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7 Experiences You Can Have Only During the Monsoon in Mumbai

Swati Talwar

Last updated: Jul 6, 2018

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Do

Stroll past Marine Drive and Worli Sea Face
Board the Mumbai local from Victoria Terminus to soak in the local flavour
Watch a play at Prithvi Theatre, Laugh Factory or NCPA

Eat

Local food like Vada Pav, Channa Chat, Sev Puri at Shiv Sagar or Aaswad
Cutting chai at Bandstand or Marine Drive
Onion rings with beer at Cafe Mondegar

Click

Fun shots while having cutting chai at Marine Drive
Souvenir photos outside Mannat (SRK's home), Pratiksha and Jalsa (Big B's homes)
The many shades of green at Aarey Milk Colony

Events

Experience an electrifying Mumbai during the 10 days of Ganesh Chaturthi (August-September). Be a part of the celebration as you go pandal hopping, indulge in modak preparations and chant Ganpati Bappa Morya!

Filmy

Mumbai is the hub of Bollywood. If you're lucky, you can spot Salman Khan at the Bandstand Cafe Coffee Day or Amitabh Bachchan as he waves to the crowd from Jalsa at 6 pm on every Sunday. "Amar Akbar Anthony", "Dhoom 3", "Dil Chahta Hai", "Jab We Met" and "Slumdog Millionaire" are among the many movies shot here.

Want To Go ? 
   

If you've travelled to Mumbai during monsoon or call the city your home, you've done at least one of these things:

Why cry about what we don't have control over? Why not get acquainted with the city's love story with the monsoon instead? So ditch your umbrella and plan some evenings through these seven must have experiences during the Mumbai monsoon:

1. Walk down Bandra's bandstand

Get a cuppa coffee overlooking the stormy sea. End the walk in Bandra with bhutta from one of the roadside stalls.

mumbai-in-monsoon-coffee

 

2. Go for a drive in Aarey Milk Colony

The maximum cover of green Mumbai has in one location. Situated in Goregaon East, the colony has lakes, restaurants overlooking lush green gardens, space for boating, and even an observatory called Chota Kashmir.

3. Get up early and go to SGNP (Sanjay Gandhi National Park) to explore Kanheri caves

Photographers, don't forget to take your shooting equipment to capture these Spartan caves sprinkled with Buddhist inscriptions on the basalt walls. Later, spend the evening with wildlife, birds and numerous plants the national park is home to.

4. Dare to take a walk along Marine Drive during monsoon?

If you haven't, we suggest you indulge the wave lashes a little. Don't get too close to the edge or you could get swept way! When you have had a sufficient dose of adrenalin, feed the growling stomach with a plate of bhajiyas or bhel puri from the roadside food stall.

mumbai-in-monsoon-marine-drive

 

5. Drive down to Juhu or Aksa beach and watch the sea growl

 It's at moments like these, when you comprehend your powerlessness against nature in all its fury, that leaves you both enchanted and stumped for words.

6. Hit the town for lip-smacking food joints for fresh fish!

Highway Gomantak in Bandra East is known for its scrumptious malvani meal.

mumbai-in-monsoon-fish-tikka

 

7.  Sipping on a cutting chai while sitting by the window 

Finally, if you are under house arrest or don't want to venture out (which beats the purpose of the suggestions above, so do go out!) nothing beats sipping on a cutting chai while sitting by the window and watching the raindrops fall with a rhythm of their own.

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