Bandra the queen of suburbs offers great outings, sight seeing and activities all the same. While we are familiar with its cosmopolitan welcoming crowd, and top notch restaurants and shopping spots which enthrall people across the city, let us equally revel in the sun-downers provided on the Bandra horizon. One round of the beautiful Arabian Sea is enough to refresh the mood, reduce stress and help discover self. Head to Bandra Bandstand for a fun picnic with the children or take your Valentine's date here. You can even consider ideas for a perfect Valentine's outing in this article.
Pro Tip#1 – Get away from the hustle of daily life and plan a local picnic to Bandra Bandstand. There are several activities to engage you and your loved ones. Explore the following :
1. Bandstand Promenade –
Plan a family race or bicycle competition. Encourage fitness over the weekend. Start off with basic warm up exercises leading up to higher intensity workouts/ jogs. There is enough motivation around as you're accompanied by several other fitness enthusiasts on this stunning stretch.
Additionally, you can inculcate healthy habits of cycling and completely ditch the car for environment's sake. This would help you bond as a family and create lifelong memories together, while also restoring good health. You can take several selfies along with the gorgeous sun-downer or riser depending upon the time.
Pro Tip #2 – You can indulge in celebrity spotting too. As quite a few celebrities live here. Stars like Rekha, Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Jackie Shroff reside here. And often fans mob their premises to shower affection.
2. Mount Mary Church and St. Andrews Church –
There is magic and hope found in simple prayers. There are two stunning chapels adjoining Bandra Bandtand. One is located right at the beginning of the promenade, towards Hill Road, named St. Andrew's Church. If you're fortunate you may even witness a wedding here. The place is beautifully lit up in the evenings and puts across creative spiritual messages which captivate the onlookers and drivers.
Post this visit, head to the iconic Mount Mary's Church to stir up your spiritual senses. The chapel holds a landscape view of the Arabian Sea, hosting thousands of pilgrims and devotees across the city daily. There is history connected as devotees mention of the holy statue of divine lord Mother Mary and Jesus Christ to have been brought by Portuguese priests to India.
Portions of Bandra are a distant cousin of Goa. You might get a sense of being out of town. Make the most of your outing!
Pro Tip # 3 – It is rather tough to find an auto to ferry you out of the oceanic view of Bandra Bandstand, you may have to wait a while to find a ride.
3. Bandra Fort –
This gorgeous fort is courtesy of the Portugal in 1640's. Originally made to serve its purpose as a watchtower overlooking the Mahim bay, the Arabian Sea and south of Bandra. The place is restored for locals who can enjoy the best visual of the Bandra Worli Sea Link. Situated amid lush green Garden spaces and stairways to heaven, quite literally.
Several Hindi films have been shot here, distinctly the song 'Aditi' from Jaane tu Ya Jaane Na. One can plan ahead and enjoy the music performances lined up for the evening.
4. Taj Land's End –
You can enter this stunning 5 Star High-Rise for a refreshing high-tea break, visit the exquisitely designed washroom for some downtime and interact with the staff for booking inquiries / memberships. It hosts grand banquet ballrooms for wedding functions and corporate events. There is a scenic open garden space to accommodate themed events. A beautiful elevator to give you the sense of the Taj' opulence and a Louis Vuitton Showroom for big spenders.
5. Cafe Sea Side –
Come out of the palatial high rise and settle for the best Sea view at Cafe Sea Side, Bandra Bandstand. Opt for a juice, aerated beverage and simply soak in the view. It will be great if you find a window seating. You can spend several hours here appreciating everything that nature has to offer. Bring a close friend or date here.
Explore the gems and narrate your individual experiences to us. You may want to add some more places worth visiting here. All in all, Bandra Bandstand is one of the best spots that Bandra offers.