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.
There is no food in the world like homemade food. Well, that’s true, but things are a bit different for me. I have worked in the restaurants and hotels for quite some time early in my career. Consequently, that has attracted me towards trying out new cuisines and food at some of the newest food places and pubs in Mumbai and elsewhere in India.
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.
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.
As a traveller, I have always been surprised by the wonders of nature and the landscape that I see around. However, there are times when surprises come from the most unexpected situations. When I started this blog, my sole objective was to offer reliable information about India and Indian destinations to locals and international travellers who would want to explore my country. In the last couple of years, as I wrote more posts, I have been receiving questions from readers who email me their queries – some sensible ones, some funny and some really weird questions. I try to answer them as honestly as I could based on my opinions and experiences.
While dams are designed for irrigation, flood control, water supply and hydroelectric power some dams end up being a tourist destination. Lonavala has transformed from a sleepy hill station in the 1990s to a bustling tourist attraction today. When I first visited Lonavala in 1990, I had never seen anything like it before. Tucked away in the corner of the world. Reaching Lonavala from Mumbai then was, at least, a 5-hour journey that can be risky during the monsoon season as the Western Ghat road was steep and accident-prone.
Well, a lot of my readers have been waiting for this. From my college days, I’ve been attending the Kala Ghoda Art Festival and I’ve continued to be a part of it. I’m not sure if regular visitors are enjoying the festival with the same enthusiasm because the festival has changed in many sense, but I’m not sure what attracts so many people to the KGAF. At the moment I’m happy that I attended the festival, but I’m not so happy in many sense and I will vent out my feelings in another post. So, for the moment here are the pictures, I believe they are self-explanatory, so enjoy browsing through all of it. The theme of the festival is – Crossing The Threshold
Mumbai, the city of dreams. Although, it might not be the capital of India, it certainly holds a strategic importance and continues to be the financial hub of the country and provides employments to countless people across the country who come here with dreams to make it big. It is the city of money, power, greed, crime and love. However, Bombay as it was known then was quite different from what it has become now. This time I am taking you back in time to explore a different shade of the city which is now known as the Maximum City. I am fascinated by the heritage structure of South Mumbai (maybe because I grew up watching these buildings,fountains, structures all my life) and so I want to take my readers on a South Bombay (now Mumbai) tour, especially my friends and readers abroad who know very little about my city.
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.