Mumbai is one of the most popular cities in India, a business and entertainment capital. The city is home to almost 20 million people. I’ve been living in Mumbai for more than 5 years now, And even in this short time, Mumbai has left an incredible mark on my personality and life. Here are top 7 this that I love Mumbai –
1. Food –
Widest options for food, ranging from Rs. 2000 a meal hotels to Rs. 8/plate at the roadside eateries. Whether it is dining at the Taj or your neighborhood Shiv vada pav, things are always good. You can get good food almost all day, for all budgets and everywhere.
2. Mumbai Local –
When you are in Mumbai you have to thank the autowalas for taking you wherever you want to go without much argument. And Mumbai’s lifeline, the local trains are the best way to reach from one corner to another corner of the city in minimum time.
3. Shopping –
Ever thought you could buy a gorgeous outfit for your birthday in just Rs. 300? With hundreds of stalls on one single street you have too many options to pick your favourite piece of clothing, bags, footwear and what not! Fashion Street, Hill Road, Colaba Causeway, Linking Road, Chor Bazaar are some of the ‘go to’ places in Mumbai.
4. WildLife / Parks –
The Sanjay Gandhi National Park, also known as Borivali National Park, is notable as one of the major national parks existing within a metropolis limit and is one of the most visited parks in the world with 2 million visitors every year. It is spread across a region of over 104 sq. kms.
Popular attractions here are the 2,400 years old Kanheri Caves sculpted out of the rocky cliffs, the lion and tiger safari, boating at the lake and the toy train ride. Mumbai is the only city in the world to have a fully functioning national park with freely roaming tigers and other carnivores within city limits.
5. Night Life –
We need not mention that Mumbai never sleeps. Even if it is 1 in the night, you will still find yourself stuck in the traffic. You won’t have trouble getting an auto at 11 in the night and the last local to your house will make sure that you get the cheapest ride home. From intimate bars to high class lounges and cultural performances, Mumbai has a wide variety of options to make sure that you never get bored.
6. Art & Theater –
Cinema, dance, food, heritage walks, literature, music, street theatre, visual art, workshops, urban design, architecture, you name it and the Kala Ghoda festival offers it to you. The festival is organised by the Kala Ghoda Association (a non-profit organisation) in January or February when Mumbai is a bit cooler and receives footfalls from across the country.
7. Festival –
Have you been to Mumbai during Ganesh Utsav? You better be prepared to match the excitement of the locals here during this ten-days-long festival. If not, you better stay inside your house to save yourself from getting dragged away with a crowd of hundreds of enthusiastic people who are busy singing and dancing as they move forward for Ganesh Visarjan.