Monday, November 21, 2011

Mesmerizing Mumbai

Hello friends,

I had been to Mumbai after a very long time. This time not with family, but with colleagues. We were sent for a training to our Mumbai office. Also for a change I did not take my camera :)
The team:
1. Shimsha
2. Namitha
3. Maanasa
4. Chiranjivi
5. Yours Faithfully (Arjun )

The HR Manager  came to us and spoke about the technology that we were supposed to learn. As a result, the 5 of us were told about the training that was to be held at Mumbai. We were enthralled after hearing the news. The training was supposed to be held from 24th October to 10th November, 2011. So , we left Bangalore on 23rd October. We all were busy packing the previous day. Finally on the day of travel , I got up very early. Usually , I get up late :) , started roaming around the house, ensured everything was packed. Loads of messages and calls were arriving to my phone with best wishes from my family and friends.
The flight was booked , and the departure time was 12.30 PM. We were at the airport early. All of us met at a discussed point. The families of most of us had come to the airport to wish us. After taking all their best wishes, we entered the airport for our boarding pass. After that(security check), we were waiting for 12.30 PM to arrive soon, as it was a new experience for most of us. Most of us, travelled for the first time in an airplane.
Bengaluru - Mumbai : GO Airlines

Mumbai as seen from the plane during landing

At around 2pm, we landed at the Mumbai Airport. They gave us a warm welcome to Mumbai. Warm because it was 38C :)

  The company had arranged a cab. He took us to our SEEPZ guest house at Andheri(E).

  Santacruz Electronics Export Processing Zone (SEEPZ) is a Special Economic Zone inMumbaiIndia. Situated in the Andheri East area, it is subjected to liberal economic laws as compared to the rest of India to promote rapid economic growth using tax and business incentives and attract foreign investment and technology. Seepz was created in 1973 and was seen as export processing zone. Since then many other SEZ’s have been created in rest of India. SEEPZ mainly houses Electronic Hardware Manufacturing Companies, Software Companies and jewellery exporters of India. More than 40 percent of India’s total jewelry exports ($2,222.31 million) out of $5,210.69 million during year 2006-2007 came from units within SEEPZ. Despite its name, it is not located near the suburb of Santacruz, rather it is located closer to Andheri that lies further north.
More than 150 units operate in SEEPZ. Prominent companies that have offices within Seepz include: Navteq, Renaissance Jewellery Ltd, Gitanjali Gems Ltd, Vaibhav Gems Ltd, D’damas for Jewelry. IT Companies include Quinnox Consultancy ServicesBlue Star Infotech Ltd, Praxis Interactive Services Ltd, CGI Group Inc.ThirdwareiGATEPatni Computer SystemsTata Consultancy Services, Geodesic Limited, Trigyn Technologies Limited,Syntel Limited etc., buildings in SEEPZ are called Standard Design Factories (SDF).
The SEZ is a high security entry zone. Employees of various companies need to have permanent SEEPZ gate pass to gain entry. Visitors need special permits to enter. Due to these hassles government proposed making SEEPZ a Free Trade Zone(FTZ) in 1999. However, gate pass and visitor pass rules continue till date. Making SEEPZ a FTZ meant that it would be treated as outside the customs zone of India. This meant no excise or customs duty will be levied on raw material but companies would also not be able to sell their products in domestic market. There are also Hotels like Indian Coffee House which is quite popular.

Guest House at SEEPZ
Within the premises is located the ruins of an abandoned Portuguese church, St. John the Baptist Church, Mumbai built in 1579. The church also laid in ruins for years and access to it restricted since the SEEPZ was formed. After much political controversy, it was handed back to Fr Rodney Esperance of Bombay Archdiocese in 2003 in ceremony organized by Maharashtra Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. A lake and several canteens are located inside the SEEPZ premises.

 The oldest settlements in and around Andheri were those of the East Indians, the natives whose villages survive in Pump House, Marol (See St. John the Baptist Church), Chakala, Gundowli, SaharSaki Naka, etc. The name Andheri was derived from Udayanagari, the name of a mountain near the Mahakali caves.Another concentration of the native East Indians was located on the former islet of Versova, also known as Vasave.
In the early 1900s, as urbanization spread from Bombay northwards, Marathi, Gujarati and other settlers began to colonize the area.
The English actively encouraged this in order to take off population pressure from the congested city and to increase revenue inflows; however, as a result, the native East Indians came to be swamped, marginalized and their lands were usually expropriated without compensation, even as their access to the sea for fishing was cut, thus destroying their two means of livelihood: agriculture & fishing.
In the 1950s the English built the Versova Causeway (the Versova Road) between Andheri on Sashti Island and the islet of Versova. The area on both sides of this causeway were rapidly filled in to develop areas now known as Lokhandwala Complex, Yamuna Nagar, Millat Nagar, Dhake Colony, D.N. NagarFour BungalowsSeven Bungalows, etc.
One of the earliest colonies is the Dhake Colony on Versova Road, West Andheri. The five buildings of Dhake Colony were built around 1950, and they served as a landmark until recently. The area is now known as D.N. Nagar.
Another of these early settlements is Bhardawadi. This lane forms a vital link with S.V. Road for the residents of Versova Road. It has been inhabited for the last ninety years. In the past, there were bungalows on this road; these gave way to apartment buildings, although there are still a few old bungalows, which is rare in Mumbai. This lane bustles with the sound of traffic which passes through it to reach S.V. Road.
The popular Ganesha temple, Siddhivinayak temple, created in 1926, also contributed to the settlement of Andheri.
Starting from 1935 up to early 1980s Andheri East boasted of many Film Studios, namely Prakash Studio, Nataraj Studio, Modern Studio, M&T Studio and Mohan Studio. All these studios were situated from Telli Gully signal junction up to Chakala Junction on Andheri-Kurla Road. All the big names of Bollywood of that era had their offices in it. Prakash Studio made way for Vishal Housing complex. Modern studio had to close down in mid 1960 as the Western Express Highway was constructed right through it. M&T studio was gutted in a fire in early 1960. In its place came German Remedies(pharmaceutical company). Post sale of German Remedies to Cadalia, the same has now been converted into a residential apartments "Green Woods CHS". Mohan Studio too had to make way for Mota Nagar and Padam Nagar. Small hotels run by Sindhis who migrated from Pakistan and Udipi Restaurants run by entrepreneurs from Mudradi Village in Udipi (Karnataka) catered to these Studios day and night.
Before 1945, Andheri was administered by a Collector as the "Suburban District"; in that year, the former Suburban District was absorbed by Mumbai city as Greater Bombay. However, the Suburban District was once again revived in about 2000 as the Mumbai Suburban District.

After relaxing for a while at the guest house, evening set in . As we were new to that place, we began to explore SEEPZ and outside SEEPZ. After horrible dinner (@ SUBWAY) we came back to the guest house and slept. 
The next morning , we were ready for the training . The training room consisted of our trainer Mr.Mahesh, 8 Mumbai based employees, and 5 of us (Bangalore based).
The 8 of them were  : Milind, Rashmi , Savi , Aniketh , Nilam , Prashanth , Sagar and Vinayak
After a brief introductory session, Mahesh sir started with the training. His method of training is amazing. He is one of the best trainers I have seen till date.
After the training on the first day, we decided to venture out. With the help of our Mumbai friends, we could go to Powai lake as it was close to our campus.

Powai Lake (named after Framaji Kavasji Powai Estate) is an artificial lake, situated in the northern suburb of Mumbai, in the Powai valley, where a Powai village with cluster of huts existed. The city suburb called Powai, shares its name with the lake. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay one of the premier institutions of science and technology in India is located to the east of the lake. Another famous institution, the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) is also located close to the lake. Housing complexes and plush hotels are developed all around the lake periphery. Population around the lake has thus substantially increased over the years.

The above buildings captured in a slow Shutter speed , and also caused by the movement of camera.

I moved the camera to achieve this picture. The lights are of the buildings and vehicles.

The team : Maanasa , Shimsha , Namitha , Arjun , Chiru

Large number of crocodiles on the lake side have been sighted on the shores of the lake and also reported by fishermen and officials of IIT, Powai. White throated kingfisher, small blue kingfisher, spot-billed duck, spotted dove, a few purple moorhens, purple rumped sunbirds, bronze winged and phaesant tailed jacanas, ashy prinias, brahmany kite, Red vented, red whiskered and white browed bulbuls, cormorants, lesser whistling ducks, grey, purple and pond herons, little, intermediate and large egrets,, perigrine falcon, greater coucal, rose ringed and Alexindrine parakits, Eurasian marsh harrier (possibly winter visitor), wooly necked stork (winter visitor) hopooe & whiskered terns. butterflies, honey bees, bumble bees and beetles have also been sighted.

From there we went to HiraNandani Gardens : Hiranandani Gardens is a township located in Powai, a northern suburb of MumbaiIndia. The township is approachable by Adi Shankaracharya Marg (ADS Marg), a part of Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR). The nearest Mumbai Suburban Railway station is Kanjurmarg and Vikhroli. It is named after the Hiranandani Group (Niranjan & Surendra) who built this township. In a matter of 25 years; a quarry with 20 trees has been converted to a sprawling development.The township is dotted with skyscraper residential towers, many with very expensive apartments. Its skyline is immediately recognizable due to the classic Greco-Roman architectural influences, especially at the topmost level. The residential towers often have a second underground parking level. Residents form cooperative societies to take care of issues related to utilities andaesthetics, resolve neighborly disputes and hold events on festivals or other occasions. Some communities have their own parks, children's play areas, sport courts, swimming pools or clubs within their perimeters.

Later , went to Haiko market, where I met my friend. After eating chats(Dabeli's , Vada-pav), we returned to our guesthouse. 
Next day morning(25th), as usual training, and in the evening we had been to Inorbit Mall 

The next day (26th) was a holiday on account of Diwali. One of my friend by name Rohan guided us to different places. (We both did engineering at SJBIT.) We got down at Dadar from Andheri. He came to Dadar from Thane. Dadar is junction where people from central can go to western railway. We all met at Dadar, and decided to go to Siddhi Vinayak temple. But it was crowded, and   
the police told that it takes around 3-4 hours to get Darshan of the deity. As the queue was huge. So we decided to go back to Churchgate, and then visit Elephanta caves. So we came back to Dadar station and caught a local train to Churchgate.

Rohan (rightmost)

We could see Real Mumbai when we came to Churchgate. There was a drastic change from Andheri to Churchgate. The southern Mumbai is surely an amazing place to hang around.Churchgate (now Veer Nariman Street) (Marathiचर्चगेट) is an area in downtown SouthMumbai. During the eighteenth and up to the mid 19th century, Bombay was a walled city. The city walls had three gates, and Church Gate, named after St. Thomas Cathedral, Mumbaiwas one of the gates. The gate was situated near the present day location of Flora Fountain. In the mid nineteenth century, the city walls were torn down to aid in the expansion program.Churchgate station gets its name from Church Gate street (now Veer Nariman Road) which lines on the immediate south of the station. Churchgate station is aterminus of Western Railway line ofMumbai suburban railway. It is the southernmost station of the city, though up to the 1931, Colaba was the southernmost station, however the rail line was removed beyond Churchgate, making Churchgate the southernmost station. It is home to the Western Railwayheadquarters. Today, the station is one of the busiest stations in the city. Millions of city dwellers residing in the suburbs alight at this station to get to their offices in the business districts of south Mumbai.
The station is the terminus for local trains on Western Railways. The earliest train departs at 4:15 AM for Virar , and the last train at 1:00 AM towards Borivali.

Later, we went to the Gateway of India, where we could get a boat to the elephanta caves.

Gateway of India :  

The Gateway of India (Marathiगेटवे ऑफ इंडिया) is a monument in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India. Located on the waterfront in Apollo Bunder area in South Mumbai, the Gateway is a basalt arch 26 metres (85 feet) high. It was a crude jetty used by fisher folks and was later renovated and used as a landing place for British governors and other distinguished personages. In earlier times, the Gateway was the monument that visitors arriving by boat would have first seen in the city of Bombay.
Its design is a combination of both Hindu and Muslim architectural styles, the arch is in Muslim style while the decorations are in Hindu style. The Gateway is built from yellowbasalt and reinforced concrete. The stone was locally obtained, and the perforated screens were brought from Gwalior.
The central dome is 15 metres (49 feet) in diameter and is 26 metres (85 feet) above ground at its highest point. The whole harbour front was realigned in order to come in line with a planned esplanade which would sweep down to the centre of the town. The cost of the construction was Rs. 21 lakhs (2,100,000), borne mainly by the Government of India. Due to lack of funds, the approach road was never built, and so the Gateway stands at an angle to the road leading up to it.
From here people can visit Elephanta Caves by ferry boats. There are luxury boats which take visitors around the harbour for a couple of hours. Opposite the Gateway stands the Royal Taj Mahal Hotel and Taj Towers. In front of the Gateway, there is a statue ofChatrapati Shivaji.

Also the Grand Taj Mahal hotel could be seen from there.
 The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower is a five-star hotel located in the Colaba region of Mumbai,MaharashtraIndia, next to the Gateway of India. Part of the Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces, this building is considered the flagship property of the group[citation needed] and contains 565 rooms. From a historical and architectural point of view, The Taj Mahal Palace and the Tower are two distinct buildings, built at different times and in different architectural designs.
The hotel has hosted notable guests including The BeatlesJacqueline Kennedy OnassisBill ClintonJacques ChiracThe King & Queen of NorwayThe Duke & Duchess of KentThe Duke of EdinburghThe Prince of WalesRoger MooreJoan CollinsMick JaggerDeep Purple,Michael PalinHillary ClintonMichelle & Barack Obama as well as professional cricket teams on tour. According to the BBC, after the Mumbai attacks of November 2008 by terrorists, the hotel serves as a symbol of Mumbai's resilience

Taj Mahal Hotel

Taj Mahal Tower

After a brief photo session at the place, we left for Elephanta caves. This was a 2 hour boat ride(one way).
After a long 2 hours, we finally arrived at the entrance of the caves.

the boats that take passengers to the caves

On the way , we could see many Gulls, Naval Dockyards, many army ships etc., 
Elephanta caves : 

Shimsha and Namitha

The Elephanta Caves (Marathiघारापुरीची लेणीGharapurichya Lenee) are a network of sculpted caves located on Elephanta Island, or Gharapuri (literally "the city of caves") in Mumbai Harbour, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the east of the city of Mumbai in the Indian stateof Maharashtra. The island, located on an arm of the Arabian Sea, consists of two groups of caves—the first is a large group of five Hindu caves, the second, a smaller group of twoBuddhist caves. The Hindu caves contain rock cut stone sculptures, representing the ShaivaHindu sect, dedicated to the god Shiva.

The rock cut architecture of the caves has been dated to between the 5th and 8th centuries, although the identity of the original builders is still a subject of debate. The caves are hewn from solid basalt rock. All the caves were also originally painted in the past, but now only traces remain.
The island was called Gharapuri and was a Hindu place of worship until Portuguese rule began in 1534. The Portuguese called the island Elephanta on seeing its huge gigantic statue of an Elephant at the entrance. The Statue is now placed in the garden outside the Bhau Daji Lad (erstwhile Victoria & Albert) Museum at the Jijamata Udyan (erstwhile Victoria Gardens) at Byculla in Mumbai. This cave was renovated in the 1970s after years of neglect, and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 to preserve the artwork. It is currently maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India 

Elephanta Island, or Gharapuri, is about 7 miles (11 km) east of the Apollo Bunder (Bunder in Marathi means a "pier for embarkation and disembarkation of passengers and goods") on the Mumbai Harbor and 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Pir Pal in Trombay. The island covers about 4 square miles (10 km2) at high tide and about 6 square miles (16 km2) at low tide. Gharapuri is small village on the south side of the island.[3] The Elephanta Caves can be reached by a ferry from the Gateway of IndiaMumbai, which has the nearest airport and train station.[4] The cave is closed on Monday.
The island is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) in length with two hills that rise to a height of about 500 feet (150 m). A deep ravine cuts through the heart of the island from north to south. On the west, the hill rises gently from the sea and stretches east across the ravine and rises gradually to the extreme east to a height of 568 feet (173 m). This hill is known as the Stupa hill. Forest growth with clusters of mango, tamarind, and karanj trees cover the hills with scattered palm trees. Rice fields are seen in the valley. The fore shore is made up of sand and mud with mangrove bushes on the fringe. Landing quays sit near three small hamlets known as Set Bunder in the north-west, Mora Bunder in the northeast, and Gharapuri or Raj Bunder in the south.
The two hills of the island, the western and the eastern, have five rock-cut caves in the western part and a brick stupa on the eastern hill on its top composed of two caves with few rock-cut cisterns. One of the caves on the eastern hill is unfinished. It is a protected island with a buffer zone according to a Notification issued in 1985, which also includes “a prohibited area” that stretches 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) from the shoreline

After having a nice time at the Elephanta caves, we came back to Mumbai and moved towards Chowpatty beach. As we entered the gateway, i could photograph the Taj hotel at Silhouette.

Girgaum Chaupati (Marathi:गिरगाव चौपाटी), commonly known as just Chaupati (pronounced as chow-patty), is one of the most famous publicbeaches adjoining Marine Drive in the Girgaum area of MumbaiIndia. The beach is famous for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations when hundreds of people from all over Mumbai come to immerse the idols of Lord Ganapati in the Arabian Sea.
One can find several bhelpuripanipuriragda patties and pav bhaji vendors on the beach.
Marine Drive (Marathiमरीन ड्राईव) is a 3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai in the city of Mumbai. It is a 'C'-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast, which is a natural bay. The road links Nariman Point to Babulnath and Malabar Hill. Marine Drive is situated over reclaimed land facing west-south-west. The bay is part of the Arabian Sea.
  After a beautiful and a tiring day, we went to the guesthouse at night. Next day(27th) , the training went on as usual. on 28th, we had a holiday for Bhai Dhuj festival. On that day, others wanted to go to Bandra for shopping. I refrained from shopping, because I wanted to see the place properly. So Rohan and I decided to go to Borivali where Sanjay Gandhi National park is located. This park also contains Kanheri caves.

On the way to the caves

Trekking route
Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), previously Borivali National Park, is a large protected area in the northern part of suburban Mumbaicity in Maharashtra State in India. It encompasses an area of 104 km2(40 sq mi) and is surrounded on three sides by India's most populous city. It is notable as one of the majornational parks existing within ametropolis limit in Asia and is one of the most visited parks in the world
The rich flora and fauna of Sanjay Gandhi National Park attracts more than 2 million visitors every year. Tourists also enjoy visiting the 2400 years oldKanheri caves sculpted out of the rocky cliffs which lie within the park.
The undulating green lands of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park have a natural environment which tourists love to retreat to for moments of quiet introspection or meditation. The great views of forests, hills, valleys, lakes and open expanses have a therapeutic effect on mind, body and soul.

The Sanjay Gandhi National Park area has a long written history dating back to the 4th century BC. In ancient India, Sopara and Kalyan were two ports in the vicinity that traded with ancient civilizations such as Greece and Mesopotamia. The 45 km (28 mi) land route between these two ports was partially through this forest.
The Kanheri Caves in the centre of the park were an important Buddhist learning centre and pilgrimage site sculpted by Buddhist monks between the 9th and the 1st centuries BCE.[7]They were chiseled out of a massive basaltic rock outcropping.

The park was named 'Krishnagiri National Park' in the pre-independence era. At that time the area of the park was only 20.26 km2 (7.82 sq mi). In 1969, the park was expanded to its present size by acquiring various reserve forest properties adjoining the park. After this, an independent unit of the Forest Department called 'Borivali National Park Sub-division' administered the area. Krishnagiri National Park was created in 1974 and later renamed as 'Borivali National Park'. In 1981, it was re-dedicated as 'Sanjay Gandhi National Park' in memory of Sanjay Gandhi, the son of ex Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi, who was killed in an air crash.

Kanheri caves is located deep inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park which is in Borivali East. Once you get there, you need to pay a certain entry fee at the gate (Once at entry of sanjay gandhi national park and another at the entrance of kanheri caves). The caves are quite a distance away from the entrance, about 5 kilometres (3 mi). Transport by bus to the caves is available every hour.

Kanheri caves offer picnickers a good getaway, especially during the rainy season. The hilly terrain of the caves creates several large and small waterfalls. The road from the entry point of Sanjay Gandhi National Park to Kanheri caves is intercepted at several locations by small rivulets where families can enjoy a lazy weekend get-together.
Cave number 34 has unfinished paintings of Buddha on the ceiling of the cave.

Fauna: The forest cover in the park helps provide the ideal habitat for many wild animals. Chital (or spotted deer), Rhesus Macaque and Bonnet Macaque are some of the wild mammals that can easily be spotted roaming inside the park. Other large mammals found in the park are: Black Naped or Indian HareMuntjac (Barking Deer), PorcupineAsian Palm CivetChevrotain (Mouse Deer), Hanuman or Gray LangurIndian Flying-foxSambar Deer and Leopard. One can also spothyena or four-horned antelope.
Butterflies which may be seen here include the spectacular Blue Mormon, the phenomenal artist of camouflage the Blue Oak leaf, the bright jezebels and Large Yellow and White Orange tips,MonarchsEgg flies and Sailers.
Avian-Fauna: Some of the birds one may see in the park are: Jungle Owletsgolden orioles,racket-tailed drongosminivetsmagpiesrobinshornbillsbulbulssunbirdspeacock, andwoodpeckers. Migratory and local birds such as paradise flycatcher and various species ofkingfishersmynasdrongosswiftsgullsegrets, and herons have also been spotted.

Nearly 51 legible inscriptions and 26 epigraphs are found at Kanheri, which include the inscriptions in BrahmiDevanagari and 3 Pahlavi epigraphs found in Cave 90.One of the significant inscriptions mentions about the marriage of Satavahana ruler Vashishtiputra Satakarni with the daughter of Rudradaman

Buddhism (Pali/Sanskritबौद्ध धर्म Bauddha Dharma) is a religion and philosophy encompassing a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices, largely based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, commonly known as the Buddha (Pāli/Sanskrit "the awakened one"). The Buddha lived and taught in the northeastern Indian subcontinent some time between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE

After a beautiful trekking session, we came back to Borivali and  I came back to SEEPZ. Later during the weekend on Saturday(29th Oct) , I went to my Aunt's house at Pune. It was a total refreshing trip for me. Also I had been to their house 7 years back. At Last after 1 week of Hotel food, i could taste homemade food :)

The whole set of next week was spent on training, as we did not get any holidays in between.

I had been to BNHS and Photographic society of India on 4th Nov , Friday to meet my hobby demands.
The Bombay Natural History Society, founded on 15 September 1883, is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in India engaged in conservation and biodiversity research. It supports many research efforts through grants, and publishes the Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. Many prominent naturalists, including the ornithologists Sálim Ali and S. Dillon Ripley have been associated with it. The society is commonly known by its initials, BNHS.

My uncles' set of pictures had been published in a calender, and one of my picture had been published in a greeting card. I had gone to recieve that actually. Also It was a first time for me. So I searched BNHS for a long time. My picture can be seen at BNHS website.

Also I had been to Photographic Society of India , which is very near to CST.

 The next sunday(6th nov), we had been to Siddhi Vinayak temple, Mahalakshmi temple , Haji Ali dargah and Fashion street.

The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir (Marathi:श्री सिद्धिविनायक गणपती मंदिर) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Ganesh. It is located in Prabhadevi,MumbaiMaharashtra. It was originally built by Mr. Laxman Vithu and Mrs. Deubai Patil on November 19, 1801.Though it is one of the richest temple in Mumbai, the current generation of Patil is staying in state of despair near the temple.[
The temple has a small mandap (hall) with the shrine for Siddhi Vinayak ("Ganesh that grants your wish"). The wooden doors to the sanctum are carved with images of the Ashtavinayak (the eight manifestations of Ganesh in Maharashtra). The inner roof of the sanctum is plated with gold, and the central statue is of Ganesh. In the periphery of the temple, there is a Hanuman temple as well.
Mahalaxmi Temple (Marathi: महालक्ष्मी मंदिर) is one of the most famous temples of Mumbai situated on Bhulabhai Desai Road. It is dedicated to Mahalakshmi the central deity of Devi Mahatmyam. There are three idols of Mahakali, Mahalakshmi, and Mahasaraswthi. The temple was built in 1831 by Dhakji Dadaji (1760–1846), a Hindu merchant.
Built around 1785, the history of this temple is supposedly connected with the building of the Hornby Vellard. Apparently after portions of the sea wall of the Vellard collapsed twice, the chief engineer, a Pathare prabhu, dreamt of a Devi statue in the sea near Worli. A search recovered it, and he built a temple for it. After this, the work on the vellard could be completed without a hitch.
The Haji Ali Dargah  is a mosque and dargah (tomb) located on an islet off the coast of Worli in the Southern part of Mumbai. Near the heart of the city proper, the dargah is one of the most recognisable landmarks of Mumbai.
An exquisite example of Indian Islamic architecture, associated with legends about doomed lovers, the dargah contains the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari.

After darshan of Lord Ganesh and Maa Mahalaskhmi, we went to Churchgate and walked towards Fashio Street.
Fashion Street refers to a cluster of about 130 to 140 clothing shops on MG Road in South MumbaiIndia. Besides clothing, there are also several shoe and jewellery shops.

We moved towards, Chatrapati Shivaji terminus and thought of going to Princess street. But it was closed on that day. Therefore , went to Mc D which was near CST, and came back home.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Marathiछत्रपती शिवाजी टर्मिनस), (formerly Victoria Terminus) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic railway station in Mumbai which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways. Situated in the Bori Bunder area of Mumbai, it was built as a new railway station on the location of the Bori Bunder Station in 1887 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. In 1996 its name was changed to the present name in honour of the Maratha warrior Shivaji. Its abbreviations CST or VT are popularly used by locals to refer to the station and it is also known by its abbreviation CSTM or Bombay VT. It is the busiest railway station in India, and serves both as a terminal for long distance trains terminating in Mumbai as well as the Mumbai Suburban Railway.

The next whole week(till friday) was spent in training. But the Girls wanted to shop some more, so we had been to Lokhandwala but in vain. But the place is very nice to hangout. We had also been to Ville Parle somewhere in the middle. I dont remember the date.

We were about to leave back to Bengaluru. The packing was in full progress on Friday , as our flight was on Saturday(12th Nov). The girls had purchased a lot of items(as usual), and were very confused about the packing stuff.
The last day of our training was awesome. We all had a photo session, Sir explained about the project that we had to do. Also he gave us very good advice for our future. 

Prashanth, Milind, Sagar, Mahesh Sir, Chiru , Arjun, Savi , Vinayak , Aniketh


our classroom

Finally after all the training sessions. We returned to Bangalore. 
While coming back, we came in Jet Airways. It was amazing.

Jet Airways is a major Indian airline based in MumbaiMaharashtra. It is India's largest airline and the market leader in the domestic sector. It operates over 400 flights daily to 76 destinations worldwide. Its main hub is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, with secondary hubs at Delhi,Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Kolkata. It has an international hub at Brussels AirportBelgium. Jet Airways is owned by Naresh Goyal.

I would like to thank all of you for supporting me in writing this blog. Also I would like to thank Chiru and Namitha for giving me the camera to take pictures. Some images are photographed by Chiru,Namitha,and Shimsha.

I also thank Rohan Sirsi for all the support he gave us in Mumbai, and accompanying us to various places of the city.

Also I would like to thank Mahesh Kulkarni Sir , for providing us amazing training and giving us valuable advice. We are very thankful to you Sir !!

Last but not the least, I thank Milind, Rashmi, Savi , Aniketh , Nilam, Prashant , Sagar and Vinayak for the awesome company you gave us. You all are amazing people !!



  1. nice post!!!!
    sirsi yellu kantilla ? :P

  2. nice ones please upload my photos also especially when we went to kanheri caves!!

  3. very nice post and lot of information about the metropolitan City Mumbai, eventhough we have been there several times, still unknown of few things which you have given us lot of information, keep up the good work and never stop this habit.

    all the best

  4. fantastic report maga. chindhi pictures kano. where n the earth did you get so much of time to write so much about Mumbai. When i read , i remember the song" yeh dil hai mushkil jeena yahan..". good pictures with lot of info.
    waiting for your next blog.

  5. Too much text gets boring,supportive images saved the day, well taken and nice blog of your personal trip/official.

  6. I told you to upload pixss yaar!!!
    Ok anyways take your time..:):):)

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