Where Aishwarya Rai goes in Mumbai to show her appreciation and gratitude for life
Elephanta Island, Tickets to go from the Gateway of India to Elephanta Island are available from Mahesh Travels and Tours (011-91-22-2282-0139).
Gateway of India, on the peninsula at the end of C. Shivaji Maharaj Marg, Apollo Bunder.
Juhu Beach, located about 11 miles north of the city center.
Marine Drive, located in central Mumbai from Nariman Point to Babulnath.
Shree Siddhivinayak Temple, 011-91-22-2437-3626, www.siddhivinayak.org
Bade Miya, 011-91-22-2284-8038
Khyber, 011-91-22-2267-3227, or 011-91-22-2267-3229
Mani's Dosa, street stall on the corner at Ahimsa Marg.
Olive Bar & Kitchen, 011-91-22-2605-8228
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Where we go in Mumbai to show our appreciation and gratitude for life
The Mirador, moderate to expensive, 011-91-22-2826-9000, www.themirador.com. The Mirador might be so popular with business travelers because, on the outside, it looks a lot like an office building. Inside, it's anything but, boasting inviting, modern decor featuring European accents, warm tones, and soft lighting that make it feel more like a home than a hotel.
Sun-n-Sand, moderate to expensive, 011-91-22-5693-8888, www.sunnsandhotel.com. It's hard to believe that only 40 years ago this was one of the first hotels to open on popular Juhu Beach. It remains a local favorite for its frequent updates, affordability, and oceanview rooms.
Mahesh Lunch Home, moderate, 011-91-22-2287-0938. Within walking distance of the Sun-n-Sand and other oceanfront hotels is this cozy Mangalorean seafood spot serving fresh lobster, crab, shrimp, and more. They've got good ol' American burgers on the bill, too, but why bother when a dish like black pomfret curry is sitting there with your name on it?
Out of the Blue, inexpensive, 011-91-22-2605-8227. Blue's food - primarily pastas, fondues, and sizzlers - is worth writing home about, but it's their special weekly themed meals that make it worth the price of postage. Tuesday nights, for instance, local artists create mini masterpieces as you eat, and each table gets a free painting.
Bombay Presidency Golf Club, 011-91-22-2520-4874. You might not think about packing your clubs for a trip here, but, after Great Britain, India was the second country to take up the sport, so they know a little something about the game. This, Mumbai's oldest course, dates back to 1827, but has since been updated by Peter Thompson.
Wankhede Stadium, 011-91-22-2281-1795. You can catch a spirited cricket match at various fields all over town, but this is the city's largest venue, as well as the home of the official Mumbai cricket team, the winningest team in the country.
Eros Theatre, 011-91-22-2282-2335. Bollywood, as this area of the world is known, churns out twice as many movies a year as Hollywood, and the Eros is a great place to experience one of its current blockbusters. We say "experience" because Hindi films are high-energy romps that often have audiences dancing in the aisles and singing along to their spirited sound tracks.