Marie from Drizzle and Hurricane Books started Souvenirs from Across the World for all the blogosphere to talk about where we’re from and talk about our countries. I’ve been loving reading everyone’s posts about their countries and learnt so much about different places around the world. If you want to take part, read Marie’s introduction here and if you want to read her post about France, click here.
I’m Indian and I’ve lived here for the past 11 years of my 16 years (we lived in Switzerland till I was 5 but I have little to no recollection of it :P). I lived in Kolkata, in the east, for a year. Bangalore, in the south, for six years and now we live in Mumbai, on the west coast. We’ve lived in Mumbai for almost 5 years. Of the three cities, this is definitely my favourite. So I thought instead of talking about India as a whole, (India is massive and I could never condense everything I have to say about my country in a single post!) I’ll stick to talking about Mumbai, a city I know well and love so much.
Mumbai is on the west coast of the country. Formerly known as Bombay, it’s one of the more populated cities with 11.98 million people and growing. It’s home to the Indian film industry ‘Bollywood’ and to several movie stars. I love Mumbai because it’s so fast paced and exciting. There’s always something happening – college fests, fairs, food festivals, pujas – there’s so much to do and so many people to meet! Despite being on the west, as it’s a more industrialized city, we have people of all religions and from all around the country.
Main Tourist Attractions
Gateway of India
It’s a historical monument and King George V is the only person in the history of time to have walked through it. It’s always crowded because of all the tourists.
From here, you can see the entire city which is so beautiful when it’s all lit up in the night.
The Jehangir Art Gallery
It’s a museum. Honestly not one of my favourite places but a lot of tourists enjoy it. Been here twice on school trips. Not the most fun experience.
Places To Shop
Street shopping in Mumbai is no laughing matter. It’s practically a sport. Fun fact: Once my mum bought a top worth Rs. 750 at Rs. 150. Sadly, I did not inherit this bargaining gene. A lot of people prefer to bargain shop over brand shop because Mumbaikars are complete snobs and will judge you if you wear the same clothes twice. So of course it’s better to buy cheap if you’re not going to repeat outfits! Here are some fun places to bargain shop. People bring down prices like craaazy.
For the prettiest jewellery and great shoes.
For all the clothes and all the accessories at crazily cheap prices.
For really unique and cool tops and t shirts though slightly pricier than the other two.
I have a lot of places I love to eat at but since this is about India, I’m sticking to my favourite places to eat Indian foods.
The best biriyani ever!
The best rolls in town!
There was a shooting at this café in 2008, so the place is pretty famous because of that but the food here is insanely good. I’ve been here a few times and not a single thing disappointed. They serve Indian, Italian, Chinese and Mexican food and it’s all amazing.
The best mawa cake and great brownies and excellent Red Velvet cake. Mmm. I’m hungry now!
My favourite bakery of all time ever. The tastiest puffs and mini pizzas and also really nice cakes!
Bombay is famous for it’s chaat, an Indian snack, and there a lot of places famous for chaat but in my opinion, it tastes more or less the same everywhere. Here are some of my favourite chaats.
As I mentioned earlier, Mumbai is on the coast so we have beaches. I hate beaches but here are two I don’t mind because they have great food stalls. (Yes, I like it only for the food :P)
My Favourite Things to do in Mumbai
Roam Around Powai
Powai is a township based on European architecture. It has tons of parks, fast food places, restaurants, knick knack shops, bakeries – basically everything you will need to survive. It’s a lot of fun to just walk around eating ice cream and chatting with friends here. There used to be a massive bookshop but now it’s a Starbucks so that sucks, but apart from that, Powai is pretty fun.
Mumbai has one of the most efficient public transport systems in India. We have trains, buses, metro and rickshaws. I really like going in rickshaws and on the metro, they’re a lot of fun 🙂
Sunset at Carters
Carter Road is a really popular hang out place. It’s right next to the ocean and there are rocks you can sit on and just listen to the waves. There are a bunch of buskers who sing songs on their guitars in the hopes of being discovered. There are tons of chaat places. But above all, the sunset at Carter’s is one of my favourite things to look at. It’s so pretty and just really calming to look at.
The rains are finally here! Mumbai gets a lotttt of rain. So much that the roads get flooded as much as a swimming pool. We’ve been sent home a couple times because they had to evacuate the building so that we didn’t get stranded at school (basically my worst nightmare). I love when the skies are dark and the weather is gloomy. It’s my favourite time of the year. Mumbai has the heaviest rains and so, it’s one of my favourite places to be in.
That’s about all of the things I’m saying for now. I feel like I rambled on quite a bit in this post but there’s so much to talk about, I can’t condense it haha. If you want to see more of India (there’s so much more!), do tell me. I had tons of fun writing this and will be happy to write about other places 🙂