Year: 2014

Global Vipassana Pagoda

After exploring CST and Hornimam Circle area, the next destination in my list was the Global Vipassana Pagoda.I was so excited about this trip since I had heard good reviews about this place. It was fun to travel in each possible mode of transportation in Mumbai to reach pagoda; first in the bus then auto rickshaw and lastly in ferry (total 2 hours journey) but it was totally worth experience. When I reached to Essel world, there were two ways; one way to Essel world and another way lead to the pagoda.The Global Vipassana pagoda is one of the seven wonders of Maharashtra and world’s largest stone dome built without any supporting pillars. The pagoda is the Buddhist temple or Vihara mostly used for religious purpose, mediation or worship. The main purpose of building pagoda was to show gratitude toward Lord Buddha for his contributions. The trust mainly runs on the donations,learning Vipassana techniques and meditation camps are free of the cost. The main entrance was decorated with authentic gold painted designs and it was surrounded …

Mission Mumbai – A Street Walk Around CST Station & Hornimam Circle – Part 1

As I’m on my Mission Mumbai, I have started exploring places in Mumbai. It is quite interesting to know your own city in better way. This time I visited the area around CST (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus) station and Hornimam Circle. The historical and one of the crowded stations of Mumbai.CST station is formerly known as “Victoria Terminus”. It is built in British time. It is a UNESCO world heritage site # 945. After exploring the CST station, I started to walk down to the street leading to Hornimam circle via Boza bazaar. Mostly of the footpath was occupied by the local market of clothes, bags, electronic items or jewelries. It took me around 20 minutes to reach Hornimam Circle. It is also known as Elphinstone Circle and is one of the venues for the famous Kala Ghoda festival. Hornimam circle is circular garden at the center of the place which is mostly surrounded by catchy office premises, shops and restaurants. After relaxing sometime in the garden; I had a look around the nearby area. I came across magnificent structures …

Celebrity Wax Museum at Lonavala

Location – Lonavala Attraction Type – Wax Museum Celebrity Wax Museum Timing and Charges Timing – 9.00 AM – 9.30 PM Entry Fees – Rs. 100 per person After spending a good time around Tiger point during my weekend trip to Lonavala. My friends and I went over celebrity wax museum. The Museum has wax statues of celebrities and famous personalities. Some of the statues are crafted so well as if they look like real ones, specially Prabhu Deva, A R Rehman and Anna Hajare. The Museum is small but well maintained. Visitors are allowed to take photographs but restricted to touch. Sunil Kandalloor, the man behind the wax museum.It is worth to see a great effort made by one man.(Celebrity wax museum is also called as India’s Madame Tussauds.) It is a good place to visit in Lonavala. It was fun to pose around statues and take photos.

Waterfall Rappelling At Bhivapuri

Location – Bhekare waterfall, Bhivapuri Nearest Railway station – Bhivapuri (Near Karjat) What is Waterfall Rappelling? Waterfall Rappelling is sliding down or descending waterfall with the help of ropes. Rappelling is also known as “Abseiling”. Rappelling is the one of the adventure activities which needs proper training & guidance from experts. Rappelling cannot be done without equipment’s; mainly ropes gloves, helmet, seat harness, descender (Friction Device). My Experience of Waterfall Rappelling After my thrilling River Rafting experience few months back, I was looking for another adventure activity. Recently I tried waterfall rappelling at Bhekare waterfall. It was one day activity organized by Mumbai Travellers. Well just like rafting, rappelling is also fun-adventurous activity. We started our trek from Bhivapuri, after a long walk in deep forest, we reached at Bhekare waterfall. I freaked out when I saw the height of the waterfall. The area around waterfall was slippery; it was mixed feeling of excitement and nervousness. But I was encourage by our mentor Mr. Raka, He gave us the basic information and demonstrated (how to …

My Accidental Visit to Vrindavan Studio

Location – Umargao/ Umbergaon, Gujarat Vrindavan Studio – Vrindavan studio is well known for shooting famous Indian mythological serials like Mahabharat, Ramanyan, Hanuman etc. Timing – 9.30 am -6.30 pm (No entry fees) My Accidental Visit to Vrindavan Studio – It was totally unusual; I was on my family trip to Daman. (My family hardly goes to any trip) On the way to Daman, we halted at Umargao Beach which is considered as the silent beach, but this time beach was different & crowded. Most of the shore was occupied by red & blue tents, horses, chariots, people and statues. After discussing with a few local people, we came to know; there is a shooting going on for Mahabharat serial. Without any delay, I made a quick move toward set where some of the crew members & actors were practicing their scene of Mahabharat War. The set was well decorated. The whole set was surrounded by the audience .It was a tough task for coordinators to manage public as well as shooting. After Number of …

Sanjay Gandhi National Park & Kanheri Caves

Location                  –          Borivali Nearest Railway station   –   Borivali Attraction Type Sanjay Gandhi National Park       –              National Park Kanheri Caves                            –             Ancient Buddhist Caves Why Sanjay Gandhi National Park & Kanheri caves are so famous? Sanjay Gandhi Nation Park (SGNP) – SGNP is one of the most visited places in Mumbai .It’s also known as “Borivali National Park”. Park has a large forest area especially famous for natural beauty, wildlife, various plants, lakes, nature trails and mini hiking experiences. SGNP is a pollution free area and a peaceful place to go away from the city chaos. Park is mostly surrounded by beautiful hills range. There are many services that park team offers like Cycling, Tiger & Lion safari, Boating and Toy train (Vanrani) ride etc. Vanrani (Jungle Queen) ride is around 30 mins toy train journey inside the jungle. Kanheri Caves – Kanheri Caves are one of the reasons which attracting tourists to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The caves are located inside the national park, around 7 km from main park entrance. There are total …

Mission Mumbai 50 – 50 Places to Visit in Mumbai

“It’s never too late to revisit a DREAM, realize previously abandoned GOAL, or take a leap of faith toward something you have LONG DESIRED. You have got a lot of life to left to live. So go out and start making it AMAZING” – Stephanie Cooper It’s true; I always dream of travelling and exploring new places, trying different types of food, experiencing things that I have never done before. But the true story is different; actually I have not done anything yet to pursue my passion. At age 25, after completing 4 years of my corporate job finally I realized and accepted something big is missing in my life. I have a good job which pays me well, comfortable routine, supporting family and friends but at the back of my mind I know, this is not how I always wanted to live or spend my life. I have been living in Mumbai for 4 years. Mumbai is the one of the most attracted tourist places of India. Tourists around the world spend their money …

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

Ganesh Chaturthi, the festival in which entire nation celebrates and welcomes Lord Ganesh.I always love the festival celebration because I get a day off from work and I get a chance to visit my home.India is one of the most religious countries. Indian celebrates many festivals throughout the year which bring them closer to each other. Lord Ganesh is considered as the god of beginning and obstacle remover. Ganesh Chaturthi is a major Hindu festival celebrated across the India, especially in the Maharashtra. The Entire nation celebrates and welcomes Lord Ganesh. The festival lasts for around 1 to 12 days, wherein devotees bring Ganesh idol at home and chants mantras, after prayers devotees share a prasad (sweets) among the people. Modak considered as Ganesh favorite food item. At the end, Ganesh Visarjan (immersion of Ganesh Idol) into water or river or sea is the part of the rituals. Each festival has it’s own mythological stories and purpose. Here is the story of how Lord Ganesh was born and how he acquired elephant head, which I heard from elders. Lord Ganesh was …

Kundalika River Rafting at Kolad

River Rafting is a word itself give thrill. I had my first encounter with Kundalika River for rafting activity in late 2013. My friends and I had planned one day to trip for river rafting. We had heard good reviews from others. Initially, we were a bit scared since none of us were not knowing swimming.We all were excited, finally the day arrived and it was Sunday morning.We hired a cab from Mumbai to Kolad. We started early in the morning around 5.30. The reporting was around 8.30. The route from Mumbai to Kolad was scenic and beautiful, but confusing. Thanks to the GPS system which helped us in finding right place. We reached before the time. The climate was cloudy along with slight rain. We ate hot pakodas and we drank tea. It’s always better to have some breakfast or light meal before rafting, since you never know how long it would take you to finish the activity. Finally, the activity started; we all were taken to the rafting start point, near Kundalika River. There were many …

Matheran Hill Station

Matheran is a small hill station around 120 km from Mumbai, located in the wide range of western ghats. Matheran is specially known for it’s incredible beauty during monsoon season. In my recent outing, I enjoyed the true natural beauty of Matheran specially the hills, green forest, waterfalls. The best way to travel to Matheran is a toy train, which starts from the neral station. 2 hrs of toy train journey through green hills and forest was a unique experience, When I first entered in Matheran,I felt like I was in some other era. Something like I have traveled back in time.The place was so silent and peaceful, greenery all around, narrow and confusing roads, horses and traditional homes. Matheran is vehicle free; so one needs to take a horse ride or manual rickshaw for longer distance. Echo point, Sunset point, Louisa point, Charlotte Lake, Rambag point, Panaroma point, Pisarnath temple, Monkey point are some famous spots. There is a local flea market near Matheran station. Food, hotels and home stays are decent & affordable. Just have to be a bit careful around monkeys. …