Mumbai is undoubtedly the crown of the country. Whoever said that “Mumbai does not sleep hungry” is true to its literal sense. Everyday, thousands of dreams wake up and move around the city, and no matter what disasters strike this city, the people never stop dreaming. This is my 24 hours in Mumbai, a journey that inspired me to never stop pursuing my dreams!!
Gateway of India
The Gateway of India is one of the most crowded places of Mumbai after the metro stations. People from all parts of the world flock here, to pass through a narrow entry passage that has barely any space left when people move in, almost stepping over each other. One great thing about Mumbai is that despite all this, you will rarely find people getting aggressive here, and the crowd over time has managed to retain a surprising cohesiveness unlike Delhi. The crowd almost seems to flow in and out of the system without any deterrence.
The Queen’s Necklace Nariman Point
At the Nariman Point and the Marine Drive Road, it seems like you are in a different city altogether. The crowd suddenly disappears and there are limited people on the road. They just move in and out swiftly with the change of traffic lights. But there is one point in common, Every one is in super hurry. No time to halt and breathe and feel the waves. The splashes of the waves seem to fall on deaf ears sometimes, but the waters still continue to make the waves, for that limited crowd that sit by the sidewalks.
Mahalakshmi Temple: A Touch of Spirituality
As you enter inside the Mahalakshmi Temple on the Bhulabhai Desai Road, thousands of pigeons flutter their wings in sync, epitomizing the symbols of peace and harmony inside the premises. The queue seems never-ending yet the spirits are high, to take one glimpse of the Mahalakshmi, the goddess of happiness and prosperity. I do not know the definitions of prosperity – for most it is wealth, for the more ambitious, it is both wealth and power; but I think prosperity is all about finding happiness in the simple things.
A place to stop and settle down for the afternoon, Hanging Garden is all about a breath of fresh air. You can take your shoes off, walk bare feet on the green grass, rejoice the greenery around, which is supposedly a rare commodity to find in a place like Mumbai.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Erstwhile Victoria Terminus)
As the evening sets in, the sparkles of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus immerses the city in its vibrant colors. The rampaging crowd still continues at its never-ending speed, making the proverb – “the city that never sleeps” come true. You cannot stop here. Even the clock on the CST tower sometimes seems to struggle to cope up with the pouring crowd. Yet some things here stand in silence and observe the trends of changing civilization. Each day, more than half a million people move to and fro the street opposite the CST station everyday. as the historic station watches everyone in awe.
If you had 24 hours in Mumbai, what would you explore!!