How to Live Like A Local and Be Sustainable in Mumbai
Whether it’s walking along one of the Mahatma Gandhi Road or channeling your inner yogi to feel the spirituality all around you, India has a lot to teach us. The locals of Mumbai really know how to do it best. By seeing Mumbai through the perspective of a local, you’ll have a deeper understanding of life there and how being sustainable is easier to achieve than you might think while traveling.
Birthplace of Yoga
First, being sustainable doesn’t always mean physical sustainability, like recycling. You can be sustainable when it comes to your own mindfulness. Yoga is a great activity that many locals engage in to encourage this.
India may be the birthplace of yoga as a practice, but Mumbai is the birthplace of The Yoga Institute. Thousands of individuals come to the institute to train and receive health consultations. Take advantage of one of several camps they host or get certified as a yoga instructor on your trip.
To even better understand the culture around yoga, it’s a good idea to begin understanding the true purpose of yoga. There are several types of yoga to participate in and each has their own function that contributes to your wellness.
Take a Walk
A quick Google search will show you that there are five Mahatma Gandhi roads in the Mumbai area. Many citizens travel by foot and dodge traffic to get from one place to another. Choose one or more of the Mahatma Gandhi roads to walk down, observe what places the locals visit, and check a few out.
The road in Goregaon West is home to the MG Fish Market and Andaz Bakery. The road by the same name in Maharashtra is close to some cinemas, an art gallery, and the Gateway of India.
Experience the Culture
Another idea of sustainability is embracing the local culture. You’re already immersed in Indian culture simply by being in Mumbai, so consider engaging in other Indian cultural customs if yoga isn’t your scene. There are plenty of things to do in Mumbai.
Bollywood is an iconic part of Indian culture that was born in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. That’s where the “B” in Bollywood comes from. There are several tours available to dig deeper into this pop culture that influences a large part of India’s economy.
When you think about visiting a theme park, there’s a good chance you’re thinking of a park with rollercoasters and people dressed in costumes. In Mumbai, you can visit the Vishnubaaug Environment Theme Park. You won’t find any rollercoasters, but guides will help introduce you to your naturalist side as they explain how nature can have a substantial and sustainable effect on our daily lives.
Spill the Tea
Your first impression might be that this is an English tradition, but the tradition of high tea has seen a rise in Mumbai. There are several places to indulge in this growing pastime around the city. Most notable is the high tea spread at the Taj Mahal Palace’s Sea Lounge.
In the late afternoon, you can find a wide variety of teas to choose from depending on where you go. You’ll also notice an assortment of pastries and treats available to enjoy with your tea. High tea is generally taken from about 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
To get a better feel for what it’s like to really be a local, consider traveling to Mumbai during a time when there are fewer tourists. Although the number of tourists visiting each year has increased annually, May through September have fewer tourists entering India as a whole. This means you’ll have fewer people to compete with for visiting attractions and may be able to score some better deals.
Now that you know what to do, where to go, and when to visit Mumbai from a local’s viewpoint, what’s stopping you? Experiencing Mumbai from the perspective of a local will help you truly appreciate everything the city has to offer with all five of your senses.