Author: Manisha Tajne

Girgaon Chowpatty & Marine Drive

Mumbai is blessed with some beautiful beaches and Girgaon Chowpatty is one of them. What I like most about Marine drive and Girgaon Chowpatty, I get to watch beautiful sunset with thousands of other people. I had spent my numerous evenings with my close friends at Marine Drive, a beautiful boulevard along with a coast of Arabian Sea. Though, Marine drive and chowpatty are always heavily crowded, but I never get tired of visiting them. People come, sit and relax for hours. Local sellers offer chatai/mat to the visitors on charge of hours for the more comforting evening.There are a few food stalls nearby chowpatty. One can try street food/chat items like Panipuri, Pav bhaji, Bhelpuri, Ice creams etc. Girgaon Chowpatty get a quite attention during the time of Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu festival. The beach is famous for Ganesh visarjan in Mumbai, where people come to immerse the Ganesh idols in the sea. As per my Mission Mumbai 50 list, Girgaon Chowpatty and Marine Drive are the must see places in Mumbai. So, next …

Kala Ghoda Art Festival 2015 in Photos

The most awaited and famous art festival in Mumbai, Kala Ghoda Festival and luckily, this time as well, I got a chance to visit the Kala Ghoda Festival 2015. Back in 2012, I had visited Kala Ghoda Festival with a few of my friends. Both the times,the place was heavily crowded due to the popularity of the festival, but it was a fun and refreshing experience to see thousands of people and many events happening in one place at one time. Apart from Mumbai Marathon, Kala Ghoda Festival is one of the popular events in Mumbai and it has gained a quite attention among the mumbaikars as well as the world tourists. Well, Mumbaikars do not need any introduction of what Kala Ghoda Festival is, but for others here is a bit info of the Kala Ghoda Festival. Kala Ghoda Art Festival is an annual art festival organized by Kala Ghoda Association in Kala Ghoda area of Mumbai. It mainly includes events of art, street acts, design & architecture, music, street stalls,food, culture, technology,visual art and heritage walk etc. …

My Facebook Page

My Facebook Page

With a great excitement, I am happy to announce about my small space on a Facebook. My blog page “The Travel Junkie” is on a Facebook now. I would be very grateful if you could take a look at my new page. Your feedback is welcome and I will try my best not to disappoint you. Your like would be appreciated. 🙂 Facebook URL to access my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/mthetraveljunkie  Here is a look of my Facebook page. ***************** I am on Twitter as well. You can reach me @iManishaTajne

St. John’s Baptist Church – 500 Years Old Church

Instead of working, I was searching for the “Haunted Places in Mumbai”. Then, I came across a very interesting article from site mumbaigloss.in,  “20 most haunted places in Mumbai “. I was shocked and surprised; when I saw Seepz, my office location on the list. So, I started reading the full article. Here is the story, I was reading from an article posted on site http://mumbaigloss.in/ “St. John’s Baptist Church, a centuries old Portuguese church was once an abode to the spirit of a young bride who used to torment people coming in the vicinity of the church. Just one prayer meet (mass) is held in a year. The exorcism in 1977 to get rid of the ghost was reportedly a terrifying experience for all those present that moonless night. “As the priest read lines from the Bible, we first heard manic laughter, and then loud wailing. The sobbing of the unknown voice finally stopped, and suddenly there was a loud splashing sound from the pond next to the church. Everything then fell silent. The …

My First Marathon

The one thing, I always wanted to do in Mumbai, finally I did it on last Sunday (18 Jan 2015). Yes! I ran a Marathon, Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon – Dream Run (6km). I have been living in Mumbai since 4.5 years and I had heard so much about the famous Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon (SCMM). It is the largest Marathon in Asia.  Fortunately, this time I got a chance to run a marathon. It was organized by my office team, Mastek Foundation. I am really thankful to the Mastek Foundation team for making The Run Day totally amazing and fun. It is my one of the best experiences, which everyone should have at least once in a lifetime. So, it started early Sunday morning, my roommate and I were fully energetic about the Marathon day. As expected, local trains toward the CST station were heavily crowded. When we first reached to CST station, I noticed colors everywhere. People were in groups, wearing colorful T-shirts mostly representing their company. For us, it was a “Go Green” …

First Trip of 2015 – Matheran

New Year always brings a lot of excitement in my life. New Year eve, 1st and 2nd of Jan (My birthday), these 3 days of every year are full of parties and enjoyments. But more importantly, the New Year always comes with the new hopes and resolutions. This year, I had added very few items on my resolutions list, so I can really focus on completing them first, maybe in the mid of the year I can add a few more items on the list. Apart from staying loyal to my blog, I have decided to fill 2015 with a lot of memorable travel and the road trips. I just want to focus on travelling more and more. I want to explore India in a better ways.  As of now I am considering visiting at least 3-4 states of India in 2015. Back in 2011, I had visited Matheran with my few friends during monsoon season, the best time to visit Matheran. It is a smallest hill station of India, located in the western ghats. …

2014 in Blogging Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the complete report.

Haji Ali Dargah – A Mosque of Faith

It was a mix of experience, I felt good and I felt bad. Walking down on the road leading toward Haji Ali Dargah; I realized how important to have a faith and a hope in our life. My little sister wanted us to visit Haji Ali Dargah and pray for our good health and happiness. People have a belief and faith that if we pray and ask for something at the Dargah, the very soon that wish will get fulfilled. I am not sure how true it is, but this time I decided to visit this place. Haji Ali is the one of the places on my list of Mumbai Mission. The Dargah was built around 800 years ago. It is actually tomb of the Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. As I stay in the central part of Mumbai. I took train till Byculla station and then taxi till Dargah Road. The sight of Haji Ali can be seen from the main road. Haji Ali is located in one of the expensive areas of …

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 …