Bandra – Sweet Little Haven of Mumbai

I absolutely love staying at Marine Drive and never want to stay at any other place in Mumbai but sometimes you should break out from your comfort zones and explore other places too. Once I decided to stay in Bandra and explore the places around instead of hopping local train to Bandra every day. I booked Airbnb stay for 2 nights instead of hotel to connect more with local. Practically it was chaos the night we (I and my mother) arrived but the next morning feel so good instantly. It was the best decision to stay here. The British built most of their great monuments in South Mumbai and the Portuguese decided to stay at Suburbs of the city. Bandra have such a quaint and quiet winding bylanes, cute cozy cafes, crumbling but amazing bungalows, lots of tree shades, and some Indo-Portuguese-Colonial style houses still standing strong. In the 1950’s the rich and famous as well as wannabes moved to Bandra to be closer to the Bollywood film studios of the suburbs. It quickly became a vibrant and cosmopolitan neighborhood like no other. Soon Bandra has become famous and became Mumbai’s has unique lifestyle, full of contrast yet harmony neighborhood. Modern high rise architecture with marvelously colorful graffiti and old Church at Chapel Road is my most favorite one after Bandstand. Lesser than anyone know, Bandra will certainly reminds you of Goa ❤ as well Bandra (West) is listed in 2018 Time Out’s 50 coolest neighborhoods in the world on number 15!! 🙂 Continue reading “Bandra – Sweet Little Haven of Mumbai”

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Sunday Morning, South Mumbai Churches Walking Tour

The interesting shift in Mumbai’s architectural styles from Gothic to Gothic Revival to Indo-Saracenic to Art Deco can be seen around South Mumbai from Fort area till Colaba. Cathedral of Holy Name, built in Gothic Revival style in 1905, is conveniently located on the road behind Colaba Causeway. Further away, towards the end tip of Colaba at Navy Nagar (South end of Mumbai). St. Thomas Cathedral, built in Neoclassical architecture and Gothic Revival architecture style built in 1718, the first Anglican Church in Mumbai. Named in Honour of Saint Thomas the Apostle. The Cathedral is located in the Historic Centre of Mumbai — the Horniman Circle. Afghan Church (formally called the Church of Saint John the Evangelist) built by the British to commemorate the dead of the First Afghan War and the disastrous 1842 retreat from Kabul. Continue reading “Sunday Morning, South Mumbai Churches Walking Tour”

The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai – Part II (THE UPPER EAST SIDE OF MUMBAI)

img_0759I love traveling more than anything. Discover new places, learn about history, art, culture. Meet new people and listen to their stories. But, unfortunately, my bank balance doesn’t always agree so I’m all time looking for ways to travel in super tight budget, save more money and make sure I get reward for whatever I spend while traveling. Right from collecting Dineout cashback months before traveling so that I can use it to make payment at restaurants who accepts Dineout Pay. Do more online bookings and collect Payback points. Dine-in at restaurants who are member of Zomato Gold so that I can have 1+1 on food. And many more! I am a Freelance Travel Planner since May 2012 and have learn numerous travel hacks by reading more about it on pinterest and travel blogs. One of the best travel hacks of all the time is: EXPLORE PLACES ON FOOT MORE.

In previous post (you can read it here), I introduced to y’all the old world charm of South Mumbai. Today I will share my side of the story about the Upper east side of Mumbai – South Mumbai or Old Bombay or SoBo. Why this side of Mumbai should be on your list and you need to spend more time here than at any other side of the city. Continue reading “The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai – Part II (THE UPPER EAST SIDE OF MUMBAI)”

The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai – Part I (INTRODUCTION)

Surprisingly I have been to Mumbai more than Goa or any other part of the city in India but I have been stayed longer days in Goa for sure. The reason is simple, Mumbai is closer from Ahmedabad with more trains running on and Double Decker train which have more number of seats making it more comfortable and easier to travel to Mumbai even in super tight budget and almost have few empty seats when you need to book at last moment. When it comes to Mumbai people are more exciting to bump on Bollywood actor/actress or hit the prime locations like Bandra, Juhu, Andheri, Lokhandwala and Gateway of India and not to forget how much everyone complaining about traffic jams. Three years back I visited South Mumbai, the Fort area (specific location: where CST [Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus] located AKA Victoria Terminus [VT] Station) for some official work and have learned about the old world charm of Mumbai beside the traffic jams. Can’t believe this is the same city I used to hate it when I was a kid. There is no other cheaper and best way to enjoy Mumbai than traveling in local trains, eating at not-so-fancy restaurant, walk along the Queen’s Necklace to spot architectural wonders, enjoy coastal views, sit on the seawall, feel the cool breeze in your face and watch waves crash gently upon the shore.  Continue reading “The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai – Part I (INTRODUCTION)”