This historical building of CST is definitely an eye candy for history and architecture lovers. This terminal is an integral part of the Mumbai city. The government has opened a railway museum inside this building which very informative.
They arrange a tour in and about this building. The recent addition to this architectural beauty is the laser show on special occasions. The laser lights definitely highlights it's features. So overall it's a must see place.
An ashram is, relatively speaking, like a convent. They are places of meditation. Osho, a modern guru with a somewhat controversial reputation, is named after one of the ashram, located in Pune. It has wonderful gardens with streams, bamboo poles, maroon robes, and long, long silences. It's a place to get away from it all and enjoy the yoga, which is always practised with peace and a smile. On the other hand, there are pools, western food and European prices. It is interesting, but is too focused on being a business.
A week in Mumbai just isn't enough to get to know the city properly. But if you spend three days enjoying an Indian wedding in the company of your family, you're sure to find it a worthwhile experience. My first trip to India came just after I returned from Thailand. With a hangover and a notebook full of drawings, I got home to discover that my cousin was gong to get married to her Indian boyfriend. In India. There weren't going to be many ambassadors from my family, but I was eager to go, and we decided to go a few days early to explore the area and prepare for the wedding.
Our first stop was at Juhu Beach on the norhwest coast of the city, which allowed us to have direct contact with a reality that we had previously only imagined. Juhu Beach is a very popular tourist destination for Indians, with a lot of hotels - for those who can afford it. There are many actors, actresses and other Bollywood professionals living here, facing the Arabian Sea, and it shows in the Starbucks stores, spas and restaurants scattered along Juhu Road. As a tourist, you are expected to avoid walking, and take a taxi everywhere; although Gandhi abolished the caste system, the sad reality is that you can clearly see class differences between the citizens.
There's a complex web of traditions and ingrained habits that make it difficult to resolve social differences. The streets of this neighborhood are not very well paved, very dirty with heavy traffic and reckless drivers. Every dya at sunset, the beach is full of people walking, talking, snacking in the bars, in groups of friends, couples, families. Only children go into the water without clothes; adults go in pants, sarees and kurtas. Although the guidebooks advise against it, we tried several specialties in a snack bar and it tasted like heaven - vegetarian samosas with a variety of lentils. Funnily enough, pasta has become a popular dish. It must be quite exotic here, macaroni or spaghetti. In short, Juhu Beach is a good choice if you are looking for a place to relax and unwind after an excursion to the Elephanta Island, the Gateway of India and the Prince of Wales Museum.
The artistic legacy of a culture is the best way to learn about their traditions and beliefs. This is of particular importance in India due to the scarcity of historical references. Art images are of great importance, therefore, in order to reconstruct everyday life. Even so, few Westerners visit Ellora caves, located in central India, away from the desert, the sea and the mountains, which are the main tourist attractions. On the contrary, the caves are full of Indian travelers who admire the origins of their culture. In Ellora there are 34 monasteries and temples devoted to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, which were carved into the side of a steep ravine in the VII century. In 1983, Ellora was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
Elephanta Island is a small island with famous cave temples and lots and lots of monkeys. You can catch a boat to Elephanta Island on the piers next too the Gateway of India, which I'd recommend because the boat trip also lets you take in the vast industrial expanse of the Port of Mumbai from the sea. You can buy tickets on the boasts themselves, but there are tons of different boats so the best thing is to ask each of them and compare prices.
Known as the Hanging Gardens, these beautiful gardens are situated atop Malabar Hill. They were built in 1881 and its real name is Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens. Hedges of these gardens have animal shapes, there is also a children's area with rides, but mostly known for its excellent views of the city.
Amid the chaos, noise, cars and pollution in central Mumbai, you can find a silver lining of peace. Next to the University of Mumbai and recognizable by the clock tower, are the famous "maidan". The word means "field" and they are huge gardens with some grass and vegetation, but mostly consisting of sand. You will see many walkers and sportsmen here, especially for a sport that drives them crazy: cricket.
The great passion for Indian cricket is undoubted. It's played in every corner of the country. People play everywhere from very small leagues, all the way up to federated organized leagues. The number of chips in the federation is astronomical, it's hundreds of millions! This is a living example that everyone here is interested in this sport with stats similar to professional soccer in other countries. This game takes place in a park in the middle of the big city, across from the High Court and Bombay University. Both places appear briefly in this video in the Colaba neighborhood. You have to come see a game with a sandwich and little bit of water and, it's easy to make friends.
Hundreds of people, called "dohbi", who belong to one of the lowest Indian castes, are involved with this work. The craft is passed down from generation to generation, creating a cycle that is difficult to break out of. Clothes are washed in large water buckets, hit with a stone until spotless, then ironed, with heavy coal irons. These people usually work about 16 hours a day and live next to the water buckets.
There are at least two points of interest worth visiting in Malabar Hill, a hill 50 metres above the sea. There's a Jain temple with white marble and embossed silver doors, and the haven that is the Hanging Gardens. You have the opportunity to explore one of the most luxurious residential areas in the city; real estate prices here are among the most expensive in the world. Here is the official residence of the Governor of Maharashtra, as well as the homes of some Bollywood stars. The view of Bombay is quite impressive.
If you are interested in charming historical things, then here you can admire a masterpiece of art dating back to the time of French colonialism in India. The University of Mumbai has a tower that dominates the campus. It's not as cosmopolitan as other universities in the world; here you can see many students in uniform. The interior is not open to visitors.
This boardwalk is situated in the "now famous" Colaba neighborhood. People come to walk around here, to see historic buildings, the India Gate, and now more fashionable than ever the " Taj Mahal Palace & Tower ". here is where people come to eat, see the boats that take you to different parts o the city, and it is huge. Many families come in colored clothes. There are many people selling things that have already disappeared in Spain. Fun and entertaining
These beautiful photos are of children laughing, playing with each other, and with the camera, are a vivid reminder of the lives of children in Indian cities, these are still shuttled between a small city, organized or not. Not all children go to school, the same happens with shoes, some have them others don't. However, they are all still immersed in the innocence of childhood, still smiling, still living and so continue to give life to their parents and family, and to all the adults who are around them. Life is sometimes very sad in India, surely, were it not for these children and their smiles this country would have no chance, or at least many of its hundreds of millions of people would not. The magnitude of the smile of these children, and the children of India in general, is simply unattainable ..
Chowpatty Beach is one of the most representative of Bombay's beaches. It is named in many novels by Indian authors such as White Tiger or Chandra, stories similar to the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. It is located near one end of Back Bay and from here you can see part of the "skyline" of Bombay, facing the Arabian Sea. Bathing is not recommended as like the rest of the city and much of India, there are piles of garbage everywhere, with crows pecking the odd clueless cow. But it is a good place to see the sunset and share moments and smiles with the people of Bombay who come to escape the heat after the working day (or unemployment) and to take a few ice creams and juices. The juice and food stalls by the sea are very curious! Though I would not trust eating or drinking something from them, but they are certainly colorful and full of life! In short, a good place to have a good time, because the people are very friendly, smiling and, barring hustlers who can be a little heavy, in general it is a good part of this great city, wild and fascinating, although there are many that it would overwhelm.
These photos of the city center are at the same time a reflection of India. A constant bustle of people, motorbikes and auto-rickshaw invade the street. Here they come and go and one can be entertained by ensuring that no one is run over. The number of bazaars and shops is always uncountable. There are no tourists in this city. I saw two others in the 4 days I stayed, so I was treated in every shop as a special guest, I did some shopping here. Well, all terrain flip-flops were 4 euros and lasted me my entire trip in India ...
This was my first big entry into the world of Hinduism. I had come after almost an entire week visit in Bombay. With this conversion baptism ceremony or whatever it might be called, I turned the page from the known to the new, hyper-unknown ... Suddenly I saw a crowd, throwing things in the air and people bathing, that was what my eyes saw .... Hindu. Over the months I was hitting several of these ceremonies in other parts of the country, but this by its tremendous coloring, was the best I saw. And this city off the beaten path was the best in my nearly four months in India ...