A nocturnal ride across the Maximum City
Cycle around Colaba to experience the calm, cool, scintillating energy of the city by night. Even in the quiet hours of the night, there’s always something to see in Mumbai – you just need to know where to go. Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach and Haji Ali are made even more spectacular when lit up at night. We will take you to some of the most interesting sites in South Mumbai: Dhobi Ghat, Crawford Market, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, Gateway of India and more. At each stop our guides will provide some fascinating tidbits about each place before continuing on. To fuel our journey, we will provide you with fruit, water and a light snack along the way.
See the facade of one of the busiest railway stations in the country, and the historical site of the terrorist attacks in November 2008. The final musical number from the award-winning movie, Slumdog Millionaire, was also shot here.
Mumbai’s most famous beach is typically action packed beach with friends and families picnicing, groups of friends playing kabaddi, and couples out for a romantic sunset picnic. But after midnight the busy beach will be eerily quiet.
The world’s largest outdoor laundry! See the dhobiwallahs, or washermen, scrubbing sheets from Mumbai’s largest hospitals and hotels at this busy outdoor laundry area.
One of the city’s largest wholesale fruit, vegetable, meat market— and the first building in India to get electricity!
Drawing on Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, the gateway of India sits on the waterfront of Southern Mumbai, and since 1924 was the first thing visitors to the city would see when arriving by boat.
Cusrow Baug, Colaba Causeway
A guide will meet you at the entrance to Cusrow Baug on Colaba Causeway to pick up your bicycle. The tour will finish in the same place.
Cusrow Baug is on Apollo Bandar Road, nearby RUOSH Colaba and Cafe Churchill. (Photos: One)
Ends in Cusrow Baug.
11pm – 4am
It was an impromptu plan where I joined my college gang for this exciting night out. The Facebook event read that we were to cycle for about a 25 km stretch, right from Colaba to Bandstand. Although it seemed impossible, but probably my mind said that it was one of the last opportunities for me to know the city of dreams more closely before I head onto a different city to start a new life!
So here I was boarding the packed local from Andheri Station to Churchgate. We manoeuvred our way through the crowd to secure a seat. Gradually as the stations passed, the crowd depleted and we enjoyed the entire space to ourselves. From Churchgate a quick cab ride took us to Happy Cycles, the starting point of our tour.
The organizers introduced themselves. We opted Dark Green Adventures. They were pretty well organized. We were a group of 20 people and got introduced to each other. After the ice breaking session it was time to check out the cycles on offer. Happy Cycles, the vendor, provides both gear and non-gear cycles. The heights of the seats are adjustable and the mechanics out there will go to all extends till you find the most comfortable ride for your night. We were also provided safety helmets and energy drinks to gear up for the ride. Once all were charged up, the journey started.
From Colaba, we headed straight to the Gateway of India. The monument looks lovely at night. It is beautifully lit up and is equally busy as in the mornings. It was practically difficult to tell how late in the night it was. From the Gateway, we were now headed to the Marine Drive. The roads in Mumbai are truly good. It was very smooth and you will have no difficulty cycling. The cars get lesser as time progresses , providing you a perfect platform to cycle. The Marine Drive as always is my favourite part of the city. I have previously walked by and lazed around and spent hours sitting on the porch facing the sea, but this time cycling through it was truly amazing. The cool sea breeze hits your sweaty face and takes away your tiredness. The feeling is quite surreal and if you are a person who prefers being alone, then you can actually not be a part of the group, just hire a cycle and get on the road. This would definitely allow you a time of self realization and awareness, adventure and bliss at the same time. I was loving every bit of it. You had the high rises on one side and the sea on the other. The street lights dotted the entire sea face and would guide you along your way. This time of the year, November, is actually quite suited for this activity, or else you might feel more drained out in the hot humid Mumbai weather.
It would be wrong to say that the activity is easy. It actually tests your resilience, determination and will power to complete the 25km long stretch. It would get even difficult when you are climbing uphill but all’s well that ends well.
Mumbai in the night is truly beautiful. From Marine Drive we headed straight to Haji Ali. This Dargah is in the middle of the sea and it is beautifully adorned with lights. You cannot walk till the Dargah in the night or during high tides, but the view of it is mesmerising. After this we were on our way to the Worli Sea face. The Bandra-Worli sea link looked marvelous in the night. We were not allowed to stop at the sea face as strict patrolling is done in that area throughout night.
After about a 16 km stretch the entire gang stopped to relax over home made sandwiches and a hot cup of tea or coffee. The people who were strangers few hours back, had bonded so well over this entire duration.All were sharing their experiences as well as their pain stories with each other. The entire gang motivated themselves to carry on with the last 9km stretch to Bandra Bandstand.
It was almost 5 in the morning when we reached Bandstand. The quiet place had people getting ready for a Sunday morning marathon, few lovers scattered here and there on the pavement, chaiwalas gearing up to start the day, dogs sleeping on the isolated benches and few morning walkers. Since Mumbai is in the western side, it remains dark for quite some time in this part of the country. We do no expect an early sunrise, but in the faint light you can see the fisherman who have left the shores to get a good catch. The light breeze and a hot cup of tea was a perfect way to end the night and our adventure.
One should experience this at least once in their lifetime. There is a lot more to night outs that just partying and drinking. So anyone of you, if you feel you have the zeal to get adventurous and courage to try something different, I would strongly recommend you to try this out. Hope you would enjoy it too!