Running in Mumbai may sound a little mad, but I was actually looking forward to this very special experience. With a recommendation of the concierge of The Oberoi Mumbai in mind, I decided to just run along the promenade. This run had two advantages: you stay out of the crazy Mumbai traffic and you enjoy spectacular views of the ocean!
Starting early in the morning, running in Mumbai was dominated by something that Mumbai has a lot: sun!
While it was already a little hot as soon as I excited the hotel, there was quite a nice fresh breeze from the sea, making running enjoyable.
Due to the good location of The Oberoi Mumbai, I was on the promenade after just a few steps and crossing a single (relatively empty) street.
While I was generally staying at the part of Mumbai one would describe as the city center, there is a second skyline on the other side of the bay.
This meant that I enjoyed not only nice views of the ocean and the bay, but also of Mumbai’s second skyline.
The promenade itself is in a very good condition, especially for Indian standards.
Most likely due to that I also met some other crazy guys, who decided to go running. While the bay was on my left, there were also some interesting buildings to the right.
What’s especially interesting is the fact that there are modern and very old buildings right next to each other. This really makes Mumbai quite unique.
If you are thinking of holidays at the beach, you’ll most likely don’t have Mumbai in mind.
However, the metropolis has a nice city beach nevertheless. After approximately three kilometers along the promenade I found myself at exactly this beach.
The Giragon Chowpatty Beach was in a surprisingly good condition, especially taking into account how many streets in India look.
As the temperature of the weather is decent all year long, I also spotted some guys swimming. Another nice thing worth mentioning is the skyline you can take pictures of on the beach.
As I took the same route back, there was nothing extremely spectacular happening anymore.
Nevertheless, it was definitely interesting to see the two different skylines of Mumbai from another perspective. In the last pictures you can spot the Air India Building, the Trident Hotel and The Oberoi Mumbai, which mark the skyline in the South.
The pictures showing the bay feature the other skyline. Overall, I have to admit that I really enjoyed running in Mumbai. On the promenade, running was easy and convenient.
Also, running on the promenade in Mumbai is also very safe. One thing worth mentioning is the temperature as it even got extremely hot at 9 am already in February.
Especially if you are not used to these conditions, I recommend to be careful!