Mumbai travel guide series: Best of Mumbai part 2
What makes you feel while you visit Mumbai? What is it that makes people used to say “Mumbai meri jaan”? May be the diversity of Mumbai or may be the fast-pace glamorous life of Mumbai. Or it is the magnificent beauty of Gateway of India and the photographic view of yachts sailing on Arabian Sea (through marine drive) that makes us feel proud of Mumbai. Yes best of Mumbai is here..
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I had tour Mumbai for 5 days and even in this short span of time Mumbai has shown me the impregnable picture of its beauty. In my previous blog “Mumbai travel guide: Best of Mumbai part 1” I have shown you some of the best monuments and places to visit through photographic tour.
In this blog series you will get to experience few more places. You will get to know the place known for its Gothic design and such things…
Mumbai travel guide part 2:
Sanjay Gandhi National Park
It was around 8:00 AM and I with my friends had an eye on the travel map of Mumbai. We were looking for place that is the most famous among all Mumbaikars. And what we got finally is rather more wonderful than we had imagined. First of all, allow me to have a word about this place “Why the place is called a perfect getaway for Mumbaikars”?
Far-far away, in the hearts of Mumbai and in the middle of concrete jungle, there lays a unique wilderness stretched in 104 squares km. This is the place that offers more refreshing environment for tourists and travelers. Yes it is Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). A beautiful preserved forest that has everything in it which keeps you engaged for almost 6 hours.
Boating at prestigious Vihar Lake, safari in search of tigers and Kanheri caves are the best here. Entry fees are like:
- Entry fees in SGNP – Rs. 44 per person
- Fees for boating – Rs. 40 per person and you can boat for half-an-hour
- Tiger safari cost: Rs. 60 per person
- Bus to Kanheri Caves: Rs. 44 per person
- Camera fee at Kanheri Caves: Rs. 50 per person
- Cycle on rent: Rs. 20/- and deposit Rs. 300/- as security
Furthermore, I tell you, this national park especially Kanheri Caves looks more worth-full when you use Binocular. My favorite one which I’m soon going to buy is Olympus Binocular (Black)
At almost 7 km from the entrance of SGNP, Kanheri Caves are located. You can either take bus or simple walk 7 km to reach Kanheri Caves. We had preferred first bus and then walking on return.
History says, these caves are 2,400 years old and total 109 Caves are there in Kanheri. The architecture of these caves is rock-cut. I found that these caves are basically dedicated to Gautama Buddha. These caves are surrounded by hills and dense forest area which is the habitat for many animals. A regular trek will take you to the top of hill from where you can see the whole national park.
Photographic series will tell you everything about these caves.
This was the first beach that I had visited in Mumbai that too in night. Mumbaikars visit Juhu to relax and enjoy the serene beauty of sea, after a long tedious day. But it was really crowded as it is the most visited place. Juhu beach is also known for its delicacies and tasty street food. If you want to visit Juhu, just go in the evening, sunset is one of the best here. Let the photographs take you to experience the beauty and tasty delicacies:
If somebody wants to share the best photographs of Juhu beach can submit it through the Guest post and I’ll give you the credit.
Relax at Aksa Beach:
At about 30 km from main Mumbai city, there is Aksa beach in Malad. It comes under the influence of Indian NAVY (base). It has a long stretched clean sandy expansion with availability of large no. of snails. Unlike the crowded Juhu beach, it is an underrated beach offering serene environment. Best things that people do there:
Relax, play with each other and walk with your loved ones. Let you dig the sand and create a rewarding and photographic sandcastle.
My friend just removes his Flip-Flops slippers and went into the sea.
The splendor of Aksa beach is not only because of the environment but also because of the famous song by a bollywood music composer – Anu Malik – “Tujhe Aksa Beach Ghuma Dun A Chalti Kya”.
Walk around Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal (CST) and food court:
CST is formerly known as Victoria terminal. It was built in 1853. It resembles the wonderful British architecture and carvings. You can have a glimpse of unique style of Bombay – both British style and traditional Indian style. So the mixing of British and Indian style gives you gothic style architecture.
Take a walk around and experience things like: important buildings like Bombay Municipal, Bombay High court. Relax on Oval ground and watch children playing cricket. Taste the lovely local food at food street in front of CST (it really taste so nice).
I had best “Vada Pav”, Sharabat (Rose water etc.) and Bhel Puri there.
Prior permission to Madh Fort
Madh island is present at about half-an-hour journey from Malad. It possesses one of the most beautiful farmland and fishig area. But now days, it is in controll of Indian Air Force, so prior permission is required. You can experience the beautiful ancient Madh fort offering the view of Madh island, fishing and Marve creeks as said my the people of Malad.
But since we don’t have the permission we were unable to visit Madh fort. Furthermore, if you can bear the smell of fish, prawns then its OK, otherwise it will be tough for you.
Yes that is best of Mumbai!
Yes, there are more wider things to do in Mumbai! And I’m restricted for 4 days only. If you want to book your flights to Mumbai just do it through RoadaviatorFlights.
If you want to share about more places just comment below and share your experience with me.