An evening stroll along the Juhu Beach

Whatta crazy week I had! Seems the day has been cut short though it’s Summer already (I am talking about 42 degrees of Summer here in Ahmedabad 😀 which I love the most! Don’t judge!). We complain a lot about many things in life. Struggling to manage and fix everything everyday and forgot to be grateful. But, I have learn so many things this past week. One of it is – trust the route of meditation and mindfulness that help me to find inner peace. Anyways, story for another time 🙂 let’s catch up with another travel story of Mumbai.

Juhu Beach is the longest beach in Mumbai. The surrounding area of Juhu is one of the poshest localities in Mumbai and is home of many famous Bollywood and TV celebrities – the most famous being Amitabh Bachchan’s Bungalow – Jalsa. It’s been an important landmark since past many years. Amitabh Bachchan’s regular Sunday routine when he waves to the awaiting fans at the gate of his residence, popularly called his Sunday Darshan. But what really caught my attention all these years here, at Juhu Beach? The beach? YES. But what else? ISKCON Temple and Prithvi Theatre Continue reading “An evening stroll along the Juhu Beach”

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Bandra – Sweet Little Haven of Mumbai

I absolutely love staying at Marine Drive and never want to stay at any other place in Mumbai but sometimes you should break out from your comfort zones and explore other places too. Once I decided to stay in Bandra and explore the places around instead of hopping local train to Bandra every day. I booked Airbnb stay for 2 nights instead of hotel to connect more with local. Practically it was chaos the night we (I and my mother) arrived but the next morning feel so good instantly. It was the best decision to stay here. The British built most of their great monuments in South Mumbai and the Portuguese decided to stay at Suburbs of the city. Bandra have such a quaint and quiet winding bylanes, cute cozy cafes, crumbling but amazing bungalows, lots of tree shades, and some Indo-Portuguese-Colonial style houses still standing strong. In the 1950’s the rich and famous as well as wannabes moved to Bandra to be closer to the Bollywood film studios of the suburbs. It quickly became a vibrant and cosmopolitan neighborhood like no other. Soon Bandra has become famous and became Mumbai’s has unique lifestyle, full of contrast yet harmony neighborhood. Modern high rise architecture with marvelously colorful graffiti and old Church at Chapel Road is my most favorite one after Bandstand. Lesser than anyone know, Bandra will certainly reminds you of Goa ❤ as well Bandra (West) is listed in 2018 Time Out’s 50 coolest neighborhoods in the world on number 15!! 🙂 Continue reading “Bandra – Sweet Little Haven of Mumbai”

Sunday Morning, South Mumbai Churches Walking Tour

The interesting shift in Mumbai’s architectural styles from Gothic to Gothic Revival to Indo-Saracenic to Art Deco can be seen around South Mumbai from Fort area till Colaba. Cathedral of Holy Name, built in Gothic Revival style in 1905, is conveniently located on the road behind Colaba Causeway. Further away, towards the end tip of Colaba at Navy Nagar (South end of Mumbai). St. Thomas Cathedral, built in Neoclassical architecture and Gothic Revival architecture style built in 1718, the first Anglican Church in Mumbai. Named in Honour of Saint Thomas the Apostle. The Cathedral is located in the Historic Centre of Mumbai — the Horniman Circle. Afghan Church (formally called the Church of Saint John the Evangelist) built by the British to commemorate the dead of the First Afghan War and the disastrous 1842 retreat from Kabul. Continue reading “Sunday Morning, South Mumbai Churches Walking Tour”

The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai – Part II (THE UPPER EAST SIDE OF MUMBAI)

img_0759I love traveling more than anything. Discover new places, learn about history, art, culture. Meet new people and listen to their stories. But, unfortunately, my bank balance doesn’t always agree so I’m all time looking for ways to travel in super tight budget, save more money and make sure I get reward for whatever I spend while traveling. Right from collecting Dineout cashback months before traveling so that I can use it to make payment at restaurants who accepts Dineout Pay. Do more online bookings and collect Payback points. Dine-in at restaurants who are member of Zomato Gold so that I can have 1+1 on food. And many more! I am a Freelance Travel Planner since May 2012 and have learn numerous travel hacks by reading more about it on pinterest and travel blogs. One of the best travel hacks of all the time is: EXPLORE PLACES ON FOOT MORE.

In previous post (you can read it here), I introduced to y’all the old world charm of South Mumbai. Today I will share my side of the story about the Upper east side of Mumbai – South Mumbai or Old Bombay or SoBo. Why this side of Mumbai should be on your list and you need to spend more time here than at any other side of the city. Continue reading “The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai – Part II (THE UPPER EAST SIDE OF MUMBAI)”

The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai – Part I (INTRODUCTION)

Surprisingly I have been to Mumbai more than Goa or any other part of the city in India but I have been stayed longer days in Goa for sure. The reason is simple, Mumbai is closer from Ahmedabad with more trains running on and Double Decker train which have more number of seats making it more comfortable and easier to travel to Mumbai even in super tight budget and almost have few empty seats when you need to book at last moment. When it comes to Mumbai people are more exciting to bump on Bollywood actor/actress or hit the prime locations like Bandra, Juhu, Andheri, Lokhandwala and Gateway of India and not to forget how much everyone complaining about traffic jams. Three years back I visited South Mumbai, the Fort area (specific location: where CST [Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus] located AKA Victoria Terminus [VT] Station) for some official work and have learned about the old world charm of Mumbai beside the traffic jams. Can’t believe this is the same city I used to hate it when I was a kid. There is no other cheaper and best way to enjoy Mumbai than traveling in local trains, eating at not-so-fancy restaurant, walk along the Queen’s Necklace to spot architectural wonders, enjoy coastal views, sit on the seawall, feel the cool breeze in your face and watch waves crash gently upon the shore.  Continue reading “The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai – Part I (INTRODUCTION)”

The part of Mumbai you never wish to put your feet on but there’s home of the ones who help Mumbai to be the greatest city of India

There are five largest slums in the world: Dharavi (Mumbai, India). Khayelitsha (Cape Town, South Africa). Kibera (Nairobi, Kenya) and Neza (Mexico). Orangi Town (Karachi, Pakistan). A ‘slum’ is a thickly populated shabby part of an urban city, a cramped spaces inhabited by poor people who usually been disgust by the upper community but the fact is, they are the biggest contributor to boost our country economy. There are basically the back bone of the country. Dharavi is considered one of the largest slums in Asia and it has an area of just over 2.1 square kilometres and a population of about 700,000 plus living in 100,000 around makeshift homes and appx there are at least 400-450 people per acre. The largest slum in the world, however, is located in Mexico city (Neza) with four times more people than Dharavi. Mumbai is known for its Bollywood film industry, some call Mumbai as city of dreams while some come to Mumbai to bag the job they work their ass of for many many years. But Dharavi Slum came into international limelight when Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008) won an Oscar award. A British drama film that is a loose adaptation of the novel Q & A (2005) by Indian author Vikas Swarup.

However, being the biggest slum in the Asia aren’t the reasons why Dharavi is famous for. I tell ya this, if you remove Dharavi from the city, most likely Mumbai would collapse within a day or two. Dharavi is the ‘oxygen‘ of Mumbai like how the local trains are the ‘heart beats‘. With their small business, slum dwellers generate an annual turnover of about over USD 650 million, making it one of the most productive slums in the world. Yes! You read this right.  Continue reading “The part of Mumbai you never wish to put your feet on but there’s home of the ones who help Mumbai to be the greatest city of India”

Mumbai’s Magical Pagoda – Global Vipassana.

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One of Mumbai’s classic attractions, The Global Vipassana Pagoda have a Meditation Dome Hall with a capacity to seat around 8,000 Vipassana meditators, the largest such meditation hall in the world and the architecture to make your senses calm. Buddhism and I have a bit of a history. I have grew up listening and reciting Buddhist Chants and pay a visit to Pagoda every month. My father is a follower of Buddhism since year 1994. Buddhism, like most of the great religions of the world, is divided into a number of different traditions. However, most traditions share a common set of fundamental beliefs – The Inner Peace and Love Towards the Others.

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