I have recently shifted back to my hometown Mumbai after 3 years, and I realise how difficult the intensity and unpredictability of the monsoons here must be to the newcomers to the city. The monsoons in the city is something that locals are used to; deep puddles of rain everyone and a continuous downpour for days, even months. But there are certain places in Mumbai we must all go to, especially during our first experience of the monsoon. Here is a list of such places.
Gateway of India
This is one place of historic importance most of us know. Mumbai was a sea port and used extensively for trade via the sea, thus drawing nationwide importance. Gateway of India is the monument that epitomizes this. it stands for the literal gateway the city was for the people coming into it through sea voyages. It is also an extreme end of the city and the place looks beautiful in the rain.
Queens necklace-Marine Drive
This is a place to visit on a monsoon evening. Marine drive is lit up with lights that form a neck line with beads, giving it the name the queen’s necklace. Mumbai derives its distinctive beauty because of its shores, and marine drive is one of the most popular destinations for evening walks in the rain.
Borivali National Park
Not many Mumbaikars note the importance of this space in the city, but the largest forest cover is something to be witnessed. A day picnic to Borivali National Park, or popularly known as Sanjay Gandhi National Park is even more worthwhile in the rains. The green cover is fresh and moist and the weather cool throughout the day. You can also see Kanheri caves inside the park and take a ride on the mini train inside. It is a great way to spend a weekend exploring with your friends.
Bandra-Worli sea link
The architectural splendour of the city is only accentuated in the rains. If you’re on your way to Bandra from town side. The rain makes the drive totally worth it. Also drop in on Bank stand, the back end of Bandra and drive through the rows of celebrity houses there. Bandra is great to go between 4pm and 6 pm, post your shopping in hill road and link road.
And here is one reason to go onto the Bandra Worli sea link anyway. Located near worli is the Haji Ali Dagah, a beautiful structure that follows Indo-islamic architectutre, and contains the tomb of Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. Try going in on a Friday evening before 5 pm and you might be lucky enough to listen to some devotional qawali.