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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
"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.
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.
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
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.
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...
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.
The Koli fishing boats at Versova from the Madh Island ferry.
“The firshermen were here first. Before the East India Company built its fort…..the fishermen who were the Kolis – sailed Arab dhows, spreading red sails against the setting sun, They caught pomfret and crabs, and made fish lovers of us all”.
Salman Rushdie, Midnights Children
The Hare Krishna Mandir (Lord Krishna/ISKCON Temple) is located in Juhu, a suburb of Mumbai. The temple was built in the 1970's on 4 acres of now prime real estate - close to Juhu beach. At the time this part of the suburbs was considered a remote part of Mumbai. Today this temple complex - Hare Krishna Land - is one of the most visited in all of India. It is considered a must visit pilgrim center with 25,000 visitors a day. Somehow it is still a very peaceful place.
The presiding Deities at the temple are Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai, Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari and Sri Sri Sita Rama Laxman Hanuman. The complex includes a marble temple, an auditorium, a restaurant, and even a guesthouse where visitors can stay and participate in the spiritual programs. There is a daily deity darshan and the many statues are very beautiful.
See the website for weekly programs and festivals/celebrations. The biggest celebration is probably Janmashtami - the auspicious day of the appearance of Lord Krishna, which for 2009 is on August 14th.
To reach the temple: Take the train from Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) Station to either Vile Parle West or Andheri West station. From there take a rickshaw to the complex. You can also take the bus from either Andheri Station or certain areas of downtown Mumbai. JVPD Bus Depot is the closest stop. *Note*: the trip from downtown can take up to 2 hours depending on traffic.
4:30 am : Mangala arati
5:15 am : Tulsi-puja
7:15 am : Sringar darshan
7:30 am : Guru puja
8:00 am : Bhagavatam discourse
12:30 pm: Raj Bhoga arati
4:30 pm : Usthapana arati
7:00 pm : Sandhya arati
7:30 pm : Bhagavad-gita discourse
8:30 pm: Shayana arati
The temple is closed from 1:00-4:30 p.m. and after 9:00 p.m.
Remove your shoes before entering. Be respectful of worshippers. Obey photography rules.
** For a live view Darshan: http://iskconmumbai.com/Media/Liveview/tabid/224/Default.aspx
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