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The Western Suburbs consists of the Bandra (queen of the suburbs), Khar, Santa cruz, Juhu, Vile Parle, Andheri,Oshiwara suburbs of Bombay. The boundaries that this article draws for the Western Suburbs are somewhat artificial. Most people would include the suburbs of Northwest Bombay among the Western Suburbs, but that would cover too big a region.

Understand[edit]

These are some of the oldest suburbs of the city. In particular, Bandra has existed as a separate town almost as long as Bombay. The area started its history as a bunch of fishing villages. Then it became home to a Christian population which set up its churches, orphanages, and monasteries. It later turned into a place where Bombay's beautiful people live, a status that it holds to this day. It is a very cosmopolitan place and does not have the rundown look of the other suburbs. It still has a lot of old bungalows.

Bombay's only river, the Mithi, flows through this area and also serves as a sewage line. In the 80s, a well-intentioned attempt to set up a new downtown away from Nariman Point resulted in the establishment of the Bandra-Kurla complex. Most of the larger financial banks and companies moved to this place. This is a nice-looking place, but it was built by filling up the mouth of the Mithi river. This is said to have worsened the impact of the worst flood in the city's history on 26 July 2005.

Bombay's airport is located in this district. Most hotels are located here. Many software and BPO companies have their offices in and around SEEPZ, Andheri. The western suburbs also boast of the Juhu beach which was cleaned and cleared of hawkers in 2006.

These suburbs can get extremely crowded in the evenings, with nightmarish traffic snarls.

Get in[edit]

This area is served by the Western Railway stations of Bandra, Santa cruz, Vile Parle, and Andheri. Bandra and Andheri are important junctions. The western harbour line terminates at Andheri. Bandra is also a terminus for long-distance trains.

The Western express highway runs through the district, as does SV road (Swami Vivekananda Road). The Bandra-Worli sea-link provides high-speed connectivity from the downtown area. Connectivity from the Central Suburbs is, unfortunately poor. Getting in from Sion or Kurla is a pain, but with the development of the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli link road ("JVLR"). It is now a breeze getting in via Powai.

Bus services are very good. Generally, BEST's "200 & 300" series serves the Western suburbs.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Bandra Fort (or Fort Aguada), at the tip of the Bandra promontary. Built by the Portuguese in 1640 to mark the southernmost tip of the mainland (i.e. Salsette island). Not much remains.  edit
  • Bandstand, Land's end, Bandra.  edit
  • Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount (or Mount Mary's Basilica), Mount Mary Church Road, Bandra west. This is probably Mumbai's most famous church. A fair held annually on the Sunday following September 8 (which is the Feast of Our Lady of the Mount) draws visitors from all religions  edit
  • Bandra's Carter Road promenade Video of Carter road.
  • Joggers Park.
  • Pali Hill.
  • Mehboob Studios — This is where some of the famous Bollywood films of yester-years were born.
  • Hill Road — Shopping.
  • Linking Road — Shopping, with world-class stores (Esprit, Tommy, Mango, Nine West, Benetton, etc)
  • Quaint villages of the original Bandra people (Pali Village, Sherly, Rajan, Ranwar, Chimbai, Kantwadi, to name a few).

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Bullseye , Santa Cruz, just after subway near S.V. Road and Western Express High Way.
  • Pool Halls — there are many pool halls in the subarbas. Cheap (generally 50 rupees) for one 15 minutes to half an hour. Billiards is around 100 rupees. Many of these are not always on main roads. You can just ask someone on the street and they will probably know. Most of these places also have air conditioning.
  • Movies — There are many movie theatres that offer movies for 100 rupees. They generally have food like pop corn, samosa, sandwiches, etc for 25 rupees. (Globus, Imax Adlabs, Fame Adlabs).
  • Mall — Many malls have come up with multiplexes and food courts built in. Examples are Globus, Shoppers Stop, Inorbit Mall, Goregaon Malad Link Road.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Hill Road and Linking Road are lined with malls, stores, shops, and hawkers selling branded (and cheap) export surplus clothes. Linking Road also has large branded stores.

  • In-orbit Mall (Currently the largest mall in Mumbai at 1.2 million square feet. Great Place for shopping. Situated at Malad linking Road. Auto-rikshaw would cost Rs. 25-30 from Goregaon. There are movie theaters in the mall and various international brand stores. Avoid going on weekends and holidays, especially in the evening.).  edit
  • Infinity Mall (Good place for shopping at Andheri (West) Linking Road. Includes movie theaters, as well as Landmark, one of the best book, music, dvd stores in Mumbai.).  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Chains can be found throughout Bandra, such as Mocha, Barista, McDonalds, KFC, and Cafe Coffee Day. Lots of new restaurants and themes keep popping up on Turner Road, Gaspar Enclave, and Union Park.

Bandra and Juhu are packed with eateries, with new ones opening every day it seems. Most are reasonably priced with decent food, but ask for a menu before you sit.


Budget[edit]

Bhel Puri on Pali Hill, a must have


For street food, quite a few good vendors exist around Bandra. A bloke called Karachi Sweets on Hill Road does a good job. For the pani puri though, Karachi Sweets on Hill Road and Punjab Sweets on Pali Naka are strongly recommended. For a great Bhel Puri and Sev Puri, you must visit the Bhel Puri Bhaiya on Pali Hill.

There are a lot of Udipi and Punjabi Restaurants too. For non-vegetarian tandoor you could try Jai Javan at Linking Road opp National College.

You can find a ton of street stalls of questionable hygiene standards. If you don't have a cast-iron stomach, look for one that uses bottled water, with servers wearing plastic gloves.


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  • Vow Snax, 16th Road. Their servings are very big. They provide free delivery as well.
  • Elco, Hill Road. Serves an extensive menu of chaats and other fast food. Has an AC section (or you can eat like the locals do it standing around the pani puri walla). Their hygiene standards are decent (they use bottled water in their chaats), although they are not dirt cheap (between Rs 50-100 for a chaat) by Bombay standards.
  • Shiv Sagar, Juhu. A fast-food chain where you can find excellent Pav Bhaji and great South Indian dishes, such as dosas.
  • Gajalee, Malvani coastal seafood restaurant at VileParle(East). Good food, but there's usually a wait for seating. Try the Bombil (bombay duck, and not really a duck at all).
  • Rasoee Veg Kitchen, 7, Pratik Avenue, Vile Parle(E), Mumbai 400 057 (near Vile Parle railway station.), +91-22-2613-5445, +91-22-2613-4841 (). Serves a sumptuous Gujarati Thali at the upper level. The waiters hover around you insisting that you eat more. At the end of meal, your hands are washed in a special vessel by pouring water out of a jar that wouldn't be out of place in a Maharaja's palace. Rs. 140.  edit
  • Hearsch and Co., Hill Road. Bandra is a hole in the wall food joint that is an institute. Over the last 25+ years, it has been making and selling breads, sandwiches, cakes, rolls, and much more. Chicken Roll and Plum cake are a must have. If you are looking for non vegetarian baked items here, the chilly chicken croissant is tender, succulent and a must-have.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Thai Ban, Shop Number 8, Gaspar Enclave, Pali Naka Bandra +91 22 2645 9775. A great, suburban favourite, this restaurant is wonderful value. Authentic Thai food with loads of coconut milk. Tiger prawns in spicy lemon sauce, squid with nakaching, and chicken satay are all memorable, and often superior to more upmarket competitors.
  • Persia Dabar, Linking Road, Bandra, Mumbai (Next to Shoppers Stop). Indian and Chinese food. Their Tandoori Naan and crispy veg. is killer. It's a cheap, clean, and friendly place.
  • Yoko's Sizzlers, 10/11, West View, S.V. Road, Near Akbarally's, Santacruz(West), Mumbai 54. +91 22 2649 2313, +91 22 2649 1528. Serves excellent sizzlers.
  • McCraig, serves nice fast food, mini meals, and snacks at Gaspar enclave, Bandra.
  • A-1 and American Express Bakery have excellent varieties of bread and takeaway.
  • Camy Wafers — Wafers, savories, and farsan.
  • Andora serves fast food opposite St. Andrews School.
  • Lucky — SV Road is famous for its biryani.
  • Bombay Blue Serves a smattering of all sorts of favourite Bombay food, including chole bhature, onion rings, and sizzling brownies.
  • Bonobo Good Med food above KFC at the junction of 33rd Rd/Linking Rd.
  • Only Parathas, Linking Road. Serves chaat in addition to parathas (thick Indian rotis stuffed with all sorts of delicious things).
  • Hersh — Serves bread, goan sweets, fast food, and snacks near Holy Family Hospital.
  • Candies — Has excellent desserts, mini meals, sandwiches, and snacks at Pali and Bandra Reclamation.
  • Lucky Star serves great Mughlai food at Bandra Bazar Road.
  • Highway Gomantak serves excellent Konkani and Goan food.
  • Little Italy, 18-B, Juhu Tara Road (near Maneckji Cooper School), +91-22-2660-8815. Run by Chef Giovanni, Little Italy is vegetarian and serves some great pasta a la puttanesca. Has valet parking. Rs. 200 upwards.  edit
  • Little Italy, 3-4 Morya Estate, Andheri - Oshiwara New link road (Opposite Fame Adlabs/Infiniti Mall), +91-22-6692-6551 (). Little Italy has gone the chain restaurant way and has opened a franchise in Andheri West. The same great food can be had here too. Rs. 200 upwards.  edit

Splurge[edit]

All the airport hotels have excellent quality restaurants, particularly those at ITC (a hotel chain well known for its restaurants, like the world famous Bukhara in Delhi).

  • Peshawri, ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton. Arguably the best North Indian food in the city. They have a one-page menu with some 12 items, each a culinary masterpiece. Expect traditional Indian style dining (no cutlery) at international prices (upto Rs 1000 per dish). Hours : 12:00 PM - 2:45 PM; 7:30 PM - 11:45 PM
  • Dakshin, ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton. Fantastic South Indian food.
  • Pan Asian, ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton. Oriental food.
  • Dum Pukht, ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton. Traditional Indian cuisine (a mix of Awadi, Luckhnawi food)
  • West View, ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton. Go for sublime, marinated kebabs and grills.
  • Olive (off Carter Road). A beautiful, classy restaurant that's extremely popular with Bombay's socialite set. All their food is amazing (try the pizzas and kebabs), at Rs 800~ or so for an entree. A nice place to go for a long, booze-fueled dinner.
  • Palm Grove, Ramada Plaza Palm, Juhu Beach, Mumbai +91 22 2611 2323 (fax:+91 22 2611 3682)[3], is a place that offers surprisingly great ambiance and some really economical beer. The service is good and they have a live band in the evenings (7PM-11PM). Happy hour (about 25% discount on food and beverage) extends up to 7PM. The crowd is fairly decent and includes a fair sprinkling of Europeans in the evenings. (Expect to spend about Rs. 120 ($3) for a beer (+ complimentary snacks) and Rs. 180-Rs. 270 ($4 - $6) for add on snacks to go with the beer.
  • Seijo and the soul dish, Bandra, has an interesting oriental menu.
  • Taj Lands End has a good range of expensive, but quality restaurants.
  • Shatranj Napoli is okay for the price.
  • Celini Grand Hyatt, Kalina, 24 hours. Home to Bombay's most beloved paper-thin pizza. Even South Bombay kids make it over to this side at 2 am for a post-clubbing pizza and tiramisu.
  • Soma also at The Grand Hyatt, does good Indian food.
  • China House, Grand Hyatt, Kalina. One of the best, most expensive Chinese eateries in the city. Try their excellent Peking Duck. Go on a weekend and stick around until the China House club picks up (post 11 pm) for a taste of the posh Bombay partying scene
  • Global Fusion, off Linking Rd. On the top floor of a nondescript, avoidable mall. Nice ambiance, but can get very crowded. Does a good Oriental buffet for Rs 800. Includes decent sushi, lots of different kinds of dumplings, and dessert. Skip the main course (very ordinary) and stuff yourself on their starters. Or go eat at Olive or China House for the same price.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Bandra is also known as the 'Restaurant and Pub district' of Mumbai with many options for different budgets and taste ([4])

  • Aurus & Vie, (Juhu Tara Road).  edit Two separate bars facing the sea with a restaurant too. Great place for a nice drink after dinner.
  • Enigma, JW Marriott, Juhu. Great place for some bollywood music and glance of bollywood stars  edit
  • Firangi Pani, Off Linking Road. Reasonably priced, drinks, great ambience, good rock music. Ladies drink free on Mondays and Wednesdays.  edit
  • Hawaiian Shack. Cheap drinks, good rock music. 4 floors including a rooftop. Dance music on upper floors.  edit
  • Mumbai Times Cafe, (off Linking Road). Cheap drinks, good rock music, very average food.  edit
  • Poison (It's a great place to get a taste of Bollywood music).  edit
  • Toto's Garage Pub, 30, Lourdes Haven Pali Junction, Bandra West 400 050, (''Off Pali Market''), 26005494. 6:00pm-00:00am. Cheap drinks, good rock music Rs250/person.  edit Toto's is the closest you will ever come to a Western bar. The place fires up every single night throughout the week, the beer is great, and the place is packed with locals and the occasional tourist. But don't go in expecting a seat. The tables are hard to get even if they're empty. They are parked with 'reserved' signs unless you are a party of four or six.
  • Zenzi, (Bandra (& Parel)).  edit Sees a lot of the expatriate crowd apart from models and filmmakers. Drinks aren't cheap and the service is slow, but the place is always buzzing.
  • On Toes, Juhu Scheme (On the way from Vile Parle Station to Juhu Beach). One of the cool hang outs in Juhu area which plays good music. It is not cheap but a great place to have some drinks and relax. 250 per drink.  edit


Party[edit]

  • China House, The Grand Hyatt, Kalina (off Linking Road). open until 3 most nights. Along with Prive, perhaps the city's poshest, hardest-to-get-into nightclub. Fabulous interiors, drinks at Rs 500+, and upscale crowd. Strict entry rules, no stags, couples Rs 1500.  edit
  • Zenzi, (off Linking Road). Decent music, good crowd, expensive drinks. No entry charge.  edit
  • Enigma, Marriott, Juhu. The Bollywood club, for both the music and the crowd. Go star-gazing. Expensive.  edit
  • Poison. One of the more popular city nightclubs.  edit
  • Olive, off Carter Rd, Pali Hill. Usually a lounge-y restaurant, has bar nights on Thursday.  edit
  • Aurus and Vie, Juhu-Tara Rd. Classy lounges with bay views.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

This is a very expensive area and it is a tough job to get good budget hotels, especially anywhere close to the airport. If you can, you are well advised to choose a hotel farther away to avoid paying through your nose.

Budget[edit]

  • Midland Hotel, Jawaharlal Nehru Road - Santacruz (East), Mumbai (Five minutes drive from the domestic airport and a 10 minutes drive from the international airport), +91 22 2611 0414, +91 22 2611 0413 (reservations@hotelmidland.com, fax:+91 22 2613 2411) [5] Free airport pickup and drop available. Complimentary American Breakfast. $87-$97 (Rs.4000-Rs.4400. Rates inclusive of tax.)
  • Best Western: The Emerald, Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai, 400049, +91 22 2661 1150, +91 22 5695 4850 (fax: +91 22 2660 3475) [6]. 20 minute drive from the airport, near Juhu beach. $100 onwards (Rs.4,500).
  • Tunga International, B- 11 M.I.D.C, Central Road, Opp Mahakali Caves Road Andheri (East), Mumbai-400 093 91 22 5692 1212, 91 22 2836 6010.
  • Tunga Paradise, B-11, M.I.D.C. Central Road Andheri(East) Mumbai-400 093 91 22 2821 7272.
  • Hotel Airlines International, Yoga Institute Road, Prabhat colony, Santa Cruz(East) Mumbai, 400055 (Five minutes from the domestic airport and 15 minutes from International Airport.) 91 22 2610 0741, 91 22 2614 9562 $48 - $72 (Rs.2,200 - Rs. 3,200).
  • Hotel Regent, Ramakrishna Mandir Road., Kondivita,Andheri (East), Near International Airport. Take the same lane as to lotus Suites, off the Andheri Kurla Road, and travel further inside for 500m, Mumbai 400 057. Tel: 28342020/28342626/28379383 FAX: 28215587. This is a reasonably good budget hotel. $40 - $100 (Rs.1,800 - Rs.4,500).
  • Hotel Orritel West, (Local Stn. Andheri) West Mumbai 400053. +91 98199 09599. Reservations +91 22 2673 2256, +91 22 2673 2257 (info@orritel.com) [7]. This is a reasonably good budget hotel with airport transfers, a 24-hour coffee Shop, a garden restaurant, and conference and banquet halls.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Ramada Plaza Palm Grove , Juhu Beach, Mumbai +91 22 2611 2323 (fax:+91 22 2611 3682)[8]. Complimentary Buffet breakfast. $125 - $140 (Rs.7,425-Rs.14,625 ).
  • Le Royal Meridien, Ascot Centre, Sahar Airport Road, Mumbai 400 059 (1 km from airport. Five minute drive.) +91 22 2838 0000 (fax:+91 22 2838 0101 Additional contact details [9].) [10]. $165-$325 (Rs.7,425-Rs.14,625 akjshdahds).
  • Orchid, Nehru Road, Vile Parle East, Mumbai - 400 099(Adjacent to Domestic Airport), 91 22 2616 4040 (samohmu@orchidhotel.com, fax: +91 22 2616 4141) [11] An Ecotel Hotel is Asia's first certified eco-friendly five star hotel. Located next to the domestic airport. $160-$435 (Rs.7,000-Rs.16,500).
  • Lotus Suites, Andheri Kurla Road, International Airport Zone, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400 059 91 22 2616 4040 (info@lotussuites.com, fax: +91 22 2827 0345) [12] $95 - $105 (Rs.4,000-Rs.5,500).
  • Holiday Inn, Balraj Sahani Marg, Juhu Beach Mumbai, 400049, +91 22 5693 4444 (reserve@holidayinnbombay.com fax: +91 22 5693 3100) [13] 20 minute drive from the airport, near Juhu beach. $170 - $230 (Rs.7,650-Rs.10,350).
  • Sun N Sand Hotel, Juhu Beach, Mumbai 400049.

Splurge[edit]

  • Grand Hyatt Mumbai, +91 22 6676 1234 (Five minutes from Bandra-Kurla), +91 22 6676 1234 (), [15]. Five star lifestyle complex. Has two outdoor pools and a spa.  edit
  • The Leela Kempinski, Sahar, Andheri (E), Mumbai-400059 (1.5 km from international airport), 91 22 5692 8888 (reservations@theleela.com, fax: +91 22 5693 4455, +91 22 5691 1452. Additional contact details[17].) [18]. If you have the money, this is the hotel to stay in. Awarded the best hotel for the International Traveller in the country in 1997-1998. $195-$205 (Rs.8775-Rs.9225.00)
  • Marriott Executive Apartments Lakeside Chalet, (also Renaissance Hotel and Convention Centre) Two and three bedrooms, near Chinmayanand Ashram Mumbai, 400 087, +91 22 2611 0414, +91 22 2611 0413 (fax: 91 22 5692 8899, US/Canada tollfree number: 1-800-HOTELS-1) [19]. Nice view of the Powai lake. $200-$400 (Rs.9,000 - Rs.18,000 ).
  • JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai, Juhu Tara Road Mumbai, 400 049, +91 22 5693 3000 (fax: +91 22 5693 3100, US/Canada tollfree number: 1-800-228-9290) [20]. A 20 minute drive from the airport, near Juhu beach, offers a great view of the Arabian sea. $200-$500 (Rs.9,000-Rs.22,500 ).
  • ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton and Towers, Sahar, Mumbai, 400099, +91 22 5654 5454 (mail@welcomgroup.com, fax:+91 22 5651 7171) [21]. One of the poshest hotels in the city. Close to the business districts of north and central Mumbai. $180-$700 (Rs.8,100-Rs.31,500).
  • Taj Lands End [22] is the latest happening place at the end of beautiful Bandstand Bandra
  • Centaur, Juhu Tara Rd, Juhu 26113040.
  • Retreat, Madhi-Marve Rd, Malad (W) 288825335.

Learn[edit]

Cooking From "A Bombay Tiffin"...learn authentic homestyle Indian cooking in Bandra W. Spend an afternoon learning to cook and then enjoying the meal after.

Yoga[edit]

  • The Yoga Institute (This is the more famous of the Yoga institutes in the city. It is also probably more conveniently located if you are staying in the Western Suburbs. The Institute was founded in 1918 by Shri Yogendra as a research and educational organization and today is directed by his son Jayadeva Yogendra, Ph.D., who is also the editor of the quarterly magazine Yoga and Total Health.), Prabhat Colony, Yogendra Marg, Santa Cruz East (SantaCruz railway station), 26110506, [23].  edit
  • Free Yoga with Nikhamji (by Nikam Guruji Followers), (at various hubs like borivali, Mira road ( Jehangid Complex), various suburbs in Mumbai). every Sun 7:00am.  edit

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