A romantic conversation over food can enhance your experience in many different ways. Valentine’s Day is a special day and people of all ages celebrate it in their own small and big ways. From college teens to senior citizens, everyone has their own way to have a great time with their special ones. If you are planning to propose or surprise her on this special day there is nothing better than a lunch or dinner date. A bit of research can provide you with the best places to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Mumbai. This would be a great Valentine Day gift that you can give to your loved one. There is no dearth of restaurants that you can find in the city. However, here is my list of the best romantic restaurants in Mumbai that can offer value for money deals.
The winter chill has already begun to sweep in gradually across Maharashtra, although it is too early now because it’s still the last week of December and there is so much of winter to come around. To some extent, I believe people are already focusing on where they will spend their Christmas holidays and how they will spend their money celebrating in their own small and big ways. No matter what time of the year it is, I have seen people packing their bags and heading to either Lonavala or Mahabaleshwar that manage to attract more visitors from Mumbai and Pune and other parts of the state.
Mumbai is the Maximum City and India is the land of festivities. Together, it offers an overdose of festivities and celebrations that never ends. Diwali is certainly the grandest festival of India and people love to do Diwali shopping in Mumbai. However, once the dust settles and the Diwali celebrations are over. People take a break for few weeks before they begin to gear up for the Christmas celebrations. The month of December is all about Christmas shopping in Mumbai and you’ll find many stalls and shops ready to help you out. Christmas celebration would be incomplete without a Christmas tree and a star. Hence, it is important that you look for places where you can get some great deals. Here are some of the places in Mumbai to shop for Christmas.
India is the land of festivals but Diwali is certainly one of the most anticipated festivals of India. Like many others, I am always excited to celebrate this festival with my friends, family and colleagues. One of the best things about Diwali is that people from all walks of life and different religions, regions and state celebrate it with the same joy and excitement. It is the festival of lights that inspires all of us to spread the love and happiness and to drive away the darkness, sorrow and negativity within and around us. Being a shopaholic, shopping is what excites me during the festive season and being a Mumbaikar I am always looking for places for Diwali shopping in Mumbai.
Recently, while I was working on my client’s projects I came across an article in an Indian newspaper. The article mentioned that Mumbai, India’s Maximum City, has been ranked among the top 20 expensive cities in the world. While London was ranked ahead of New York and Hong Kong, Mumbai, my birth city, was the only Indian city that made it to the list. The news further tells us that all the top cities are most expensive for businesses and workers to occupy. This means that the report only focuses on the real estate segment and does not take into consideration the average lifestyle and living conditions. Ironically, Mumbai is often voted as the most expensive city in India, but I can assure you that majority of the Mumbai population survives on less than Rs. 20000 per month (that’s US$300). To all those who grumble about the rising cost of the city, let me tell you this – Mumbai is all about finding options. The city is open to all from beggars to millionaires; therefore all you need to do is find what you want. If you are in the Maximum City on a limited budget for business purposes, or if you are visiting someone just for a day or two, here are some ways on how to survive in Mumbai at a minimum cost.
The most exciting part of travel is that it is a completely unique experience. Even if you are travelling to the same place hundred times each will have a different experience. This makes it fun and challenging. Every journey is a story. There are so many travel stories in India that are just waiting to be told. So many travel stories just waiting to happen on your next trip. In this series, I will share my travel story and experience which could be good, bad, ugly, funny, weird and completely insane.
In the final part of the birds in Vasai-Virar series, I will be focusing on the urban garden Vasai birds. Most of these birds are found in Vasai-Virar region throughout the year. However, that does not mean that these birds are easy to photograph. While some birds are always close to human civilization some birds still prefer to be left alone and they take some time to be discovered. If you have not read the previous part of the series you can read more about Vasai aquatic birds here and Vasai forest and grassland birds here.
In the previous post, I mentioned about the aquatic birds in Vasai. These migratory birds are usually in Vasai during the monsoon period from July to September when small lakes and ponds appear all over the places offering better conditions for these birds to settle and breed and then move ahead. In this post, we move on to the forest and grassland Vasai birds and many of these resident Vasai birds are here throughout the year because they are not dependent only on fish for their food.
In my previous post, I wrote about the history of Vasai and how it has gradually become the Vasai as we know of today. So, in case you’ve missed that part, or if you are interested in the history of this place, I would recommend you read that before you proceed. However, if you are a nature lover Vasai is one place to visit especially during the monsoon season. Now, there are no special areas in Vasai-Virar region so I cannot recommend any particular places which you should visit. The region is quite vast and open and there’s a lot of greenery around which attracts the local and migratory aquatic Vasai birds to settle down here for some time before they continue their journey elsewhere.
Most of my blog posts are usually about my travel experiences. However, recently I have not been traveling much mainly due to the amount of work I do. So, I and Sarah came up with the thought to write about Vasai history. Vasai is a little north of the Mumbai on the west coast. A few decades ago, Vasai was a sleepy town enjoying its own peaceful existence. Today it is one of the fastest growing towns in the suburban Mumbai.