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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What can be a suitable itinerary for Mumbai?

Abhishek Sharma DEC 10 2012
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If you are planning your first trip to the dazzling city of Mumbai, you have lots on your platter. The sightseeing spots, the bustling local markets, the pristine beaches and the chaos Mumbai is known for. Set out to discover this wonderful city as you please with this small itinerary to help you lest you miss out on some of Mumbai’s hotspots.

Day 1

  • After you have checked in to your hotel, have had a refreshing nap and a scrumptious breakfast, you can set out to explore this huge city. Start with an exciting shopping spree at Fashion Street and treat yourself to some delights the market offers. From clever fakes to elegant silver jewellery, the market offers you a plethora of things to carry back home. If you aren’t satisfied with one heady shopping experience, head to Linking Road for a complete shopping experience in Mumbai. Lined with shops selling cloth bags, shoes, the latest fads in fashion and little tidbits, shoppers are in for a surprise.

  • Tiring as it may be, shopping followed by a superb lunch does have its own charm. Stop over for lunch at Grillopolis or Theobroma for a delicious meal. Fresh salads, cheesy pastas, enticing milkshakes and crispy grilled chicken does make for a lavish lunch.

  • Rejuvenated and absolutely fresh, you can then head to the beautiful Bandra Fort or Castella de Aguada. Built by the Portuguese in 1640 as a watchtower, to guard the northern sea route into Mumbai Harbour, the fort may have lost its strategic value now, but that hasn’t dampened its appeal and lure. Overlooking the Mahim bay, Arabian sea and southern island of Mahim and marking the southernmost tip of the mainland, the fort offers an incomparable view of the Arabian ocean. Standing at the part that juts out into the sea, you will find yourself mesmerized and captivated by the expanse of blue that stretches as far as your eyes can, meeting the horizon at a faintly discernable curve.

  • After a historically enlightening trip you could head to the serene Juhu beach. Be it the alluring food stalls, the loud, blaring bollywood music or the umpteen happy faces around you, Juhu just has its own charm. Bright lights, excited vendors and a mesmerising aura, welcome you to here. Widely famous all over the country, Juhu holds a special memory for everyone who visits this bustling spot. Indulge in some mouth watering local delicacies complete with a slurpy colourful chuski(popsicle) or wander around and let the frenzy take over. Walk over to the expanding horizon and let the cool waters welcome you. With the wet sand underneath your feet, the soft murmur of faraway chatter and a myriad thoughts, enjoy Juhu at its absolute best.
    If you are looking for an eventful evening, Juhu beach is your answer.

  • You could head to Mahesh Lunch Home for a delectable seafood dinner. One of the most popular restaurants in town, Mahesh Lunch Home serves a delicious rendition of spicy fish biryani along with shredded lamb and the extoic malabar parantha. Dinner here will complete your first day in Mumbai with much satisfaction.

  • Head to your hotel for a leisurely sleep while enjoying the late night sea breeze and the quiet of chaotic Mumbai.

Day 2

  • Your second day in Mumbai is marked by an exhilarating sightseeing trip. After a fulfilling breakfast at your hotel, you can head to the majestic Haji Ali Dargah. Take the spectacular Worli sea link road and you’ll reach this beautiful religious site. The view of the stark white dome and needle thin minarets of Haji Ali Dargah against the clear blue skyline, with the Arabian Sea stretching into eternity in the backdrop is one of Mumbai’s most striking visual icons. Built on a tiny islet located 500 meter off the coast, in the middle of Worli Bay, the Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and dargah (tomb), containing the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, a rich Muslim merchant. Constructed in 1431, the sculptured, elegant whitewashed structure of the dargah, is a brilliant work of Indo-Islamic style of architecture. The path that leads up to the dargah is the Mahalaxmi causeway, nearly a kilometer long, and has the sea on both the sides. Walking on the causeway with the Arabian ocean on your both sides, as you approach the dargah’s entrance, magnifies the feeling that you are in the presence of divinity and power much greater than you have possibly felt before. Keep in mind that not only does the causeway not have railings, but also, how accessible it is depends on the tide; in times of high tide it gets completely submerged and the dargah is completely cut off and looks more like an island or oasis of divinity.

  • Next you could head to Colaba Causeway, located in the heart of South Mumbai, Colaba Causeway is a delight for serious shoppers. A wee bit special for art enthusiasts as well, the market is slightly reminiscent of Old Mumbai. Crowded with numerous boutiques, roadside shops and flashy showrooms, the market in Colaba offers you a little bit of everything.
    Take back anything that catches your fancy, from ethnic knick knacks,
    handicrafts to delicate crystal and glassware. With a little something for everyone, adorn your trendy bargainer hat and take back loads of goodies.

  • If there is one thing that defines Mumbai in popular memory after Bollywood or perhaps along with it, is the Gateway of India. Erected to commemorate the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary on Apollo Bunder in 1911, the monument wasn’t completed until 1924, with its design being laid out by George Wittet in 1914. Standing strong on the waterfront at the Mumbai Harbour, overlooking the expanse of the mighty Arabian sea, the Gateway of India was truly the gateway to India back in the days of the British Raj, serving as a ceremonial entrance to India for Viceroys and the new Governors of Bombay in addition to allowing entry and access to India. Visit this splendour and see Mumbai in all its glory.

  • After a satisfying dose of history, head out to the Leopold cafe. Standing tall for the past 150 years, this buzzing cafe is a melting pot of intriguing conversations thrown in with amazing coffee and delicious grub. Thronged by people from all walks of life, the cafe sees a maddening rush of locals and tourists alike. Sit here for a while and you’ll be treated to snippets of animated conversations and discussions. If coffee is not on your mind, then indulge in some chilled beer and beef wings. The beer tower is a favourite among regulars.

  • Finish the day off with a lovely, peaceful drive at Marine Drive. Mumbai is certainly a dream, isn’t it.

Enjoy this exciting, thrilling and captivating abode all you can. Offering a little something to everyone, Mumbai will give you a truckload of precious memories.

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