Lives in Mumbai (Bombay), India
Since Oct 2006
35-49 year old female
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Points of Interest & Landmarks
Other Ranches & Farms
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Flea & Street Markets
This is one of the oldest sacred pilgrimage sites in Mumbai, where it is believed that Lord Ram shot an arrow into the ground and brought water from the Ganges to Mumbai. The Walkeshwar Temple at Banganga is dedicated to Shiva, to whom Lord Ram offered worship by shaping a linga of sand (wallu). The Banganga Temple Tank precinct has several temples, myths, and samadhis of holy men to explore too.
Not many tourists go to Bandra Fort, but it’s a great place to hang out with friends and watch the sunset, with fantastic views of the Bandra Worli Sea Link. The sea breeze and the characteristic 'taad' palms of Mumbai add to the charm of this old Portuguese fort.
Bhau Daji Lad is a small museum focusing on two niche areas: the history of Mumbai, and the traditional products and crafts of India (dyes and resins, delicate pottery, musical instruments, weapons, and jewelry). It's housed in an award-winning restored building with beautiful interiors. It is well-run and there’s always something interesting going on.
Hidden in the by-lanes of Bhuleshwar, past streets selling flowers, vegetables, fabrics (and a hundred other things!) you’ll find a quiet serene place where animals are cared for. The Panjrapole shelter is spread over two acres, and looks after 350 cows and other stray animals like donkeys, dogs, and birds. You can feed the animals and/or donate money for their upkeep.
In the middle of the busy bazaar area of Kalbadevi, this small but iconic temple is dedicated to Mumbadevi: the goddess from whom the city derives its name. To reach the temple, you can walk from Crawford Market through narrow streets, visiting Mangaldas Market — where you'll find great prices for fabrics and textiles — Jama Masjid and Zaveri Bazaar (jewelry market) on the way.
If you’re at the domestic airport with an hour on your hands, step into the Orchid Ecotel and take a look at the Aai Museum ('Mother' Museum). It’s a one-man collection of interesting objects from daily life of the past era: betel-nut crackers, children’s rattles, 'paan-daans' (home decorations), combs, and many other items. It's rare to see a museum inside a hotel and worth seeing.
Sewri is definitely one of Mumbai’s hidden surprises. In the middle of what looks like industrial wasteland, it is one of Mumbai’s best birding spots. In winter, thousands of flamingos arrive, making for an amazing spectacle.
Mumbai’s many synagogues are a reminder of the city’s once-numerous Jewish community. Magen David is well worth a visit for its beautiful interiors.
If you enjoy flea markets, Chor Bazaar can be a whole lot of fun! It has a wide range of things on offer, including brassware, ceramics, handicrafts, glass lamps, clocks, gramophones, old maps, paintings, dowry chests, coffee tables, rocking chairs, and everything else under the sun!
There is much to learn from a visit to Dharavi. It is a giant entrepreneurial township housing around 4000 small-scale industries. Visiting Dharavi gives you a fascinating glimpse into the dynamics of the informal urban economy, cooperatives, 'urban villages', and the cosmopolitan culture of migrants from all over India. It also highlights the challenges of infrastructure in this fast-growing urbanized country.