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Travel to Mumbai and discover these hidden gems

Mumbai is the city of dreamers, hard-workers, and wandering souls coming to witness its dashed natural beauty. Resting beautifully on the coast of Arabian Sea, Mumbai city holds a magical aura, making you feel out of the world. Its serenity topped with the scenic waterfront of rumbling the Arabian Sea is arguably to-die-for.

When talking about Mumbai, it is hard not to mention the popular tourist attractions Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Juhu Chowpatty, etc. Owing to their popularity, these top attractions can be visited by opting for an ideal Mumbai tour and travel packages.  The touristy spots are thronged by people who travel to Mumbai from all over the world to see its fascinating beauty.

Mumbai city also houses some gorgeous places in its lap, away from the spotlight and the attention of people. The remnants of historical forts, relics from a bygone era, a peaceful hall for meditation and soothing vibes are hallmarks of these intriguing places. Ditch the all-time crowded places and visit the following lesser-known jewels sitting silently in the bustling city :

1)       Fort Bassein

Fort Bassein is a formidable fort, now turned into a monument in Mumbai city. The fort is of national importance and has an important role related to the Portuguese invasion in Indian history. It is after the 'Treaty of Bassein' the Portuguese slowly expanded their rule in West-India. The rustic ruins retain their charm withstanding the course of nature. See the buildings in ruins, arches with worn out marks of designer carvings, gateways, etc. Several parts of the fort can also be seen covered by plants and minor wildlife inhabiting around it. Plan a visit to this fort and get acquainted with an interesting Indo-Portuguese history.

2)       Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, established in 1855 is the oldest museum in Mumbai city. It is another unnoticed spot, exhibiting an impressive archaeological collection. Dr. Bhau Daji Lad was one of the members of a committee then formed for the construction of a new building for the museum under the leadership of George Buist. Later, the museum was renamed and opened in 1872. It displays timeless artifacts, including a 17th-century manuscript of Hatim Tai, historical photographs of Mumbai, clay models, silver and copperware and costumes. After exiting the museum, stop by the installation of the monolithic basalt elephant sculpture recovered from the sea, which originated from Elephanta Island.

3)       Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, widely famous as a Mount Mary Church, is a 100 year old Roman Catholic Basilica. The Basilica devoted to the Virgin Mary is located in Bandra, Mumbai. The birthday of the Virgin Mary is celebrated every year on the first Sunday after 8 September. Bandra Fair is the main attraction and people visit from far off places to enjoy the lively celebration.

4)        Global Vipassana Pagoda

The Global Vipassana Pagoda is the largest meditation hall in the world with a seating capacity of around 8,000 mediators. It was built as a tribute to Vipassana teacher, Sayagyi U Ba Khin. The massive structure is an emblem of peace and harmony. You will enjoy the visit as you witness the world's largest stone dome built without any supporting pillars. You can also join the Ten-day Vipassana meditation courses held free of cost at the Dhamma Pattana meditation centre, a part of this huge Pagoda complex.

5)         Haji Ali Shrine

It is a 600 year old mosque and the tomb of a Sufi Saint, built on an islet connected by a jutted causeway. The Haji Ali Dargah is highly revered and sees as many as 80,000 visitors per week swarming to take the blessings. It lies on the coast of Worli representing a quintessential Indo-Islamic architecture. You can visit this famous place on your interesting tour to the Dream City Mumbai.

 

 

 

Splurge in Vivacious Beaches of Goa

Goa is nature bliss, gorged amid beaches, with no end to nightlife, which makes it a hub for party lovers. Although, small in size, it has so much to offer. Once a Portuguese colony, Goa is a perfect blend of Indian and European ethnicity. The food and culture make for a fun-filled odyssey, but immaculate beaches in Goa take the limelight. The myriad beaches in Goa are an abode to luxury resorts and the plethora of shacks. Trance parties to tranquility; you will find all this and more when you travel Goa.

Here is an overview of some of the best beaches in Goa.

Calangute:- It is a commercial beach in Goa, brimming with tourists all year long. There are hundreds of shacks, all lined up, selling everything from drinks to food and souvenirs. Known for Goa's most distinguished eateries Calangute is known for its frenzied nightlife.

Anjuna Beach: - There are bountiful sightseeing places in North Goa, but Anjuna Beach is a hot spot for domestic and international tourists. Once, a home to hippies, the beach is snuggled between hills and the Arabian Sea. Its Wednesday flea market is crowd-pleasing where you can shop for apparels, jewelry and handicraft items.

Palolem Beach: - Palolem is a pristine beach, which is mostly swarming with foreign tourists who live in shacks along the shore. The beach is crescent in shape with the rocks jutting out into the sea. The beach "Silent Noise Party,” is a big hit among tourists.

Agonda Beach: - Spread across the long stretch of the sea it is a perfect den for those who are looking to unwind. Usually, Agonda Beach is quiet and relatively less crowded. You can spend your time in a hut right on the beach and relish the serenity of the sun and sand.

Arambol Beach: - Once a small fishing village, Arambol is a new found home to hippie. Considered as the rage among Goans, it experiences the flow of distinct traveler. For rejuvenating invest time in various therapies such as meditation, yoga, and Reiki.

For recreation, you can indulge in various activities in Goa

There is no dearth of fun places in Goa and it enthralls every adventure lover. In Goa, tourists from all over the world engage in activities in water as well as on land. Some of the popular activities that will surely make you ask for more during your trip to Goa are listed below:-

Scuba Diving: - It is an opportunity to come fact face with the stimulating wonders of the sea. This scuba diving is performed under the protection of trained expertise with safety equipment who accompanies you during the diving.

Parasailing: - Well suited for families, kids, and adventure junkies, parasailing is the best things to do in Goa. The feeling of flying high above the turquoise water of the Arabian Sea is hard to explain.

Eating Out: - Beaches in Goa are dotted with long queues of beach restaurants and shacks. These places are the best options for vacationers where they can taste a wide range of cuisine served with drinks.

Beach Parties: - Last but not the least, beaches in Goa are known for best party places. Trance, rave or full moon, local residents or voyager, they love to party, which lasts till the wee hours of the morning.

Goa is a place of true wonders and, other than the things listed above, there is much more to see in Goa. The only solution is to explore with an open mind and you will discover some of the most amazing things to do in Goa. Book your Goa tour packages and create unforgettable memories at this place.

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