Short recap: We reached Pune from Goa, then took a 4 hour mini bus ride to Mumbai; Dadar to be specific. We then took an Ola cab to the Gateway of India.
Continuing, on the way to our destination, we passed by so many eye-catching old buildings, that I was stuck saying, Oh-My-God! Oh-My-God! continuously. I so love old architecture. Though, I wouldn’t know the exact name or timeline of the architecture, I just love looking at the buildings, knowing they belonged to a different time, when people from a different generation with a different outlook to life were roaming around and living/working in them. I am not really sure which street we were on but we passed the Mumbai University and a bank’s HQ.
It was Eid, the day we decided to visit Mumbai, so you can guess the number of people at the Gateway of India. The entrance itself was so crowded, as there were detectors placed (I’m guessing bomb detectors?). The ladies line was short, so it was easy for Thwe and me. But, Ani was stuck in a huge throng of men, all trying to get in. We looked at the Gateway from as close as we could get without being stuck in too much of a crowded place. Clicked some pics, watched the pigeons having their aerial dances and then left.
We had planned to go to The Taj and have a cup of “tea”. Yes, tea at The Taj. Which is supposedly something that should be in our to-do list when in Mumbai. Guess how much that cup of tea is. Rs. 200 – 450 depending on which place you enter within Taj. Rs. 200 for something that I can get for Rs. 20 here. But, it might be more about the experience, than the drink/eatable that is consumed. Like, “I had so-so at The Taj, Colaba!”
But, apparently to enter The Taj, we need to have some class; and simply entering it, I mean simply walking in from the street is not classy enough. So, Ani changed his mind and we continued walking behind The Taj; debating where we should go next. While walking, I saw a board that looked interesting; so, I went ahead to read the name of the place. Socials! It was the infamous Colaba Socials! The place that was always praised a lot by a few of my friends. I had to go there. It was on my go-to list for so long, even when I was not ever planning on a Mumbai Trip; and it was lunch time. Soooo…… I basically forced Thwe and Ani to come along (who I am guessing were relieved the “Where-do-we-go-now” debate was over) 😛 Sorry Thwe 😛
And that’s where we encountered the Longest Long Island Iced Tea and the yummiest Mutton Dhansuk (not that I ever tried it before), which was heaven!
A granulated cylinder (I thought it was just a huge beaker, apparently not) full of LIIT later, and after the delectable tender mutton and the sweet rice of the Mutton Dhansuk was enjoyed and praised, we left for our next destination.
Let’s continue the remainder of the day in the next post.
This post took a long time to appear I know. But, better late than never right? 😉