Author: smneha22

Cryptic Chamarel

Cryptic because its hard to understand Chamarel. Chamarel is nothing but the 7 coloured earth in Mauritius. This geological formation is a relatively small area of sand dunes comprising of seven distinct colours of sand(approximately red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow). The main feature of the place is that since these differently coloured sands spontaneously settle in different layers, dunes acquire a surrealistic, striped colouring. The different colours of the earth are caused by decomposed basalt gullies, turned into clay. The colours are created by the chemical content present in the soil. It is said that if you mix the colours together, they will separate on their own. Chamarel is a wonderful mountain hamlet and an alternative to coastal Mauritius and all those beaches. At first you’ll notice shadows on the hills, creating the illusion of different colours, but soon you will realise that the colours are real and the shadows were the illusion. The best time to visit the Chamarel is during the sunrise. The sun rays distinguishes each and every colour …

Raise your glass at Sula Wines

  “Language is wine upon the lips.” Rightly said by Virginia Woolf.   To taste the best Indian wine one should definitely try to visit Sula wine which delivers the part city, part country side kind of wine in taste. This is my favorite place, whenever I’m in Nasik I definitely hang out here. The atmosphere here is awesome! The sky is so tragically beautiful that at night it seems like it is a graveyard of stars! Nasik is known as the Wine Capital of India and it has the most suitable climatic conditions for grape cultivation. Sula Vineyards founder Mr. Rajeev Samant took up the challenge of transforming barren lands of Nasik into wine farming stations. Sula Vineyards was officially established by Mr. Samant and Mr. Kerry Damskey, who happens to be an eminent Californian winemaker. Proud of its Indian heritage, Sula wines names the region on its bottles and uses an Indian logo – the sun signifying wine from warmer regions. Sula wines is about 170 kms from Mumbai. These days with the …

Victoria Terminus – Mumbai’s Hogwarts

  Victoria Terminus – Mumbai’s Hogwarts   Victoria Terminus, now rechristened as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) is undoubtedly the famous architectural landmark in a Gothic-revival style. Complete architecture is worked with carved stone friezes, stained glass windows and flying buttresses. This monumental train station is the city’s most extravagant Gothic building and an aphorism for colonial-era India. But still to the 2.5 million commuters who push past its massive portals everyday, this is still VT, the pulse of a throbbing city. On every 26th January (i.e. on The Republic Day), CST is illuminated in the tricolor lights. CST has 18 bay platforms: 7 are for local suburban trains on the west side of the station and 11 are for long distance out-station trains on the east side of the station.The station has been the location of filming the “Jai Ho” song in Slumdog Millionaire and Ra.One. Also in 1956, the station was also featured in the film C.I.D. during the song “Yeh Hai Bombay Meri Jaan“. The Gateway of India, hotel Taj Palace, Colaba Causeway are just 10 mins from …

The Gateway of India – Grandeur of the city

  The Gateway of India – Grandeur of the city   A trip to Mumbai is incomplete without a visit to the Gateway of India as the place is full of fun and excitement. It’s a gathering point for locals and a popular spot among youth and couples. The Gateway faces the vast Arabian Sea, flanked by Mumbai’s another attraction, Marine Drive, a road running parallel to the sea and the world famous architectural marvel Taj Mahal Palace Hotel at the forefront. The Mumbai CST station is not far away too. A lot of ferries ply from Gateway of India to the Elephanta Caves. Gateway of India has seen a number of terror attacks. The first major bomb blast was witnessed in 2003 which killed many tourists and the last infamous attack on Taj, Mumbai in 2008 where Gateway of India was the arrival point of the terrorists. In these attacks more than 200 people lost their lives and after that Gateway of India wore a deserted look for a few days. The monument has …

Mystical Mumbai – The city that never sleeps

Mystical Mumbai – The city that never sleeps   “They call it a city that never sleeps, Dreams at large; everything in heaps, Buzzing all the time, different people different cons, It has got its roses and its thorns.” People here will always say that they are busy with their afternoons making them lazy and with night plans like crazy. Trust me, life in Mumbai is not easy! The city has a lot of masti and a little of maska but it cannot live without the Bollywood Chaska. It’s the City of murmuring traffic and twinkling cars, the multi-millionaires & the movie stars. We’ve got it all, the vada-pav and the dance bars. Mystical Mumbai – where the local trains usually run on time & violently rushing for a seat is not a crime. Here, its as usual, 3 PM for lunch and 12 AM to dine. People face hardships, but still say “it’s fine”. Multi-lingual, multi-religious, city of unusual weather, I wouldn’t be wrong; if I say, it’s a city where the country comes together. …

India – The great land of diversity & the symbol of unity

India – The great land of diversity & the symbol of unity Incredible India has the wonderful crown of Himalayas to adore. The history of India made its inscription, many civilization has its evolution. With a wide variety of agriculture & culture, India is a Gift of Nature. The beautiful white carved architecture – Taj Mahal gives us the reflection of how skilled the Indian hands are. The country has strong military force which has made many victories in the past and is continuously working towards it. India, the sea of humanity where superstitions drown; India, where the Ganga rises and the great national leader here never dies; India, where people follow different cultures and celebrate different festivals. More than 1.2 billion population, living here without any confusion; The Gateway of India opens a way for Love & affection. India, a contradiction: where we have the Cherrapunji clouds that shower and the Rajasthan desserts that makes us sweat. My pride, my India Where we have variety, In taste, caste, colour , In weather, worship and culture.