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Location: Mumbai

Day 1 - 15 Jan 2019

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport

Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport
Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport
Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport

Content: We reached Mumbai Airport; the journey was comfortable and safe. The airport was finished with artworks. The ceilings and floorings are well maintained. We find many options to eat and drink. We had some snacks and tea from the airport that was costly.

The Shalimar Hotel

Mumbai, The Shalimar Hotel

Content: We reached The Shalimar Hotel, which was booked in advance. We had dinner on the way to the hotel. The Shalimar Hotel is a three-star property, which is located in South Mumbai. The hotel staff welcomed us with a drink and they are very polite. The room was simple with enough space and furnished.

Location: Mumbai

Day 2 - 16 Jan 2019

The Shalimar Hotel

Mumbai, The Shalimar Hotel

Content: We started our day with a well-made breakfast. The dining area in the hotel offered a lot of varieties with Indian, Chinese, and Continental cuisine. The food was good and perfect to start a day. We headed to explore Mumbai city. The city was formerly recognised as Bombay. The city is also known as the capital city of dreams.The more you know the city, the more you fall in love with it, that's the magic of Mumbai. The entire day was to cover the best tourist spots in the city. We planned for a relaxed trip, so that spend enough time in Mumbai to visit major attractions.

Haji Ali Dargah

Mumbai, Haji Ali Dargah
Mumbai, Haji Ali Dargah
Mumbai, Haji Ali Dargah

Content: Our first destination was an Islamic mosque and a tomb of a saint. It is located at the heart of the city and an important landmark in Mumbai. We saw people from all parts of the world without any restrictions offered their prayers for the fulfilment of their wishes. The tomb was located on an island near the Worli coast.

Shree Siddhivinayak

Mumbai, Shree Siddhivinayak
Mumbai, Shree Siddhivinayak
Mumbai, Shree Siddhivinayak
Mumbai, Shree Siddhivinayak

Content: On the way to Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir, we stopped at a Jain temple for a quick visit. The Siddhivinayak Mandir is one of the wealthiest temples in the country. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The doors are wooden and carved with the image of Ashtavinayak. It is the most popular temple in Mumbai city. We had lunch from Hotel Aaswad and headed to the next destination.

Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum

Mumbai, Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum
Mumbai, Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum
Mumbai, Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum

Content: Our next destination was Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum located on Laburnam Road. The museum stored the memory of Mahatma Gandhi with lots of things and articles used by Gandhi himself. The surroundings were covered with lush green trees. It was a two-floored building with a photo gallery and Gandhi's spinning wheel and personal belongings.

Colaba Causeway

Mumbai, Colaba Causeway
Mumbai, Colaba Causeway
Mumbai, Colaba Causeway

Content: Colaba Causeway is a perfect spot for shopping as well as for street foods. It is typically a commercial street that sits between Colaba and Old Woman’s Island. Some shops are shut at night but some shops continue. The street vendors sell some stuff that can be bargained for to a great extent. We had some light dinner from Bade Miyan, which is famous in the city. The day was so busy, our driver dropped us back to hotel.

Location: Mumbai

Day 3 - 17 Jan 2019

The Shalimar Hotel

Mumbai, The Shalimar Hotel

Content: After breakfast, we set the day only for some places. The hotel front desk arranged a cab for major attractions of Mumbai city.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Content: Our first destination was a museum that was formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India. It is one of the premier art and history museums in India, which is loaded with many antique documents and objects. We saw some craft items from countries like China that were preserved here. There is an old map of Bombay which tells about the history. It was a perfect destination for history lovers.

The Table

Mumbai, The Table
Mumbai, The Table
Mumbai, The Table

Content: We had lunch at The Table hotel. The ambience and location of the hotel make it a great place for lunch. We tried onion soup and boneless chicken wings, which was unique in taste. The staffs were very polite and friendly. They serve food quickly and the food was so fresh.

Gateway of India

Mumbai, Gateway of India
Mumbai, Gateway of India
Mumbai, Gateway of India
Mumbai, Gateway of India
Mumbai, Gateway of India
Mumbai, Gateway of India
Mumbai, Gateway of India
Mumbai, Gateway of India
Mumbai, Gateway of India

Content: The Gateway of India is the entrance point of India from the seaways and a great historical monument built during British rule. We enjoyed the view and saw the local vendors trying to sell their stuff. We walked towards the Colaba Causeway Market, Walkeshwar Temple, or the Nehru Science Centre, all of which are nearby.

Hanging Garden

Mumbai, Hanging Garden
Mumbai, Hanging Garden
Mumbai, Hanging Garden
Mumbai, Hanging Garden
Mumbai, Hanging Garden

Content: Our next destination was Hanging Garden, located at the top of Malabar Hill, in South Mumbai. We saw animal figures around the park. Many local people spend evening roaming around the park. The garden also consists of beautiful fountains that look great in the evening because of the lights within the water fountains. From the garden, we could able to saw an amazing view of Marine Drive.

The Shalimar Hotel

Mumbai, The Shalimar Hotel

Content: We returned to hotel and had buffet dinner from the hotel restaurant. The food was good but options are less.

Location: Mumbai

Day 4 - 18 Jan 2019

Dabbawalas and Dhobis life experience

Mumbai, Dabbawalas and Dhobis life experience
Mumbai, Dabbawalas and Dhobis life experience
Mumbai, Dabbawalas and Dhobis life experience

Content: Today morning we went to experience the morning life of Dabbawalas and Dhobis. We got an expert guide for a 3-hour tour to meet dabbawalas and Dhobis. The word dabbawala implies "box-carrier"- that is a person in Mumbai who carries and delivers freshly made food to office working people. The dhobis are Mumbai's traditional laundrymen.

Churchgate Railway Station

Mumbai, Churchgate Railway Station
Mumbai, Churchgate Railway Station
Mumbai, Churchgate Railway Station

Content: Our guide picked up from the hotel. We headed towards the Churchgate Railway Station, the starting point of our trip. We saw many dabbawalas landed their boxes from the local train. Then we moved to the platform to board a local train to Mahalaxmi Railway Station. We observed dabbawalas and our guide told us about the alphanumeric color-coding system. We saw the boxes are driven by 4 or 5 dabbawalas in different locations for delivery by bicycle.

Dhobi Ghat

Mumbai, Dhobi Ghat
Mumbai, Dhobi Ghat
Mumbai, Dhobi Ghat

Content: We proceeded to Dhobi Ghats by a walk with our guide. It is an open-air laundry area, where Dhobis collects dirty clothes, washes them in an open space, and then returns to doorsteps. Dhobis are traditional laundrymen and the massive area they used to wash is Ghat. This was their hereditary occupation, we saw many Dhobis working with their family. The car picked us from the hotel waited for us at Dhobi Ghats. They dropped back our hotel.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport

Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport
Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport
Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport

Content: After lunch, we check out from the hotel and proceed towards Mumbai airport to board the flight for Goa.

Location: Goa

Day 4 - 18 Jan 2019

Goa

Goa, Goa
Goa, Goa
Goa, Goa

Content: We reached Goa Airport and rented a car to a prebooked hotel. Goa is a small sate in India but a perfect holiday destination for solo travelers as well as for couples. It is an ideal place for celebration along the shore of the Arabian Sea.

Location: Mumbai

Day 4 - 18 Jan 2019

Vedatmana Boa Ventura

Mumbai, Vedatmana Boa Ventura

Content: We reached Vedatmana Boa Ventura, which was set near to the airport. It is a three-star property for its ambience and service. The rooms were good and simple. As per our request, they arranged food at the room itself.

Location: Goa

Day 5 - 19 Jan 2019

Vedatmana Boa Ventura

Goa, Vedatmana Boa Ventura

Content: We had breakfast at the hotel. We rented a private car and headed to explore North Goa. We planned for a short relaxed trip but we needed to travel a little bit longer as we chose a hotel near to the airport.

Reis Mogos Fort

Goa, Reis Mogos Fort
Goa, Reis Mogos Fort
Goa, Reis Mogos Fort

Content: Our first stop was at Reis Mogos Fort, which was the oldest fort in Goa located on the banks of River Bardez. It is not a famous tourist attraction of Goa but the only fort in entire Goa that has been completely replaced its past fame and beauty. The place evidenced some of the greatest events in the history of Goa.

Aguada Fort

Goa, Aguada Fort
Goa, Aguada Fort
Goa, Aguada Fort
Goa, Aguada Fort
Goa, Aguada Fort
Goa, Aguada Fort
Goa, Aguada Fort

Content: Our next stop was Aguada Fort, which is the perfect spot for its magnificent architecture as well as the amazing views of the Arabian Sea. The fort holds a lot of attraction for visitors such as The Lighthouse, Church of St. Lawrence, The ammunition room, etc. The Lighthouse is the oldest one of this kind, we climbed up to view the Arabian Sea. The fort has served as the location for various Bollywood films like Golmaal and Singham.

Coco Beach

Goa, Coco Beach
Goa, Coco Beach
Goa, Coco Beach

Content: We headed towards Cocoa Beach, which is at the mouth of the Nerul River. It is a family-friendly destination with the perfect combination of sun, sea, and space to explore. It is a house to the local fishing community. We saw many restaurants and pubs on the shore of the beach. We enjoyed our lunch along with the beautiful sea view. We saw a shopping bazaar that sells cheaper local made items and garments.

Anjuna Beach

Goa, Anjuna Beach
Goa, Anjuna Beach
Goa, Anjuna Beach

Content: We stopped at Anjuna Beach, which is popular for Wednesday Flea Market and crazy trance parties. We saw the rocky part in the middle of the beach which is the location for the famous Anjuna Flea Market every Wednesday. We saw many domestic tourists enjoying themselves with their family and friends. We took many fascinating photos. We enjoyed the night party and dinner there. It was an unforgettable experience.

Vedatmana Boa Ventura

Goa, Vedatmana Boa Ventura

Content: We returned to hotel. We ordered refreshing juice from the restaurant and had comfortable sleep.

Location: Goa

Day 6 - 20 Jan 2019

Bom Jesus of Basilica

Goa, Bom Jesus of Basilica
Goa, Bom Jesus of Basilica
Goa, Bom Jesus of Basilica
Goa, Bom Jesus of Basilica
Goa, Bom Jesus of Basilica

Content: This day we covered some spiritual places in Goa. After a simple breakfast, we headed towards our first destination Bom Jesus of Basilica. It was one of the impressive churches in Goa. The church holds the body of Saint Francis Xavier. It was kept at the top of a silver casket. We visited the Bom Jesus Basilica Art Gallery that is the largest art gallery in Asia. It is located in front of the tomb equipped with books and paintings.

Se Cathedral

Goa, Se Cathedral
Goa, Se Cathedral
Goa, Se Cathedral

Content: Our next destination was near to Bom Jesus of Basilica. Se Cathedral is dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria. It is famous for "Golden Bell", it is a giant bell known for its melody and rich tone. The church was constructed in typical Portuguese style.

Shree Mangesh Temple

Goa, Shree Mangesh Temple
Goa, Shree Mangesh Temple
Goa, Shree Mangesh Temple
Goa, Shree Mangesh Temple

Content: We headed to Mangeshi Village to visit Shri Mangueshi Temple. The complex has a large courtyard and rooms for weddings and pilgrims. The temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva. In the temple, we saw Nandi Bull which is considered to be the Vahana (Vehicle) of Shiva. We saw a beautiful seven-storey deepstambha (lamp tower), stands at the gate of the temple.

St. Augustine Tower

Goa, St. Augustine Tower
Goa, St. Augustine Tower
Goa, St. Augustine Tower

Content: Our next destination was a very popular tourist attraction and one of the most spectacular monuments in Goa. The St. Augustine Church was considered to be one of the greatest of three Augustinian churches.

River Cruise - Mandovi River

Goa, River Cruise - Mandovi River
Goa, River Cruise - Mandovi River
Goa, River Cruise - Mandovi River
Goa, River Cruise - Mandovi River
Goa, River Cruise - Mandovi River
Goa, River Cruise - Mandovi River

Content: We were very excited about River Cruise - Mandovi River. We booked our tickets in advance. The evening is the best time to feel the thrill of Cruise. We enjoyed DJ music and live performances. They offered a welcome drink and plated snacks. We enjoyed a buffet dinner along with the Panaji sightseeing from the river. After dinner, we returned to the hotel.

Location: Goa

Day 7 - 21 Jan 2019

Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Goa, Dudhsagar Waterfalls
Goa, Dudhsagar Waterfalls
Goa, Dudhsagar Waterfalls
Goa, Dudhsagar Waterfalls
Goa, Dudhsagar Waterfalls
Goa, Dudhsagar Waterfalls
Goa, Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Content: After breakfast, we headed to India's highest waterfalls, Dudhsagar waterfalls. It is located in the southern part of Goa. It took about 3 hours to reach the place. Our driver dropped us at the drop-off point from there we hired a jeep to reach waterfalls. We trekked down from the tracks into the forest of the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. We reached the bottom tier of the falls through the forest. On the way to the bottom, we spotted mammals like barking deer and wild dogs. We spotted various vibrant species of birds like dove, bluebirds too.

Vedatmana Boa Ventura

Goa, Vedatmana Boa Ventura

Content: Our driver dropped us at the hotel. Today was the very busiest day for us. We went for a long drive to see the magic place of Goa. We left the remaining day for rest.

Location: Goa

Day 8 - 22 Jan 2019

Vedatmana Boa Ventura

Goa, Vedatmana Boa Ventura

Content: We checked out the hotel and headed towards Goa Airport to catch a flight to home town. We wished to visit once again.