Destination of the Week – Siddhivinayak Temple Mumbai

Siddhivinayak Temple Mumbai

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Siddhivinayak Temple Mumbai : In a state where Lord Ganesha is Worshipped and celebrated with full fanfare, it does not come as a surprise to have a famous temple dedicated to the lord. I was taken here by a friend when I visited the city on business. The devotion seen in the faces of the people visiting here was almost palpable.

Ganpati Bappamorya – Getting Blessed By Lalbaugcha Raja of Mumbai


The train journey was a bit tiring. After reaching the Lokmanya Tilak terminus at 5 AM in the morning I headed to my hotel where I slept for a few hours. At 10 AM I was ready to begin my expedition in the city of dreams, Mumbai. The first place which I decided to visit was the famous Ganesh mandal of Mumbai known as Lalbaugcha Raja.

The name Raja is to denote and honour Lord Ganesh as the King. This Ganpati mandal is very old and is situated in the Lalbaug Market of Mumbai. It is said that in the year 1932 the market closed due to some financial problems. The traders and vendors then decided to make it a place devoted to lord Ganesha and pray to him to take all these troubles away. Shortly after the market started in its full glory and the traders since then established a special place for the idol of Ganesha.

Lalbaugcha Raja

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The Ganpati mandal at Lalbaugcha was also a site where freedom fighters used to give speeches to awaken the masses. It was a place of meeting by Lokmanya Tilak and other prominent freedom fighters of the country. It is since then that Lalbaucha gained a prominent place in the hearts of Mumbaikars and during every Ganpati utsav it’s the Raja of lalbaugcha which gains the limelight of everyone.

I was very thrilled and ecstatic at visiting the Ganpati mandal. I had seen the idol of Ganpati on TV many occasions but being there personally with Lord Ganesh in front of you was a divine feeling which cannot be expressed in words. The vibes and energy at the place were so good that one forgets about all their troubles and just hails the lord as Ganpati Bappa Morya.

A close snapshot of Lalbaugcha Raja

A close snapshot of Lalbaugcha Raja | Image Resource :

This visit was a very good start for the Mumbai trip. I took a lot of pictures of Lord Ganesha of Lalbaug to keep it as a memory with me forever. Once done with this visit I headed for my next place of visit which was Dr BhauDaji Lad Museum of Mumbai located in Byculla East.

A Luxurious full of fun Train travel to Mumbai from Kanpur


Hello everyone. After a long time I am writing this blog to share with you all a journey I took to take a break from my monotonous work life. I applied for a few days off from my work and decided to go on for a trip to some part of the country I have not visited for a long time. There were many places in the list but I finally decided to travel to Mumbai.

There are many ways to travel to Mumbai from Kanpur but since I prefer a budget travel I decided to book an upper class AC train for this journey. There are many good trains running between Kanpur and Mumbai. As there is a lot of rush between these two destinations it gets hard to book confirm tickets. I was lucky to get a 2nd class AC ticket on the superfast Kushinagar Express 11016. The train starts from Gorakhpur and reaches Kanpur at 2:30 AM at night.

Superfast Kushinagar Express

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Since the train was to arrive at Kanpur at such an odd time at night, I already had my dinner at home and left for the station at 1 AM. The train arrived at right time at Kanpur Central station and I boarded my coach. The fellow passengers were in deep sleep and without creating much of noise I adjusted my luggage and went to sleep too on my seat.

When I woke up at 9 AM the next morning the train was due to reach Bina Junction in Madhya Pradesh. The smell of food being sold by vendors in the train made me quite hungry. I went to brush my teeth and got some fresh Poha for breakfast from the pantry car which was pretty good. The train was to reach Bhopal station by 12 PM where I decided to buy some packed lunch for the journey.

Lokmanya Tilak Terminus

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The journey went quite good. It’s always a good experience travelling on Indian trains and meeting fellow passengers. the train reached Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 4:30 AM the next day and the long almost 26 hour journey came to an end. It was a good feeling to step foot in Mumbai and the first place which I decided to visit was the temple of the King of Mumbai, Lord Ganpati at Lalbaugcha Raja.

Thought of the day – Theodore Roosevelt


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I got an opportunity to taste the Jadoh rice of Shillong when I visited there on a trip with my family. The flavors used were exquisite and I was told that it is made out of charring the fishes from the local river and mixing it with rice. It was a culinary experience I will never forget.

Top 3 Tips for marketing mobile apps


These are some of the most effective marketing techniques that will boost your company’s profit as well as create a strong place for your business in the mobile market

1. Using Social Media

Social Media

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No matter how big or small your company is, it should have a strong online marketing presence. In this age of internet where everybody is online, having a social media strategy is a must for any business. If you collaborate your app business and its promotion with social media it will prove to be beneficial in many ways. Apart from improving your brand awareness it also brings conversion. You can bring the audience to your website or app through your social media brand personality.

Social media can be an effective tool which can be used by both app developer and the app user. Having good communication with the users will help you get better online reviews for your app.

2. Ad Networks

So are you thinking of hiring an affiliate ad company just to attain better revenue through ads? Whereas, you can also consult these companies regarding your app promotion through banners and other apps.

According to various surveys, the click-through rates for advertising your apps by using ad networks is generally 1%. This 1% can make a lot of difference when it comes to getting ratings from various app stores. This will also allow you to move up the search rankings.

It is important to source an ad company that will publish your app ad with your target audience, and it may take you some time playing with various ad networks before you decide which one(s) best suit your needs.

3. Organic Marketing

If you have online marketing in mind then make sure you know the difference between Apple App Store and Google Play. When it comes to organic rankings, both of them are quite different from each other. Therefore, it is important to understand the difference between them. This will allow you to generate maximum exposure for your apps.

These are some of the tips that could help you market your website in a better way. If you found this post to be helpful, make sure to comment and let me know your thoughts on mobile app marketing.

Delicious dish of Meghalaya : Jadoh Rice

Jadoh Rice

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Jadoh Rice : I got an opportunity to taste the Jadoh rice of Shillong when I visited there on a trip with my family. The flavors used were exquisite and I was told that it is made out of charring the fishes from the local river and mixing it with rice. It was a culinary experience I will never forget.

Come Experience Untouched Beauty of Nature in Balpakram National Park


It was time for the last destination of my visit to this ever so beautiful Meghalaya.  Balpakram National Park is one of the most unexplored yet serene wildlife abode situated in North-East India. Located near the international border of Bangladesh, at the extreme end of Garo Hills in Meghalaya this is a place with hidden beauty waiting to get explored. A nature lover’s paradise spread in an area of 200 sq km, this place is also known as “land of perpetual winds”. This vast and dense forest is the home of some of the rarest and exotic species of flora and fauna and considered as rich bio-diversity spot.

Balpakram National Park

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The best and simplest way to reach this park is via Turi. You can easily reach Turi from Guwahati, which is around 225 km from Balpakram, or another way to reach here is from a nearby town Golpara which is 125 kms. Bus and taxi services are easily available from both of these places at an affordable price. Most of the overnight taxi services charge you around Rs. 1500 for the trip that is quite affordable for budget friendly tourists. Also, helicopter services from Turi are also available for tourists.

Elephants in Park

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Though Balpakram National Park is open in two periods form March to May and then in November to February but the best time to visit here is form March to May. As this is the time when whole of the park is covered with beautiful and colorful flowers that are rare to see elsewhere. One thing that tourists should keep in their mind is that to visit Balpakram National Park one has to take a permit which is easily available from DFO office without any charges.

With this, my journey came to an end. Away from the hustle and bustle of Kanpur, this journey was definitely worth making. It gave me time and a reason to stay away from my laptop and work and I felt rejuvenated. It was time to go back to Kanpur and plan for the future.

Have A Luxurious Stay At Polo Orchid Resort


I am a great planner and I like to pre-plan everything. For the hotel, I had decided on the Polo Orchid Rsort aemongst the lush green area of Cherapunjee. Known for its rains all over the year, Cherapunjee remains green and is a treat to the eyes. The resort that I booked had amazing user reviews, so I crossed my fingers and booked it. So as soon as I reached Shillong, I hired a taxi that took me straight to Cherapunjee. It was almost a two hour drive but the scenery was idyllic and had its own green charm. The driver was a chirpy guy and delighted me with all the facts about Cherrapunjee and its nearby areas.

After reaching the place, I realized why the resort had such great reviews. With an amazing view of the beautiful Seven Sisters fall, the resort is far away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and deadlines.

Polo Orchid Resort

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There were two types of rooms available in the resort, one being the Orchid rooms, the other being the cottages. I chose the cottages and was delightfully surprised. The room was uncluttered but at the same time had all the necessary amenities. The guests are given a number of standard services including internet access, travel desk, doctor on call and a 24 hour security. The hotel offered all the facilities a visitor would require and the staff was pleasant too. It was certainly a delight.

Polo Orchid Cottages

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The location of the resort couldn’t have been more idyllic with many a famous tourist spots in walking distance including the 7 sisters fall, the Eco Park, and the Krem Mawmluh Cave. The resort is not very expensive and is an ideal choice for people visiting the city.

After a hectic journey, I decided to stay at the hotel and unwind. With the mesmerizing surroundings, it was not a difficult task to stay in. The cloudy sky and the crisp winds made it for the stay. Away from the hot Kanpur, the crispy climate of Cheerapunji was definitely welcomed.

Destination of the Week – Durga Temple Meghalaya

Durga Temple Meghalaya

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Durga Temple Meghalaya : While passing through Jaintia Hills, I made a stop at one of the most sacred temples of the Hindu’s Shakti sect group. This Durga temple is said to be about 500 years old. This famous pilgrimage sees Hindu’s from across the globe. The ancient architecture and views of the canyons creates a spiritual ambiance. This is a sure destination for all Hindu devotees.

Thrill and Adventure in Nature’s Wonder Mawsmai Caves


After the falls, it was time to discover a few more secrets of the nature. This was possible with the visit to the Mawsmai Caves.

Mawsmai Caves are situated 6 km away from the town of Cherapunji also known as Sohra. These caves are one of the major tourist attractions and leave every spellbound by its unseen and untouched natural beauty. These caves are one of the few limestone caves of Meghalya, which are open for tourists because they are well-lit and can be visited without any guide. Only 150 metre of area of cave is open for tourists and it takes around half an hour to walk through the cave but it is one of its kind of experience and leaves tourists spellbound in its natural phenomenal beauty.

It is a must have experience for someone looking for fun and thrill in a natural environment and who want to experience natural beauty of limestone caves and its rugged manner. You will get to see lot of stalagmites and fossils and rocks coming out from every side in their natural form. The ethereal beauty of the caves leaves you spellbound.

Mawsmai Caves

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You can easily reach Mawsmai Caves from Cherapunji through bus or taxi as its just 6 kms from the main town. This beauty is hidden behind a vast grassland and line of huge trees. There is a small entry fee at the entrance to be paid at the ticket counter. There is some water-logging in the cave and one should be careful with the uneven terrain of cave.

Tourists can visit any time of the year here at Mawsmai Caves but one should avoid coming here in season of monsoon due to obvious reasons that this area receives highest rainfall in the world.

Being a photography buff, I kept on taking pictures of the caves and tried to capture the beauty. But as they say, pictures never capture how you feel. I sat there for some time, just watching the caves and its surroundings. Very quiet and serene, this place made the visit to Meghalaya worthwhile.