Svastii Spa in Powai
I recently shifted to Mumbai from Hyderabad and its been a wonderful 8 months in Mumbai. Mumbai, the city that never sleeps allows to relax people in weekends in many different ways after their busy busy professional life during working days. Relaxation is so important for working professionals mumbai as many have to travel 2-3 hours commuting to their offices and another hard 10 to 12 hours of work. As such, people spend their weekends going to shopping malls, movies, near by attractions and more importantly spas(who can afford)
I am also no different to others, visit spa atleast once in 2 months and Svastii Spa in Powai is my favorite place for relaxation. I am thrilled with the interior designing, music which takes us to a completely relaxed mood and services and the hygiene is really luxury. You can check their website at http://svastii.com/spa
Fondest memory: Kanheri Caves in Borivalli National Park is really one of my best memory in Mumbai, later on explored surrounding areas like matheran, alibaug, lonavala and more.
Tipping is fairly common in India with the exception of rickshaw drivers or taxi drivers, unless you hire them for the day (although a few rupees or rounding up the fare is always appreciated). These amounts are meant as a guideline. Tip ONLY in rupees, not any other currency. Check to see if a service charge has already been added to any bill.
Waiters - generally 10-15 percent of the bill in upscale places, in smaller places (local/budget) tip Rs. 10-20.
Bellmen - Rs. 50 - 100 (depending on how much luggage).
Hotel Doorman - Rs. 50-100 when you checkout.
Hotel Maid - Rs. 100-200 for your stay (5+ days). Be sure to hand deliver.
Room Service - Rs. 20-50. (20 for smaller things, 50 for meal delivery).
Drivers/ Guides - half day/ Full day sightseeing trips Rs. 150 - 250.
Drivers/ Guides - long trips spread over many days Rs. 150 - 200 Per traveller/ day.
Porters (train stations/airports) - set the rate beforehand (around Rs. 10-20 per bag).
Just back from Mumbai it was a great place to explore. When I got off the Domestic flight from Goa I was told that there was a place to store the luggage at the airport. I didn't need it in the end as I hired a tour guide and a driver for the whole day. I don't know how long this place does store the luggage but the facility is definitely available.
The movie captures life and locales of Mumbai- both in the shanties of Dharavi and in the homes of the rich. The music of the movie, which is the toast of the Oscar, captures the diversity of musical genres of the country
JAY HO! COUNTRY ON CLOUD 9 AS " SLUMDOG" SWEEPS 8 OSCARS
If you enjoy reading and like to read novels set in, and about your, destination you have a great wealth of literature from which to choose.
Among my favourite novels set in Mumbai are three by Rohinton Mistry
A Parsi, born in Mumbai in 1952, he emigtrared to Toronto,Canada in 1975..
I read his novels -
Such a Long Journey
A Fine Balance
before I went to Mumbai.
Later I read
Then read all of them again.
One must see the local trains during peak hours of the working day. How commuters travel in the local trains is just an amazing thing to watch in Mumbai. This will show the general publics' unity and equality to travel together.
Fondest memory: Mumbai is my Birth Town
Favorite thing: It may sound stupid, however it is very difficult to cross the crowded streets of Mumbai. Pedestrian crossings are not found at regular places. You can see many people just crossing at any any place and might even be very dangerous to do so. The best is if you could find one of the subways to get to the other side of the road. It was curious to see this subway crossing with timings and more curious to find people sitting at the upper part, probably enjoying the good climate.
On this site you can locate ATM at airports and in towns when you travel, please check out this web site I include for location close to where you travel.
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Watching it fade into the distance as the plane takes off
Fondest memory: I cant decide between the 4 crashes I was in within my 3 week stay, or being swamped by crying beggar children whilst trying to buy some chewing gum. The roads were awful, driving a nightmare, cars were relics, courtesy a dirty word. Danger around every corner. People trying to trick you, or plotting to trick you, or soliciting with people who want to swindle you. Pollution here will shorten your life. PLEASE,PLEASE dont bring children here.....for these reasons.This place has problems, imagine living in a place where wealth walks the same pavement as poverty, its everyman for themselves and if you get in the way of that, woe betide you.
Interestingly, the very unique city has a language of its own, which is not very Hindi or Marathi or even English but a slight mixture of all the 3, which was popularised by none other than the Bollywood Badshah Mr.Amitabh Bachhan.
Itz sort of similar to the Gangsta rap guys in the west..
Favorite thing: The Asiatic Library (also known earlier as the Town Hall) is located at Horniman Circle near South Mumbai and is one of the most elegant heritage buildings!!! The neo classic building took over 15 years to complete and it houses a collection of over 8,00,000 antique volumes and ancient coins as well. The library boasts of having in its collection a priceless first edition copy of Dante's Inferno!!!
200ft above sea level,1886-87,32110 sq
This is hanging garden,200ft above sea level at Malabar Hills.It was build top of water tank.
hmmmmmmmmm not very beautiful garden.its ok.May be for locals good place to hang out evening.
Its near Kamala Nehru Park,where you will get good view of Marine drive
So i just went inside to see whats is there.
Can see MUMBAI from there ,thats all .
Being a extreme city, streets in Mumbai are either huge avenues with colosal colonial administrative buildings, or narrow alleys, sometimes unpaved with simple houses.
And getting to know Mumbai is getting to know both extremes. Dare to get lost in the labyrinths of narrow alleys where most of the daily life takes place, look up and gaze at the windows, into the gates... explore!
One of the main sensations that lasted in me after visiting Mumbai was the humidity you could feel everywhere.
Maybe it was due to Monsoon Season, but everything was tropical and humid. You could feel it in the air and see it in the buildings, most of which had those dark spots on the white facades.
-Mumbai singlehandedly handles about 25% of the domestic and 38% of the international air passenger traffic in the country.
-Mumbai's suburban rail systems carry a total of 2.2 billion passengers every year. Incidentally, the world's population is 6 billion.
-Mumbai's literacy rate is 85.6% (female: 82.7%, male: 90%) compared with India's overall literacy of 65.4%.
-Mumbai's per capita income is Rs 48,954. This is almost three times the national average!
-At the end of financial year 2002-03, Mumbai paid Rs 28,000 crore in taxes, 35% of India's collection of Rs 82,000 crore!