Elephanta Caves – A Visit to Ancient Wonders of Architecture

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My trip to Mumbai had been spectacular so far. I had been to many good places and after the last trip to Gateway of India, the next place which I decided to visit was one of the heritage sites located near Mumbai known as the Elephanta Caves. The caves are near to the city and are quite similar to the Ajanta and Ellora caves. They give an idea about the past artistic culture and comprises of Hindu and Buddhist rock arts.

Ferry to Elephanta Island from Gateway of India

Ferry to Elephanta Island from Gateway of India | Image Resource : photonicyatra.com

The caves are dedicated to lord Shiva. It is still debated as to who built these caves. The locales still revere these caves and it has become a huge tourist spot. Some of the historian and academics believe that it was built by Pulekesin II of the Chalukya dynasty as only a mighty kingdom like his could have built a structural marvel like this.

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Elephanta Caves | Image Resource : edge.ixigo.com

The caves are spread across an area of 60000 square feet and and are seven in number. They date back as old as 600 AD. The first cave is one of the most impressive which is known for its exquisite and popular sculptures. The caves are dedicated to both Hindu Gods and Buddhist religion. The main cave inside has a famous Lord Shiva shrine with an idol of Shiva full 0f splendour and magnificence.

Popular sculpture at Elephanta Caves

Popular sculpture at Elephanta Caves | Image Resource : bhavyaholidays.com

The Elephanta caves are a UNESCO heritage site and surely one of the gems of Mumbai. There are a large number of tourists everyday who comes to witness these ancient architectural wonders. In a city like Mumbai, a place like Elephanta which is away from the loud noises and chaos of the city is very important. The various sculptures of Hindu deities in intricate art mesmerises every visitor of Elephanta caves.

Shiva Linga shrine and Dvarapalas at door entry

Shiva Linga shrine and Dvarapalas at door entry | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The place provides many good locations for doing photography. a place like this is a must visit for everyone who visits Mumbai. Once I was done with the visit to Elephanta Caves, I headed back for my hotel for having dinner and spend the night. The hotel which I had booked for my stay was Hotel Golden Toff Resort Mumbai.

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Bandraworli Sea Link – A Wonder of Modern Day Infrastructure

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After another comfortable and luxurious night spent at the Golden Toff resort in Mumbai, I was ready for another day’s adventure in the city of Dreams, Mumbai. The first place which I decided to visit the following day was one of the modern infrastructure wonder of Mumbai known as the Bandra Worli Sea Link. The Sea link as the name suggests connects the western suburb of Bandra with Worli in South Mumbai. The link not only shortens the travel of the commuters between these two regions but also gives a stunning view of the sea.

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Toll Gates Bandra Worli Sea Link | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

This sea link gives an idea of the genius of modern day infrastructure projects. I was simply awe struck by this amazing sea link created over the mighty and vast expanse of sea water. It was stunning to look around while at the middle of the BandraWorli Sea link. While walking around, I could see many people who have come to take a stroll at the sea link with their families and some alone.

The place is not an important road for the Mumbai people but it has also become a famous tourist spot now. If you want to capture the stunning views of Arabian Sea then a visit to BandraWorli Sea link is must. I think this place should be in the itinerary of everyone who comes to visit Mumbai.

Night view of Bandraworli Sea Link

Night view of Bandraworli Sea Link Mumbai | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

I enjoyed every moment which I had spent at the BandraWorli Sea Link. There were selfies and photography going all around. The place it is said looks even more stunning at the sunset. One can experience the might and vastness of sea with a visit to BandraWorli Sea Link. Infrastructure projects like this should be there for all the seaside cities of the country.

Once I was done with the visit to the Bandra Worli Sea link, I headed for my next place of visit which was the Mount Mary Church at Bandra. The church is one of the oldest and most renowned places of worship in the city. It is also one of those places of worship which is visited by people of all religions.

Destination of the Week : ITC Maratha Mumbai

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itc-maratha-mumbaiItc Maratha Mumbai | Image Resource : flickr.com

ITC Maratha Mumbai : The ITC chain of hotels has always maintained a reputation for having elegant and classy rooms with excellent services. The ITC Maratha in Mumbai is no different and building is built in the style of Roman architecture. The free breakfast buffet compromises of continental food like hash, eggs and waffles and Indian options like Dosa and more.

Travel Thought Of The Day : Gustave Flaubert

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Travel Thought | Image Resource : roughguides.com

It is true as they say how insignificant we all are. The beautiful places all over the globe should be experienced because it is a very humbling experience. We realize that there is so much more than what worries or troubles us today. To travel is to experience a life that we did not know existed!

Famous food of the day : Baida roti bade miya

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Baida roti bade miya

Baida roti bade miya | Image Resource : enjoyindianfood.blogspot.com

Baida roti bade miya : This restaurant is worth a visit! Many food websites help you order food online and get them delivered to your doorstep without a worry. This fine dine restaurant has classy interiors and delicious food. The stuffed parathas however are a speciality and a must try!

Famous dish of the day : Mahesh Lunch Home Crab

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Mahesh Lunch Home Crab

Mahesh Lunch Home Crab | Image Resource : finelychopped.net

Mahesh Lunch Home Crab : This is one of the top seafood joints in Mumbai and Bangalore. This restaurant is the epitome of taste and quality. The chicken curry, lobster and prawns in garlic pepper and fish Tawa fry are to die for! If you are ever in these cities make sure you have a meal at this amazing place!

A Luxurious Stay at Hotel Golden Toff Resort Mumbai

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Once my visit to the Elephanta Caves were over it was already evening and I was quite tired and hungry. So I decided to head back to my hotel. For this trip to Mumbai I had already booked a hotel in advance. There were many good hotel deals available but the one I booked was Golden Toff Resort Hotel of Mumbai. The hotel is a magnificent 5 star property which is located amidst the lush green fields offering luxurious and comfortable stay to all its guests.

What I liked the most about the hotel was its spectacular hospitality and personalised services which won the hearts of all its patrons. The hotel lies just opposite to the Stella Maris Hospital at Bhayandar West. Many famous beaches of Mumbai are in close proximity to the Golden Toff Resort Mumbai. The distance of the hotel from the airport is about 35 km while the distance from the railway station is 60 km.

Golden Toff Resort Mumbai

Golden Toff Resort Mumbai | Image Resource : goldentoff.com

The best part about the stay at this resort was the hassle free staying for every tourist away from the noises and crownd of Mumbai. The leisure services provided by them are one of the best and so are the cuisines offered at its multispecialty restaurants. The swimming pool and state of the art gym cum fitness centre of the hotel is also a good part of this hotel. There are many other well-known services which the hotel offers like 24 hour room service, in house restaurants, 24 hour security, spa and sauna centre and pick and drop facilities.

Swimming Pool at Golden Toff Resort Mumbai

Swimming Pool at Golden Toff Resort Mumbai | Image Resource : goldentoff.com

There are many different categories of rooms available at the hotel like the deluxe rooms, Classic rooms and Suites. Each of these rooms are equipped with all kinds of modern amenities and state of the art facilities like air conditioners, colour televisions and telephones for the comfort of the guests. I was very happy with the services and hospitality of the hotel and it is widely recommended by me to everyone.

Rooms with modern amenitities

Rooms with modern amenitities | Image Resource : goldentoff.com

After the night spent at the hotel I was ready to start another days excursion in the city. The first place which I visited in Mumbai the next day was BandraWorli Sea Link.

Destination of the Week : Rajabai Clock Tower Mumbai

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Rajabai Clock Tower Mumbai

Rajabai Clock Tower Mumbai | Image Resource : wikipedia.org

Rajabai Clock Tower Mumbai : I got to visit the Rajabai Clock Tower as a part of my Mumbai tour. It stands even today as one of the iconic locations in the city of dreams. The clock tower was elegantly designed in the British architectural style and was beautiful and majestic to look at.

Wishing you a very happy and prosperous Diwali

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Happy Diwali

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Every Hindu household in the north celebrates this festival with style. Every house is lit with fairy lights, crackers are curst, and rangolis are put outside and inside homes and happiness hangs in the air. Make sure you experience the most grandest and joyous Diwali this year on 11th November! Happy Diwali!

Destination of the Week : Kamla Nehru Park Mumbai

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Kamla Nehru Park Mumbai

Kamla Nehru Park Mumbai | Image Resource : homegrown.co.in

Kamla Nehru Park Mumbai : My visit to Bombay was not complete without heading to the Kamla Nehru Park. The guide here explained to me that the park was built in honor of the wife of India’s first prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The park itself was very relaxing and comforting given to the Mumbai heat.