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Quick Update From Pune

Being in Delhi for only two days was definitely hard. I love Delhi. It holds a special place in my heart. Sadly, though I only got very little time to shop and drive around. Gladly I was able to spend a few hours with my bestie. I haven’t seen her in four and a half years. So much has changed in her world and mine. She’s married now and has a five month daughter. And me, I’m getting married in four days! It was definitely great to catch up with her, I just wish I had more time.

Well, I actually might! She motioned that her hubby and a few friends are taking her to Goa for her birthday on the 23rd of the month. I think, D and I are going to be in Goa as well during the time. So, me and her are planning to meet in Goa for dinner to celebrate her bday and my wedding. Plus, we’ll both be able to meet each other’s husbands.

I can’t wait until Goa! But I’ve gotta go for now….xoxox

Top 20 Things To Do In Mumbai

I haven’t seen Bombay or shall I say Mumbai for quite a few years. But when I was there last, nine years ago it was one hectic city. It actually reminds me of New York City, whereas Delhi reminds of Toronto.

Anyway, Mumbai is a beautiful city, it’s always full of life and never sleeps. The night life is awesome! So, let’s go through my tour of Mumbai….

  1. Have Sev Batata Puri:
    This is like those chaats from Delhi. Its tangy and delicious street food. A must try!
  2. Shop at Chor Bazaar:Although its called Chor Bazaar, thieves have no place there. But you’ll be able to find anything and everything at awesomely cheap prices.
  3. Visit Gateway of India:This is a great place to visit. It’s an historic monument and attracts all sorts of people.
  4. Visit Taj Mahal Palace:Since you’re near the Gateway of India, don’t forget to visit the Taj Palace. It’s a hotel with a lot of history. The architecture is absolutely stunning and high tea is definitely an experience you must enjoy!
  5. Go Clubbing:The nightlife in Mumbai is so much fun. It’s one of the cities that never sleeps and clubbing is a must do.
  6. Walk/Drive to Marine Road:In South Mumbai, this one of those romantic walks/drives that you just cannot miss.
  7. Ride the Local Train:You think there’s rush on local subways here in Toronto or even New York? Well, you’re in for a surprise when you experience the rush of the local trains in Mumbai. All-in-all, it’s fun but be careful because there’s lots of pushing.
  8. Visit Bollywood:Bollywood aka Mumbai’s Hollywood. You must visit because this is where all the magic happens. Plus you might even spot some celebrities!
  9. Visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Temple:This temple is actually the central headquarters of the railway industry in India. Plus, it’s a railways station. The architecture is inspiring!
  10. Take a Cab Ride:The cabs in Mumbai are classic. Each one is decorated in its own style and mostly have music blaring in the background. It’s quite an experience.

These are my top 10 for Mumbai. When I’m back from my trip and have enjoyed a Mumbai more I’ll add more to the list!

At The Airport

I’ve checked in my luggage and am now waiting to board the plane. Apparently, Etihad Airways is supposed to be good flight but D mentioned their service isn’t that great. I guess, we’ll see once I get on.

So, lovies, I’m off to India shortly. My wedding is next Monday and I’m feeling quite nervous and anxious. Plus, I miss D dearly. But I’ll be with him soon.

Anyway, hugs and best wishes to all of you…

Until March 29th…

Bon voyage!

Top 20 Things To Do In Delhi

Birds-eye view of New Delhi (IMG Source: http://www.destination360.com/asia/india/new-delhi)

Delhi is one of the most fascinating cities. It’s the eighth largest metropolis city in the world and is known for its food, cultural diversity and beautiful places to visit. Don’t worry, I won’t get into all the statistical mumbo-jumbo. You can read about all that stuff on Wikipedia. I just really want to take you through Delhi in my steps and point out my favorite spots and things I never miss seeing when there. So, let’s get going…

Before I begin, I will mention that there are the standard places that people should visit, as with any major city. But I’m going to exclude some of those “national attractions” and just list the things I love to see and do.

Okay now, let’s get going….

  1. Keventer’s
    You cannot go to Delhi and not visit the Keventer’s milkshake shop in Connaught Place. The shop only opens in the evening. But it’s known for their coffee flavored milkshakes. One bottle of the shake and trust me you’ll be hooked.
  2. Hear qawwalis (devotional music) at Hazrat Nizamuddin darga:
    The music, the beats, even the tones in which the songs are sung is truly a spiritual experience. You may not understand the words but when you see everyone around you do into it and hear the beats, your body and mind can’t help but feel at one with singers.
  3. Shopping at Janpath:
    If you love bargaining and great deals, this is the place to go. Janpath has the best government emporiums and you can bargain with the vendors and get some great items at amazingly cheap prices.
  4. Take a ride on the Delhi metro:
    It’s cheap, clean and fast. Plus, it goes through Delhi so you get to see a lot of great sights from west to east!
  5. Have kabobs at Khan Chacha’s restaurant:
    These are the best kabobs you’ll ever try. Plus, the restaurant is mainly open in the evenings and late into the night. But trust me, get there early because there is always a line up.
  6. Have Dosa at Saravana Bhavan in CP:
    Dosa at Saravana Bhavan is the best in the world. They have franchises world-wide. So, after all the shopping in Janpath, make sure to stop over at SB for a delicious meal and don’t forget to have their South Indian filter coffee to finish your meal.
  7. Shop at Chandni Chowk:
    Chandni Chowk is known for its little streets and hundreds of thousands of stores. Everything from dried goods to wedding clothes and everything in between can be found here. It’s best to get here early in the morning as it’s not as busy as throughout the day.
  8. Visit the Lotus Temple:
    This temple is actually made in the form of a lotus. The architecture is absolutely stunning and its set in a beautiful environment full of greens.
  9. Have a picnic at India Gate:
    India Gate sits in the heart of Delhi near the Rashpati Bhavan (parliament buildings). There is a beautiful pond nearby and lots go greenery. Plus, if you go in the evening, you can have ice cream and sit down for a fun family picnic.

    Akshardham (IMG Source: http://www.india-delhihotels.com/)
  10. Visit Akshardham:
    This building is one of the most beautifully built-in India. It took five years and 10,000+ artisans to build. It is definitely an experience all in its owns.
  11. Eat Jalebi and Ice Cream:
    Jalebi is an Indian delicacy. It is sweet and melts in your mouth. Make sure to grab some fresh hot ones with ice cream. The experience will have your taste buds begging for more.
  12. Walk the grounds of the Lal Qila (Red Fort):
    The Lal Qila is India’s architecture at its best. It was the palace of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan; which later became World Heritage site for UNESCO.
  13. Have lunch or dinner at Dilli Haat:
    To try various authentic cuisines, you must visit Dilli Haat. Plus, there are various vendors from throughout India there.
  14. Visit Jama Masjid:
    The courtyard of this mosque alone can hold up to 25,000 people! There are many relics held at this mosque, including an antique version of the Qur’an written on deer skin.
  15. Visit Hanuman Mandir (Temple):
    This is one of my most favorite temples to visit in all of India. Saturday mornings are an absolute spiritual bliss. Sit and listen to prayers, then go next door to the Shani Mandir. Between the two is an awesome market selling hundreds of thousands of bangles in all colors and styles. If you’re not tired by then, you must have a henna tattoo applied by one of the local vendors that sit near the grounds of the temple.
  16. Have Paan at Pandhara Road:
    Paan is an after dinner mouth freshener. Mind you, it’s definitely an acquired taste. So, you may or may not like it. But if you do, the best Paans in all of Delhi are at Pandhara Road.
  17. Eat Chaat-papri:
    Enjoy this tangy street snack at various markets and parks. It includes; fried wafers, potatoes, yogurt, tamarind sauce and spices. yummy!
  18. Visit the Qutab Minar:
    This is one of the largest standing brick minarets in the world. Plus, the intricate design around is a must see.
  19. Visit the National Museum:
    You may not be the type of person to walk easily into a museum. But Delhi’s national museum is definitely one to see. It features artifacts and relics from around India.
  20. Experience tranquility at Kaya Spa:
    After you’ve done all the touring, indulge at Kaya by getting a hot oil massage, body wrap and having a mud bath. Then let them work their wonders by giving you a head massage.

That’s Delhi! Hope you enjoyed my walk-through Delhi, my hometown.

Top 20 Things You Must Do – The Series. Coming Soon!

An online friend of mine, originally from Pune, sent me a list of things to do and see in Pune. Since, this will be my first trip to Pune, his “things to do and see” list was greatly welcomed. As I went through his list, I realized that maybe I should share my top 20 things to do and see in Delhi, since that’s my hometown and I know it in and out.

So, I’m doing a series of posts of the “Top 20 Things You Must Do In” Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Goa. These are my four destinations for this trip and I’ll be covering them over 26 days. I will probably spend 5-8 days in each city before moving onto the next.

I don’t know much about Pune or Goa. But I will share my friend’s Top 20 for Pune and then ask D, who has lived and studied in Goa for 3 years, to help with my Top 20 for Goa.

Stay tuned as I get these ready over the next day or so…