It is true as they say how insignificant we all are. The beautiful places all over the globe should be experienced because it is a very humbling experience. We realize that there is so much more than what worries or troubles us today. To travel is to experience a life that we did not know existed!
Baida roti bade miya : This restaurant is worth a visit! Many food websites help you order food online and get them delivered to your doorstep without a worry. This fine dine restaurant has classy interiors and delicious food. The stuffed parathas however are a speciality and a must try!
Mahesh Lunch Home Crab : This is one of the top seafood joints in Mumbai and Bangalore. This restaurant is the epitome of taste and quality. The chicken curry, lobster and prawns in garlic pepper and fish Tawa fry are to die for! If you are ever in these cities make sure you have a meal at this amazing place!
Once my visit to the Elephanta Caves were over it was already evening and I was quite tired and hungry. So I decided to head back to my hotel. For this trip to Mumbai I had already booked a hotel in advance. There were many good hotel deals available but the one I booked was Golden Toff Resort Hotel of Mumbai. The hotel is a magnificent 5 star property which is located amidst the lush green fields offering luxurious and comfortable stay to all its guests.
What I liked the most about the hotel was its spectacular hospitality and personalised services which won the hearts of all its patrons. The hotel lies just opposite to the Stella Maris Hospital at Bhayandar West. Many famous beaches of Mumbai are in close proximity to the Golden Toff Resort Mumbai. The distance of the hotel from the airport is about 35 km while the distance from the railway station is 60 km.
The best part about the stay at this resort was the hassle free staying for every tourist away from the noises and crownd of Mumbai. The leisure services provided by them are one of the best and so are the cuisines offered at its multispecialty restaurants. The swimming pool and state of the art gym cum fitness centre of the hotel is also a good part of this hotel. There are many other well-known services which the hotel offers like 24 hour room service, in house restaurants, 24 hour security, spa and sauna centre and pick and drop facilities.
There are many different categories of rooms available at the hotel like the deluxe rooms, Classic rooms and Suites. Each of these rooms are equipped with all kinds of modern amenities and state of the art facilities like air conditioners, colour televisions and telephones for the comfort of the guests. I was very happy with the services and hospitality of the hotel and it is widely recommended by me to everyone.
After the night spent at the hotel I was ready to start another days excursion in the city. The first place which I visited in Mumbai the next day was BandraWorli Sea Link.
Rajabai Clock Tower Mumbai : I got to visit the Rajabai Clock Tower as a part of my Mumbai tour. It stands even today as one of the iconic locations in the city of dreams. The clock tower was elegantly designed in the British architectural style and was beautiful and majestic to look at.
Every Hindu household in the north celebrates this festival with style. Every house is lit with fairy lights, crackers are curst, and rangolis are put outside and inside homes and happiness hangs in the air. Make sure you experience the most grandest and joyous Diwali this year on 11th November! Happy Diwali!
Kamla Nehru Park Mumbai : My visit to Bombay was not complete without heading to the Kamla Nehru Park. The guide here explained to me that the park was built in honor of the wife of India’s first prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The park itself was very relaxing and comforting given to the Mumbai heat.
The trip to Mumbai went very good. I was very amazed to see the rich social and cultural fabric of the city through my visits to Ganpati temple, Haji Ali and the Dr DadjiBhau Museum. Once I was done with these visits I headed to the most attractive tourist location of Mumbai known as the Gateway of India. The Gateway of India is a crown on the head of the city. It has a very rich cultural and political significance.
The pillars, architecture and the designs of the monument are reminiscent of the British rule and the sacrifices laid by the various freedom fighters of the country. It was built in the year 1924 to welcome the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary to India. It took some 11 years for the construction of the gateway to complete. The political significance of this monument is that the last British regiment left India from here back in 1948.
The monument is made in the red yellow basalt and is a pure example of the Indo Sarcenic architecture which makes it an architectural marvel of the nation. There are many other leisure activities which can be found around the Gateway of India like boating, water sports and one can also enjoy the spicy street food of Mumbai.
The monument is one of the first places any new visitor to Mumbai visits. One can see a large number of tourists from different parts of the world. Most of the tourists deeply engrossed in taking selfies and doing photography. The iconic Hotel Taj of Mumbai lies opposite to the monument which makes the visit here a bonus. The place also reminds of the cowardly terrorists attacks of 26/11 when this place was under siege of the terrorist as they created havoc on the streets of Mumbai.
Once I was done with the visit to the historic Gateway of India, I headed for my next place of visit which were the historic Elephanta caves. These caves are one of the sites of heritage declared by UNESCO with beautiful carvings and sculptures.
Hotel Marine Plaza Mumbai : Bombay is known as the city of dreams and I had a chance to stay in one of the exotic hotels facing the Arabian Sea. Marine Plaza is a five star hotel and offers beautiful and sensational views. We chose the Weekend Escape package and it was truly wonderful! We had a choice of multi-cuisine food and we really loved the Italian food in its restaurant The Oriental Blossom.
After visiting the oldest museum of Mumbai, I tried some of the best Mumbai street food. The next place which I visited was the spiritual site of the city known as the Haji Ali Dargah. The dargah or tomb is of famous sufi saint Haji Ali and is located 500 yards into the Arabian sea which can be reached only when there is a low tide.
There are many myths and legends which are associated with the belief of Haji Ali. One of the famous legends is that Haji Ali was a famous businessman whose life was changed after his visit to Mecca while performing Haj. After returning, Haji Ali renowned all his worldly pleasures and began a life of renunciation. There is also an offshore location of praying at the dargah which is located near the race course.
One has to enter the carved entrance of the Dargah through which one reaches the marble courtyard that housethe main shrine. One can see a number of devotees which come to pray and take blessings of the holy saint. It is believed that all the hardships of the person are gone once they express them to Haji Ali. Inside the silver frame draped in green and red chaddaris the tomb of the saint.
The tomb of the saint is beautifully decorated with ornaments and mirror work of highest quality and artistry. The various 99 names of God as per Islam are written on the tomb. While at the tomb one can enjoy the sufi singers singing praise for the saint as people pray nearby. It’s a wonderful scene and an experience. I just closed my eyes and was lost in the lyrics of those singers. There are numerous refreshment stalls nearby too selling local delicacies.
I felt quite blessed and relaxed after the visit to haji Ali Dargah. After this visit I retired for my hotel. The following day I decided to begin my trip with a visit to the historic icon of Mumbai and a crown on its head known as the Gateway of India situated at Colaba.