How Hampi turned out to be the Perfect Place for a Perfect Birthday – by Yamini Gupta

When I first heard about Hampi, it was for one of my girlfriend’s 30th birthday. We were looking for a weekend getaway and i remember one of my friends wholeheartedly recommending Hampi. Now honestly, I wasn’t quite excited with the idea of visiting a historical place on a birthday. So when we left from Hospet to Hampi at sunrise, in my head I had already imagined spending the next few hours looking at temples and structures and learning the history behind them. It was so expected, that it was no longer exciting.

But boy, I was so wrong. It was just 15 minutes into the auto trip; when the landscape began to change. Giant monolithic rocks sparsely began to appear on the horizon. They were huge. Beyond any measure, beyond my capacity to fathom what could possibly they be doing there. Stand-alone rocks, just lying in isolation, with no signs of a parent mountain around. And then with every passing km, my jaws dropped more. My presumptions were wrong, when I had thought that Hampi was ordinary. That what more it can possibly offer than a couple of history and architectural lessons.

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Instead, it was magical. It was an era that had stood so still through time, that it engulfs you. It made me believe that I am a part of it. Living and breathing in it. By the end of that day, we had started making up stories and acting like the kings and the queens of the place.

We spent hours role-playing, getting lost from one ruin to the next, searching for the purpose of the rocks and structures that had stood intact on top of each other for ages. Though the day ended soon, I often find myself extending and revisiting it in my thoughts and dreams. It was the perfect place for a perfect birthday.

– Travel Story submitted by Yamini Gupta

Human Values are same irrespective of where you are on this Mother Earth – by Srishty Jain

Learning that human values are same irrespective of where you are on this mother earth.

We were in New Zealand and were doing car trip. It was in 2011 and the Google Maps were not very popular. We rented a tomtom- a GPRS device. The trip was going awesome and we were enchanted by the beauty of New Zealand.

That day, we started from Rotorua and had to reach Tauranga. I was operating the tomtom- it gave me two options – Tauranga bay road and Tauranga. I selected Tauranga bay as I thought that would be near the beach. We kept driving and the destination was nowhere to be seen. We could not find anyone on the road. Then the road ended and GPRS was showing some more distance, we drove in the hope that civilization would appear, but could not find anyone.

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We finally reached a beach which was completely unchartered, virgin, pristine and so calm. The sun was about to set and I could see the moon on the horizon. We could not fathom why it was so empty? Suddenly we had sighting of one kind soul and we immediately went to him and asked about Tauranga. He looked at the address and told us that we came towards the wrong direction and our destination was 450km away from that point.

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The place where we were standing was a small village with no restaurants or hotels. We were shocked. Looking at our quizzical faces, this person took us to his house where he was having a small get together. His wife in the middle of the party cooked vegetarian pasta for us and let us join their celebration. They insisted us to spent the night with them. We knew they had other guests from the town.

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We thanked them for everything they did for us that night and left their place feeling so grateful to our hosts. The couple gave us a good wishes note which is still with us and reminds us of our eventful day.

The whole incident taught us a lifetime lesson that human values of helping each other, sharing meal and making them part of your life are same across the world and they always leave a lifelong impression on you!!!

– Travel Story submitted by Srishty Jain

Solo Trekking Experience of a little girl from ‘Dangerous Delhi’ – by Charishma Thankappan

Growing up in Delhi, raised by conservative parents, I had never been allowed to venture out on my own. Educated in a girls’ convent school, play time with friends – strictly girls, a trip to the shops down the road, or even opening the door at the sound of the bell; were all actions that needed to be performed under the supervision of either of my parents. Accompanying me to the school bus and escorting me back home was a routine that my parents never missed until the last day of my 12th standard. As friends and peers made fun of me, I silently bore the embarrassment with resent at the lack of freedom. It was only after entering college that I realised, that it was not freedom that I was deprived; but the unconditional protection that I was given by my parents.

Traversing narrow deserted alleys, walking by unblinking stares, dodging arms ready to grab; I made my way through college. In the five years, I had experienced enough and more of eve-teasing and molestation in just my journeys to and from college. I thought I might as well euthanize the aspiring traveller within me, hoping to see the world someday.

Moving to Mumbai, I thought I was free from the clutches of that horrific breed of men that Delhi was known for. But soon enough I learned that the city that was touted as the safest for women was not at all different from the city of my birth. Some of the experiences I encountered were, in fact, worse than those I had ever experienced in Delhi. With the end of 2012, during which I had also spent two years in the Maximum City, I was saddled with hatred towards my country, which was shared by perhaps most women around India at that time. I desperately sought to escape from this hell-hole that India seemed to have degraded to.

Yet, after moving to Oman, the by then almost dead traveller within me took a rebirth. In one and a half years, I had travelled almost the length and breadth of the country. An unexpected return to India left me unprepared and restless, having tasted the addictive apple.

Being blessed with an equally enthusiastic travel maniac of a husband, we made plans for our first visit to the Himalayas. As luck would have it, an emergency drew my husband to our hometown of Kerala on the eve of our scheduled trip. While I stayed back in Delhi, awaiting his return, it was not to be as a personal loss in his family put an end to his return altogether. It was a testing time for me as I had to make some decisions. At an unprepared juncture in life, I took some resolutions that could have cost me much. At the risk of facing censure from my husband’s family for not being with them at a crucial time and the hazard of missing possible job interviews; I resolved to do something I had never imagined in my existence so far.

I boarded the bus from Majnu Ka Tila and reached McLeodganj. Finding my way around, I trudged about, slowly gaining confidence and comfort in the crowd of enthusiastic travellers. I explored the entire place and then went on to embark upon the Triund trek on my own.

Arming myself with information from the internet, I set out on the day trek alone. Donning the spirit of adventure, I took the longest route, where I found myself alone for most of the time. I found a handful of fellow trekkers along the way after much of the climb and found more people at the fag end. Reaching the peak was a most exhilarating moment, as I delighted at the achievement of having attempted and completed a solo trek, even though it was a relatively easy one.

Subsequently, I chose to ride along the wave of confidence that I was overcome with, and I made plans for extending my solo sojourn further. The next morning dawned with me boarding a bus to Manali.

The experience at Manali was entirely different from the time spent at McLeodganj. While the latter is a place brimming with backpackers and solo travellers, including women; my reception at Manali was met with wonderment by the locals. Manali turned out to be a family vacation spot, outnumbered by Indians, and there was hardly any other solo traveller, that too a woman. But while it made me a bit uncomfortable, making me wonder if I had made a mistake; it also turned out to be advantageous. People were more forthcoming and helpful towards me as a solo woman traveller and offered help and support that exceeded my expectation. They made sure that I was comfortable and safe. Though I had a completely touristy experience at Manali, I did enjoy my time there nonetheless.

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Thus ended my maiden solo trip and solo trekking experience, bolstering my confidence to pursue it further – in another land; at another time. The little girl from ‘Dangerous Delhi’ who had never stepped out on her own is now making her parents proud as a voracious traveller, discovering new sights and sounds.

– Travel Story submitted by Charishma Thankappan

Free Diving with the Manta Ray Sharks in Indonesia – Travel Story by Abhishek Dugar

Solo Adventure to Indonesia!
Location: Manta Point, Nusa Penida, Indonesia
Activity: Free Diving with the Manta Ray Sharks

Brief account of what transpired:

Hands down the highlight of my trip was swimming with the magnificent Manta Rays. Although these creatures can be quite intimidating because of their massive size, they are pretty much harmless. They apparently have the biggest biggest brain to body ratio found in any water species and are known to be very curious beings.

Before we took off in our boat, we were told that spotting a Manta had become a rare occurrence because of the large number of tourists who visit the spot. When we arrived at the point, we could already see about five boats packed with snorkelers and divers, waiting for the fish, ready to pounce in the water on first sight.

Abhishek Dugar - AAO Travel Tribe StoriesOur shrewd boat captain was able to spot a few baby Mantas away from the crowd and asked us to gently get in the water so that we don’t attract the attention of the other boats. I followed his instructions and quietly dived in…. right over the mother Manta! She was about 9ft wide! I won’t lie, it freaked me out a little.

I calmed my nerves quickly and stayed rooted to my spot. The next few minutes were some that I will never forget. The mother, along with babies, started closing in towards me and the other two divers from our boat. The curious giants got quite close, about a a couple of meters away, playfully circling around us. They would move in closer and move right back out, as though testing if we posed any danger. This carried on for about 3-5 minutes. They would get close enough for us to see the unique patterns on their bellies, their eyes and even the inside of their huge mouths.

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Just as we were getting accustomed to their movement patterns, we heard a series of small splashes all around us. The other boats had discovered our little secret and the tourists had all started diving in, creating chaos in the previously calm waters.

The Mantas, in the middle of all the confusion, darted away.

– Travel Story submitted by Abhishek Dugar

Yes, love can happen at first sight – Travel Story by Niharika Arora

My old fears were far from the ones I have now. They were materialistic and egoistic. Now that I get exposed to such beauty, I have a realization which keeps the power to stop every raging useless war within me. And, Edmund Hillary said, “it’s not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves.”

Delhi to Chhitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India is a voyage of 15 h (602.3 km), covering the deadliest Hindustan-Tibet road. It is caprice as the charm of Devbhoomi unfolds, a different language, exquisite and enchanting & an addictive natural beauty. The experience of driving beneath millions of stars is inexplicable, with the beauty around pacifying fears.

After an arduous journey on the precarious route, we reached Chhitkul at around 4 am in pitch darkness. We had to sojourn in the car, wrapped in blankets and still our breaths were going heavy and bodies shifting to numb mode.

We tried to sleep in the hope of a new and a better day, strengthening our psyche and will.
It was 7 am & we stepped out of the frosted car to rejoice our frozen bodies with the sight of a sunlit village in front of us.

Yes, love can happen at first sight.

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There was a smile on each person’s face, a thing common in the entire village, a symbol of pure happiness and contentment that binds them in a single thread and gives them the strength to face difficulties together.

I had this unquenchable feeling while returning, not knowing if anything else would ever transcend this heaven again.

– Travel Story submitted by Niharika Arora

10 Best Places to Visit in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

One shouldn’t miss the best places to visit in Jaipur!

Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India’s first planned city. Jaipur is often called the Pink City in reference to its distinctly colored buildings, which were originally painted this color to imitate the red sandstone architecture of Maugham cities. Considered to be one of the must-visit cities in India, the city Jaipur is a delight with many historical monuments to visit.

Along with these monuments, we suggest some more places which you shouldn’t miss in the form of 10 must-visit places!

1. Hawa Mahal: Jaipur’s most distinctive landmark, the Hawa Mahal is an extraordinary pink-painted delicately honeycombed hive that rises a dizzying five storeys. The top offers stunning views of Jantar Mantar and the City Palace in one direction and over Sireh Deori Bazaar in the other.

2. City Palace: Located in the heart of the Pink City Jaipur, the City Palace was where the Maharaja reigned from. Apart from the regal architecture, the palace offers a stunning view of the Pink City and also an insight into the rich heritage of a bygone era.

3. Amer Fort: The Amer Fort, also known as the Amber Fort is one of the popular tourist attractions in Jaipur. This colossal fort is a wonderful specimen of the medieval Rajput style of architecture. From the top of the fort, one can have a stunning view of the entire city of Jaipur. Tourists can enjoy a nice elephant ride to ascend the fort. It offers a royal feeling to the trip.

4. Nahargarh Fort: Embellished with delicate carvings and stonework, the Nahargarh Fort is an impregnable fortification that together with its two neighboring forts, Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort, once stood as the strong defense of Jaipur city. With some breathtaking views of the city, the Nahargarh Fort is known for its extended wall which connects it to Jaigarh Fort.

5. Jantar Mantar: Built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734, Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory, which features the world’s largest stone sundial. This Jantar Mantar observatory is also a UNESCO World Heritage site that every tourist must add to their itinerary.

6. Jaigarh Fort: Jaigarh Fort grabs the attention of travelers with its unique approach. Particularly the carvings on the walls make it stand as an architectural wonder along with its rainwater harvesting system. Mostly known as the Fort of Victory this particular fort is constructed to store the weapons and other military utilities. During the rule of Rajputs and Mughals, the desert state was a major center of artillery production. Right now every traveler can see the used weapons and other war utilities that are preserved and displayed in the fort museum.

7. Jal Mahal: This Mahal is one of the most popular monuments in Jaipur. Built by Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799 A.D, the particular palace is a perfect showcase of the splendid architecture of that era.

8. Albert Hall of Museum: This museum is one of the interesting and oldest destinations of the city. The museum displays thousands of historic items which include the apparels, jewelry, weapons, artifacts and a few more that belongs to the royal Rajasthani families.

9. Govind Dev Ji Temple: The temple is one of the most visited tourist destinations of Jaipur which speaks to the royal past of Pink City. It is believed to be the most royal temple on earth after Vrindavan, especially for supporters of Lord Krishna. The entire place expresses divine feeling and give peace and satisfaction to the soul of visitors.

10. Bazaars: Some of Jaipur’s best shopping experiences are to be found in city’s old bazaars. These are located in the walled city, around the two main blocks called the Badi and Chhoti Chaupar. Embroidered apparel, carry bags, silver jewelry, real gems, regal rugs etc can be purchased here.

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10 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata, West Bengal, India

One shouldn’t miss the best places to visit in Kolkata!

Kolkata is regarded as India’s intellectual, artistic and cultural capital. Bearing the title, the city has a lot to offer for tourists in the aspect of cultural, architectural and historical aspects.

Listing the top 10, our team recommends you to visit all these places.

1. Victoria Memorial: One of the major heritage and historic sites in India include the Victoria Memorial. Built of sparkling white marble, it draws in a large number of tourists from all over the country.

2. Howrah Bridge: The bridge is an architectural marvel and a well-known Kolkata landmark. One can walk across the bridge and admire its unique construction or glide underneath while on a boat ride along the Hooghly River.

3. Birla temple: The magnificent Birla Mandir is an exemplary work of art. It is one of the finest architectural beauties of the city. The indigenous craftsmanship of the temple is the hallmark of its grandeur. It represents a beautiful blend of traditional and contemporary art. The temple is also a revered place of worship and devotion.

4. Dakshineswar temple: It is one of the most revered, sacred temples in Kolkata, dedicated to goddess Kali. It was at this very place that the Rama Krishna Paramahamsa, the highly revered religious thinker attained his spiritual vision and advocated the unity of all religions.

5. Indian museum: The Indian museum, popularly known as ‘Jadughar’ is the ninth oldest museum in the world. It is the largest museum across India and boasts exquisite collections of armor, antiques, ornaments, skeleton, fossils, mummies and beautiful Mughal paintings.

6. Eden Gardens: The Stadium is the largest cricket stadium in India and the second largest in the world by its seating capacity. The historic and iconic cricket stadium has a seating capacity of more than one lakh spectators. It was one of the first cricket stadiums in India where floodlights were installed and Day & Night cricket was played. It is the home of the Bengal Cricket Team and the Kolkata Knight Riders of the Indian Premier League.

7. Birla Planetarium: This planetarium, set up in 1962 is similar to London planetarium. Shows extending for about an hour are either in English, Hindi, or Bengali. The audience is enthralled by the spectacular show of constellations, zodiacal patterns of the sky, and space probes.

8. Marble Palace: Built in 1835, the mansion is famous for its sparkling white marble walls and floors, from which it has derived its present name. The palace also has an exquisite collection of Western sculpture and Victorian furniture.

9. St. Paul cathedral: St Paul’s Cathedral is acknowledged as the first Episcopal Church of the eastern world. It is an Anglican cathedral of the Church of North India. Besides, being a religious site, the cathedral is also an architectural marvel.

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10 Best Places to Visit in Delhi, India

One shouldn’t miss the best places to visit in Delhi!

A symbol of the country’s rich past and thriving present, Delhi is a city where ancient and modern blend seamlessly together. It is home to millions of dreams, the city takes on unprecedented responsibilities of realizing dreams bringing people closer and inspiring their thoughts.

Clearing all the confusions of a traveler in Delhi, we bring you the 10 must-visit places in the city.

1. India Gate: The memorial bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919. During nightfall, India Gate is dramatically floodlit while the fountains nearby make a lovely display with colored lights. One can see hoards of people moving about the brightly lit area and on the lawns on summer evenings.

2. Lotus Temple: This temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower and is the last of seven Major Bahai’s temples built around the world. Round the blooming petals are nine pools of water, which light up, in natural light. It looks spectacular at dusk when it is floodlit.

3. Lodhi Gardens: The old Lady Willington Park, now known as Lodhi Garden, is dotted with monuments of Sayyid and Lodhi Periods, which include tombs mosques, and bridges. It is a favorite point for early morning walkers from the posh south Delhi colonies.

4. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib: Known for its association with Guru Har Krishan, the eighth Sikh guru, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most prominent religious as well as tourist places in Delhi. A visit to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib rejuvenates your soul. This place of solace is flocked by more than thousand people in one single day.

5. Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple: This temple epitomizes 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom a d bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions, and timeless spiritual messages.

6. Red Fort: The Red Fort is the historic fort in Old Delhi which was built by fifth Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century. The fort is known for its setting for an evening sound and light show.

7. Humayun’s tomb: Located near the crossing of Mathura road and Lodhi road, this magnificent garden tomb is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India. Inside the walled enclosure, the most notable features are the garden squares (chaharbagh) with pathways water channels, centrally located well proportional mausoleum topped by a double dome.

8. Jama Masjid: This great mosque of Old Delhi is the largest in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. he highly decorative mosque has three great gates, four towers and two 40 m-high minarets constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble.

9. Chandni Chowk: It is the perfect place to shop in. This densely populated market has been around for more than three centuries.

10. Qutub Minar: Qutub Minar in Delhi has been counted as the highest brick tower in the whole wide world. This great architectural structure was built to propound the prominence of the Islam religion. This tall impressive structure is visited by thousands of travelers every year from all over the world.

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10 Best Places to Visit in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

One shouldn’t miss the best places to visit in Agra!

Agra, once the capital of Mughal Empire is a place of marvel architecture. Not just is the city famous for Taj Mahal, it also has its reputation for tombs of various kinds. With a colorful medieval look and Indo-Persian architecture, this city attracts tourists around the year.

Here, we bring you the 10 must-visit places in Agra:

1. Taj Mahal: Being one of the seven wonders of the world, the symbol of love monument is considered to be the most popular tourist attraction in the country. The Taj was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his queen Mumtaz.

2. Agra Fort: Also known as Lal Qila, Fort Rouge or Red Fort of Agra, the Agra Fort is a UNESCO world heritage site. The construction of the massive fort of red sandstone by the banks of Yamuna river was started by Emperor Akbar and is one of the must-visit places in our list.

3. Fatehpur Sikhri: A monument predominantly made of red sandstone, Fatehpur Sikri was once the capital of Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is now a UNESCO world heritage site and a famous tourist attraction. The city offers a fine example of Akbar’s architectural finesse.

4. Itmad-ud-Daula: This tomb nestled on the bank of the river Yamuna was built by Queen Noor Jahan for her parents in the middle of the Persian Garden. It was constructed using yellow marble, with black and white marble inlay, and was hence called the Baby Taj.

5. Akbar’s Tomb: The Tomb of Akbar the Great is an important and iconic Mughal architectural masterpiece, built in 1605. The best time to visit this place is during October.

6. Jama Masjid: This relatively simple mosque built almost entirely in red sandstone was built by Jahanara, the daughter of Shah Jahan. Seen in itself, this is still an imposing piece of architecture and one of the largest mosques in the country.

7. Mehtab Bagh: Located just north to the glorious wonder called the Taj Mahal and overlooking the Agra Fort and Yamuna river on the opposite side, Mehtab Bagh is a rare retreat of natural bliss and one of the most scenic spots in Agra.

8. Wildlife SOS: Established in 1995, Wildlife SOS is a laudatory initiative started by a group of individuals to work in the direction of protecting and conserving wildlife, maintaining quality habitats, and safeguarding rich biodiversity.

9. Chini Ki Rauza: Dedicated to the memory of the Prime Minister of the court, during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Chini ka Rauza is a funerary monument situated on the eastern bank of the Yamuna river in Agra.

10. Sheroes Hangout: It is a cafe near the Taj Mahal, Agra, which is run by five women who have all survived acid attacks. With the help of an NGO called Chaanv Foundation and supporters of the Stop Acid Attack network, they now run the café in Agra very close to the Taj Mahal.

So that now you’ve got the list of places to visit in Agra, don’t miss out to visit any of them when you travel to Agra.

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10 Best Places to Visit in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

One shouldn’t miss the best places to visit in Mumbai!

Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is the capital of the state of Maharashtra. Mumbai lies on the western coast of India. Popularly referred to as the city that never sleeps; Mumbai is the industrial, financial, and celluloid hub of India.

Here, we bring you the 10 must-visit places to visit in Mumbai:

Gateway of India: The Gateway of India is an emblematic landmark not only in Mumbai but in the entire country. A monument that speaks volumes about the political history of the country, Gateway of India is the perfect place to get acquainted with the spirited life of Mumbai and is a favorite among history buffs, tourists, and photographers.

Elephanta Caves: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Elephanta Caves is a specimen of rock-cut art and architecture from the times of medieval India Natively known as Gharapurichi Leni, the Elephanta Caves that exist today are ruins of what were once elaborately painted artworks. It also provides an amazing view of the Mumbai skyline.

Haji Ali: Situated at the backdrop of a beautiful view of the sea is the shrine of Haji Ali, a wealthy merchant turned into Muslim Sufi. Built of glass, the tomb is a beautiful illustration of the Indo-Islamic style of architecture. Many famous personalities visit the shrine to seek blessings.

Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus: The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is a fine example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in India, with a blend of themes derived from Indian traditional architecture. Its remarkable stone dome, turrets, pointed arches, and eccentric ground plan are close to traditional Indian palace architecture.

The Marine Drive: Marine Drive is a km long, arc shaped boulevard along the South Mumbai coast, starting from the southern end of Nariman Point and ending at the famous Chowpatty beach. The Marine Drive is also known as the Queen’s necklace on account of its shape and yellow streetlights. It makes for a spectacular view at night.

SiddhiVinayak Temple: Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the popularity and faith of devotees in the Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai is inexpressible. The ambience and the atmosphere of the temple will take you into an everlasting world – a blessed world of peace and faith. Each day over 25,000 devotees visit the sacred temple and is even frequently visited by celebrities.

Juhu Beach: Juhu Beach is one of the most famous and most visited beaches in Mumbai. It has a big shore line. You will find people jogging on the beach during early morning and evening. Best time of the day is evening time, as you will see the sunset, beautiful lighting and various vendors offering food and articles for sale. Juhu Beach is a favorite shoot location for the film industries as it provides beautiful ambiance for shooting.

Bandra Worli Sea Link: The Famous Bandra-Worli sea link is also known by the name Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link. It is a cable bridge that connects Bandra in the west of Mumbai to Worli which is in the southern part of the city. It has helped in saving a lot of time for the passengers who travel from Bandra to Worli and vice versa. The bridge looks spectacular at night when the lights are all lit up and you see a completely new look of the place. It is an absolutely perfect place to capture some lovely moments with their friends and family while you are on a drive with them.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park: This Park is among the rarest of national parks, surrounded on three sides by one of the densest cities on the planet – Mumbai, India. An amazing array of flora and fauna exist within the park’s boundaries, providing aesthetic, historic and cultural value as well as ecological benefits to the populous city. Protecting this unique treasure has required local residents, grassroots organizations, and the park itself to strive for a balanced relationship between people and nature.

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount: Located in the suburbs of the vibrant city of Mumbai, the church enjoys a stunning view of the joyfully bustling Arabian Sea as it beautifully reflects different shades of blue. The basilica is a truly grand, yet humble edifice made from nothing but stone.

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