Parel is the name of an area of Mumbai in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. Lower Parel was once famed for its textile mills till the 1980s. Later the area was revamped, and is now a hub of posh apartments, pubs, restaurants and boutiques. Those who would like to get a feel of Mumbai city can visit this place.
Places to Stay
One can try out these budget options in Mumbai proper for lodging - Hayat Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Sai Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Ramada Navi Mumbai Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others as budget-friendly options.
The official language of the area is Marathi. Hindi, Urdu and English are also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Milad-un-Nabi, Easter, Christmas and New Year.
Places of Interest
It is well known that a place with a beach (or coast) nearby is a tourist destination in itself. The picturesque Marine Drive and Haji Ali Dargah are located at distances of 8 km south and 5 km west respectively. Places worth a visit in Mumbai city also include Gateway of India, Juhu Beach, Chowpatty Beach among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai at a distance of 16 km.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 6 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses have pick-up points in the area. Buses to the area are available from Kalyan, Bhiwandi as well as Thane. Ticketgoose.com is one of the best portals from where you can book bus online.