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.
Continue reading “Mumbai’s Magical Pagoda – Global Vipassana.”
Ganesh Chaturthi (Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithiis or Ganeshotsav). is a most awaited ten-days Hindu festival which is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed and younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati (widely known as Ganpati Bappa or Vinayaka). According to Hindu Mythology, Ganesha is known by 108 different names. Hindus worship Lord Ganesha before performing any rituals. Based on one of the legends, Lord Ganesha appeared even before the creation of nature and consciousness. This is one of the reason to be believed why Lord Ganesha is worshiped before beginning any task. Ganesha Chaturthi was first has been publicly celebrated in Pune since the era of Shivaji (1630–1680, founder of the Maratha Empire). Continue reading “The vibrant art of Ahmedabad’s Gulbai Tekra aka Hollywood Basti – Ganesh Chaturthi Special.”
Elephanta is an island off the Mumbai coast (which also called Gharapuri), the one in the middle is the biggest and most ornate. Elephanta Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, labyrinth of cave temples represent some of India’s most impressive temple carving dedicated to Lord Shiva. The rock-cut Elephanta Caves were constructed about the mid-5th to 6th centuries AD. It was the Portuguese who named the island as “Elephanta” because of a large stone elephant near the shore (this collapsed in 1814 and was moved by the British to Mumbai’s Jijamata Udyan). Continue reading “Treasure island hopping to explore Elephanta Caves.”
Adlabs Imagica tagged as India’s favorite Holiday destination as well India’s first and only International standard Amusement park spread out on 130-acre land, located at Khopoli (Raigad District), Mumbai – Pune Express Highway, which is appx 90 mins drive from Mumbai or Pune (appx 115 kms) and for longest time the place which I was itching to tick off on my bucket list. It’s been 5 years since it’s opened for public and the reason I couldn’t plan for it was traveling expense and traveling by road from Mumbai is nothing but tiring (as well annoying) and not to forget the heavy traffic jams scene. Car rental costing INR 9499 + 18% GST (return journey) for a group of 4 people with all meals which is crazy high and INR 599 per person for bus (one way) which is economical but again the road trip and the traffic jam☹️ If you feel me, this the right place you stop by 🙂 I am going to guide you how to enjoy Imagica without blowing up on your budget and get over from traffic jams drama in just INR 160 ㋡ Continue reading “Adlabs Imagica in flat INR 160 (A guide)”
Goa is basically La-La-Land of India. A destination is friendly to different travel tastes and budgets. Well, anyone who has been to Goa always has fascinating stories about absolutely cheap alcohol, some pristine blue waters and some overcrowded beaches, adventure water sports, delicious seafood while some overpriced food at shacks and clubbing with foreigners. Well, I do not deny anyone these are false, but exploring places differently is all about. My taste about Goa is somehow a little different than any of I have mentioned above.
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Varanasi is the living symbol of the Hindu renaissance, one of the holiest pilgrimages of Hindu religion as well one of the world’s ancient city where daily millions of Pilgrims from all over the world pay a visit to the ghats of Ganges either to take a bathe in the sacred river to wash away their sins or to cremate their loved ones. Varanasi’s ancient name was Kashi then during Medieval period it change to Banaras and now Varanasi. Basically Varanasi is a combination of two Sanskrit name of the rivers Varuna and Assi where in between these streams the city was built. Here most inevitable cycle of life and death is celebrated everyday. Countless temples around the ghats. The city have most beautiful light views in the night. Varanasi is also favourite place among the writers, photographers, movie makers and spiritual person. To be believed the city was build in 11th century BC making it the world’s oldest inhabited city. Continue reading “Varanasi – City of Moksha”
I watch the sun rising above the river Ganga, lightning the sky, scattered out of the beam.
I saw newlyweds happily rejoicing the new beginning.
I saw newly born baby crying while the parents performing tradition prayer on the bank of the river Ganga.
I saw kids swimming fiercely in the river.
I saw different age group of people offering prayers to Almighty in different ways.
I saw people washing the clothes while listening to chants.
I saw widow and old age people sitting and chanting mantras near the Ghat.
I saw people mourning over their dead.
I saw fire all over, they cremated their dead.
I saw life cycle in 120 secs.
Blue ocean water, lush greeneries, palm trees, fresh sea food and dozens of beers. Just a perfect laid back holiday for me. I might be slightly biased but beach holidays is my escape. And Goa is just a perfect destination, not just because sale got me cheap hotels and direct flights, but somehow I feel Goa is a little heaven for me 🙂
My favourite thing to do in Goa is just hanging around by the beach, sitting on the rocks / sands and keep staring at the beach like a toddler watching his favourite cartoon show without even blinking. Watching sun shades touch the ocean every morning. Having finger licking sea food platter with chilled beer(s). Riding two wheeler through lush green countryside under the palm trees shades and in the evening, most beautiful ritual of the day, to watch the sun hiding into the Arabian Sea with the bare feet touching the cold beach water, feel the ocean breeze and thinking some crazy things about the future – an open eyes dream. At night wish to sleep under the sky and ocean waves be the lullaby, but in reality just gazing at the sky with the feet touching the beach water and heart developing a ‘God Consciousness’ to find a way(s) for fulfilling all my dreams. Its soothing. Calm my senses down and boost my soul energy. Continue reading “North Goa – Sun, Sea, Food, Trance Party. Repeat!”
Last year (2016) in the month of December I received an invitation to join “Serendipity Arts Festival” from 16-23 Dec. I was very well aware Goa takes Art as a serious and massive creative object, but this time I have seen something exceeds my expectation. As they said it was “A festival of unparalleled scope and scale empowering the arts.” Truly jaw dropping projects. The huge culture experiments I have never saw before. It was mix of cultural and photography exhibition, music, dance and theater performances, story telling sessions, visual and culinary arts. The idea of promoting exchanging ideas was on the next level. I only could wish to attend each and every projects they had. 40 projects and some signature venues along the river Mandovi. Continue reading “Serendipity Arts Festival – Goa “