This post is a continuation of my travel series “Beauties of Mumbai & Ahmedabad”.
I hope you’ve read my previous post, if not please find the links below….
We were back to Mumbai once again and were only left with approximately 2 days to explore. As we reached Mumbai by noon, we had pretty much half a day left to our-selves on that day…So, to start with…D and I planned to visit Sidhivinayak temple. We had our breakfast in the train and were not feeling hungry, so settled for a light snack (Panipuri) and started our day…
Temple was calm and peaceful contrary to our belief! We always heard a lot in news about many celeb’s and noted TV personalities paying a visit to that temple and offer their prayers, hence, our first instinct was “It is going to take a hell lot of time for darshan, as it will be crowded!” But it was not the case on our visit Thankfully! Our speculations before our visit didn’t come true and on the contrary, we did not face any inconvenience and had a pleasant darshan. Seemed to be our lucky day indeed!!! Even sat in the premises for couple of minutes before we took off from there…!
That time, when we crossed the path with a delicacy..!
From the temple we headed towards Lokmanya Tilak Marg, in-quest of a shop which was suggested by one of D’s friend from college. After spending more than an hour strolling around and failing, we finally gave up the search and decided to head back to the Hotel…It was then we found this street vendor selling scrumptious Malai!
Our next stop was “Fashion Street”. Well Girls and shopping are like opposite sides of a magnet! We spent more than 2 hours there doing window shopping (Guess we even purchased some stuff. I hardly remember what!) and then returned back to our stay which was an IRCTC Accommodation.
Accommodation was not the best but it was manageable! D and I gave least importance to comfort, so we didn’t think of it much as we were about to spend only a night there. It was value for money for us!
We had our dinner at local restaurant near-by and as we returned…a sudden plan surfaced among us…which was….to visit Chowpatty beach at midnight !
So that was it!…D’s friends also accompanied us and we headed to Chowpatty beach at midnight! As we reached there, a man approached us and offered us a mat for 10/- , We just had to pay him and use the mat to sit on and leave it behind as it is, when we leave from there…Concept sounded simple and was basically fulfilling our need so, we took it.
We sat there for an hour enjoying the cool breeze and the sounds made by the ocean acted like a calming agent…
Right from the start, I was against this plan of covering those places, instead I wanted to cover Elephanta caves! In spite of my repeated attempts to change the course of our plan we ended up going to Lonavla and Khandala. As I expected, being off season…all the streams and waterfalls dried up and there wasn’t even much of greenery…most of the landscapes were dried out. Also, it was sultry and scorching…Hot as mercury!
My skin is not resistant to hot climates and I tend to develop sun burns very easily, if I do not carry sun screen when I am out in hot conditions! And as it happens, in a hurry to reach the station on time, I forgot to carry my sun screen..!
As we reached and witnessed the climate over there, which was fuming hot….I was left to make a decision, either to buckle up my courage and proceed…or…wait at the Bus-station for them to return, which was comparatively comfortable option when compared to bearing sun burns…!
I decided on the latter and went ahead with everyone! Little did I know then that, this decision of mine would end up effecting my health!
We booked a vehicle and started off…
After spending an hour visiting one place after the other in that hot sun, I succumbed to dehydration and spent rest of the time in the vehicle resting, while D and her friends carried on. Guess the photos below by D and I will some up everything…
In return we had no option but to return by Bus…It was indeed very tiresome and exhausting, as I was already not well! It was only after consuming literally 3 liters of water during our way back, that, I felt normal by the time we were back to Mumbai!
Gateway of India:
D and I wanted to pay one last visit to Gateway of India and witness the beautiful structure amidst lights! So once we were back, rested for an hour and headed to Gateway of India…And My goodness! It was extraordinary and the structure looked even more beautiful at night!
Even the “Chatrapati Shivaji Railway Station” looked stunning at night!
Below is the slide show of images….
We were back to our rooms at Mumbai central by 9 Pm. After check-out, we had our dinner at a nearby udipi hotel and started off to “Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport” at around 10:30 Pm…
Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport:
We reached the airport in an hour and were left in Awww! Mumbai Airport was stunning and as we had a lot of time before boarding our flight, which was scheduled at 3:45 Am…We utilized that time in exploring the airport and as per wish of D, we checked into Starbucks outlet…
Time passed as a flick and in no time we were standing in the queue for boarding and then settled in our seats waiting for the take-off!
“Our Journey came to an end…!” D and I sighed in relief, on being able to complete our first, together yet Solo trip successfully by facing all the odds that came our way…!
Today’s prompt for Problogger Challenge reminded me of the time when we were stressed out and scared to take that step of travelling on our own!
You can choose courage or you can choose comfort [but] you cannot have both.
– Brene Brown
We gave a lot of thought to it….but didn’t choose comfort of staying at home and put out that first step gathering all the courage we had…as it was like “now or never!” situation…
As the flight took off we slowly drifted to sleep thinking of all those memorable moments of our trip…!
*Did I forget to mention that, breakfast was included in ticket of our Jet airways flight! It was an added bonus…! 😛 Who wouldn’t love those free meals in flight BTW?!?!
Signing off our Trip to Mumbai and Ahmedabad…
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