One cannot simply escape the magic of rains, especially when living in Mumbai.
Rains bring to you a perfectly balmy atmosphere, whether you love it or hate it. The beauty that rains bring with them is beyond comparison. It is a welcome and magnificent sight! The way the monsoons approach over the ocean, is a vision in itself! The fierce wind, the different shades of blue and grey of the sky and the sea, the cover of the clouds, makes you feel astonished.
Not that you need a list to enjoy rains in Mumbai, here’s one for your ease 😉
Take a Road Trip to Marine Drive
The Queen’s Necklace, the row of sparkling lights on the 3 kilometer stretch is a premier destination for experiencing the monsoon in south Mumbai. Stroll along the promenade with an umbrella in hand, or just sit and decipher the language of the Arabian Sea. Feel the need of a drink in hand? Dome at the Intercontinental hotel, is the place to be at! Or, may be a cup of Mumbai’s hot steaming cutting chai, will be more blissful.
Visit the Majestic Gateway of India
One of the most prominent attractions in Mumbai, the Gateway of India also gets some feisty waves during high tide. You can feast on monsoon snacks from the street vendors. For loaded pockets, the view across the bay from Souk, Taj Palace will be mesmerising.
The adventurous souls can take a ferry ride from Gateway of India and experience the spurting sea waves (Not sure if this is available in Monsoon).
Tip: Keep your camera handy.
Take a stroll on Juhu Beach
There’s nothing more comforting than a cup of tea and warm street food in the rains as you wander by the beach, and Juhu gives you that liberty. The chaat corner at the entry of the beach has almost every kind of street food you could ask for – warm and spicy. Don’t miss the coal-roasted corn on the cob!
Relish the Bandra Bandstand
In the suburb of Bandra, the Bandstand Seafront extends for around a kilometer from the rocky ridge, where the Taj Land’s End hotel is situated. With the Arabian Sea on one side, and who’s who of Bollywood on the other side, it’s an amazing place for monsoon outing. Do check out the ‘Walk of Stars’, featuring the hand prints of famous Bollywood actors and actresses. If you climb a little higher on the ruins of the fort, you can get an astounding view of the sea and the city.
Experience Life at Worli Sea Face
For the ones residing in Central Mumbai, Worli Seaface is an excellent outing option. It’s famous for its wild waves at high tide during the monsoon season; you can take a walk, or sit near the seafront and see the waves crashing. Since it sees fewer visitors during monsoon, it becomes an ideal place in Mumbai if you’re considering some solitude. Additionally, you can take a drive over the Bandra-Worli Sealink, which is brilliantly lit up at night.
Relive the Beauty at Haji Ali
The Haji Ali Dargah is a wonderful specimen of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Located on an isle off the coast of Worli, Haji Ali, both a mosque and a tomb, is one of the most identifiable landmarks of Mumbai. Situated right in the ocean and connected to land by a narrow pathway that becomes completely submerged during high tide, makes it look like a monument floating on the water. Even imagining a walk along the pathway to Haji Ali, with the waves splashing at your feet, is a thrilling experience.
Live the Rich Life at Carter Road, Bandra
The Carter Road promenade is a kilometre long pathway along the Arabian Sea on the west side of Bandra. It is a popular hang-out place next to Bandstand – a jogging track, a park and a lovers’ point makes this an ideal locale for a walk in the rains. It is an extremely fancy location because of its shorelines, restaurants/pubs, and high-street stores.
Chances are, you might bump into a Bollywood Celebrity here!
Hang out with your Friends at Prithvi Theatre
Prithvi Theatre is a popular hangout zone for theatre aficionados; one of Mumbai’s best known theatres, it was built by Shashi Kapoor in memory of his father Prithviraj Kapoor who had dreamt of having a home for his stage-theatre company.
Read a book while you sip on a cup of hot tea, or cold coffee, while listening to the sound of rain outside. It is a quaint charming café and offers delectable rolls, burgers, bun maska, and the legendary cutting chai.
Take a Ferry to Manori Creek
Manori is a picturesque and peaceful, small village by the brook that has a neat, sprawling beach, much like the ones in Goa. Although, it is inside the city limits, it’s away from the city’s commotion, and provides a quick escape from the everyday rush. You can take a ferry from Marve (3-5 mins) and reach Manori, the ferry trip smells of fishes though! However, the scenery is absolutely worthwhile; you can see the concrete buildings transitioning into the mud houses set amongst greenery.
Devour at Mohammed Ali Road
If you are a foodie, a visit to Mohammad Ali Road should definitely be on your agenda. Since the monsoons collide with the month of Ramzan, and Eid thereafter, it is a heaven for food lovers. Though we just missed Eid, Mohammad Ali Road won’t fail to surprise your taste buds. Just be alert of the crowd, and pick your choice of lip smacking Mughlai fare.
Book a Boat Ride at Powai Lake
Powai Lake is an artificial, but the most beautiful lake in the northern suburb of Mumbai, snuggled between lush green flora & fauna, and hills. A silent walk in the rains, or a boat ride, both will sooth your mind and provide you with peace. You have the Powai Lake Garden to go to and get some hot monsoon snacks, to enjoy the weather with.
Go Mini-Trekking at Madh Fort
Also known as the Versova fort, it is the ruin of a Portuguese watchtower. Madh fort is normally kept closed and is not open to visitors as it is under the control of the Indian Air Force due to the proximity of the Naval Base. However, you can ride a bicycle near the fort area and enjoy the rains. The fort is sometimes opened for film/serial shoots, if you are lucky you can witness one of those.
Feel the Waves at Madh Island Beach
One of the most famous beaches of Mumbai and a renowned tourist spot, this beach is also one of the cleanest. The coast is enclosed by mangroves which apart from adding to its charm, separates the beach from the mainland. This makes a good place to take a break from the din of city life, and relish the monsoons. Mumbai’s elite society hosts a lot of extravagant parties on this tranquil beach. Rain dance, maybe?
Collect Sea Shells at Aksa Beach
Aksa is one of the clean beaches in Mumbai. The beach is pristine, and watching the sunset on a rainy evening is quite surreal! You can also take up a cottage and collect sea shells, while walking along the shore.
Fall in Love with SRK at Maratha Mandir
For the romantics at heart and King Khan Fans, there is nothing better than watching the 20-year old classic Bollywood masala, love story in the monsoons! Lo and behold, here’s Maratha Mandir for you – the only theatre that holds a record of screening Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge for longest time. Love and rain, ain’t it fulfilling?
Enjoy the Nature at Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Also called the Borivali National Park, it is situated on the northern borders of suburban Mumbai. One of Asia’s most visited National Parks, this is the largest park in the world that is located within city limits. It makes a good destination for a monsoon outing/picnic. A pleasant change from the usual sights, rush and glamour of the B-city, this place is good for moments of quietude and meditation. The panoramic views of hills, valleys, lakes and open expanses, drenched in rainwater, will bring peace to your mind, body and soul.
The famous Kanheri Caves are located inside the park, not a good idea for monsoons though!
My Personal Favorite – Go for Bicycle Rides
Cycling enthusiasts can make the most of the monsoons by joining biking groups and travelling to less explored locales in Mumbai.
So, how are you taking on Mumbai Rains this year?
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