Lives in Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Since May 2013
A resident of India, a student in Switzerland and an enthusiastic traveller who never misses an opportunity to take off... that pretty much summarises my logistics! My travel style is quite eclectic, sometimes local life and other times the luxury route! Usually the first thing I look up when I look up a destination is the cuisine... being a pescetarian can be quite the pesky thing while travelling! I love to see the super touristy stuff but not without adding my own off-beat touch! I truly believe travelling is the most rejuvenating thing in the world, leaving the confines of comfort to explore the expanse of our world! Safe travels always!
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Scenic Drives
Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Sacred & Religious Sites
Flea & Street Markets
Churches & Cathedrals, Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites
Gift & Speciality Shops
Sacred & Religious Sites
This is a cute little café in South Bombay that is famous for its adorable interiors and scrumptious breakfast options. It is an extremely small 20 to 25 seater restaurant, but if you're lucky enough to find a place here, the breakfast sliders are an absolute must-try!
This is a definite must-see in Bombay. Built in 1924, this gate is located at the tip of Apollo Bunder, overlooking the Mumbai harbor. At one point in time, this monument represented the grandeur of the British Raj in India, and ironically, it was also the exact same spot to see the last set of British troops and divisions leave India, post-independence in 1948.
This is an area where you can feel the beating pulse of this lively city. It's hard to point out any specific must-sees in the area however, as words simply cannot capture its unique dynamics — you simply have to go and experience its charm for yourself in person. From pre-independence building structures to old-time restaurants, this area is something of a transition between the timeless Bombay and the restless, modern city of Mumbai. You will pass by beautiful structures and see glimpses of Mumbai's colonial past, and then be brought quickly back to the present day by the typically Indian street vendors that pepper the streets. Hop in a taxi, enjoy the adventure, and embrace the completely atypical culture that is Colaba for a while!
Colaba Causeway is an area that you will soon find out is one of the most bustling areas in SoBo (South Bombay). A major tourist attraction, its streets are lined with vendors selling Indian artifacts, clothes, jewelry, and, well, absolutely anything and everything you can think of! And at super cheap prices too... well, at least they are if you know how to bargain!
Café Leopold is one of the oldest and most famous establishments in the area, and has withstood time, as well as (unfortunately) terrorist attacks. This café was a target of the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai (2008), and you can still find the bullet marks from that horrific night in the restaurant interiors. Support its resilience by grabbing a beer (Kingfisher Ultra) in this extremely lively environment, complete with crazily cheap food that is awesome value for money!
Haji Ali Dargah is a beautiful structure constructed on a little island just off of Worli in SoBo. It is possibly the best known mosque in the city, not only owing to its age and stature, but also for its interpretation of Indo-Islamic architecture.
This stretch is one you are sure to cross at some point during your stay in Mumbai. A promenade lies parallel to this road, and its streetlights — when viewed from an elevated point, anywhere along the drive — give it an illusion of a pearl necklace (hence it is often referred to as the 'Queen's Necklace').
Often most easily described as 'a scene from Slumdog Millionaire,' with M.I.A.'s Paper Planes playing in the background, the Mumbai slums are possibly the most misinterpreted aspect of the city. A quick search for 'local tours' will take you to an operator who takes tourists to see slum life as it is in reality, the perfect way to counter the exaggerated claims of crime and squalor. I can personally vouch for the authenticity of the Dharavi experience too, as I did my dissertation on whether these tours are in fact, genuine!
Known for serving the best seafood in Bombay, Trishna has maintained its solid reputation over the years! If you are lucky enough to get a seat here, do not miss it!
This place has the most chilled Bombay vibe which sets it apart from all the other bars in the city. With its adorable Hindi accents and motifs from local Mumbai life, this bar makes the mundane uber fun by means of its décor, food options, and even its service methods.
If you feel like heading somewhere more chilled than a bar after dinner, this is a great place to go. Located in the mill area, it is the most adorable place to go on a romantic date, or have a marathon catch-up with friends, thanks to its unlimited Sangria offer!
This is one of the most monumental structures in Mumbai, and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a reminder of Mumbai's colonial past, and nowadays, is still one of the largest train stations in the city. A definite must see while here!
This fast food outlet is the perfect place to indulge yourself in the typical South Indian specialty breakfast that many Mumbaikars have been enjoying for as long as I can remember! Although Sukh Sagar serves a variety of snacks and main dishes, for breakfast, my recommendation is to try its Dosas, Wadas and Idlis. (Dosa is an Indian crepe, Idlis are steamed rice cakes, and Wadas are a deep fried version of an Idli, that closely resemble a doughnut in appearance.)
After enjoying a sumptuous breakfast, head to Dhobi Ghat, which is often referred to as the world's largest outdoor laundry service. Around 200 dhobi (washer folk) families work together here, cleaning clothes from all over the city. Although it is a mundane activity for the people in the area, it is definitely unlike anything you have witnessed before, and will give you a new appreciation for the term 'hard work!'
Mahalaxmi Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to the Goddess Mahalaxmi, who is also known as the Goddess of Wealth. This temple is adorned with the most intricate architectural features, and has the most energetic of vibes surrounding it.
This is one of my absolute favorite joints, especially when considering how healthy the menu is! The ambiance of this place is also completely reflective of its rather calming name, and you can even get a quick glimpse of the yoga world after you eat.
Elco is one of the most famous Pani Puri houses in the city, and a great lunch alternative, or snack stop. (Pani Puri for those who don't know, is Bombay's most favored street food.) 'Puri' is a thin, hollow crisp — almost like an egg shell — made with semolina and flour. This crisp is cracked, and then filled with either potato and sprouts or white peas; a 'pani' that is sour, tangy, and spicy; and then balanced with the addition of a sweet tamarind chutney. My very elaborate description of the dish is surely enough to substantiate its 'must try' status!
Linking Road is a very close rickshaw ride away from Elco Market, and is the Colaba Causeway of the Bandra area. Walk around, shop a little, and maybe get some henna done on your hands (girls only).The shopping is an experience in itself!
Mount Mary Church is perched high atop a hillock near Lands End Bandra, overlooking the Arabian Sea. It is a beautiful edifice in stone that simply stands out in its grandeur; an abode of tranquility, peace, reassurance, and hope. It is one of the most serene places you can find in this otherwise bustling city, and a must-visit for anyone in the area.
This is one of the more chilled places in Bandra, where youngsters from the city come to just hang out and have a great time. With its easy going vibe and affordable drinks, it is one of the best options for a pre- or post-dinner drink.
This is one of the nicest, most upscale bars in the suburbs, and its easy going vibe and super cool view always attracts a good crowd. Grab a drink or a meal at this gorgeous venue, that always has brilliant music and yummy drinks!
Asilo, located at the St. Regis in Mumbai, is a great alternative to Escobar in case you want to head back towards South Bombay. It has an unparalleled view of the city's skyline, the créme de la créme of the city's clientele, plus some great food and beverage options.
With its adorable decor and quirky vibe, Sassy Spoon is one of the city's most popular contemporary eating joints! For a healthy breakfast, I always opt for the Wholewheat Oats Pancake here — a huge, scrumptious meal for one, which is not too harsh on the pocket either.
This is another great breakfast option in case you feel like venturing out for something more classic in Mumbai. If you are an avid reader, or a lone traveler, this is the perfect place to start your day — considering the entrance to the café (wittily named, 'Food for Thought') is accessed through this shop. Kitab Khana, which literally means a 'drawer full of books,' definitely lives up to its name, both in terms of the number of books it has to offer, and even more so, in its ambiance. Housed in a heritage structure which is almost 150 years old, this multi-purpose space showcases a fabulous piece of India's past, and transports you into the mystical world of books!
Indian theater, much like any other national art form, is so extremely unique in its approach and its execution that it is a marvel to watch. Prithvi Theatre is one of my favorite places to go and watch plays on a Sunday evening!
This is a definite must after you've watched a play at the Prithvi Theatre — especially as you are not allowed to take food inside the venue and are sure to be famished! It is one of the most lively and artsy cafés in the area, and is best known for is uber chilled vibe.
ISKCON Temple, also known as Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple, is located in one of the prime areas in Juhu, and is one of the most inspired constructions of a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna in Mumbai. The idols are dressed in specifically designed, handmade garments, and are changed daily, along with their rituals and proceedings of the day. When visiting this temple you will feel transported in a spiritual sense, carried away by the continuous singing, dancing, and celebration of the devotees on a spiritual Krishna 'high.' I, for one, feel peace and energy all at once every single time I am here, and am often overwhelmed by emotions.
While this is not the prettiest or the cleanest of Indian beaches, it is still worth a visit in my opinion — if only to see how the locals enjoy the beach! The majority of Indians do not enjoy tanning, so be prepared to see almost every other type of activity than those you are accustomed to — a truly unique Bombay experience!
After heading away from the crowded Juhu Beach, you are definitely going to want a drink! Head over to the nearby Gadda Da Vida, which is part of the Novotel chain, to grab a quick drink and relax with your friends and family.
An option that you should definitely consider — if you wish to stay in Juhu for dinner — is the Mahesh Lunch Home. Despite its name, it's open for dinner too, and is one of the best places for seafood in the city.
This is my absolute favorite last stop in Mumbai before getting on a flight! A five-minute drive from the airport (without traffic), this place has withstood the test of time. In fact, it has barely changed since I was a child, with familiar staff and food worth way more than the low prices they continue to charge. In my opinion, they serve the best kebabs in town, making it a definite local gem!