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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.

Chamarel in the Afternoon

Chamarel in the Afternoon

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.

Photo credits : Tourism-Mauritius.mu

Photo credits : Tourism-Mauritius.mu (http://www.tourism-mauritius.mu)

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 of this 7 coloured earth. Nowadays the 7 coloured earth is protected by a layer of fence as the number of tourists have increased.
The unique site of these coloured mounds is the perfect place to weigh in on the misery of their formation. And that’s the reason of this natural phenomena in Mauritius to make it the most prominent Tourist destination.

Me in the Botanical Gardens

Me in the Botanical Gardens

You can stare at the wonders of nature or make friends with the giant tortoise or walk the botanical gardens near Chamarel.

Old Giant Tortoise

Old Giant Tortoise

 

Travelling is truly cathartic. I think it caters to the child inside each one of us, who wants to explore, discover, experience and ultimately become wiser by the accumulation of memories and aggregation of friends.

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Comment below to let me know whether you would drive to see the natural phenomena in Mauritius apart from taking a dive at the beaches.

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!

Vineyard view from the rooftop restaurants

Vineyard view from the rooftop restaurants

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.

Pyramid of Sula Bottles piled up

Pyramid of Sula Bottles piled up

Sula wines is about 170 kms from Mumbai. These days with the help of NH160 it takes one to reach in just 3 – 4 hrs with some halts in between. So yes, some weekends the wine lovers can definitely raise their glass at the Sula wines.

Sula has a 1.5 acre Greek-style amphitheatre with professionally landscaped lawns. Its semi-circular seating makes the young crowd to enjoy the coolest festival – SulaFest at its best in the month of February. Sula also has camp outs planned under the smiling moon & twinkling stars. This location transitions easily from daytime to evening events, with the cool breeze from the Gangapur lake and the setting sun providing stunning backdrops for celebrations. I personally like to ride on a bike in winters to chase the winds and watch the birds in the vast blue peppered sky.

Sunset at the Gangapur Dam

Sunset at the Gangapur Dam

The tasting tour involves of a knowledgeable guide who introduces Sula wines history and the making of your favorite wines. Tours and Tastings are conducted every day, throughout the year. Except Dry Days. Tours & Tastings are held every hour from 11:30am to 6:30pm of the week. Their wine tasting sessions cost Rs. 250 per person (the amount may vary.)

Grape stomping– the best experience in the wine making is mostly carried out in the month of March. So plan your trip accordingly if you really want to stomp those grapes hard.

Wine Making Process in brief

Wine Making Process in brief

Once the tasting tour culminates, you can head to the roof top restaurant. The roof top restaurant gives a breath taking view overlooking the vineyards. Sula has a souvenir shop that sells mugs, t-shirts, key chains and a lot more creative stuff. They also have a wine shop where one can purchase Sula wines below MRP.

Sula wines illuminated at night

Sula wines illuminated at night

Sula also have 2 restaurants:  Soma – the Indian restaurant and Little Italy – a vegetarian chain serving Italian cuisine. 3 kms away from the vineyard location is the resort of Sula Vineyards called as Beyond. The resort is a beautiful place to say with almost 40 rooms and one Villa to occupy. You will be mesmerised by the infinity pool, pleasant weather and bespoke services.

Beyond- Sula Wines Resort

Beyond- Sula Wines Resort

The best time to visit Sula according to me is during December – March

 

Would you like to unwind with a glass or two at the Sula wines? Wine lovers should definitely take this trip.

If you have visited this place before and have a different story to share, please comment below to let me know how you have explored Sula Wines.

 

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.

CST illuminated on Republic Day

CST illuminated on Republic Day

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 CST.

 

If everything around you was beautiful, would you notice it at all if you crossed it every day? More than 3 million people pass through this terminus daily, this seemingly mundane hub is being missed.

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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 become a site for all kinds of peaceful protests. Candle light marches are a common sight at this historical place.
The majestic monument is a must-visit at night, in its pristine glory against the backdrop of the sea. It is visited by millions of people across the world every year and is a very significant figure in the lives of the people of Mumbai, as the Gateway defines the grandeur of the city that is a culmination of both, historic and modern cultural environment.

 

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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.

Mumbai is the commercial capital of India and has evolved into a global financial hub. Most of the buildings are during the British period, such as the Victoria Terminus (In 1996, the Minister of Railways, Suresh Kalmadi, changed the name of the station to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in honour of Great King Chhatrapati Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire). Their architectural features include a variety of European influences such as German gables, Dutch roofs, Swiss timbering, Romance arches, Tudor casements, and traditional Indian features.There are also a few Indo-Saracenic styled buildings such as the Gateway of India.

The Gateway of India is a major tourist destination and a popular gathering spot for locals, street vendors and photographers In February/March they are joined by classical dancers and musicians who perform during the Elephanta Festival. Boats depart from the gateway’s wharves for Elephanta Island. Art Deco styled landmarks can be found along the Marine Drive.

Mumbai has the second largest number of Art Deco buildings in the world after Miami. In the newer suburbs, modern buildings dominate the landscape. Mumbai has by far the largest number of skyscrapers in India.




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.