing your hair. Marine Drive is also the perfect place to capture the pace of the city and spend some time people watching. The catwalk is always packed with couples strolling hand-in-hand, active joggers, evening exercise enthusiasts and vendors selling their wares. It’s all Mumbai, in one place! If you cross at the opposite end of Marine Drive at night, the lights of the buildings look like a “queen’s necklace”, definitely a sight to see.
Gateway to India: Standing at the Gateway to India, at the tip of the island that is Mumbai, makes you feel like you are at the end of the world. Located at Apollo Bunder Waterfront, the Gateway is a large architectural structure with two conical domes and a large arch, or “walkway” that opens to the Arabian Sea. It was built to accommodate the British monarchs at the turn of the 20th century and ironically it was also the place of their departure from Bombay in 1948. It is a popular and usually crowded tourist destination, but be sure to take a quick photo before heading down the road to the iconic Taj Mahal Hotel for a cup of tea.
Colaba Road: If you’re in South Mumbai and like street shopping, it’s a good idea to jump to Colaba Causeway. Shopping street, Colaba Causeway is full of boutiques, ranging from high-end retail stores to roadside stalls. It is the perfect place to shop for clothes, electronics, souvenirs or household items. Always busy and bursting with energy, this is a must visit if you are in Mumbai. If you can’t make it to Colaba Causeway, be sure to stop at Chor Bazaar for a similar thrilling experience.
Terminus Chhatrapati Shivaji: Formerly known as Victoria Terminus after Queen Victoria, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is a marvelous piece of architecture located in central south Mumbai. It is the largest train station in the city. Even if you don’t have a local train to catch, this is still a magnificent historic building and architectural wonder, so it’s also worth a visit.
Maratha Mandir: If you are as passionate about Bollywood as I am, then visiting this iconic cinema to watch Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, who has been playing here for over 25 years, is something to check off your list of things to do in Mumbai. The Maratha Mandir Theater was built in 1958 and was famous for hosting lavish movie launches in the 60s and 70s. While it might not have the luxury amenities of most multiplexes, it did. always an authentic charm that is irreplaceable. Enjoy a bucket of popcorn, a glass of coca cola, and old-fashioned Bollywood romance a la Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan when you’re here.
Whether you’re dining through the city, exploring the tourist attractions, or just keeping a low-key stroll along Marine Drive, Mumbai has more than enough to occupy your weekend and let you anticipate your next visit.