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Dharavi is the reason why Mumbai is defined as the Financial Capital of India.

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There are the five most prominent slums globally: Dharavi — Mumbai, India, Khayelitsha — Cape Town, South Africa, Kibera — Nairobi, Kenya, Neza — Mexico, and Orangi Town — Karachi, Pakistan.

A ‘slum’ is a thickly populated, seedy part of an urban city, a cramped space inhabited by poor people who usually have been loathing by the upper community. Still, the fact is, they are the most significant contributor to boost the country’s economy. Slums are basically the backbone of the country.

Dharavi is considered one of the largest slums in Asia. It has just over 2.1 square kilometers and…


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The world’s like a ride in a fairground

Photo by Shweta Lakhwani

Adlabs Imagica tagged as India’s favorite holiday destination as well India’s first Disney-style Theme Park and only International standard Amusement park spread out on 130-acre land, located at Khopoli (Raigad District, Maharashtra), Mumbai — Pune Express Highway, which is appx 90 mins drive from Mumbai or Pune (appx 115 km).

For the longest time, the place which I was itching to tick off on my bucket list. It’s been eight years since it’s opened for the public, and I got the chance to visit in May 2019.

The pre-pandemic era clearly has many more memories than a classroom.

I couldn’t…


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One place you unquestionably need to add to your Mumbai Travel list

The Global Vipassana Pagoda. Photo by Shweta Lakhwani.

One of Mumbai’s classic attractions, The Global Vipassana Pagoda, has a Meditation Dome Hall with a capacity to seat around 8,000 Vipassana meditators, the largest such meditation hall the world, and the architecture to make your senses calm.

Buddhism and I have a bit of a history. I have raised in a mixed culture. Born to a Hindu Parents in a Muslim Country and studied in a Convent School. My father is a follower of Buddhism since year 1994. I have grown up listening and reciting Buddhist Chants and pay a visit to Pagoda every month.

Like most of the…


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The vibrant and cosmopolitan neighborhood.

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I absolutely love staying at Marine Drive and never want to stay at any other place in Mumbai, but sometimes you should break out of your comfort zones and explore different places too.

To break the monotonous, I decided to stay in Bandra and explore the places around instead of hopping local train from Churchgate to Bandra every day. I booked Airbnb stay for two nights instead of a hotel.

The British built most of their great monuments in South Mumbai, and the Portuguese decided to stay in the Suburbs of the city. Bandra has such quaint and quiet winding…


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Let’s celebrate life

Juhu Beach Mumbai. Photo by Shweta Lakhwani

Juhu Beach is the longest beach in Mumbai. The surrounding area of Juhu is one of the poshest localities in Mumbai.

It is home to many famous Bollywood and TV celebrities — the most notable being Amitabh Bachchan’s Bungalow — Jalsa. It’s been an important landmark for many years. Amitabh Bachchan’s regular Sunday routine when he waves to the awaiting fans at the gate of his residence, popularly called his Sunday Darshan.

But what really caught my attention all these years here, at Juhu Beach? The beach? YES. But what else? ISKCON Temple and Prithvi Theatre.

Juhu was called “Juvem”


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Travelers are ever curious, dare to explore.

Elephanta Caves, Mumbai. Photo by Shweta Lakhwani.

Elephanta is an island off the Mumbai coast (which is also called Gharapuri); the one in the middle is the biggest and most magnificent.

Elephanta Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the labyrinth of cave temples represents India’s most impressive temple carving dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The rock-cut Elephanta Caves were constructed about the mid-5th to 6th centuries AD. The Portuguese named the island “Elephanta” because of a giant stone elephant near the shore (this collapsed in 1814 and was moved by the British to Mumbai’s Jijamata Udyan).

How to get to Elephanta Island?

The ferry tickets to Elephanta are sold at a kiosk near…


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See the light of Christ, kneel to pray.

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The interesting shift in Mumbai’s architectural styles from Gothic to Gothic Revival to Indo-Saracenic to Art Deco can be seen around South Mumbai from the Fort area till Colaba.

The Cathedral of Holy Name, built in Gothic Revival style in 1905, is conveniently located on Colaba Causeway's road. Further away, towards the end tip of Colaba at Navy Nagar (South end of Mumbai).

St. Thomas Cathedral, built-in Neoclassical architecture and Gothic Revival architecture built in 1718, was the first Anglican Church in Mumbai. It was named in Honour of Saint Thomas the Apostle. …


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The part of Mumbai with a slice of history and gorgeous hidden gems.

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The cultural hub of the magnificent Mumbai city — South Mumbai. Long before Bombay changed to Mumbai and malls, big entertainment centers crowded the city; South Mumbai (then South Bombay, a.k.a SoBo) had an exceptional amount of glamour. If New York has Mid Town and Soho, Mumbai has South Mumbai, the old world charm.

Since auto-rickshaws are not permitted in South Mumbai, traffic here is much better than any part of Mumbai.

Geographically, South Mumbai lies at the southern corner of Mumbai. Most city residents use the term to refer to Mahim's stretch to Colaba as South Mumbai. …


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The world is too big to stay in one place.

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I love reading travel and adventure stuff, especially Lonely Planet, Condé Nast Traveller, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and watching NGC since I was 5. Maybe it is the reason I did developed a sense of adventure since childhood.

Few days back, while browsing on Pinterest, I stumbled upon pictures of jaw-dropping unique stays in the world while searching for aesthetic wallpapers.

We all know about:

  • Giraffe Manor in Nairobi (Kenya), where the Giraffe’s regularly greet guests during morning and evening meals.
  • Snow globe — the cozy igloos stay at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, at the edge of the…

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Welcome to India’s only French Town

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There is an infinite reason why we call India an Incredible India. Besides numerous festivals, God and Goddesses, languages, architecture, and faith, India still has foreign lands such as British, Portuguese, and French, which has been preserved for many years.

Puducherry, previously known as Pondicherry (locals call it Pondy), and if you are from 90’s you still call Mumbai as Bombay and Kolkata Calcutta cities name change, emotions doesn’t.

Puducherry is appx 160 km from Chennai, around 3 hours drive. You can take a train as well from Chennai to Puducherry.

Ang Lee’s film Life of Pi’s opening scenes of…

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