It’s only been 2 weeks since we’ve been back from Mumbai and I already miss it very much. India left a very good impression on me (my friends can vouch for this, haha) and I’m already ready to plan our next trip! We were in Mumbai, Goa (check out our article on the top places to see in Goa), Delhi, and Agra over the span of two weeks. I really would’ve loved to stay longer to see Rajasthan, so this will be next on the list for sure.
The Lonely Planet India Travel Guide was an absolute lifesaver. I planned most of our trip around the suggested itineraries and it did not disappoint. From yoga courses in Mandrem to wandering the lively streets in Kala Ghoda, there was never a dull moment. Lonely Planet also has a super cool app with an interactive map, which I found even more useful than the physical book. Though, it sometimes suggested very tourist-y things (i.e. Indian cooking class that only foreigners sign up for, oops!). The app is nevertheless helpful for those seeking accommodation, dining, or sightseeing suggestions. I will for sure be using it when planning my future travels.
Our trip kicked off in Mumbai, where we got to see the notorious Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Palace and take an evening stroll on Marine Drive. It was amazing to see the Gateway of India in person and to learn more about Mumbai’s history. I found there was a lot of beautiful colonial architecture in Mumbai in general, and the Gateway of India is just one well-known example. In fact, Mumbai originally gets it’s name from the Hindu goddess Mumbadevi. However, the city’s name was later changed to ‘Bombay’ (Bom Bahia or ‘good bay’) by the Portugese.
We also drove past the preeminent Rajabai Clock Tower, Flora Fountain and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Later, we watched the sunset from the Intercontinental rooftop bar and met up with friends for dinner at Kala Ghoda Cafe. It was on my first day in India that I reallllly fell in love with the food-with paneer being one of my favorites. For those who don’t know what that is, it’s a delicious cube of fresh cheese (similar to cottage cheese) that is used as the main ingredient in many curries. But because the milk in India contains more fat, the Indian specialty has a very distinct flavor that is hard to achieve outside of the country. So it’s safe to say I was impressed with the food from day one!
It was an active place of worship for the island’s Hindu residents well until the 1500s, when the Portuguese took control of the island. The caves suffered much damage under the Portuguese, with its stone sculptures even being used for target practice by soldiers. – Sridevi Nambiar Culture Trip