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published time By Mithila Mehta published time 26 Jan, 2018 Share image 0 Shares

A few days ago, a few of my friends and I were discussing our Valentine’s Day plans. Mind you, we are a bunch of girls who love doing mushy, romantic stuff much to the dismay of our partners. This year, however, an interesting common theme emerged. Everyone was keen to have interesting and offbeat experiences this Valentines Day and weren’t content doing something regular like a meal or a movie.
If you’re like us and are looking for some interesting ideas to make your V-Day special, look no further!

1. Go sailing in the Mumbai Harbour: Having been sailing out on the Mumbai Harbour several times, I can cross my heart and swear that there’s nothing more romantic in the world. The city looks spectacular from the sea! The best time to go is in the evening – and watch the sun set from your bobbing sail boat. The sky looks magnificent and there is just so much magic around. Moreover, your partner and you could pick up a few skills in managing a boat – and that’s a pretty good bonus too. Just remember to dress sensibly (no heels, no whites) and enjoy the adventure!   You could grab a few post sail drinks at a bar or restaurant overlooking the harbour. 

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2. Visit the Royal Opera House: The Royal Opera House, Mumbai is widely touted as the city's Cultural Crown Jewel and India's only surviving Opera House. The architecture is spectacular and serves as an apt ode to the city’s glorious history. This newly restored monument is quite simply something in – packing in the grace and sepia-tinged nostalgia of the yesteryears along with a deep sense of novelty, as most of us have never been to a show at the opera! Dress up in your finest clothes and enjoy a romantic evening to remember.

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3. Watch DDLJ at the iconic Maratha Mandir Theatre: For the uninitiated, DDLJ refers to ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ – the movie starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol the released in 1995. Maratha Mandir is a small, unassuming theatre in Mumbai that holds a record for having screened the movie every single day since it released, making it the longest running film in the history of Indian cinema. Interestingly the crowd continues to lap up the movie – they are super engaged as they scream, sing, dance, laugh and cheer through the screening of the movie, despite probably having seen it dozens of times. Amid all this history and emotion, could there be a more interesting way to celebrate V-Day than by catching a screening of DDLJ (a super romantic movie by all accounts) at this iconic cinema hall?

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4. Plan an evening of cocktail making: Cocktail making is an up and coming passion area. Why not take a shot at it? Plan an evening of cocktail making with your better half my turning your home into a bar. You will find plenty of recipes here and basis these, you can buy the ingredients you need in advance. I guarantee that it will be loads of fun (to make and then drink!) If you’re really in the mood to make romantic cocktails, here’s a list of special V-Day cocktail recipes.

5. Get your portrait taken at a heritage photo studio: The Indian Art Photo Studio recently completed 100 years and is the oldest photo studio in India. Could there be anything more romantic than having a photo portrait taken of your loved one and you to celebrate Valentine’s Day? In fact, this is one of the few studios left in Mumbai {we think rather the only one} that still offers ‘hand tinting work’ which dates back to the era when black and white photographs were hand-painted to add colour to them, making them more lasting and in turn charming. The studio exudes the charm and heritage of a bygone era and is packed with all sorts of festinating collectibles. 

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