If you went on a vacation to some foreign country what would you like to see?... All the beautiful architechure, museum, restaurants, the market places and other sceneries.. right? I am sure very few of us have seen this part of their very own place, Mumbai.
|Big Ben at the Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus|
|Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus|
|View of Marine Drive from the upper deck of Bus 138|
After reaching Backbay depot which is the last stop of the ride, we went walking towards Afghan church. Built in the Gothic style, it was meant to be a garrison church to observe the memories of the British soldiers who lost their lives during the First Afghan War. We couldnt see it from inside as it is open only in the mornings. Just outside the church we were waiting for another bus to take us to Flora Fountain. It was little scary to see some Bats flying just above our heads. On the way we saw some old bunglows that were just adjusant to the sea.
|St. John the Evangelist, The Afghan Church|
Flora Fountain is the very heart of Mumbai, circumscribed by stately colonial buildings that stand like proud old sentinels of a bygone era. Flora is the Roman Goddess of Flowers. Next to her are a pair of torch bearing stone patriots that rise from the Martyrs Memorial nearby. Flora Fountain is now called Hutatma Chowk or Martyr's Square to honour those who died in the tumultuous birth of Maharashtra State.
We headed straight to St. Thomas Cathedral, Completed in 1718, is the first Anglican church in Mumbai to improve the "moral standards" of the growing British settlement. One of the gates in the Fort which the East India Company had built to protect their settlement was the entrance to the St. Thomas Church. It was called Churchgate. That is why the whole area towards the West of the Church is called “Churchgate” even today.
|St. Thomas Cathedral|
|Beautiful stain glass painting|
|The Asiatic Society, State Central Library|
|Bombay Stock Exchange|
We were as hungry as a bear by that time and wanted to much some colaba speciality. I had worked for a design studio near the BSE and was found of the H. Parmeswar special sandwiches. so we walked to the outlet and enjoyed some of his specials. Felt fueled again!
We got late for the Prince of Wales Museum(The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay), so we decided take a glance at the Jehangir Art Gallery just opposite Regal Cinema. The best time to visit this place is during the Kala Ghoda Art Festival.
Heading to the David Sassoon Library, a Venetian Gothic styled structure, completed in 1870, forms part of an important ensemble of buildings, that are crucial for the image of the Fort Area. A small garden area and the lobby is all a non-member can see. The sketches in the lobby are awesome!
|The David Sassoon Library|
An Amazingly chilled out place called Cafe Monndegar with old style tables & chairs and Mario Miranda's cartoon reflection of life on the walls was just at the corner. Find many firangs here sitting and relaxing over few pints and listening to their fav tracks from the Juke box. There was a long waiting list, so we preferred strolling by the "Causeway"! Eyes glued to the antiques and accessories sold for a good bargain.
|Antiques sold at Causeway|
I got myself a made-to-order metal cut key chain as Memorandum of the date. I saw the whole process of it forming into a master piece. Within 20 mins it got bestowed in my valet for just 200 bucks.
|You & ME|
Just at the end of the road there is Kailash Parbat that allures passers-by with the aroma of of traditional Sindhi food. We had pani puri, Choley Bathure and butter dip Pav Bhaji. It serves delicious desserts too.
|Kailash Parbat Sindhi Hotel|
|Pav Bhaji, Spicy gravy of vegetables with butter dip loaf|
It was almost 10pm, very tired now and all we could think was to enjoy some peaceful time on the waterfront at Apollo Bunder. We took a cab to The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Luxury at its peak experienced at the roof top restaurant, SOUK. We soaked our souls slowly in an arabic ambience, sipping the aromatic Qawah and enjoying the panoramic view of the Arabian Sea.
|Souk, the roof top restaurant at the Taj Palace Hotel|