The one season that Mumbaikars eagerly await — the monsoon . Ignore the traffic disruptions and other problems, and Mumbai is certainly a place worth being in during the monsoon. Where else can you see the otherwise serene Marine Drive or the picturesque Gateway of India, in which water droplets appear to travel in the air? Each location has its own monsoon avatar.
The rains can intimidate a newcomer to the city. But if you are in the right place at the right time — well, you won’t want to be anywhere else.
If you are and Expat and new to Mumbai, here are 6 Places to Experience the Monsoon in Mumbai
1. Marine Drive
Affectionately referred to as The Queen’s Necklace because of its row of sparkling lights, the three kilometer Marine Drive is the premier destination for experiencing the monsoon in south Mumbai. Join the crowd strolling along the promenade, or plonk yourself down and stare out into the Arabian Sea. If you’re there during high tide be prepared to be sprayed from the waves that energetically rise up and onto the road. Feel like enjoying the monsoon with a cocktail? Head to rooftop bar Dome at the Intercontinental Hotel.
2. Gateway of India
The most notable of the attractions in Mumbai, the Gateway of India also gets some feisty waves during high tide. Dine on monsoon snacks from the street vendors. Otherwise, if you have cash to spash, the view across the bay from Souk at the Taj Palace Hotel will mesmerize you. Alternatively, if you’re on a budget, casual rooftop bar Bayview is the place to be!
3. Haji Ali
Haji Ali, both a mosque and a tomb built in 1431, sits right out in the ocean but is connected to land by a narrow pathway. The pathway becomes completely submerged during high tide, giving the impression that it’s floating on the water. During low tide, it’s possible to walk along the path to Haji Ali. With the waves lapping at your legs, it’s an exhilarating experience.
4. Worli Seaface
If you can’t make it to Marine Drive in south Mumbai, Worli Seaface in central Mumbai is the next best thing. It’s also famous for its ferocious waves at high tide during the monsoon, and there’s a promenade that you can walk or sit along too.
5. Juhu Beach
Over in the plush Mumbai Suburbs visit the snack stalls at Juhu beach and sample some fresh pav bhaji prepared in front of you while you wait. Many of the Top Juhu Hotels offer discounted Monsoon getaway packages.
6. Bandra Bandstand
In the hip suburb of Bandra, the revamped Bandstand Promenade extends for around a kilometer from the rocky outcrop where the Taj Lands End Hotel is situated. With the Arabian Sea on one side, and homes of the rich and famous on the other side, it’s an evocative place for monsoon dreaming. While you’re there, check out the “Walk of Stars”, featuring the hand prints of famous Bollywood actors and actresses.