Mumbai is the fourth most populous city in the world, coming in after Shanghai, China, Karachi, Pakistan, and Istanbul, Turkey. It is also the most populous and richest city in India. As an alpha city, it plays an important role in the global economic system.
So if you want to study abroad in India, why should you choose Mumbai as the city to live in? It is the commercial and entertainment city of the country, which means you will rarely be bored here. There is also a higher standard of living in Mumbai than in other parts of India. If you have decided to study abroad in Mumbai, here are some of the things that we recommend you do in order to get the most out of your study abroad experience.
1. See one of the best Jain temples in India. The Babu Amichand Panalal Adishwarji Jain Temple is dedicated to Lord Adishwar. It contains many sculptures and paintings, in addition to idols to eight Arihants. What sets this temple apart is its size; it is much larger than most Jain temples. Since this temple is so large, it might be a good idea to hire a tour guide. You can ask at any hotel who they recommend. This usually isn’t very expensive and will make your trip to the temple much more enjoyable and informative.
2. Wash your clothes at the Dhobi Ghat. The Dhobi Ghat is a large, open air laundromat where dhobis (washers) have been coming for the past 140 years to wash the various clothes they collect from private homes, hotels, and hospitals. Although you might not actually be able to wash your clothes here yourself, it is still a really interesting sight to see. You can also pay to have your clothes picked up from your home and washed here.
3. Treat your taste buds at Basilico and Cream Centre. Basilico is a fresh, innovative restaurant that is best known for its pastas (for lunch) and eggs Benedict (for a weekend brunch). I love their penne pasta that is served in a creamy tomato sauce. Their grilled fish is also really good; I recommend ordering it with the lime sauce. There are two restaurant locations in Mumbai, and both are excellent. After you finish your lunch, take a walk over to Cream Centre, a cute ice cream parlor. Of course, there are other desserts, but the one that really sticks out is the brownie sizzler dessert. The waiter will bring an ice-cream covered brownie out to you and then pour sizzling chocolate sauce over the entire thing. It is delicious!!
4. Watch the sunset at Marine Drive. This road borders the Arabian Sea and is an absolutely gorgeous place to watch the sunset. You should get here just as the sun begins to set, then stay for a while and watch the street light up at night. You can drive along the street, or make it your jogging/running location. It is also a romantic place to go for a stroll with that special someone.
5. Have a splash fight at Water Kingdom. It can pretty darn hot in Mumbai, so spend a day cooling off at the water park, Water Kingdom. There are around 30 rides and swimming pools at Water Kingdom. The water park is pretty clean, but you might want to wear your swimsuit underneath your clothes because the public changing rooms do not offer much privacy.
Have you studied abroad in Mumbai, India? Do you have any tips for other students who are planning on studying there? Share them with us in the comments section below.
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