Madness - Ramee Guestline Hotel : Madness Ramee is a hotel in Khar, Mumbai which offers multiple cuisine and lots of entertainment. You will find the Madness pub with dazzling lights, music and lots of delicious foodstuffs to nibble and amazing place to be in. Make sure you vist Madness Ramee in your next trip to Mumbai.
After visiting the busy Crawford Market, the next place I had in mind was Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai. I had already booked my ticket for the 9 PM show Cinematograph`s NOTHING LIKE LEAR through an online show booking site. Hence, getting in did not come much as a trouble. Since I started writing blogs, it has become a habit to make acquaintances during the travel. This time was no different. I had already finished my dinner early and I had plenty of time to get some insights about the history of the theatre. I spoke to a gentleman in his mid fifties. He seemed to be a patron of theatre art form. He said he had been visiting Mumbai for business purpose since 90s and had never missed a chance to watch what Prithvi Theatre offered at the time.
The theatre was named after Prithviraj Kapoor, who is considered to be the architect of Indian Theatre. It was built by his son, the renowned actor Sashi Kapoor. Prithvi Theatre has shows around the year and is closed only on Mondays. Prithviraj Kapoor started theatre in the year 1942 and it was a traveling theatre then. It was his ambition to have a home for his theatre, which was accomplished by his son Sashi Kapoor in 1978. Since then, the theatre has been a pioneer in Hindi theatre art. He also narrated an incident that unexceptionally proves the dedication of Kapoor family to the art form. Sashi Kapoor’s wife Jennifer Kapoor was the backbone of Prithvi Theatre’s operations. On the 7th of September 1984 she died and the theatre was not closed and the show went on as per the schedule. Since inception, the Prithvi theatre has staged more than 2000 shows and is still in its prime time.
The show was based on Shakespeare’s novel King Lear. It went on about the tragedies in the life of a clown. I thoroughly enjoyed the show. After the show, I went back to my hotel room. We had to pack our bags for the next day early morning train back to our homes. The Prithvi Theatre has given me a grand finale to my travelogue. With all the wonderful moments and happy thoughts the financial capital of India had given me, we concluded our journey.
Holy Cross Church, Mumbai : The Holy Cross Church in Kurla is a Roman Catholic Church and it was built in the Portugese era. This surely is one of the oldest churches of Mumbai making it a place worth a visit when you tour Mumbai. The church has been renovated several times after its original construction.
Our next destination after visiting the beautiful and serene Powai Lake was the famous Crawford Market, Mumbai. We hired a taxi, which took us to the famous Crawford market in less than 40 minutes. It is located opposite to the Mumbai Police Headquarters and very close to the Victoria Terminus Railway station. The market is officially known after Mahatma Jotirao Phule and is named as Sanket Phule; however, people still call it as Crawford market. Shopping is one activity which I thoroughly enjoy it and being a budget traveler, I was sure this century-old market will provide me a good discount.
The Crawford market is a shopper’s paradise; I was overwhelmed with the quality and quantity of commodities available in the market. It’s a bustling place and the majority of shoppers I found were women. The market was pretty much old styled with its colonial buildings. It offers a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables for regular buyers. I decided to take a tour of the market and within moments I realized why it was so famous. I saw shops selling pet animals and birds, including cute puppies, cats, and parrots. In the next corner, I found chocolate stalls offering both Indian and International brands. Being a chocolate lover, I bought a few chocolates for myself.
There were other shops, which sold Sweet and Sour savories and bought a couple of them for my dad as he loves these items. As advised by a fellow traveler, I bought cosmetics, including creams, shampoos, and perfumes for a good bargain. I got a call from my mom just when I was thinking what to buy her. She asked me to buy a few household items such as broom, buckets, tubs, etc.
The last part of shopping in Crawford Market, Mumbai was my favorite. Shopping for myself, there were plenty of stalls displaying clothes of latest fashion and I could not hold myself any longer and bought a pair of jeans, t- shirts and Churidars. It was a great experience being among such a lively crowd and street hawkers inviting you to try out their products. With a heavy bag and a happy heart I left the market to my next destination.
Marve Beach, Mumbai : Marve beach is located in the Western suburb of Malad. Visit to the beach is inevitable if you are touring Mumbai. There is ferry service from this beach to Essel World and the Water Kingdom. These amusement parks are worth a visit. You must allot one or two days for these trips.
After a great experience at the Flora Fountain, Mumbai I decided to call it for a day and return to my hotel. I had a great day behind and hopefully a much more fun-filled day ahead. After a quick shower and a hearty meal, I opted to listen to my favorite songs on my iPod and went through the pictures captured. May be self praising, but I felt my photography skills have improved drastically. At that moment of pride I bid adieu, good night to myself with my next destination in mind, the Powai Lake, Mumbai.
After a stomach-filled breakfast of great Maharastrian cuisine, I packed my bags to visit a place you cannot miss if you are in Mumbai, the Powai Lake. The hotel staff explained to me that the lake is amongst one of the most gorgeous places and among the six lakes in Mumbai. The Powai Lake is an artificial lake located in the northern suburbs of Mumbai city supplying water to various industries. For me, I longed to see some sort of water bodies in my visit, I fell in love with this lake. The blue water shining in golden sun rays was something I couldn’t resist and forced me to take snaps of this wonderful exhibition of natural beauty.
My local guide told me that the lake was artificially made by the British more than a century back, which is in 1891 to be precise. All of my friends were mesmerized to see the hills surrounding the lake and the crowd explained why it was a hot destination to relax and break free from the busy chores of life. There is a lush-green garden developed around the walls of the lake and offers a boat ride, which is highly recommended. Apart from beauty, the lake offers great animal life such as crocodiles, ducks, blue and white kingfisher, sunbirds, stork, and many more. The lake is constantly monitored and reviewed by many state-owned departments who make every tourist experience tranquil. The Powai Lake, Mumbai not only offers the above mentioned attractions, but also makes this place a heaven with immaculate surroundings.
After a hectic schedule visiting Mumbai local destinations, we went straight to the hotel and checked in for the night stay. We freshened up quickly in our allotted rooms and went to the restaurant in the hotel premises itself. The dinner was filled with an enormous variety of cuisines and we ate like anything. We were so excited with Mumbai’s cuisines that some of us did not even wait for other friends and started having the food. After dinner, we took a short walk in the premises and the corridors of the hotel. It was late night and the sky was attractive with the stars and so was the hotel, which was dazzling too with the sharp lights. Chateau Windsor Hotel, Mumbai consisted of 50 well-furnished accommodation and rooms with the new concept of hospitality and modern amenities to welcome the guests with warm greetings.
The rooms allotted to us were deluxe rooms with imported and well-furnished bed systems. There are one-touch electronic control systems at the bedside to make it convenient for the guests. The entire bathroom is well-equipped with the fittings of the American brand bathroom accessories. The eco-friendly AC system and electronic safes are the added advantage and amenities to the guests. The housekeeping and the other serving staff are very cooperative and soft-spoken, which I liked the most. They are ready to serve anytime without any irresponsible gestures. Since the hotel is located in the heart of the city and near the Gateway, it has become a major accommodation entity in the corporate world and the tourists who come to explore the modern city. The atmosphere of the hotel is quiet and cozy. We loved the reception service too. They are always there to assist and serve with hospitality.
The additional services offered by the hotel are enough car parking space, minor repairing and stitching at no cost, complimentary breakfast, competitive rates and tariffs, and 24-hour room service to serve the needs of the guests. On the whole, Chateau Windsor Hotel, Mumbai gave me a distinguished satisfaction and sense of contentment, which I packed in my mind and took with the memories of Mumbai.
Mount Mary Church, Bandra : "The Mount Mary Church is located in Bandra. It is also alternately referred to as The Basilicca of Our Lady Of The Mount. The Church overlooks the Arabian sea. It is located on a hillock 80 metres above the sea level. Devotees associate tremedous power to Mother Mary of this Church."
I was thoroughly enjoying this trip and with each destination it was getting better. Mumbai was offering me more than I expected. I was amazed with the pace of this metropolitan city. My camera was loaded with photographs and still had more to capture. Though my body showed signs of tiredness, my heart longed for more. The next destination of my itinerary was the Flora Fountain, Mumbai, an Indian heritage building, which is a symbol of beauty and prosperity. I reached the Flora Fountain in the evening and felt the whole atmosphere simply awesome with the statue illuminated.
As usual the first thing I did was to take out my camera and took back-to-back snapshots of this lovely structure. I even posed myself by taking help from fellow tourists. History says that the structure got its name Flora from the Goddess of Flowers in Roman culture. Though it was renamed in 1960 as Hutatma Chowk, it is still widely known as Flora Fountain. It was built in 1864 at a whopping cost of Rs.47000, which was quite a big amount at that point of time. The Flora Fountain is not only a tourist hub, but also shares borderline with major financial and historical monuments such as the Bombay Stock Exchange and Gateway of India. It’s a mini shopping paradise with an array of local items and cuisines available for tourists.
I started conversation with a local guide to learn more about the Flora Fountain. He told me that the fountain was constructed with Portland Stone, which glows in the night. He added that the fountain can be visited at all times and the best time of the year is between March and September. I was delighted to experience the well-lit monument with lush-green gardens supported by a fountain light show, which was a lifetime experience. There were people of all age groups and I realized why they flocked in hundreds to this place to get relieved from their daily chaos and stress. Visiting the Flora Fountain, Mumbai was a great decision and what more you can expect from the place, which gave me joy, peace and a taste of history.
Offshore to the Arabian Sea lies the huge historical and architectural built, which is called Gateway of India, Mumbai. In the vicinity, it has the heritage of the Taj and the entrance to Elephanta Island through the launch, which departs from this place. It is one of the major stops for tourists and photographers.
In the past, the place was supposed to be the rendezvous for the governors and viceroys to land in India. Today it serves as a great ‘monumental memento’ to the local and the people from outside. At the time of British rule, it used to be the hallmark of “power and majesty” of the whole British Empire. There were statues of great Legends. One was of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on the opposite of the Gateway, which symbolized his ‘Pride and courage” of Maratha and the other was of Swami Vivekananda. Both of them were the idol of bravery and courage at their own time and till now.
The Gateway consisted of five jetties. One jetty was the exposure to Atomic Research Center, second and the third jetties were used as ferry operations for commercial purpose, fourth was closed and the fifth one was exposed to the Royal Bombay Yacht Club. After the severe Mumbai attack in 2008, the jetties were supposed to be closed and replaced by the new one. It is the hub of locals, street vendors, tourists and photographers. It could host more than 2000 people. After a severe terror attack in the year 2003 and 2008 some areas were restricted for the public to move.
There was recently a stunning and dazzling lighting makeover of this world-recognized heritage with LED system of Phillips, which imparted a palette of million colors to brighten the place and create brilliant lighting shows. We were fortunate enough to get the chance of seeing the shows and it was simply an experience to behold. The day was near to end and we were quite exhausted with the whole day expedition of Mumbai. Since our hotel was about 2 km away from the Gateway of India, Mumbai, we were able to reach our resting place in a short time.
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Hello, I am Ayushi Manroa. I love travelling and have also dabbled in photography. Being a student, I mostly end up back-packing! I started this blog to record my travelogues about the amazing places that I have been to. Be it frolicking in Goa, taking a dip in the Ganges, trekking in Coorg or hitching a ride up the Western Ghats, it is all listed here along with some of my best shots. Hope you like it. Happy reading!