It was only few days after I decided that I would not travel for the next few months, I happened to plan a journey as soon as I thought of it. Tickets booked for the day after and packing done within an hour. I was on a trip to Mumbai. It is important to give some credit to my friend here who used all her rights to ‘force’ me to go for it. She proved to be a very good host and an inquisitive soul who too likes photography. It is certainly a different kind of pleasure to be surrounded by people who share your interests. Thanks dear friend! Here I get a chance to upload some of the ‘best’ shots that describe my journey and captured a sense of aesthetics as it weaved through my experience of the city.
Any discussion on Mumbai will take you to the houses of celebrities, Haji Ali, Taj Hotel, Gateway of India, Vada Pao, South Bombay and Hiranandani. However, what stood out for me was the water body i.e. the sea. We explored it from all possible directions and I enjoyed the essence of ‘Mumbai life’. We started with Bandra Bandstand and I observed one of the best sunsets of my life.
As soon as the sun went down I got introduced to the famous ‘Chana Garam’ and I liked this spicy mixture with ground nuts and raw onion. I feel like having it again right now while writing about it 😉
The word ‘Chaupati’ was almost akin to Mumbai in my mind. The second thing that you would certainly get at any chaupati after chana garam is colourful paper wind wheel. It acknowledges the presence of sea at every moment as the waves form and the wind blows.
The timing of your visit also affects your experiences. We visited Bandra in the evening when the temperature was down and people were on their evening walks. Juhu, however, was little hot and slow in the afternoon. Since this was an unplanned trip, I did not plan even the places to visit and went wherever it was possible. Consequently, Elephanta Caves became our next destination. We left early in the morning to catch the morning ferry that leaves from Gateway of India. Ferry takes around an hour to reach the Island. The trip would have been boring without the company of Seagulls who followed us as they like the taste of masala wafers that tourists keep on feeding them. Out of about 65 shots, very few came out well, given both the ferry and seagulls were moving. Like Mumbai, this was my first encounter with these clean and friendly birds and I enjoyed capturing them.
By the time we reached Elephanta Island, it was very hot. So we took the toy train that shortened our journey by about half a kilometre. You would observe small market as you enter the area and climb towards the caves. You get edibles like mango slices, dried mango candies, masala cucumber, Indian berries, ground nuts, chips and star-fruit. There are other shops that sell fancy decorative items, clothes and souvenirs.
On our way back after visiting the caves, we tried our tongue over some of the edibles (star of which was the star-fruit) and did some shopping of local art and craft products. It was little tiring by now and we did some rest at Gateway of India. Following is the standard view that you would get from Gateway of India. Certainly, Mumbai is incomplete without boats and ships.
We spent some time here while photographing the Taj and ships and later moved to Nariman Point. My last sightseeing point in Mumbai. The beach at Nariman point is different from that of Bandra and Juhu. It is quite difficult to reach out to the sea and people can only sit on the concrete boundary and observe the sea. However, it has its own charm and beauty. This site perhaps best resembled the dominant image of Mumbai. Beach and the city!