A Quote for life!

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
Specialization is for Insects

Robert A Heinlein
(American science-fiction writer,1907-1988)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A guide to touring Mumbai - 5

From there, the bus will bring you to the Juhu Beach. This is the most famous beach in Mumbai and the tourists love this spot. This is the last point and the bus driver or the guide should allot a good amount of time for this. Once done, they will drop the passengers in various parts of Mumbai, as per their individual choice. The bus trip usually ends again at the Gateway of India or the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) Railways Station at dusk or shortly after that. The view of the Gateway of India and the Taj Hotel along with the Marine Drive is heavenly at this time with all the lights up in the street. The Marine Drive is called the Queen’s Necklace at night, when all the lights in the city are switched on after sunset.

There is one more place, which is worth mentioning, situated very near to Mumbai and is a place to be – the Elephanta Caves! The Elephanta Caves along with the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus are pronounced as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. These caves are a complex set-up of ancient sculpted caves that are located on the Elephanta Island which is 10 Kilometers away from the city. There are ferries that leave from the Gateway of India and it takes about an hour to reach the island. There are 7 caves open to the public at present. Each of these caves has stone sculptures that were curved on single stones showing the various Hindu gods and goddesses. They are ancient and are of much archeological importance. Many of the broken statues from these caves were smuggled into various parts of the world and those which were rescued are kept in museums across India and other parts of the world. It will not be possible for one to cover both the Mumbai Darshan and Elephanta trip on the same day and it is advised to keep half a day’s time only for this place.

This brings us to the end of this article. After reading this guide, one should be able to enjoy a day’s trip to Mumbai and use this day effectively. Even for those, who come to Mumbai with the intention to travel and visit important places and have time in hand, this guide should come handy. It contains all the important places that one would like to visit. If you have ample time, you can spend more time in each of these above said places and take more out of your visit to Mumbai. This place has lots to offer. It has always welcomed the visitors and has given them so much that many have fallen in love with the city and decided to settle down in Mumbai. You will see people coming daily from every part of the country with a lot of hope and eyes full of dreams. Tourists from foreign strands enjoy the city life and its weather and they come back time and again. Have a happy tour and stay while you are in Mumbai, the business and entertainment capital of the incredible country of India.

This concludes the Series on Mumbai Tour. Hope you had a good time reading it. More importantly, hope this helps you when you travel Mumbai. Have a good time in the Business Capital of India and enjoy. Let me know if I have missed on something important…


Monday, June 20, 2011

A guide to touring Mumbai - 4

The bus trip would start in the Gateway, as mentioned earlier and would continue through Assembly Hall, Sachivalaya (or Secretariat), Nariman Point, Rajabhai Tower, Oberoi Tower, Air India office and will stop in the Marine Drive. From there, the bus will travel through Jain Temple, and take you to the Hanging Garden and stop there for some time. The Kamala Nehru Park is also adjacent to this garden where you can find the famous Boot House. The bus would again take you through the Raj Bhawan (Government’s residence) and the Tower of Silence and stop at the Mahalaxmi temple. This is a religious place for the Hindus and the bus will stop there for some time. From here, you would travel through the Chowpati Beach, one of the famous beaches in Mumbai and stop at the Taporwala Aquarium. This aquarium has a lot of sea animals to be seen and is one of the most enjoyable places for the kids. Here, you are supposed to finish your lunch and continue with the travel.

The post lunch ride would take you through World Trade Center (Mumbai’s version), Jahangir Art Gallery, Prince of Wales Museum and the H20 Boating Club. The bus may or may not stop at these points and the travellers are free to decide on this. It is advisable that you choose these places intelligently, so that you have enough time while getting down in the other places to follow. From here, the bus will move through Haji Ali’s Durbar. This is a pilgrimage for the Muslims. The durbar is situated half a kilometer inside the sea and at more times than often, the road remains submerged with water stopping the trespassing completely. This is one reason that the bus would not stop here.

Up next are the Bombay Race Course, Nehru Planetarium and Science Center. After checking through these two well-equipped and informative points, the bus will travel through the Sea-Link Bridge connecting the southern and northern parts of Mumbai. This bridge was constructed only recently and is a nice ride through. All the travellers enjoy this ride. The bus will take you through the Mount Marry Church, one of the famous heritage churches in Mumbai. It will also pass through the famous Jogger’s Park, Pawan Hans airport, specially built for helicopters.

With this, you would come to the last part of the tour and incidentally, the most interesting and enjoyable part too. This is where the bus will travel through different busy roads going through the richest corners of Mumbai, where the most prosperous lot stay, along with the big film stars and the business tycoons. The bus will take you through those roads on whose sides you will see bungalows or high raised apartments of internationally famous Indian cinema stars like Amitabh Bachhan, Aamir Khan and Shahrukh Khan and other business tycoons and sports persons, like Mukesh Ambani and Sachin Tendulkar. Indian crowd go crazy during this phase of the tour and they thoroughly enjoy looking at the rich houses in the posh streets in Mumbai.

To Be Continued...


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A guide to touring Mumbai - 3

For someone who has less time in hand and wants to visit most of the places in Mumbai, the best way to go about it is the ‘Mumbai Darshan.’ This is nothing but a day long bus tour, designed and planned for those who have very less time in hand. ‘Darshan’ in Hindi or in Sanskrit means sight as in seeing or beholding. This trip is for local site seeing in Mumbai. This takes one through the various parts of importance of both north and south Mumbai and covers the most important places. All in a day’s trip, you can finish seeing most of the significant places in Mumbai.

The trip starts from the Gateway of India. There are minibuses and big deluxe busses which run every day from morning till evening. Since, they cover almost 30 places on an average day, most of the points are non-stop view points, where the bus will just slow down and not stop and the guide will tell you about the significance of that view point. In other places the bus will stop for dissimilar time lengths and the tourists are supposed to get down, roam around the place and get back to their seats within that allotted time. One thing that would dishearten the tourists is that the bus would not stop where they would want it to; but the good news is that it would stop for ample amount of time in places which deserve a halt. Overall, this site seeing trip is effective, enjoyable and satisfying.

It is always better to start early with the trip. The earlier you start, more time you get in various places where the bus stops. However, the bus would start only once it is full with tourists. So, if you are going in a group, it is more possible that you can get the entire bus to start and stop at your will. It is also advisable to go by the time frame that the driver and the guide will give you, since they would know the various time needed in the various places. If you are travelling along with your own guide, it is advisable to let him decide about the places you would visit and the time you share.

To Be Continued...


Friday, June 10, 2011

A guide to touring Mumbai - 2

Tour of Mumbai definitely starts with the Gateway of India, which is located on the sea shore in the extreme left edge of the city. The Gateway of India was built from 1911 and 1924. It is a huge 26 meters or 85 feet tall arch made up of basalt stone incorporating both Hindu and Muslim architecture. It was initially used by fishermen as a simple dock for their fishing boats. Later, the British renovated this heritage building as a quay for their ships carrying their governors and dignitaries. Visitors arriving by ship would still first see the Gateway of India while setting their foot in Mumbai.

Adjacent to the Gateway of India, is another heritage building – the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. It was custom built in Indo-Saracenic style by Jamsedji Tata as far back as in 1903. This is where the brutal massacre took place on November 28, 2008, when a few terrorists came into Mumbai and took to siege. The Taj, as it is popularly known as, overcame the disaster quickly and re-opened for the tourists within a year’s time.

Mumbai, along with the adjacent towns in Navi Mumbai and Thane, constitutes a tourism catchment where there are plenty of religious, historical and tourist places which are also of much archeological importance. It would take months to complete visiting each point and spending time that each one would deserve. There are places that would take an entire day to just visit, roam around, observe and understand and know the history and specialty of it. Mumbai and Maharashtra as a whole, has seen many dynasties ruling the people here over the centuries. There are numerous forts, temples, mosques and other palaces located in various places in Mumbai and the outskirts of the city with glimpses of these ancient kingdoms, their engineers and their architecture. One should come to Mumbai with lots of time in hand and with an inner desire of exploring and learning about these places.

To be Continued...


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A guide to touring Mumbai - 1

Thousands of people visit Mumbai daily. While most of them are looking to seal their business deals, many come to travel. This series of few articles will be a handy and readily available guide to all those who is looking for a tour of Mumbai. The guide talks about all the important places in and around the city worthy of a visit and is helpful for all the serious travelers. It talks about the various places to be visited and a brief direction of the rout to follow. This article will particularly help those who want to visit most of the places in least time possible.

There are many places in India where people would like to spend time while visiting or touring the country. Mumbai is such a location, with many places of historical and archeological importance. People from around the world come to Mumbai to visit and enjoy the various places in and around the city.

Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is the capital city of Maharashtra, the third biggest state in India. Mumbai is the most populated city in India and it ranks fifth in the world in terms of population. It is also the top city in India in terms of gross domestic product and is the richest city in the country. No wonder it is called the business or commercial capital of India. Most of the Indian top companies and over 500 multi-national companies working in India have their headquarters in Mumbai. The Reserve Bank of India and the country’s top two stock exchanges, namely Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange of India are also located in the city. The vicinity to the sea provides with more business and tourism opportunity to the city.

It has been the entertainment capital of India too. The Indian Hindi film industry has also grown and settled in Mumbai, and it is often referred to as Bollywood. Most of the biggest stars of Indian cinema reside in Mumbai or at least have a bungalow or apartment of their own in the city. The city tour, which we will talk about soon, incorporates a travel through those famous roads in Mumbai where these biggest stars of Indian cinema live. This part of the tour is of much importance to the entire Indian crowd and many foreigners who love Indian cinema and come to tour this city.

To be Continued...


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