The Gateway of India, Mumbai, South Mumbai, Mumbai Rains, Travel, photography by Aparajita Paul

The Arrival


The sounds of your surroundings change as you move to a new place. Though the hustle-bustle remains and the clock keeps on ticking, but the faces change, the geography changes and the smell. With lots of things in my mind (mostly out of fear of adjusting to a new City), I arrived at the City of Dreams at one night. Unlike many, I was accompanied by Mom and the city welcomed me with its grand rains and pleasure.

The city kept on raining the next day even and more charming obviously. The mundane skies left the weather cool and the streets accessible. So, we made our way to the Gateway of India. It was too crowded being a Sunday, but still worth the visit due to the rains. The Arabian Ocean and the winds made the place breath-taking to spend time and ramble. I went to this place later too while it was not raining. But I can bet that my 1st visit was the best yet. The Taj Hotel was worth a view too, though you cannot go close to it if you are not entering the premises.

Cloudy Arabian Sea, Mumbai, South Mumbai, Mumbai Rains, Travel, photography by Aparajita Paul
|| Cloudy Arabian Sea ||
Mumbai, South Mumbai, Mumbai Rains, Travel, photography by Aparajita Paul
|| Drenched Path ||
Mumbai, South Mumbai, Mumbai Rains, Travel, photography by Aparajita Paul
|| Port at the Gateway ||
The Gateway of India, Mumbai, South Mumbai, Mumbai Rains, Travel, photography by Aparajita Paul
|| Birds were being fed ||

People were enjoying the rains and many taking selfies in front of the Gate. History says this arch monument was built during the 20th century. The monument was built to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bunder on their visit India in 1911.

The Gateway of India, Mumbai, South Mumbai, Mumbai Rains, Travel, photography by Aparajita Paul
|| The Gateway of India ||

In the rains, it was tricky though to take the photos and my Mom made every possible help to hold the umbrellas over my camera.

After then we walked towards the Colaba market. We were not in a mood to buy anything, but I would personally suggest everyone for trying out this Cafe once. Also, beware of the quality and don’t forget to bargain. We had our lunch at the Café Churchill. Being a very small restaurant, thankfully we got our place. We had an Iced Peach Tea, Legume Al Forno (basically Veg. Lasagna) and Oreo Chocolate Shake. All the foods were too nice for our hungry stomach and we had a nice time over that food mat too solving word jumbles, when the food was yet to arrive. I can recommend Café Churchill for a visit, though be assured for a medium pocket pinch.

Cafe Churchill, Colaba, Restaurant, Mumbai, South Mumbai, Mumbai Rains, Travel, photography by Aparajita Paul
|| Iced Peach Tea ||
Cafe Churchill, Colaba, Restaurant, Mumbai, South Mumbai, Mumbai Rains, Travel, photography by Aparajita Paul
|| Oreo chocolate shake ||
Cafe Churchill, Colaba, Restaurant, Mumbai, South Mumbai, Mumbai Rains, Travel, photography by Aparajita Paul
|| Legume Al Forno at Cafe Churchill ||

Cafe Churchill, Colaba, Restaurant, Mumbai, South Mumbai, Mumbai Rains, Travel, photography by Aparajita Paul

Me at Cafe Churchill, Colaba, Restaurant, Mumbai, South Mumbai, Mumbai Rains, Travel, photography by Aparajita Paul
|| Me at Cafe Churchill ||

Since we had few more time in hand, we took a cab and went to visit the St. John’s Church. Unfortunately, it was closed at that time, but we liked the architecture of that Church and the quiet ambience.

St. John's Church, Mumbai, South Mumbai, Mumbai Rains, Travel, photography by Aparajita Paul
|| St. John’s Church ||
St. John's Church, Mumbai, South Mumbai, Mumbai Rains, Travel, photography by Aparajita Paul
|| Old Architectures ||
St. John's Church, Mumbai, South Mumbai, Mumbai Rains, Travel, photography by Aparajita Paul
|| The Front ||

Still a lot more places to go, and a lot more to do – Mumbai roaming started like this. It was a bit hectic to find a place to stay and I had to be at my friend’s place for a week before I could shift to my flat (Thanks a ton to her of course!). Thus Mumbai offered a lot instantly than I could expect. I will share my subsequent Mumbai stories with you all shortly.

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