35th anniversary special: 35 ways to chill out in Mumbai

Whether it is indulging oneself at a spa or sweating it out running, Mumbai de-stresses in different ways. We list down some 'chill out' mantras for Mumbaikars

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    #01 More than horses at Mahalaxmi racecourse
    How green is this valley
    The green emerald of South Mumbai has a special sheen every monsoon. The Mahalaxmi racecourse is chill out zone, as this season comes along. There is a special lustre to the foliage. Raindrops cling on fervently to grass, there is that smell of earth in the air and the breeze seems especially welcome. This is the turf for the fastest equines in India. Ironically, this is also the place to go if you want to feel the pace of life fall off a little and if you want to dream. These are the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) headquarters, which has been reinventing itself with a slew of activities from charity events, to yoga, chanting and meditation within the oval. While the rain may not allow too much outdoor activity, light drizzles should surely not deter you from making use of this green bowl.
    The best way to enjoy the racecourse is of course, to traipse in early morning or evening at its track and make use of the relative calm of the garden inside, one can also enrol to learn riding at the Amateur Riders’ Club (ARC), though horses are not everybody’s thing. On June 1 this year, the racecourse hosted families who came in to use the space to play traditional games. They bonded over langadi and lagori instead of burying noses in laptops and smartphones. This open ground that marked 130 years of existence this year, is the go to place for a stress-less time.
    –Hemal Ashar
    In pic: A farmer's market at the Mahalaxmi racecourse. Pic/Datta Kumbhar

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