RBI Monetary Museum, Mumbai – Money on Display

I have had to rely on my memory to write about my visit to RBI Monetary Museum; since photography was not allowed inside their premises. This wonderful museum depicts the evolution of money from 2nd century BC until this day. Founded in 2005, it is run by the Reserve Bank of…

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Bhau Daji Lad Museum – Go there for the Renaissance Revival Architecture

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City museum is an integral part of Mumbai’s museum scene. It is the oldest museum in Mumbai, established in 1872. At that time, it was known as the Victoria and Albert museum. In 1975, the museum was renamed after an eminent physician, Dr. Bhau Daji…

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Trek to Haji Malang Dargah and Malangadd Fort – From Sunrise to Sunset

(Last updated in May 2016) Trekking is no easy task. It takes a hell lot of stamina especially for non-trekkers like me. But the sweet joy once you reach the pinnacle after putting yourself through all that pain, exertion and dehydration more than compensates for your efforts; of course, memories…

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Prince of Wales Museum – The Best Museum Mumbai has to Offer

I took a break from my Gujarat posts and visited Prince of Wales Museum two weeks back. This is my second visit to Prince of Wales museum, since I was not able to do justice to the museum in my first visit in 2012. As a Bombayite, I could afford…

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Sewri Fort and Sion Fort in Mumbai – Sorry State of Affairs

As a 9 to 5 corporate slave, the only free time I get to explore new places is on weekends. On a Sunday, two weeks back, I visited the forgotten and ignored forts of Sewri and Sion in Mumbai. During the 1700’s and the 1800’s era, the British constructed strategically…

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B.Merwan – Mawa Cakes and more….

[Last updated: 9 April 2017] The other day, I read an article carried out in a local newspaper about a hundred year old Iranian café shutting down business. The café in discussion here is B.Merwan in Mumbai serving foodies since 1914. I do not feel proud to say, I was…

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Maharashtra Nature Park – From Dumping Ground to a Nature Pleasing Space

It doesn’t take an expert to know that Mumbai is synonymous with congestion, noise and pollution. And yet in all this chaos, Mumbai has managed to nestle a Butterfly Park, popularly known as Maharashtra Nature Park. WWF (India) – a wild life and nature conservation organization, conceived the concept for…

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Bird Watching at Sewri Jetty – Flamingos in Mumbai

Nature lovers and those complaining about Mumbai’s congestion have something to rejoice! Sewri – a neighbourhood towards South Mumbai, has a jetty cum dock which is home to thousands of Flamingos and other rare bird species from November to March. These are migratory birds that come from as far as…

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Sahara Cricket Gaurav Point – Cricket Museum for a Cricket Crazy Nation

Brihanmumbai Muncipal Corporation gives cricket enthusiasts a reason to smile. BMC along with Sahara (an Indian business conglomerate) have built in Mumbai a gallery dedicated to the sport of Cricket. The move, although innovative, is not surprising in a country where cricket is a religion and many swear by the…

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Indian Theatre: The Vagina Monologues Review

Vagina Monologues was a play originally conceived by Eve Ensler in 1996. Since its premier in New York city, the play has been translated into more than 20 languages and is running across many countries in the world, of course with local actors and sometimes local adaptation. Perhaps, that’s what…

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Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Kanheri Caves – Among Asia’s most visited parks

[Last updated: 27 April 2017] Sanjay Gandhi National Park or Borivali National Park is among the most visited parks in Asia. It is said to gather nearly 2 million visitors annually. Of course, this could be attributed to the huge population of Mumbai city alone. Nevertheless, if you claim to…

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Gilbert Hill – To See Or Not To See

Gilbert Hill is as old as ‘The Age of the Reptiles’ dating 65 million years. It is made up of black basalt rock columns that were a result of molten lava that got squeezed from the Earth’s clefts. Gilbert Hill is often compared to the Devils Tower in Wyoming and…

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Mani Bhavan – A Fragment of Mahatma Gandhi’s Life

Updated on 1 October 2017 Here is where Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi resided between 1917 – 1934, whenever he was in Bombay (now Mumbai). Many of his historic movements like Non-corporation, Satyagraha, Swadeshi and Khadi movement have been initiated from here. The residence gets its name as it originally belonged to…

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Banganga – Mumbai’s Mini Ganga

IMAGINE, a sacred place, a fairly large waterbody and concrete stairways surrounding the waterbody in overcrowded Mumbai? Rituals and Mythology make way for what is today called ‘Banganga’, unbelievably located in the heart of Mumbai. If history is to be believed, Lord Rama and his brother Lakshman took rest here…

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