“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” —Alan Cohen
Our mornings begin with congested roads, thronged commutes trains, rushing for work and the entire day is spent enclosed in the weary office rooms, loads of work or the monotonous lectures in college classrooms. With the approach of evening, the tiring feet once again starts running towards home or unavoidable commitments. A common story shared between Mumbaikars.
In all the busyness, we forget to rest our mind and body. We forget to cherish the beautiful endeavors the city provides. We forget to “live”. However, it is necessary to take a break from the dazzling lifestyle and spend some time pampering, relaxing and perhaps even thanking.
Find below the top 6 places and ways to unwind in Mumbai city–
There is no better way to unwind your hectic life than indulging yourself in the pages of books. Mumbai is a home to numerous old as well as new public and government libraries with stocks of all kinds of books from all over the world. Next time, the bookworm instinct nudges you, visit the library located close by. A few around the city to choose from are –
- Located in South Bombay – Holds some of the oldest libraries of the country.
Mumbai University Library in Fort, British Council Library in Nariman Point, David Sassoon Library in Fort, The Asiatic Library in Fort, British Council Library in Elphinstone Road and People Free Library in Marine Drive.
- Options for Navi Mumbai Residents – Choose and pick, Sahitya Mandir Vachnalaya and the miscellaneous shoppe in Vashi. Visions study Library and Om Sai Library in Nerul. Just Books in Seawoods.
- Some present in Thane are – Gee Circulating Library, Indian Library and Popular Library.
- Few around the Western Suburb – Vasant Vachanalaya Library in Dadar, Gyan Vihar Library in Borivali, Times book professional Library in Andheri and Rajesh Circulating Library in Santacruz.
These are only a few options from the countless number of libraries situated in the city, so don’t hesitate to find the ones located nearby and hop in for some good read.
- Long Drive
Day in and day out we see the busy, jammed roads of the city, the heavy buses and innumerable cars, but the beauty of these long, wide, endless roads can bring you great pleasure during the early morning hours and late night ones. The flavor of the mighty serene water bodies encircling the city can be best enjoyed by driving along the roads with your favorite music pumping the radio with your loved ones or just by yourself. You may set out in your car, bike or even bicycle and breathe in the enchanting air of Mumbai away from traffic.
Best places to hit the road for long drives are – Marine Drive, Worli Seaface, Bandra Bandstand, Palm Beach road extending from Vashi to Kharghar, or simply ride a little more to find the high terrains of Khandala- Lonavala and back.
- Beaches and Lakes
Another escape from the tiring life is simply chilling by the waves of the mighty Arabic Ocean on the warm playful sands under the soothing rays of sun. The numerous breathtaking beaches located in the city also give you the opportunity to spend time with your family and friends making sand forts, playing volleyballs or by just walking together as the waves kiss your tired feet. Girgaum Chowpatti, Juhu Beach, Versova Beach, Gorai Beach, Madh Island, Dadar chowpatti, Manori Beachand Aksa beach are some to look out for.
Thane is known as the city of lakes, holding more than 30 lakes in and around the city. Sitting by these lakes to sink in the beauty of the calm, appeasing lakes can reflect great peace to mind and body. Few lakes situated in Thane are: Upvan Lake, Masunda Talao, Tansa Lake, Siddheshwar Talao, Railadevi Talao and Ghosale Talao.
- Resorts around Mumbai
If you are in need of a weekend off away from the city, then the pampering resorts located near Mumbai can quickly soothe your mind and body with their brilliant natural beauties and therapeutic experiences. Most of them provide you luxurious accommodation to have a memorable family time. Few best ones to visit located within 100km of Mumbai are – The Lagoona Resort in Lonavla, Hidden Village Resort, Royal Garden Resort, Treasure Island Resort, The Dukes Retreat in Khandala, Fariyas Resort and Mystica Resort. You could even take a drive down to the neighboring beauty named Goa to relax in the gorgeous beach resorts where you can sink in the tranquil beauty of the city. These water delights can definitely cut down your tensions and built in new enthusiasm and determination.
Some well known beach resorts in Goa are – Paradise Village beach resort, The Kelva Beach Resort, Palm Beach Resort, Fonseca’s beach resort and Majorda Resort.
- Gardens and Parks
There is probably no better way of finding peace than enveloping yourself in the womb of nature. Gardens and parks, possessing variety of colorful flowers spreading its pleasant scent and soothing shadows of huge thick trees in between tranquilizing chitter-chatter of birds as you lose yourself in the endless lush green pavements, are present in every nook and corner of the city.
Some very popular green gateways in the city are – Sanjay Gandhi National Park aka Borivali National Park, Victoria Gardens, Kamala Nehru Park, Horniman Circle Gardens and Hanging Garden.
- Wildlife Safari
Animals are another allurement of nature. They are beautiful. Watching them live in their natural habitat surrounded by tall grasses, trees, lakes and ponds is enticing and balmy. Grab your binoculars and cameras and set out to experience these amazing boon of nature. Three major locations providing wildlife safari are – Navegaon National Park, Doba National Park and Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
This walk-through to the most relaxing spots in the city reminds me of an exceptionally simple yet hard to deliver thought, give yourself permission to rest. It will allow you to regroup and recharge so that you can once again connect with the inspiration of your soul.
Sit back, take some time out to appreciate what you have, do the needful for the needy and count your blessings.