Weekend Getaways from Mumbai – Bassein Fort Is Seeped In History

Come monsoons, Mumbai travelers start mapping down trek routes and landmasses where they can enjoy views of lush greenery. Right in the backyard of Mumbai, 50 km away, lies the Bassein Fort aka Vasai Fort – a name it gets from its location. The best part about visiting Vasai is getting acquainted with the dual characteristic the township has to offer – a village like rustic feel and the comfort of being closer to urban…

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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 India. RBI Monetary Museum is located on the ground level of the RBI premises in Fort, South Mumbai. What’s in store at RBI Monetary Museum…

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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 Lad (1822 – 1874). He had keen interest in archaeology and his role was pivotal to secure funds for the museum construction work from philanthropists…

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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 to visit Prince of Wales museum twice. But some of the readers of this post may/would not like to be in this position. Hence, I…

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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 located forts in Mumbai to protect their reign. Very few such forts remain in present times and hence I am determine to explore these forts…

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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 Siberia to the mud flats in Sewri via the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. They are foraging for food during this period and the mucky location…

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

UPDATE: THIS MUSEUM IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED 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 sport. Located in Andheri, Sahara Cricket Gaurav Point was launched in January 2012 at the hands of legendary cricketer…

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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 be a Mumbaikar or are visiting Mumbai, this place should be ticked off your list. Borivali National park has the distinction of being a 104…

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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 the Devils Postpile National Monument in Eastern California. This also translates that these 3 monuments are the only one of a kind in the world.…

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Mani Bhavan – A Fragment of Mahatma Gandhi’s Life

Tucked away in a quiet residential area in Grant Road, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi resided, whenever he was in Bombay (now Mumbai) between 1917 – 1934. Many of his historic movements like Non-corporation, Satyagraha, Swadeshi and the Khadi movement were initiated from here. The residence gets its name as it originally belonged to a ‘Mani’ family and later to Revashankar Jagjeevan Jhaveri, a friend and host of Gandhi in Bombay during the pre-independence rule. Mani Bhavan has been…

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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 while on their quest to search for Lord Rama’s wife, Sita. Rama was thirsty and asked his brother Lakshman to bring him some water. Lakshman…

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Byculla Zoo – Visit before Vanish

For every child, a visit to the zoo is always a fascinating experience. If you were born in the 80’s and 90’s, you probably have already started re-collecting your golden days of visits to the zoo in the company of parents or as part of school excursions. Back to present, the technological progress and the virtual world bliss in the comfort of our homes have made us complacent. Many talked about and must visit sights…

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Nehru Planetarium – Mumbai Sightseeing

Nehru Centre in Worli (Mumbai) is dedicated to Science, Space and Astronomy. Named after India’s first Prime Minister – Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the place was set up way back in 1977. Since then, it is a prominent site for knowledge seekers of astronomy and the universe as a whole. The complex houses an Exhibition hall, Art gallery, Discovery of India, Culture wing and an auditorium apart from the very popular Nehru Planetarium. The centre has…

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Global Vipassana Pagoda – Meditation for Mumbai

Global Vipassana Pagoda is an angelic structure constructed as a dedication to Buddha, his teachings and the monks who practice Vipassana (meditation). It is a replica of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar which is claimed to be the oldest pagoda in the world. After a planning of 3 years, construction for Global Vipassana Pagoda began in the year 2000. It is built on a donated piece of land under the guidance of founder Lt. S.N.…

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