The traffic is considerably lighter on a Saturday in Mumbai. It’s now on par with rush hour in Los Angeles. Again I spent lots of time in a car and despite no regard for any traffic rules, I witnessed zero accidents. There’s something to be said for that.

Colorful train stationMy first visit of the day was to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria) – Mumbai’s main train station and featured in Slumdog Millionaire. I love travel environments – both train stations and airports. This did not disappoint.

Roof shot and main area of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

The main Mumbai train stationLike all of Mumbai, it has a lot going on. People have places to go. Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That.

Speaking of places to go. The Gateway to India was pretty close, so that was my next stop. And boy was it packed.

Crowds gather for their boat ridesI opted for a little distance and snapped this shot. One of my faves so far.

Indian woman and Gateway to IndiaI then hired a driver and went all over the place ($25 for about 3 hours). First stop was at the Babu Amichand Panalal Adishwarji temple.

Inside the Babu Amichand Panalal Adishwarji templeIt was gorgeous and intimidating all at once. I removed my shoes and felt awkward taking photos. But I did it any way. I’ve been in over my head since I stepped off that plane.

Smiling GoddessShoes back on. Off to the Hanging Gardens at Malabar Hill. A rare open space in Mumbai with lots of green and peace. Not Greenpeace. The colors popped in real life, like one of the new 4K tv’s.

Beautiful growthAround the corner was Ghandhi’s former residence and now museum. I had to pop in. “A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.” In my 20’s I went through a huge Ghandhi phase, reading almost all of his work. Now look at me.

The Ghandhi ResidenceAnd then it was on to Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat – a massive open air laundry operation. This photo doesn’t quite communicate the vastness.

Wide shot of Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat

It did remind me that I have some of my own laundry to do.

So how is my stomach you ask? It’s good! I’ve now eaten from street vendors several times now and I’m typing to tell you about it. It’s not to say that my stomach feels normal (it doesn’t), but it’s not slowing me down either.

Car sick? Yep.

Need to leave Mumbai soon and I’m not sure where to go. Jaipur, Agra, Goa and Hyderabad are all on the list.

Any thoughts?

More photos here. Thanks so much for reading!

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2 Responses
  1. Deep

    Hello Daniel,

    Great to know that you are having a good time in Bombay. And quite a beautiful pictures you have clicked. I am a quintessential Bombayite and can suggest you a few places to visit in and around south Bombay or Bandra.

    Since there’s art festival coming around you can visit that starting from 1st till 9th Feb at Kalaghoda.

    Also check out the below places.

    -Mahalakshmi Temple

    -Haji Ali Dargah

    -Horniman Circle at Fort in South Bombay ( Very historic place in bombay soon going to be modified into a luxury street )

    -Marine Drive

    -Bandstand at Bandra

    -Bandra Fort near bandstand (Get the picturesque view of Bombay’s skyline)

    If you are a foodie then there’s no place like Bombay to be in.

    -Ellipsis – One of the best restaurants in Bombay serving modern American cuisine.

    -Indigo – Obama walked into this restaurant unannounced and ever since this place has made it to the top 50 restaurants in Asia.

    -Punjab Grill – You will get authentic punjabi Indian food

    -The Pantry – Very cosy place in by lanes of Kala ghoda in south Bombay.
    -Pali Village Café in Bandra – One of the best places to eat in Bandra suburb.

    -Suzzete – Known for its awesome Crepes

    Hope you have had amazing time in Bombay.

    Also if you are going to Goa, I suggest you to stay at Palolem Beach. It’s one of the best beaches in south Goa. Frequented mostly by foreigners. Its the only place in Goa where you can stay in bamboo huts which are constructed on the shore. So it’s like you open the door of your room and you are bang on the beach. Of course it’s very safe. You can check all the above places online as well.

    Have a great time.

    Regards,

    Deep

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