A glimpse of vivid cultures in India

Navratri Festival

Navratri Festival

Navratri is festival of celebrating women power and these nine days are dedicated to nine different goddesses. India is a diverse country and in every state, the way Navratri is celebrated is different. Navratri is most important festival in Gujarat and West Bengal.  Navratri is celebrated in zeal with dedicated traditions and culture. Take a look at the amazing way of celebration of both the states given below.

Gujarat

Goddesses worshiped in this state

In gujarat Navratri is most important festival. It is celebrated all nine days with great zeal. Goddess AMBA, who is believed to have taken various forms is devoted with dedication & purity.

The shrine includes a garbo, an earthenware pot, in which a betel nut, coconut, and silver coin.

Way of Celebration

Young, attractive and energetic, the celebration of Navratri goes all through the night with dance of Dandiya and Garba on traditional songs.

Celebrated in honor of divine shakti, the shrine is placed in middle and the folk dance is performed by devotees around it, which is also called as Durga Ahvaan.

Garba and Dandiya is believed to a tribute to goddess as prayers presented to her.
Fasts and Vrats are kept to dedicate entirely to purity and shakti of goddess Amba.

Food

Rajgire ka thepla, Rajgire ki kadhi, Rajgire ki puri, Sabudana khichdi, Singhara ke pakode, Soma rice, Tomato char, Sabudana Wada, and Alu sukha bhaji are most famous during Navaratri.

Havmor and Village are some of the best hotels to have authentic Gujarati cuisine.

Popular Spots

Kalhar Bungalow & Shahibaug Club, Ahmedabad  ( From Ahmedabad Junction- 3.4kms. )
Shankus Dandiya, Surat ( From Surat Railway Station- 17.6kms )
maa shakti garba, Vadodara ( From Vadodara Junction- 500m. )

West Bengal

Goddesses worshiped in this state of West Bengal have huge pandals, where Maa Durga is positioned. Utural conscious, bongs prepare the Murti prior to the festival except her eyes. On the occasion of Mahalaya, eyes are painted to welcome goddess on earth.

The last four days are very much significant in West Bengal and is celebrated with great devotion.

Way of Celebration

On sixth day of Navratri, that is the first day of Durga Pooja, pandals are brought home and decorated with flowers and clothes.

Kola Bau, where in a banana leaf is taken under red saree is bathed in river and then placed by the goddess. This happens on seventh day of Navratri.

The celebration is filled with activities like dhunuchi dance, traditional songs and drama.
On tenth day, on Dashmi, the murti is immersed in water with pure and dedicated devotion.

Married woman initiate the procession of applying red sindoor on the Goddess and then to each other. It is said to be a symbol of marriage and fertility.

Food

Food being major part of the festival, Kolkata Durga Puja special themed Bhog will be presented Khichudi Bhog to you at The Kenilworth for every nine days of celebration.

Khichudi, Labra (Mixed Vegetable Curry), Aloo Posto, Kosha Mangsho (Spiced Goat Curry),  are part of Bengali meal to cherish.

Popular Spots

Dashghara Biswas Bari, Hooghly ( From Kolkata Railway Station-70kms. )
Bagbazaar, Kolkata ( From Kolkata Railway Station- 49.1kms. )
Fuljhore Market Durgapuja Pandal, Durgapur ( From Kolkata Railway Station- 167kms. )
Witnessing these culture in itself is real amazing. Where are you headed then to Ahmedabad Junction or Kolkata Junction to celebrate Navratri? Whatever it is just take off to get the best.

Witnessing these culture in itself is real amazing. Where are you headed then to Ahmedabad Junction or Kolkata Junction to celebrate Navratri? Whatever it is just take off to get the best.

5 Amazing Trekking Experiences near Mumbai

Trekking places near Mumbai

Trekking places near Mumbai

A surprise in store for people who love adventure as well as embracing nature. Trekking is fun when you know exactly how to go with it. Mumbai, is a metropolitan city, but amidst it are beautiful natural beauty that is worth admiring. The experience of trekking plus the fresh air of natural beauty is something to crave for. We have listed trekking places around Mumbai that are worth a shot.

Rajmachi

  • Location : 15 km trekking distance from Lonavala.
  • Why Rajmachi? :  It is declared as protected Monument. – Best trek for the starters. – Great nature view.
  • Level : Easy

Peb

  • Location : 3-4 km on west side of Neral, near Matheran.
  • Why Peb? :  Peb is also called ‘Vikatgad’ for its supposed shape of the Elephant Headed God. – The fort is famous for its caves which are maintained.
  • Level : Moderate

Lohagad

  • Location : 20kms from Lonavala.
  • Why Lohagad? : A very easy trek and starters can get a a great hang of the experience. – Trek cum picnic spot, you can enjoy quality time with your family and friends while embracing nature.
  • Level : Easy

Harishchandra

  • Location : 170 kms from pune and 210 kms from Mumbai. Situated at the base village from Northern side of Paachnai and the base village from Southern side is Khireshwar.
  • Why Harishchandra? :  Historic caves, have origin since 6th century. – Konkan kada, Tramati peak, Kedareshwar temple are must a visit.
  • Level : Difficult

Naneghat

  • Location : 55 km from Kalyan in Murbad.
  • Why Naneghat? : Naneghat literally means coin pass, as initially toll was collected from the traders while passing this hill. – Covered in natural beauty Naneghat will give you both adventure as well as a great refreshment.
  • Level : Moderate.

The above are the best places for trekking around Mumbai and adventurous people should surely tap these places for excitement and fun. What are you waiting for?? Go grab your backpack and sail off.

Image Credits : adventure365.in, images.thrillophilia.com, cleartrip.com, mumbaitravellers.in

Top 10 street Food to enjoy in Mumbai

Top 10 street Food to enjoy in Mumbai

Top 10 street Food to enjoy in Mumbai

Mumbai, is always characterized by its lively nature. A city that never sleeps, it always gives you an adrenaline rush, you just can’t stop. Be it travel, business or food, Mumbai ranks and caters the best. Today we will be highlighting street foods which are popular in Mumbai and everyone should definitely try it once.

Mumbai Meri Jaan:

Splendid and lively, Mumbai a commercial hub of India delivers you wonders on earth. Capital of Maharashtra, Mumbai is a major metropolitan city with unique characteristic of blend of various religions and therefore experience mix-culture.

WHY MUMBAI?

Mumbai an enigma attracts lakhs of tourists all over globe. Experience the blessed fusion of man made wonders and nature in Mumbai.

STREET FOODS IN MUMBAI

  • ANAND’S VADA PAV VILLE PARLE  This Vada Pav is the most delicious & mouth watering. The chatni and the spice blend perfectly.
  • SARDAR’S PAV BHAJI VT STATION  They serve delicious taste with cheese and butter. You should definitely try this once in your lifetime
  • BADEMIYA CHICKEN TIKKA COLABA  Famous for Chicken Tikka, the place is ultimate destination for food lovers. Mouth watering spicy chicken tikka will just make your day.
  • ELCO PANI PURI BANDRA  Known for hygiene and flavors, delicious pani puri should surely be on your bucket list. You can also try other mouth watering chats.
  • MAMLEDAR MISAL THANE  Yummm…spicy filled with flavors is must try street food in Mumbai. Savour the taste of ultimate food of spicy misal pav
  • GURU KRIPA’S SAMOSA SION  Serves the best Samosa in Mumbai. Crowd from all over Mumbai come here to relish the potato stuffed spicy Samosa.
  • CHURCHGATE BUN MASKA CHURCHGATE  If you are hungry, you can try the simplest and tastiest snack available in Mumbai. You should surely try it at least once.
  • KHEEMA PAV O COLABA  If you are a lover of Kheema Pav, then you should try it at Olympia Coffee House. Deliciously wrapped, Kheema pav here is worth a try.
  • BOMBAY SANDWICH VT STATION  You will get variety of blends in this sandwich, just order your favorite one and relish it. It is opposite to Xavier’s College
  • MYSORE MASALA DOSA CHOWPATTY  Get south Indian thrill of Dosa at Bhulabhai Desai Road Chowpatty Mumbai. The crunch and lightness of dosa and the acidity of chutney blends a nice flavors.

A great food comes with great taste and mumbai street food surely caters your taste buds. You can savour these street food at any point of time. Mouth watering food is waiting for you, when are you leaving??