Cherish Authentic Italian Food in Mumbai Restaurants

Italian Cuisine defined by its culture and traditions, presents world with a gastronomic bonanza.  Italian food is combination of vibrant colors on the plate with balanced acidity.  Spaghetti, Bruschetta, Risotto or tortellini are some of the best known authentic dishes of Italy. With rising Indian demand for Italian Cuisine, one should know authentic restaurants to enjoy them.  Mumbai is diverse in its culture and therefore finding an authentic restaurant to enjoy such delicious cuisine is not a difficult task. Five star restaurants like Grand Hyatt, Celini, Little Italy etc are the best restaurants to enjoy Italian Cuisine.

Let us first discuss the elegant delicacies of Italy :

  • Bruschetta: – Best Snack or appetizer, it is made up of garlic bread rubbed with olive oil topped with fresh tomatoes, vegetables, beans, cured meat or cheese. Enjoy this at Little Italy.

  • Neapolitan pizza (Margherita): – A common fast food choice of people all over the world when it comes to Italian Cuisine. It includes: a Wheat dough, tomatoes, and Mozzarella Cheese, basil leaves. Enjoy this at Romano’s – JW Marriott.

  • Ravioli: – A fast food wherein a dumpling is sealed with filling between two sheets of pasta. The filling includes ricotta cheese, spinach, nutmeg and black pepper. Enjoy this at Cafe Zoe.

  • Fettuccine Alfredo: – Being considered as a primo, first meal after antipasto, Fettuccine Alfredo is a pasta made up of parmesan cheese and butter. Enjoy this at Indigo.

  • Risotto: – Categorized in primo section, Risotto is neither light nor heavy. Risotto defines the traditional cuisine of Italy. A rice dish which is cooked in broth till you get the creamy layer of rice. Broth can consist meat, fish, or vegetables. Enjoy this at Celini – Grand Hyatt.

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??

Experience The Beautiful City Of Mumbai With Travel Tourism Fair Mumbai

Travel Tourism Fair Mumbai 2016

Travel Tourism Fair Mumbai 2016 | Image Resource : ttfotm.com

The travel tourism fair in Mumbai is taking place from 18th to 20th of the February month. It is a perfect opportunity for people to experience the dream city as the fair showcases the best of the food, culture and business of the city in a single place over a period of 3 days.

Experience A Luxurious Stay at Pune With The Orchid Group Of Hotels!

the orchid hotel pune

The Orchid Hotel Pune

The Orchid Hotel in Pune is one of the most recognizable hotels which are known for its excellent services to both business class as well as luxury travelers. Situated approximately 20 km from the airport, it takes pride in housing 4 world class restaurants and bars. The other amenities include pool, laundry service and more.

India International Travel & Tourism Exhibition: Opening Travel And Tourism Options!

India International Travel & Tourism Exhibition

India International Travel & Tourism Exhibition | Image Resource : justdial.com

Come and visit the India International Travel & Tourism Exhibition. My attachment to this exhibition to be held between 15th and 17th January, 2016 has its root in my intense liking of attending several exhibitions. Come and get to know more about travel and tourism options.

Oxford Golf Resort And Country Club Pune : Picturesque Location And Unforgettable Memories!

I, Saurabh Khillare, have never played golf before, and when my friend offered to take me out on a weekend for a game of golf, I was thrilled. We found ourselves traveling to Pune from Mumbai. Well, I said not bad to spend a weekend in Pune. We steered off Pune and headed towards the picturesque location of Lavale Hills, and it was like escaping from the urban jungle and stepping into a fantasy location!

Lavale Hills

Lavale Hills | Image Resource : skyscrapercity.com

As I entered the Oxford Golf Resort and Country Club Pune, I started getting the feel of the place. It looked cool. The golf links around the main resort among the Lavale Hills was a pleasant surprise. This was not a Holiday Resort; it is a fully fledged sporting complex. They had some very serious games going on. Squash courts and Tennis courts were fully occupied. The Olympics sized Swimming Pool left nothing to be desired for the true blue swimming enthusiast.

Oxford Golf Resort and Country Club Pune

Oxford Golf Resort and Country Club Pune | Image Resource : oxfordgolfandcountryclub.com

I am a sports fan and have played cricket and football but never engaged in tennis or swimming as I do not have access to such facilities in Mumbai. This place seemed to be a heaven. I wish I could drive out here every weekend. But let us talk more about the sport that brought me here, that is Golf.

Swimming Pool of OGCC & Resort

Swimming Pool of OGCC & Resort | Image Resource : priceline.com

The Golf Link here is gorgeous. It won the First Runner up 2013 Award for the Best Golf Link in India. The golf link is a full 18 hole link designed by Pacific Coast Design, a Golf Course design company from Australia. The link has a par of 72. If you are not familiar with golf, it means you are expected to take less than 72 hits to hole your ball in all the 18 holes on this 7220 feet course.

Golf Link of Oxford Golf Resort Pune

Golf Link of Oxford Golf Resort Pune | Image Resource : golf-designers.com

As I started out on my attempt to take this course in my stride, I met many fellow golfers who had reached from all over the world for a golfing weekend at Oxford Golf Resort here in Pune. They found this course quite challenging due to the wind that knocks off from the Sahyadri Hills around the course. The picturesque course with its bunkers and water bodies are a great treat to just walk around if you are not an ardent golfer.

I would not miss coming here a second time if I get the chance. The other amenities of accommodation and food and drinks are great and I could not find anything to complain.

Perfect Place For A Weekend Getaway – Mystica Resort, Lonavala

Lonavala is one of the best place to unwind during weekends with your family and friends. You will often see people rushing to this beautiful and scenic place for a short weekend getaway. This place is full of greenery, mountains and valleys that give you a calm and composed feel. People usually visit this place for a day, experience the beauty and return back to their homes. But in some cases, people also prefer to stay over, especially those who have come from far off places. In such a case, getting a good hotel booking is crucial that would have all the facilities.

Lonavala Hill Station

Lonavala Hill Station | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

I remember my stay over at one of the best resorts in Lonavala – Mystica resort. The facilities and comfort that I experienced there is still fresh in my mind. This resort is spread across five acres of property surrounded by total greenery. It is constructed on the old Khandala road and it has many popular locations nearby. The popular places located nearby to it are Bushy Dam, Tiger Point, Lonavala lake, Bhaja Caves, Valvan Lake, Lohagad Fort, Rajmachi Point and Tungarli Lake. Whoever visits Lonavala, these places are always on their priority list.

Lonavala must visit tourists places

Lonavala must visit tourists places | Image Resource : in-mumbai.com, transindiatravels.com, homegrown.co.in, eventshigh.com

Mystica Resort Lonavala

Mystica Resort Lonavala | Image Resource : mysticaresort.com

The uniqueness of this resort lies in its fact that it gives one of the best views of the valleys. You get to see beautiful lakes and hills surrounding the resort. The facilities provided by the Mystica Resort will leave you surprised. Every room at this resort oozes style and contemporary architecture. It has  Banquet/conference halls, restaurants and a swimming pool. This resort also provide with wifi access, television, telephone and amenities like a regular supply of hot and cold water. Other facilities available are health club, laundry services, car rental services and massage centre. The F&B areas include multi cuisine restaurants, a bar and a cafe.

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For all the leisure travellers and getaway seekers, I would just say that this amazing resort will be the best choice. The Mystica Resort Lonavala is located at 89kms from the Mumbai Airport, 3 kms from the Lonavala Railway Station and just 2kms from the Maharashtra State Transport Bus Stand. This resort is pocket-friendly, and surely worth staying place in Lonavala. So get away from the hustle-bustle of a city and unwind at this peaceful place.

Travel And Tourism Fair Pune ­Peep Inside The Markets Of India

Travel And Tourism Fair Pune

Travel And Tourism Fair Pune | Image Resource : cimg.in

I love exploring new places and recently I heard about the Travel and Tourism Fair that will be held at Pune from 2nd­ – 4th October 2015. So of course, I’m planning to go to the fair and get an idea on the Indian market. The venue decided is Orchid Convention Centre, Pune. A very large number of visitors, exhibitors from multiple countries and also from Indian states and Union territories are expected.