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.
Do you love to travel abroad, but don’t have the right budget to do so? To be honest, I’ve seen many of my friends and colleagues talk about how desperate they are to travel abroad to spend great holiday time with their friends, family and life partner, but their limited income and household expenses do not really provide them the room to turn their dreams into reality. Well, I understand that completely because many of my friends have travel abroad and I’ve seen how much money it really takes to make that 10-15 days trip. On the other hand, when you return you may be short of cash and its back to hard work and hectic life. So, I decided to come up with a post that not just attracts Indian travelers, but also help international visitors to come visit India and explore locations that look like any other foreign locations, but at an affordable Indian price tag. Of course, those who have travel abroad would know that foreign locations are cleaner than the Indian counterparts, but my friend, you also got to keep in mind that you’re paying incredibly low for your trip, so you got to compromise somewhere.
So, here are 5 places in India that give you that feel of a foreign location at an Indian price.
There was a time when I used to hear people say that it will take ages for the internet to penetrate Indian market. This is because at that point in time, most Indians preferred to buy products and services in a very conventional way. I believe many of them still follow the same buying pattern. While I do make online purchases today, I myself prefer to buy many things offline, products that I can see, feel, touch in person, so that I get that sense of satisfaction. You may call me old-fashioned, but I need to know what I am buying, after all I work really hard to earn my income and I want to spend it wisely and correctly. Millions of Indians feel the same way, but in last 5-7 years things have changed. Indian markets have grown considerably with the help of internet boom happening across the country. The metro cities of India sum up only 1/4 of the nation’s population, while the remaining 3/4 population still lives in the rural area, but there has been a tremendous growth of online companies that provide services and products entirely online. Travel is just one such segment where you can see a dramatic change.
In the third and final part of the Lohagad Fort trek series, we focus on the experience of climbing up the fort. The first part of the trek focuses on the Bhaja Caves Lonavala. In the second part, we focused on the Bhaja Caves to Lohagad Fort base. Lohagad Fort is at an elevation of 3,389 feet above sea level. In 1648, the fort was taken over by Shivaji Maharaj. The fort was captured by Shivaji Maharaj in 1648. However, he surrendered it to the Mughals in 1665 under the Treaty of Purandar. He recaptured it later in 1670.
Having fun amidst the rain while trekking has its own level of excitement. When the Southwest monsoon winds bring the clouds hovering above Maharashtra, it’s time for the trekkers and nature enthusiasts to climb up the mountains and forts that can offer them some adventure and exhilarating fun. The Western Ghats offer so much more to the trekkers and nature lovers who want to explore the rugged topography and rocky mountains and walk through the extensive forest network that otherwise remains unexplored. In my previous post, I covered trekking destinations in Maharashtra for basic and medium level trekkers. In this one, we continue our trek journey, but focus on places that can raise the bar to the next level.
I’ve really covered so much about Maharashtra in some of my previous posts that I sometimes feel that there is nothing more that I can write about Maharashtra, but I’m glad I’m wrong and that new ideas emerge where I can showcase the beauty of my state across the globe. During the summers, Maharashtra can be really hot and it can make you sweat like anything, but the scenario changes only a few weeks after the arrival of the monsoon. The thundering black clouds shower over the Western Ghats for days and weeks and transform the hard, rocky and dried up mountains into a carpet of lush green with river water gushing through the mountain cracks offering life to the entire ecosystem in its way.
While many would prefer to stay indoors, thousands prefer to venture into the wild for an adventurous trip that they’ve been waiting for. Trekking in Maharashtra during the monsoon is something that can provide you with a pleasurable feeling like no other. All you need to do is pack your gear, muster up your courage and prepare to conquer these mighty mountains that can offer nature in its purest form. If you’re in Maharashtra and if you want some adventure trekking some of the nearby destinations with friends and family would be an ideal way to break the monotony of your routine life and be close to the Mother Nature.
Let’s take a quick look at the top 5 trekking destinations in Maharashtra for basic and medium level trekkers.
Everybody loves to celebrate and I guess Indians are very passionate about their holidays that they get. Well, I would say Indians are hard working and we usually work more than 60 hours per week so we truly deserve every bit of celebration that comes our way. I am not quite sure about the rest of the country, but being a Mumbai citizen all my life I have known that people here are always ready to take off for some holiday destinations and places where they can forget all those worldly issues and spend some quality time with their family and friends. This year Independence Day is on a Friday which means that people have more reasons to walk out of their homes and enjoy an extended weekend time. In fact, to make it even better it will be an extra-extended weekend this year as Parsis (including me) will be celebrating Parsi New Year on August 18 that falls on a Monday. So, it’s a Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Monday extravaganza this August and I am so excited about it. If you’re an Indian, I will give you a good news, there are two more extra-extended weekends (4 days official holidays in a row) coming up in October, so you can also checkout these destinations then.
We all know that words can have a great impact on our minds, but then I also believe that picture can say a thousand words and therefore the audio video impact is much powerful than just words. While I was commuting in the train, I saw many smartphone users enjoying videos on their mobile devices and I realized that I can show some parts of India to my readers in many different ways. I am a complete movie buff and many of you already know that by now, so I decided to integrate two different interests of mine into one. Music and dance have always remained an important part of Indian movies, so 95% of the Hindi movies have around 4-5 songs that help the story move forward or just entertain the audiences. Hence, a lot of effort goes into creating better music, lyrics and shooting it in a better way with better landscapes. While choosing these songs I learnt that there are more Indian songs being shot internationally than locally and I had a hard time selecting Hindi movie songs that international readers can enjoy even when they don’t comprehend the language.
Here I have come up with a compilation of Indian movie songs that you can enjoy while watch the Indian destinations and landscapes in the background.