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    Hare Krishna Temple, Juhu

    by Durfun Written Mar 16, 2014

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    A lovely retreat, to zone-out from the hustle and bustle and commotion of the city.

    I loved the energy of the chanting and music. Funky beats and vibe. Most uplifting :-)

    Some gorgeous statues around too. Best Vishnu-Laxmi I have seen to date - I fell in love with the pose :-)

    The complex is quite large. They have a prasad section towards the front corner, a snacks outlet in the middle, and towards the rear is Govinda's restaurant, where they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner - buffet-style. Very tasty food, it must be said, and an extensive variety of items.

    You have to leave your footwear in the secure, designated area, where they give out tokens for collection.

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    KALBADEVI – BHULESHWAR

    by sudo2008 Written Jan 21, 2014

    Bhuleshwar , the neighbourhood of crumbling facades , humble havelis, cluster of temples and urban labyrinths, is the perfect place to get lost. Little zones reveal their own history ; Bhangwadi with the massive elephant atop its entrance , is where the opium trade once flourished . Baroque, neo Gothic and local gujarati style architecture all stand higgledy –piggledy through nukkad bazzars, chawls, shop and 100 odd temples.
    Make your way from the south end of Kalbadevi Road, marked by the 95 years old India photo Studio ( its walking distance from Marine line station) It’s walls gleam with portraits of Mumbai, monuments and institutions , all shot by the current owner’s grandfather . browsing is free , but if you do want to spend money , a good way to do it would be to use the fake books and vintage camera as props for a studio shot of your own.
    A little down kalbadevi road, the shops and restaurants will give way to the bright pink Dwarkadhish temple, one of Mumbai’s oldest haveli-style building . Play ‘spot the difference ‘ with the many stone carving on the structure –the eight rishis at entrance are each engaged in a different activity, while some monkeys sit in brackets, and there are fruits, milkmaids and Krishna ‘s legends carved in stone.
    The Mumbadevi temple , which gives Mumbai its name is only a few steps ahead . drop in , pay your respect and be sure to check out the rooster –perched Bahuchaar ma, the goddess of eunuchs , carved on the temple’s door as you leave.
    Dawn in Bhuleshwar , stop at the blindingly white 115 year old Suryanarayan temple at Suraj wadi ; its biggest attraction is an idol of son god, riding a chariot driven by a seven –headed horse. Nearby ,at the extravagant Swaminarayan temple , the big draw are three spires and shrines. But find your way back to Bhuleshwar ‘s bazar . At the Madhav baug and c.p.tank market s, try to make sense of the paraphernalla on sale –they have handpainted ornaments, unusual jewellery and even little clothes for all your Hindu gods.
    The last stop of your Sunday piligrimage is the nearby Panjrapole, a cow ashram , as perhaps the last of its kind in the city. Feed the cows- it will probably be your only expense in this vibrant neighbourhood.

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    Adventure, Water Sports & Trek to Waterfalls

    by fabions Written Sep 12, 2012

    The majestic beauty of nature in the cool ambiance of the famous Konkan valley is just awesome. Nagothane is a fresh holiday destination for tourists from various parts of India who would love to explore the history of these lands. Kamath Residency Resort offers plenty of admirable locations and vacation facilities for tourists also including comfortable and picturesque cottages, adventure activities & water sports. Adventure activities at the resort include: White Water Rafting, Rappelling, Rock climbing, Team building Activities, Flying fox, Rifle Shooting, Archery, Water fall Rappelling, River Kayaking, River Crossing, Surfing, Snorkeling, Zorbing, Angling, White Water Kayaking, Speed boat riding, ATV bike riding, Mountain biking, Clip Jumping, Flying fox in a river, Night Camping, Tribal Dance, Local D.J.
    Sight seeing places near by include: Amba river, Pali Ganesh mandir, Uddhar hot sulphur water springs, Sudhagad, Sarasgad, Murud-Janjira fort, Usarvardhane waterfalls, Bhira dam, Raigad ropeway, Kihim & Mandwa beaches, Birla temple.

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    Theatre Culture

    by kandoi Written Jun 3, 2012

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    Not many cities in India have a good Theatre culture, and in my knowledge Mumbai is best place to be if you love plays/live performances. There are quite a number of theatres running shows in English, Hindi and regional languages. There is a good theatre loving crowd here, and you can find big screen as well as good TV stars showing their talent on stage. Some of the good places to catch a show are -

    Prithvi Theatre, Juhu
    Tata Theatre, NCPA
    Comedy Store, Palladium

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    The Rajasthani touch

    by kandoi Updated May 17, 2012

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    Missing Rajasthan, or don't have the time to include it in your itinerary? No worries, you can get the feel of Rajasthan in Mumbai itself, and not just in terms of food, but the culture, folk performances and Camel ride!

    In the outskirts of Mumbai you'll find Chokhi Dhani: (meaning "Good Village"), a Rajasthani village theme based resort. Spanning over a vast space it showcases the culture the Rajasthan very well.Live Performances (Dance, music, puppet and magic shows), Rides (camel and bullock cart), games (Shooting, archery), mehendi, photobooth and many more activities entertain the visitors. The food is simply exceptional and the staff is very polite.

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    Roof Top Dining

    by kandoi Written May 16, 2012

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    In this city bustling with life where everyone keeps looking for fresh air, there are a few gems worth visiting, not just once but as many times as you can. And i'm not talking about the various getaways that Mumbai offers, it is the roof top lounges/restaurants in the city that give you a refreshing feel. and not to forget - mouth watering cuisines. Most of them are quite expensive, but definitely worth visiting atleast once, if not for their food and wine, definitely for the view and ambiance.

    Aer: Worli, Four Seasons Hotel : On the 34th floor of this hotel, is my fav open air/roof top restobar. The view is simply amazing and out of the various sunset locations in mumbai, this one stands way above (literally too :P).

    Dome:Marine drive, Intercontinental Hotel: At the 8th floor, giving a stunning view of the Queen's necklace, this bar should be on your list when you are visiting mumbai. The ambiance is gr8, music is soothing and with the sea breeze, a good company and some tasty wine, there's nothing more you could ask for.

    Indigo: Colaba, 1st floor Indigo. At the back of Taj, and very close from the famous Leopold cafe, there's Indigo. Take a seat on the roof top (the first floor) and enjoy a nice romantic dinner, with candle lights, light music and a personalized menu.

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    Savour Your Taste Buds

    by kandoi Updated May 15, 2012

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    Mohd. Ali Road is one of the best places to try non-veg Street food. Although I'm veg, I went there with my friends,(who simply loved the food there) .... and I got ample opportunities of getting good pictures. I still crave for Phirni, which was super delicious and the best i've had so far. The place is jam packed with foodies and its really a delight to be there during Ramadan.

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    Virgin Uttan Beach

    by kandoi Written May 13, 2012

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    One of the lesser known and thus less polluted and quiet beaches, this one is a little far from the main city and secluded. Look for Dariya Kinara hotel at Virgin Uttan Beach, and you'll find a lovely clean beach, with shacks near it. So different from the other beaches of Mumbai. The best part for me was that, one can drive right near the water and we even took our bike inside :)

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    Not so Touristy Stuff!

    by kandoi Written May 13, 2012

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    One can find a lot of information on the internet regarding the touristy things to do in Mumbai, The Gateway, Elephanta Caves, Marine Drive, Victoria Terminus, Jehangir Art Gallery and many others. But there are a few other things that you must visit/see during your stay in Mumbai.

    Dhobi Ghat - Open manual laundry place (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhobi_Ghat). Very nice place for photography enthusiasts.

    Dharavi Slums - One of the largest slums in the world, used to be the biggest in mumbai. There are structured tours arranged by this company - (http://realitytoursandtravel.com/slumtours.html)

    Vipassana Pagoda - Not much to see, people usually go for the meditation course (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Vipassana_Pagoda)

    Sanjay Gandhi National Park - You can rent a bicycle here and take a tour, sometimes there are also nature trails and night treks organized, you can get info and go for it if you are interested. I often go for bicycle rides on sunday mornings. You can rent the bike at Rs 20 per hour and a deposit of rs 200 along with a valid photo id. The cycles can be rented in the morning after 7:30 am near the Borivali Gate. You will also have to pay Rs 30 as the entrance fee for the park.

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    "Vada Pav" Indian Burger

    by mehulraj Written May 6, 2012

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    "Vada Pav" Indian Burger

    "Vada Pav" or say "Indian Burger" its well know Fast Food or Street Food in Mumbai and leaving Mumbai without trying out this food is like leaving Mumbai without trying out actual Mumbai..Its available everywhere and very much visible in street joints where it will be served on piece of paper or some fancy joint with little or more decoration and ofcourse with ketchup.

    This is actually fried potato stuffed in between bread. Its least expensive and common men food. Its spicy and cheap but avoid during monsoon season it may lead to problem sometimes.

    It may cost around 10 cents on streets and at some fancy joint same thing with better presentation will cost you 1$ or more.

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    The Asiatic Society of Mumbai

    by mehulraj Updated Apr 28, 2012

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    The Asiatic Society of Mumbai

    The Asiatic Society of Bombay is a public state library in the city of Mumbai and its in Fort area Near to Gate way of India. It was opened up in 1803 as "The Royal Asiatic Society, Bombay Branch." The society, founded by James Mackintosh and then was known as the Literary Society of Bombay, and first met on November 26, 1830. It was later moved to the present Town Hall building which was built in 1804. Lot of Bollywood movies are shot here.

    The library has over a hundred thousand books out of lots of them are classified as rare and valuable. It also has priceless articles, ancient manuscripts in Persian, Sanskrit and Prakrit.

    Town Hall the State Central Library is a free reference library and reading room, open to everyone. In addition to its collection of reference books, it also has over 200 newspapers from across the country for people to read.

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    Iskcon Temple,Mumbai

    by mehulraj Updated Apr 28, 2012

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    Iskcon Temple,Mumbai

    Iskcon Temple was inaugurated on 14th January 1978 (the day of Makar Sankranti). And again this is one of the most visited tourist temple in Mumbai. We can walk along the Juhu beach and can reach near to it.

    This was the biggest Iskcon Temple I saw in india. And Lord Krishan and Radha are worshiped here. To my amazement it got guest house too. I think devotees can stay over there. This temple has big festival during month of August to celebrate Lord Krishna's birthday its called " Janmasthami ". The ISKCON Temple remains open to visitors throughout the day, except between 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm and closes at 9:00 pm.

    In the close vicinity of Prithvi theatre in Mumbai, Iskcon temple is a major landmark of the Juhu locality

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  • Cultural Festival- Kala Ghoda

    by RheaG Written Apr 11, 2012

    During the winter, Mumbai has a festival called the Kala Ghoda festival that takes place in Kala Ghoda near Colaba. It lasts around 10 days and they have instillation art on the streets, some very interesting (but sometimes overpriced) stalls. They have new events everyday such as plays, dances,workshops etc and you have to check the newspaper for each day's itinerary. It has an amaaazzinnggggg vibe and you really get a taste of Mumbai's "intellectual" culture. It's a must go for ALL tourists as you also meet very interesting people from all over the city.

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  • Beach Tranquility

    by Goldisays Written Mar 13, 2012

    Last week was pretty hectic and therefore I planned to go beyond the precincts of the city and laze around in the sun and the sand. However I didn't realise it would take a hell lot of planning to make the slightest move. It was all so troublesome that at a point of time I got fed up with it all and decided to call it quits which meant the same old routine of eating, watching television and hitting the sack! But then, a friend of mine happened to call me and I discussed my plans with him. He suggested me a travel portal called abreakplease.com. I had never heard of it, he insisted, i should call them because according to him they are the best planners as far as any weekend getaway is concerned with myriad getaway destinations and multiple stay options. I thought if there is any such portal why not make use of it instead of going through the planning blues myself. I called them almost immediately and post that, it was all a cakewalk. I just had to tell them that I wanted to go and laze at a beach and they took the liability of everything else. I simply didnt have to worry about anything else. There were so many options with them, that it gave me a tough time to choose one from amongst them. I felt like sharing it because I believe anything good needs must be shared with one and all. Here's the link to their website - www.abreakplease.com

    Just visit the website if you have any plans of losing yourself this weekend...

    Cheers!
    Goldi.

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    A Great Time with Reality Tours & Travel

    by Donna_in_India Written Mar 3, 2012

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    I'm not quite sure how I stumbled upon Reality Tours and Travel. After living in Mumbai for almost 7 years, I had really seen quite a lot of Mumbai and its suburbs. I frequently get asked - especially by first time visitors - about tours. When I first arrived in Mumbai there was little in the way of organized tours. Within a couple of years, two tour companies popped up. One of them was Reality Tours and Travel and at the time they were most closely associated with the Dharavi Slum tour.

    I wanted to check them out so I would be able to personally recommend them. I decided on the market tour. Our group was small (6) and our guide was Akshay Bansode, who was fantastic! He led us through all the crazy, crowded mazes of the markets and lanes around them. We went to Crawford Market (fruits, vegetables, and some of everything else!), the flower market, the cloth market, temples, etc., etc. Akshay patiently answered our questions and told us all about wherever we were. He also let us take photos to our heart's content!

    Everything we had seen was so interesting but the best was our last stop - Bombay Panjrapole - described as "one of the oldest spaces used for the welfare of cows" with over 400 sacred cows living there. In the middle of the city! Surrounded by apartment windows overlooking the cows! We enjoyed being able to feed the cows and it was a perfect way to end the tour.

    I can definitely say that I saw things on this tour that I had not seen before and the things that I had seen before I saw in a different light. I can't say enough about this company and would highly recommend them. The group sizes are small and the price just can't be beat. (I actually think it's too low.) I plan to take a tour or two with them on my next trip back to Mumbai.

    One of Reality's tousr is the perfect option if you have a short time - or even a short layover - in Mumbai. All tours can be booked easily online.

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