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Outside My Window …

… are trees that do not bear dates which is, honestly speaking, such a treat to my eyes.  It’s such a pleasant change to not see date palms all the time.  And it’s raining!  It was exciting on the first day, fun on the second, but tiring on the third.  Isn’t October supposed to be the post-monsoon month here in Mumbai?  But alhumdulillah, it is because of these rains that the weather is so cool, we don’t turn on the ceiling fans (which is something very rare, according to some locals).

We moved into this place – which is an hour away from main Mumbai – a couple of nights ago.  I noticed that most of the houses in Mumbai are built on small pieces of land, with almost no space between two houses.  So I was taken by complete surprise when Masood took me here:  an old style haveli built on top of a hill.  It’s gorgeous, mashaAllah.  And the best thing of all, the bedroom has four huge windows, which I keep open all the time.  That’s one thing I can’t do in the U.A.E.  I’m loving the fresh, cool air.

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It’s been raining intermittently since we arrived in India.  When it doesn’t rain, we sleep to the sound of crickets having a party, and wake up to the birds chirping delightfully.  And we don’t have a television set.  But we have an internet connection.  It’s pure bliss.

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I’ve never felt so relaxed in a very long time.

23 comments

  1. Wow, it looks beautiful Mashallah! I’ve just woken up but I feel relaxed just looking at it!

    I know; I can’t believe a place this beautiful exists in Mumbai! I had prepared myself for traffic and crowd 😀

  2. sure looks relaxing…. nothing like sitting in the balcony with masala tea and pakoras.. 🙂

    Oh yeah, we are having our afternoon tea but no pakoras yet. Ramadan just ended na, not missing the pakora yet 😀

  3. Really feeling fresh over here, can’t imagine that Mumbai has such a relaxing place.

    I truly appreciate your efforts. I know you wanted me to experience nothing but the best, and I know how much I’ve nagged you to bring me someplace green and quiet. I am totally in love with this haveli … it’s so cool! Thank you so much 🙂

  4. Looks so great mashaAllah! It *feels* like such a homey, relaxing place! Enjoy your trip! 🙂

    Thank you, Sis. It is a lovely place to unwind and de-stress 🙂

  5. How nice! It looks like a very beautiful place to stay. I wish happy holiday to you, and I wish a lot of pictures to come, to me!

    lol, thanks! Actually, photography is not allowed … but I’m taking photographs from my bedroom window 😀

  6. The view is SO amazing, Masha’Allah. I’m glad you took your camera with you so we can also enjoy it 😉

    Not turning on the ceiling fans means really COLD weather in Pakistan and India, te hee.

    The Haveli has me in awe. 🙂

    I wouldn’t have traveled without my camera, hehe 😀

    And yes, NOT turning on the ceiling fan means COLD weather, lol.

    Oooh, and the haveli is the coolest thing ever!

  7. These remind me of the village houses in Malaysia. Calm, peaceful and above all, the pure serenity. Love the photos sis. ^^

    This one does look like a village house, except that it’s in the city 🙂

  8. Nice photos! Looks very relaxing indeed. I really want to go to India one day, but as a Pakistani-born Canadian with no relatives or connections to India it’s a somewhat difficult process from what I’ve heard. 🙁

    Thanks, Abid. The process might be difficult, but they do give visas eventually. Give it a try. It’s definitely worth it 🙂

  9. I love the windows and the scenery! 🙂

    And it’s a lovely treat for someone (like me) who lives in the desert 😀

  10. Sorry to bother U with questions Nadia, but pls can u let me know how much is the cost per day and what about hotels and restaurants around, are they good … Jazak Allah in advance

    I’m glad you are asking questions 🙂

    One bedroom (plus kitchen and bath) costs Rs 500 per day, while a two-bedroom would cost you Rs 1000 per day. Prices exclude electricity charges. All rooms are semi-furnished. There is a masjid at the entrance. Main gate remains closed between 11 pm and 5 am. Reservation needs to be done at least 1 month in advance.

    I haven’t seen hotels or good restaurants around here (in Antop Hill, that is). We cook our own food.

  11. wow
    mumbai loves to throw up lovely surprises! never ceases to amaze! have lived in mumbai for 56 years and was unaware of such a place! thank you for introducing this!

  12. Aaaaah. Great place to detox. All you hear is the sound of breeze and the birds chirping. Tch Tch, wish I can have a place like that. Great pics Nadia.

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