After lunch, I was talking to my friends outside our office. A topic we discussed was Lover’s place in Mumbai. Suddenly pictures of Bandra Bandstand, Borivali National Park (Kanheri Caves), Juhu Beach and Airol Garden were flashing in minds of each one of us.
And then came the question? Where is a proper place for lovers and couples in Mumbai where they can sit together for a quite private moment. Well, I am not talking about extremes. I am only talking about having a place where a couple or lovers can sit together, exchange a few kisses and a hug.
I also agree that lovers sometimes get a bit over at some places, but its something which can be controlled. If we set up a park for lovers manned with one or two security guards its achievable.
This will help avoid embarrassment to the moral police when they walk across places and give lovers their freedom they deserve.
Lovers @ Bandra Bandstand
This has been the focal point for loves since years. To be sitting on the rocks with constant breeze and the smell of the sea, along with your loved one is the best place to be. Hold your hands and stare into each other’s eyes while you hear the breeze and of the waves can be a loving experience. However since it is open, there may be many stags who come there just to enjoy looking at couples and something that you wont appreciate. Also, transsexuals linger around and ask for money (they are the first ones to alert you in case of any miss happenings).
Borivali National Park (Kanheri Caves)
Its not a place to go for couples who are not interested in nature. There are many instances where couples go there and exceed all limits of decency which is not at all appreciated. Borivali National Park is a place to visit for the nature. If you want to spend a lovely time with your partner and take a glance at the nature, you will love it. The Kanheri caves have some of the nicest Buddhist architecture in the city, totaling near to 100 caves of all sizes. The park offers many attractions too.
Cinema Hall or a Multiplex
Like going to a Cinema hall (read Multiplex) where a flop movie is running. Given that it is a flop, you can be assured that there are limited number of people who will disturb you. A trick in the tale is, go there just before the show and while buying the tickets you can see the occupied seats. This way, you can choose the best seat possible. Maratha Mandir still shows Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (DDLJ) and your partner would love to watch it for the nth time.
Cafes and Discotheques
CCD as it is lovingly called, Cafe Coffee Day’s interesting caption says it all. “A lot can happen over Coffee”
In today’s time with so many cafe’s around (CCD, Barista, Mochas, Java Green etc. ) Mumbai, you can spend a lovely time with your loved one. With music on always, and the smell of coffee you can talk to your partner to your heart’s content. It may work out costly but still be cheaper than going to a Discotheque (Pub). There are numerous pubs in Mumbai and you can flock to anyone of these. Its all high class if you ask me, but these are too the best places to hang out with your partner if both of you are loud music fans.
Other places too are good for hanging out: Hanging Gardens, Horniman Circle Gardens, Juhu and Silver Beach, Chowpatty, Beach at Versova, Nehru Park etc.
Part 2 of this series: A Place for Lovers & Couples in Mumbai Part 2