On The Go: A day in Mumbai!

24 hours in MUMBAI!? How to make every hour count?

A quick review. A quick holiday. A wholesome experience…

Read on..

We live in a quick world where we look for instant happiness, instant Fame, instant everything.

So this year when penning down the bucket list of the year I decided to take instant and quick holidays in India and make each minute of the hour count!

This section is dedicated to quickies!

Coming to the first trip of the year, MUMBAI!!

I have a thing or the for Mumbai. Love the food, the people, and let’s face it, it is the City of dreams. I have been to Mumbai a number of times and over the years have only fell madly in love with the lovely city.
I had a few things on my to do list, can’t say I accomplished them all but I did most of the things!
We flew early morning over Deccan region, and as the sun was rising the beautiful city came into view. Watching the Mumbai skyline is the one of most gorgeous thing I’ve ever seen. Add that to your list of “Things-to-see-before-I-die-list”.

The weather was very chilly yet very pleasant. It was 18’c and perfect. We drove to Vashi to our hotel, country inn suites, which was an hour away from the airport. We got a good view of the city as it was waking up.
We began our day with Maharashtra’s favorite breakfast of poha and kadak chai at the hotel where we were staying at.

Coming to restaurants, the city has so much to offer but we decided to gorge on some local Street food. But first, shopping!!
We zeroed in on linking road, Bandra for some shopping! The streets had everything from first copy of Manish Malhotra’s designer gowns to Kolhapuri chappals. It’s a delight for shopaholic. Best part about Street shopping – bargaining! I bargained to my heart’s content and I got myself a few tee-shirts, flip-flops and slingbags. The place was so vibrant and very colorful. It was plain Bliss.

We stopped at a local shop for tea and checked out all the deep fried spicy snacks they had to offer. Simply loved the vada pao, pav bhaji,aloo bhaji and samosa. Spicy and deep fried, what’s not to love?

Next stop, Gateway of India!
We took a kaali peeli from Bandra to colaba. It was 8pm by the time we reached the place after tackling the heavy traffic!

The Grand Taj Palace stands tall on one side and the Majestic Gateway of India on the other.

The Gateway of India is a monument built during the 20th century and over looks the Arabian Sea. Also referred to as The Taj Mahal of Mumbai, it was erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary when they visited India in 1911.

The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is a “Heritage Grand” class five-star hotel. The hotel’s original building was commissioned by Tata and first opened its doors to guests on 16 December 1903.

We decided to walk from Gateway to the end of the PJR Marg. The temperature had dropped to 12′ by then and for some one from South, I was freezing.

We walked into Bademiyan for a quick bite. We ordered a plate of galouti kababs(my fav) along with some romali rotis. The kababs were delicious. For desserts, we ordered makta rabri and firnee. Both rich and flavoursome..

Next stop, Marine drive!
Marine Drive is a 3.5-kilometre-long, most beautifully laid boulevard in the South of Mumbai. It is a ‘C’-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast, which is a natural bay.

Marine Drive is also known as the Queen’s Necklace because, if viewed at night from an elevated point anywhere along the drive, the street lights resemble a string of pearls in a necklace. Beautiful.

As we walked on Marine drive, I couldn’t stop myself from humming some old bollywood classics.

The view of the city was breathtakingly beautiful. The breeze and the view and the songs in my head, just mesmerizing.
We stopped for a plate of Hot Jalebis at Chowpatty at 3am. A sweet end to the beautiful day. By the time we got back to our room, it was 4:30am.

Next day we drove through the city, through Powai, through the beautifully designed Hiranandani Empire and stopped at Cafe Aromas for a quick breakfast before we headed to the airport.

Placed beautifully right in the centre of the Hiranandani circle, Cafe Aromas is a landmark by itself. Highly recommended by friends and family alike and it lived up to my expectations!

Done up in tones of brown white and beige with a hint of gold, the place looks very inviting. It has both indoor and outdoor seating. It’s a hybrid of your typical cafe and club styled menu. So it’s got everything from fried eggs to wine listed under it. 

We were there for a quick breakfast and ordered three different types of eggs along with coffee!
The death by chocolate cappuccino is to die for!! It’s chocolate infused coffee topped with whipped cream and dark chocolate buttons. Yumm!

Check out this restaurant on <a href=”https://www.zomato.com/mumbai/aromas-cafe-powai&#8221; title=”View Menu, Reviews, Photos & Information about Aromas Cafe, Powai and other Restaurants in Mumbai” target=”_blank”><img alt=”Aromas Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info – Zomato” src=”https://www.zomato.com/logo/37730/minilogo&#8221; style=”border:none;width:104px;height:15px;padding:0px;” /></a>
The final stop : Theobroma!!

Theobroma means ‘Food of the Gods’ in Greek. It is a Parsi family owned and managed bakery, patisserie and chocolaterie in Mumbai. Everyone back home in Chennai loves the brownies and tea cakes this place has to offer. Thank God they have a branch at airport!

Whenever you decide to go on your trip to Mumbai, it is without question that you will be thoroughly impressed by the beautiful city, the cobblestone streets, the calm & breezy Marine drive, the history, the people and the whole energy!

With a silent promise of returning soon to explore more, I bid adieu to the city of dreams.

My trip, though very short, was truly awesome. One down, loads more to come.

For collaboration and queries, contact me at ping@sammienatorr.com 

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