Mumbai — A Photo Narrative

I would be one of the many who have visited Mumbai (Maharashtra, India) countless times, and also someone like many others who have fallen in love with the city every time they go. I shall count out the people already residing there, envious as I am.

But what makes the place so likable? What makes me wanting to take a trip to the ‘City of Dreams’ time and again?

Here is a tour of Mumbai, as captured by me.

The Sea

Marine Drive

Of course (duh!). Being someone who loves the company of the sea, spending countless minutes staring into abyss with the misty wind lashing my face, I would recommend both Marine Drive and Worli Seaface to anyone who loves a similar setting. Early morning is the best time to be there, however these two places don’t disappoint at any time of the day or year. While Worli Seaface is often swarming with people, Marine Drive is often less crowded and best enjoyed during the monsoon — with a serving of a light drizzle.

Bandra-Worli Sea Link (Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link)

The Bandra-Worli Sea Link

This one is for all the people who love to drive, with their window shades down and sunroofs (if their cars have one) open. This beautiful 8-lane architecture, about 6 kilometers in length, towers over any vehicle passing beneath it, and provides one of the finest views of the sea. While it is a treat for all the driving fanatics out their, the fact that stopping on the bridge to shoot pictures is prohibited by the government disappoints every photographer, including me.

Although, I am fortunate to get the below view from my uncle’s place where I stay during my visit. Needless to say, it looks far more beautiful at night.

And another view while driving through. I’m smitten, I know.

The Cafés, the Urban Culture

MUJI, the first Japanese store in India & Candies Café

Mumbai is one city which youngsters love. Reason being Mumbai loves them! With some fine eateries, shopping centers, and entertainment arenas, the younger blood flocks in numbers to these places brimming with ebullience. Every individual, be it a teenager, or a 20-something, is spoilt for choice with numerous shopping centers to choose from and restaurants, bars and nightclubs which offer them the perfect ambiance to unwind on weekends, holidays and sometimes even a weekday.

The Monuments & the Heritage

The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel & The Gateway of India, decorated here on Indian Independence Day

Mumbai is one of the city famous for it’s monuments, making it one of the most visited cities for foreigners as well. While memorials like Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum of Western India (now Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya), Jahangir Art Gallery, Shivaji Park & Bandra Fort offer an insight in the rich history of India, prominent shrines such as Haji Ali Dargah, Siddhivinayak Temple, Mount Mary Church denote the religious diversity of the country.

Shri Siddhivinayak Temple, decorated on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi (picture taken from inside car)

I am sure there are many other places that I haven’t covered. But these are the few which I admire the most and I think most other people do too.

Mumbai being one of the busiest metro cities of India, it’s difficult for an individual to cover so much ground on a weekend, or even perhaps a week. But, I am sure many people who have visited this charming place or those who will visit it in the near future will truly go back with fond memories of India and it’s rich culture and heritage.


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