Unidentified flowers…

On every journey, I see different species of flora around me. I observe them but dont click them often. This time i decided to click some pictures. I will number all the flowers. 

Name the flowers in the comment section if you identify them.

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8. Mustard flower

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New year travel resolution!!

I am not a big fan of resolutions. Lets face it, I have never been able to keep one. Every year I plan 10 different travels. Last year I had planned lot of different places and ended up going to altogether different places I did not imagine i would ever visit. 

This year I hope to make one of those scribbled plan come true this year. I am eager to see what 2018 has in store for me.

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New year travel resolution!!

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For the foodies of Powai!!

2 new food joints opened up recently in Hiranandani Ganrdens Powai- Sandoitchi and 99pancakes 

Sandoitchi – Started up by 2 young people has a young vibe to it. They bake their own bread and  have added a new twist to traditional indian food. Ambience is amazing and they have brought a dead mall alive with this place. I was surprised to see healthy food in a fast food joint.

Must try : Dough balls and make ur own sandwiches.

99pancakes: Besides waffle tree and Kaventers, these guys have set up a new waffle place that is good to hangout. This place has limited seating and is good for a quick bite specially for people with a sweet tooth.

Must try: Mini pancakes with 3 types of chocolate.

Shirdi in a day from Mumbai!

We started with an overnight journey to Shirdi at 11pm from Kanjurmarg. We reached the place by 6:30am and got into a booked hotel for a quick bath. 

Heading towards the temple in the morning – we found out that there were 2 types of pass – free one and paid one. The paid one costs 200 and handicapped can have an escort on the same pass. 

Time spent standing in the queue entirely depends on the crowd. It might take from 10 mins to 5 hours. We went on a weekend but got into the inner sanctum in 15 mins with VIP pass. By 10:30am we left for Shani Shingnapur. Private cab costed us Rs 1600. Shared cabs cost around Rs 100-150 per person. It took us 2 hours to complete a journey of approximately 90 Kms. There were multiple sugarecane carrying trucks, that created traffic on th road. 

Once we reached the temple, we saw a huge temple under construction. There was hardly any queue and we reached the inner sanctum in 10 mins. Nobody was allowed to touch the idol. Oil or any offerrings you carry inside need to be put into seperate boxes that then get carried to the idol with help of motor and pipes. 

We left early and had our lunch in Shirdi right before boarding the bus back to Mumbai at 3:30pm.

Note:

1. Buses can be booked from https://redbus.in

2. It is better to book a hotel near the temple as you will only use it for a bath.

Seychelles in 7 days!!

A beach lovers paradise and a perfect place to relax with your book -Seychelles- a country made up of small islands with 2 mode of transport connecting them – water and air.

Landing at Mahe airport was amazing as we could see water around till we landed. The airport is small and citizens from most countries like India have visa on arrival. Calling card and currency exchange was readily available. People were very friendly and the economy works on tourism.

If you like adventure, you will find this fascinating:

Day 1: We hopped on to Praslin (Pra-li-n) which is 2 hours ferry ride from Mahe. It is less populated and smaller than the capital. Frequency of bus is every 30 minutes and takes you round the island in 5 Seychelles rupees. Every hotel has cab service and bus time table. We checked in to the hotel and headed to Anse lazio – one of the most beautiful beaches in Praslin. It is 10 minutes walk from Grand Anse bus stop surrounded by trees and greenery. Water is so clear that one can see white fishes on white sand.

Tip: Carry sunscreen, snorkling glasses and bread to feed fishes.

Caution: There was a Shark incident in 2011 on Anse Lazio.

Anse Lazio : https://youtu.be/dPTgYxLtlW4

Day 2: We took the island hopping excursion to Curieuse, Cousin and St. Pierre island. Cousin island is famous for the variety of migrating birds. Curieuse island has turtle farms with 400+ year old tortoises. St. Pierre has clear water and good for snorkling. The excursion costed 100 Euros and included lunch.

turtle vedio : https://youtu.be/Rc2q6ZwRAMw

Day 3:  We took morning ferry to La Digue from Baie Sainte Anne jetty which takes nearly an hour to reach(time table is also available in hotels or you can pick on Day 1 when you arrive at the jetty). We explored La Digue on a bike available at the jetty for 100 Seychelles rupees. Head towards Anse Source D’Argent –  one of the most photographed beaches. The ride is a pleasant one crossing L’Union Estate Farm (Entry fees – 65 Seychelles rupees pp).

beach vedio:https://youtu.be/JNRxZD1c

The beach might not be appealing at first because of the sea weeds, but make sure to carry a camera. Walking into the water was like walking into a natural aquarium.  We took a ferry back to Praslin at 6 pm.

Caution: Sunscreen is a must and snorkling glasses are optional.

Day 4: We enjoyed some beach time at the hotel and hopped back to Mahe for next  hotel check in. We made scuba diving reservations on this day.

Optional places to visit:

1. Vallee de Mai for nature walk or anse du gouverneur for snorkling. The nature reserve is little expensive but you will see national bird – Black parrot and national fruit – Coco-de-mer. Most of this reserve can be seen from the road as it cuts through the reserve.

2. Anse du gouverneur is famous for sting ray spotting.

Day 5: We had an hour of scuba training where the instructor took us for a small dive to give us the instructions for the actual dive. We spent the day on beau vallon beach.

Day 6: Today we dived 30 mts deep at one of the diving spots good for novice divers. It was famous for spotting fishes, sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and Octopus. The dive took us into a different world ilunder the sea and i regret not having a go pro.We saw a small shark which was a scary experience for me especially since i dont know to swim (not that if i could swim, i would have swam faster than the shark, but it feels safer).

Day 7: We tried the local cuisine Creole curry and shopped for some local handmade soaps and oils at Sir Selwyn-Clarke Market in Victoria. It was time to say good bye to the beautiful beaches and scenic greenery of the reserves of seychelles, we left with some wonderful memories.

For photos :nisha.shettyy

Optional things to do in Mahe:

1. Early morning hike in National park or Anse Major trail and visit the tea factory.
Things to note:

  1. Always carry sunscreen and aloe vera gels.
  2. Praslin is safe for night walks.
  3. Euro/USD are accepted by everyone including locals.
  4. Specifically mention the need for safety jackets if you are not comfortable swimming in a sea. Locals assume everybody is a swimmer.

Recommended hotels:

  1. Opt for hotel on the south or east side of Praslin. It is close to Jetty.
  2. Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay – Rooms are small but it has a Aqua centre for diving and snorkling and private beach.

Recommended transfer services:

  1. Cat Coco for major island transfers.
  2. Basil – bedier_son@hotmail.com

Berjaya beau vallon:

Castello beach resort: