Alymer D’Souza haben wir bereits im letzten redblog kennengelernt. Heute erzählt er von besonderen Orten, die man nicht verpassen sollte. Die Reise beginnt!


Die Unterkunft…

Whenever I am in Bombay, I prefer staying outside the city center. This gives me the ability to visit the city whenever I like but affords me the luxury of being in a less crowded place during the rest of my trip.


Er empfiehlt das Hotel „Tja Land’s End“ in Bandra und erklärt warum: I am from Bandra, a suburb of Bombay, and would highly recommend staying there, especially if you want to be slightly distanced from the frenetic pace of the city… This hotel overlooks the bay and as a result the views are spectacular and not to be missed. The restaurants and cafés are fantastic and offer guests a large variety of dining options, the facilities are immaculate and the staff is extremely friendly. I really cannot recommend this place highly enough.


Ist die Frage nach der Unterkunft geklärt, kann das Sightseeing beginnen! 😉

 

Places to Visit…

Das besondere an Indien ist das magische Gleichgewicht: One thing I notice when visiting India, especially large metropolitan cities like Bombay, is that everything co-exists in an almost magical balance, as it has done so for thousands of years.


Even amidst the hustle and bustle this city seems to be running at twenty four hours a day, each and everyday (unless India is playing an important cricket match); there is an underlying calm and spirituality to this city that is truly unique.


Um diese Spiritualität und den Flair zu erleben und zu spüren, empfiehlt Alymer folgende 3 Sehenswürdigkeiten: The following three places are, in my opinion at least, must see destinations for tourists; especially if you want to experience and gain an understanding of spirituality, religion and its importance and legacy to the people of India.


Haji Ali Mosque

..ist sowohl eine Moschee als auch ein Grab. Sie liegt auf einer kleinen Insel im Ozean, 500 Meter von der Küste von Worli, in Süd Mumbai und ist eines der bekanntesten Sehenswürdigkeiten der Stadt. Sie dient vor allem als Pilgerstätte, da sie allerdings von Wasser umgeben ist, müssen die Pilger einen Weg bestreiten der nur bei Ebbe passierbar ist. Ein Anblick den man sein Leben lang in Erinnerung behält.

 

On Thursdays and Fridays tens of thousands of pilgrims make the trip to the mosque in order to worship. Irrespective of their religion, pilgrims visit Haji Ali’s darag (tomb) in order to receive blessings from the saint. In order to reach the mosque, pilgrims must journey along a walkway that is only accessible during low-tides, as it is covered by the sea during high tides. As you can imagine, this is quite a sight and will stay with you for the rest of your days.


Babu Amichand Panalal Adishwarji Jain Temple

… liegt im Herzen vom Malabar Hügel, ein Nachbarort von Mumbai. Der Jainismus ist eine Indische Religion, die etwa 5 Millionen Gläubige hat. Die Religion ist bekannt für das predigen von Pazifismus und das Ablehnen von Gewalt gegenüber allen Lebens. Der Tempel selbst ist eines der atemberaubendsten Architekturen in ganz Mumbai und es überkommt einem ein Gefühl von Frieden und Ehrfurcht beim bestaunen dieses Tempels.

 

This particular temple is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful pieces of architecture in the whole of Bombay. The temple is made of white marble and boasts ornate interior decorations. Two stone elephants flank the entrance to the Babu Amichand Panalal Adishwarji temple. When visiting the lower floors one is able to see an array of tributes to saints and deities. Furthermore, one will also find the image of Ganesh which represents the ancient link between Hinduism and Jainism.


When visiting this location, one cannot help but feel overcome by tranquility, peacefulness and a sense of awe at this temple’s extraordinary beauty.


 

Mani Bhavan

…war zwischen 1917 und 1934 das Zuhause von Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi und ist auf der Laburnum Straße #19 in Mumbai zu finden.

 

This building has now been transformed into a museum that commemorates and celebrates Gandhi’s life and his works. The building is dotted with pictures of Gandhi and various dignitaries he came into contact with throughout his lifetime. Furthermore, Gandhi’s letters of correspondence with leaders around the world is also on show at the Mani Bhavan.


The Mani Bhavan is a place where one is simultaneously humbled and inspired. I am humbled when I visit as I feel surrounded by the presence of a truly great human being. On the other hand however, this site is also truly inspiring. When I think of a man who could have lived a life of comfort and luxury but yet cared so much for his fellow human beings that he gave up all his material possessions and instead lived a simple life and fought for those less fortunate than himself; how can anyone not be inspired by a human being of this quality?


Und hat euch dieser Einblick gefallen? Dann wartet nur ab, im nächsten Blog erzählt Alymer von weiteren Geheimnissen Mumbai’s! 😉