Mumbai Diaries: What To See, Do and Eat In Mumbai!

A big welcome to our newest ToursByLocals guide in Mumbai, India: Maya! Maya’s here to share with us her love of all things Mumbai – from Bollywood to Bagels (yes, bagels!)

Namaste! (Hello.) I am Maya, a tour guide with ToursByLocals, from Mumbai, India.

Why did I become a tour guide?

I was in the hospitality industry for the last 12 years, but after that time it got monotonous, so I decided to change my field and become a tour guide with ToursByLocals. I love learning about different people and their cultures, but the main reason why I became a guide is that I am a people person and love interacting with different people, getting to know each other.

Why I love Mumbai – and what you should do here!

For many Mumbaikars, the city of Mumbai is like an emotion and you can never get enough of it. We love our city, which stays always close to my heart. Welcome to this city of Mumbai, that can’t live without Bollywood chaska (our addiction to Bollywood drama!) People face hardships here, but still say it is a fine place to make our home.

When visiting our city of Mumbai, make sure you don’t miss the pleasures of shopping, going sightseeing (I can show you where the Bollywood stars live!) and tasting the Indian delicacies.

I like to suggest to people to take a walk down the back lanes of Bandra.... where time stands still. Here you can walk down to a fishing village, or stroll down the Carter Road Promenade or the Bandstand promenade, where you can catch a glimpse of the homes of some famous Bollywood actors and actresses, like the yester-year actress Rekha...still stunning and beautiful, the famous Shahrukh Khan, and none other than Salman Khan.

Ready to eat?

Visitors to Mumbai should always try the varied cuisine available here from South Indian cuisine, to kebabs and curries and not to forget the irrestible Indian chaat (snacks) like Dahi vada, Bhelpuri and Sevpuri. If you haven’t heard of these before, I can explain them to you!

Dining out among the Mumbaikars is a hobby. Every restaurant has its own speciality, but there is one café in Bandra west, that is my all time favourite, I guess it is the ambiance and the food that really stands out, and it is none other than The Bagel Shop.

The Bagel Shop, situated on Pali Mala Road, in Bandra west, started in 2006. It is located in this lovely bungalow. The café serves an all day breakfast, bagels and bagel sandwiches ... a must try – even if it’s not what you typically associate with India! It also serves a wide selection of low gluten content bagels, coffees, shakes, pasta , salads and tea time cakes. It is also the first café in Mumbai that sold bagels. Such a lovely place to hangout.

Want a great photo opportunity?

If you’re looking for great photo opportunities, there are some scenic places in Mumbai, where you can take beautiful picture postcard snaps, like the Gateway of India as a backdrop in front of the beautiful Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (a famous railway station and a UNESCO heritage property), and in front of the famous Kalaghoda statue (a dramatic black horse statue in the middle of the road in the Fort area.)

If anyone is planning a trip to India in 2018 (and why not? It’s one of the most fascinating countries in the world!) make sure you get in touch with Maya for a customized tour of Mumbai .

Maya leaves you with a poem she wrote:

Mumbai is rich,
Mumbai is poor.
Mumbai is fast,
Mumbai is slow.

Little bit sweet,
and little bit sour.

Sometimes it's hot
but not too cold.

Mornings r energetic
& evenings r electric.

Noons r lazy but
Nights r crazy..

And any one U ask,
he always say "M busy"
Dude, life n Mumbai ''
Is not so easy...!

There is lot of Masti with
little bit of Maska...

Welcome to the city that
can't live, w/out Bollywood Chaska!

Sev puri, Vada Pav and bhel puri
are all Mumbai chaat..
Relishing it with spicy chutney is no easy art..

From popcorn to ice-cream, all sold on cart,

Mumbai o Mumbai you're always close to my heart.!

Where local trains
usually run on time,
And violently rushing
for a seat is not a crime.

Here 3 PM for lunch and
12 AM to dine,

People face hardships,
but still say "it's fine".!

From Siddhivinayak in Dadar
to Mumba Devi in Town,
And ISKCON in Juhu to Haji Ali in Mumbai's Crown.

Marathi, Malayalee, Punjabi, Gujarati
Everyone together celebrate Eid and Diwali,

Holi is colorful and Diwali is cheerful,

Spend some time here and your life will be unforgettable!

Billionaire to beggars,
all found in this city,
Be careful dude,
this place is a bit witty..,

Overall this dream world
is huge but pretty,
Mumbai Mumbai,
you're wonderful city.

Because...
she is like mother to millions.

After all a mother is called -
MUM in English,
BA in Gujarati &
Ai in Marathi

That's my Mumbai.
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