When you are not from Navi Mumbai, or from Mumbai for that matter, you will not know the difference. You might wonder why would Mumbai and Navi Mumbai be called out as separate cities.
But the fact is, Navi Mumbai is on the other side of the creek; you need to cross a couple of bridges to get to it, and when you do, life is tad better (no offense, Mumbai!)
So, here’s why I love Navi Mumbai – and why you will too:
Mumbai is just 30 mins away
Make no mistake, I have lived my fair share in Mumbai and I maintain and propagate that ‘Once you have lived in Mumbai, you cannot live anywhere else.’ But sometimes when life in a metropolis gets too noisy, you know you have to move; and when you do, you need to keep a slice of Mumbai.
Navi Mumbai has excellent connectivity to Mumbai. With buses, trains, and most importantly, Uber and Ola in abundance – nothing seems too far off.
Air seems cleaner here
In all the muck and fumes of traffic and congestion, Navi Mumbai will seem like a breath of fresh air. Cross the Airoli or Vashi bridges into Navi Mumbai and you will sense an immediate drop in surrounding temperatures.
Roads are wider here/Smart City/Planned city/Not cramped
When you live in cities like Mumbai or Kolkata, you know the meaning of congestion. And I have lived most of my life in these two cities.
One of the first things that attracted me to Navi Mumbai were its roads and highways. Such lovely wide three-lane roads, even in residential areas, just proved the foresight of the city planners. In fact, Navi Mumbai was one of the 98 cities to make the smart city cut. It is also considered one of the cleanest in the country.
Nature lovers welcome! Waterfalls/Hills/Beaches
Aaah, the serene green of Navi Mumbai. The hills of Navi Mumbai are some of the most scenic and perfect for trekking. Come see the panoramic view from Kharghar hill if you don’t believe it. The lovely Lonavala, Matheran and Khandala hills are nearby if you want slip a quick getaway. For all you beach lovers, Murud Janjira, Kashid, even Alibaug are nearby too.
The Pandavgada falls in Kharghar come alive during the monsoon season and is wonderful tourist attraction.
Things to do – lots!
Bored? There are so many things you can do for any type of interest.
Avid bird watchers can spot their favourites at the Karnala bird Sanctuary; trekking and adventure sports are commonplace here. Ladies and gents with an interest in golf can visit the beautiful Kharghar golf course and play an 18-hole game.
All the shopaholics can head to Seawood Central Mall or Inorbit Vashi or Orion Mall in Panvel.
Everyone else can plan a picnic at Kharghar’s Central Park.
Tiny cafe culture
Once you enter Navi Mumbai, you will find a increasing number of quaint little cafes that serve great snacks and beverages. It is a thriving business model as more and more people like to spend their evenings in conversation at these cafes.
Higher education district
Navi Mumbai is also the destination for further studies. From NIFT and ITM to DY Patil and Pillai group of institutes among others, many young people are heading here.