A trip from New Delhi to Mumbai
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is the talent hub of the country where people from all over the country move to every year to fulfill their dreams and aspirations. The city is a beautiful amalgamation of people, old buildings, nice cafes and beaches. The local trains make it convenient for people to travel from the suburbs to their workplaces. The city is prettiest during the monsoons.
I and my friends had decided to go for a trip to this beautiful city of dreams, as what everybody calls it, when we were in college but could never execute the plan. Last month, we decided to take a break from work and go for it. We did not regret the decision even a bit.
We boarded the premium 12954 August Kranti Rajdhani Express from H. Nizamuddin Railway Station to Mumbai Central. You can save a few bucks by choosing this option over the Rajdhani Express, which is what we did. This is also another fast option. It departed at 4.50 p.m. and arrived at 9.45 a.m. the next morning.
You can also take the 12952 New Delhi – Mumbai Central Rajdhani Express which departs New Delhi Railway Station at 4.25 p.m. and arrives at Mumbai Central at 8.15 a.m. the next morning. The train runs every day, and meals are included. If you want a very comfortable journey, you have this option. Another option is taking a flight, by booking ticket online, you can get some great deals on airline tickets.
Upon reaching, we visited the Gateway of India. It is one of the major tourist destinations in Mumbai, and it is usually crowded with street vendors, photographers and serves as a hangout spot for the locals. The Taj Mahal Hotel, where the 26/11 terror attack took place, is located right opposite to it. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, It serves as a memento of British’s colonial rule over India.
We also saw the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, which is a historic railway station and is declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. It was designed to the concept of Victorian Gothic architecture. The decoration is alluring and looks even better after sunset with colourful lights brightening up the whole place. It is hard not to get carried away by the magnificent sight of it.
In the evening, we went to see the Marine Drive. It is a boulevard in South Mumbai, which makes a spectacular view at night, and people of all ages come here to watch the sunset and see the lights glowing in a perfect arc along the coast. It is a perfect place to take a morning or an evening walk and vendors selling tea or coffee can be easily spotted. It is also one of the famous movie shooting spots.
We also saw the Haji Ali Dargah. It is a whitewashed structure and the central shrine is made of marble. The accessibility to the shrine involves a walk on the causeway, with the sea on both sides, which served as a highlight of the trip to the shrine.