Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai
When you use a heritage site to enter the city of Mumbai, you definitely know this city deserves a ‘heritage city’ tag. Mumbai is mentioned a lot in literature, blogs, and movies already. You know what people say about not wanting to leave Bangalore once they live here. The same goes for Mumbai too. But isn’t the city overcrowded already? How many more people can it accommodate. You know the answer? One more. 🙂 Yes Mumbai can accommodate one more, always. It doesn’t matter which part of the world you are from. In Mumbai you are either a colossal success, or working to earn your living.
The government closed the ferry service to the Elephanta. The tide was high that day, and the sea was rough. June was the month I picked to travel to Mumbai, that was at the start of the monsoon. It poured rain during the nights. Well, when you are in Mumbai you will love the rain. Why? That’s because the summer heat and the humidity beats you down. The sea level foiled my plans of taking a ferry trip to the Elephanta caves, and a walk to the Haji Ali Dargah. I have reserved that to my second trip.
The Gateway of India
The Gateway of India at Apollo Bunder, South Mumbai. This location attracts the most people than any other location in this city. For many reasons other than the Gateway, and the Taj Mahal Hotel. There is Regal Cinema, the State Police Headquarters, a Museum (which was called Price of Wales Museum), National Gallery of Modern Art, The Royal Bombay Yatch Club, and the Neo-Gothic architecture you see in the public buildings which is easily more than a century old in this area. And close by is Nariman Point which is awesome to be there in the evening, but actually it is awesome at any part of the day.
The view of the sea through the basalt arch.
Feed them or watch them feed. Pigeons inside an enclosure made for them.
The Taj Mahal Hotel. This is simply majestic, isn’t it? No terrorists can bring it down. Even after three days of siege the building stood its ground.
Hotel Taj Mahal
Huge waves crashed into the walls and brought in ankle-deep water near the gateway, and on the road in front of the hotel that day. They closed down the road in front of the hotel for security reasons. So I instead walked around the hotel. Some of the British era buildings are used by retail stores, and also used as offices. Walk little more and you will reach the Leopold Cafe. There is a Starbucks behind the hotel. I think this is the best site for a Starbucks in India.
The statue of the Shhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Maratha pride, overlooking the sea. There is also a statue of Swami Vivekananda near the Gateway.