Monday 26 December 2016

Marine Drive – Mumbai by icityzoom

Morning walk across a cool and fresh air makes you feel new and beautiful in Marine Drive – Mumbai which stretches 3 km along the coast of Arabian Sea. The mist breaks with the sun rises as early in the morning. In evening, street lights along the road gives a dazzling look which seems to be rounded like a necklace, shortly called 'Queen’s necklace'. It’s been accompanied with the wave that hits the rocks around the sea. 

 As a tourist place associated with the old city name Bombay, Marine drive has completed about 100 years of its tenure for its constructions by British Governor 'Sir Battle Frere'. Again the city had been blessed to rebuild it with two great architectural styles famously called as the Victorian Gothic and Art Deco. Mumbai’s art Deco buildings seem to be included with Marine Drive waterfront – the second largest cluster in Art Deco. Sitting along the coastal line and viewing the stunning waves with rhythmic breeze takes you away from the real world. The Palm trees along the road side rounded with light lamps adds more beauty to the Marine path. People’s are willing to take a night ride along the path of Marine drive to Chowpatty (the oldest seafront) during sunset.

The lights at night make the seafront more colorful and add extra beauty to the Marine path. Peoples of all ages like to have a walk along the Marine drive and children's enjoy riding over the ancient games. The ancient games concludes with the Ferris wheels, merry- go-rounds, fly-by-night astrologers, self-styled tumbler, snake charmers, and trained monkeys which provides the flavor to the bazaar. People over there enjoy in taking the roadside snacks out of which 'Chowpatty Bhelpuri' is one of the renowned snacks across the street.

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Wednesday 23 March 2016

Exclusively for art lovers!


Mahabalipuram  is also known as Mamallapuram, is the place situated in the center of the state of Tamil Nadu. It was the capital of the Pallava’s kings. This World Heritage site was a seaport in its early days. The place was being known for great carving and temples at sunset when the sandstone turns into bonfire orange and blood red.

It is an attractive and memorable place, having tradition, holiness, history, western archives and modern importance. Mahabalipuram is also known as the temple city of Tamil Nadu. There are eleven excavated temples which are identified as Mandapas. This Mandapas is also said as two open air bas relief. There is one more temple which is a cut out temple called as “Ratha”. There are five Ratha Temple and one Shore temple also which is most famous.

Shore temple is one of the glorious rocks cut sophistication standing and overlooking towards the sea. It symbolizes the heights of Pallava’s structural design and the naval ambitions of the Pallava kings. Five Rathas are fixed from solo pieces of rock and low laying monoliths. Each temple is dedicated to a Hindu God and named on one of the Pandavas. On the entrance of each Rathas there is a figure of an animal mount of the God.

The first Ratha is on the name of Draupadi. It is also dedicated to the Goddess Durga who looks out at her people attending worship from as carved lotus throne while outside a huge sculptured lion stands as a guard. Behind the shrine of the Goddess there is a huge Nandi, who is the bull or vehicle of Lord Shiva. Second Ratha is Arjuna Ratha which dedicated to Lord Shiva. After that, the other Ratha is Bhima Ratha. After that is Dharmaraja Ratha dedicated to the Lord Narasimhavarman and the final is in the name of Nakula-Sahadeva Ratha which is dedicated to the Lord Indra and has a fine sculpture elephant standing nearby. There are other temples also which makes the visit memorable for visitors.

How to Reach :

It is situated in the state of Tamil Nadu; therefore the nearest airport is Chennai. It is connected by all the major states of India by numerous flights. International flights operate from various parts of the world to Chennai. The nearest railhead to the Mahabalipuram is Chengalpattu and Chennai. There are many trains to and from the destination. There are many bus facilities also provided by many travel agents. You can book your cheap flights online from any flight booking portal and cheap air tickets  are also available with many air ticket booking agents.

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Wednesday 24 February 2016

Party like a rockstar in HARD ROCK CAFE Mumbai

Mumbai or erstwhile Bombay is a city alive with the rhythm of life.  Mumbai is a world hub of culture, music, and film. Where better to capture the spirit of thriving Mumbai than in the home of music – Hard Rock Cafe. India's very first Hard Rock Cafe, the Hard Rock Cafe Mumbai Worli is the ideal venue for a night out with friends or family.Hard Rock Cafe ia a chain of theme restaurant with Restaurants, Music memorabilia ,Casinos and hotels .

HRC as fans would like to call it, boasts the best music-gigs, rock-centric ambiance, handcrafted drinks, legendary burgers and also local flavors!

If these walls could talk, they would whisper legends of rock and roll heroes and guitar phenomenons.Embellished with set pieces from world-famous musicians like Elvis Presley, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, and Led Zeppelin.With a backing band featuring some of India's finest musicians tracks in  karaoke style , rock to  retro will make you enjoy to the fullest.

 The game is always on at Hard Rock Casinos. Come try your hand on thrilling tables including blackjack, baccarat and poker. Or tap into thousands of the hottest slots on the planet, from the latest to the greatest hits. When you’re playing all your favorites, surrounded by the world’s greatest rock memorabilia collection you’ll get it. Hard Rock is the only place to come out and play.Between games, grab a drink and check out some live, world-class entertainment..Just about anything can happen at Hard Rock Casinos. You might catch your biggest winning streak ever. Or you might get really lucky and find yourself in the front row, watching your favorite band. No matter if you’d like to roll the dice, dine or rock the night away, get here. And get your game face on.

When you work up an appetite, HRC feature menus fit for a VIP.Fill your platters with multitude of dishes like  American, Continental, International, Mexican . You can dine in and rock out, right here.
There's a piece of the music for everybody, no matter what you like.

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Tuesday 16 February 2016

Glimpse into 2000 years old town

Poompuhar also known as 'kaveripoompattinam' the Port town of Chozha Empire and the last well known king who ruled there was the Greate Karikala Chola.

Poompuhar is a town for those who like to wander amidst history and take a stroll through time.

Poompuhar is renowned for its handmade items.Numerous collections for  handicrafts lovers - Bronze art plate, brass lamps, brass miniatures, wood carvings, sandalwood products, wooden lacquer-ware, Thanjavur paintings, palm leaf products, Korai mats, batik prints, Kalamkari prints, applique work, stone carvings, cane products, Thanjavur garlands, papier mache, clay and plaster of paris products, pith products, musical instruments, Thanjavur cut glass and miscellaneous handicrafts.
there are lot of places to hang around.

poompuhar beach :the river kaveri merging with billowing sea .the blue expanse of water and  filled with tranquillity that gives you a peace of mind away from the hustle bustle of the city life. The beach has black sand which makes it look stunning. The beach also houses Silappathikara Art Gallery ,is a beautiful seven-tiered building of great sculptural value. Scenes from Silappathikaram, the Epic of the land have been given lively shapes in stones on the walls of the Gallery.

Zion Church: Built in 1792, this church reflects the rich Christian heritage of Poompuhar and is popular for its architecture.


Town Gateway: Reflecting a very prominent Danish architectural influence this structure was built in 1792.

Danish Fort: Today controlled by the Tamilnadu Archaeological Department, this Fort was built in 1620 and is visited by countless tourists each year due to the Archeological Museum which it houses.

Masilamani Nathar Koil: Though heavily eroded by the sea in a number of places, this temple built in 1305 by Maravarma Kulasekara Pandiyan, still manages to impress all the tourists to Poompuhar with its architectural richness.

Danish Governor Bungalow: Used as the residence of the Dansih Governor in 1784, this impressive buildings today controlled by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Department.
Poompuhar, being a coastal area, experiences a hot and humid climate for most of the year. Summers get extremely hot, but the winter season which is from December to February has a cooler climate than the rest of the year. This is the best time to visit Poompuhar.

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Saturday 6 February 2016

Dazzling aquatic resort... You will go overwhelmed


 "If there is a magic on this planet, it is contained in this water."Every mankind on this earth will go crazy with this supernatural retreat. The aquatic floater village is located at Kumbalangi close to the city of Kochi.

Famous as India’s first floating resort, Aquatic Floating Resort boasts a floating swimming pool, a spa wellness centre and fitness center.

At aquatic you will live close proximity to nature, the expanse of back water body laced with sober greenery of mangroves and imposing presence of majestic coconut palm trees and soft breeze caress you.

Floating structures, as seen elsewhere, have watertight compartments below and a superstructure above. The uniqueness of this resort is that both watertight compartments and the superstructure are integrated into one. The high outdoor deck offers a fascinating view of the blue green expanse,

The water level living room with bamboo thatched roofs and the partially immersed bedroom is inspired by underwater. You can have best time to indulge in rejuvenation therapies by the oldest health care system in the world-'ayurvedha'

Provides you immense pleasure to mind, body and soul. Leisure activities like bicycle, safari, fishing etc gives you the best time.

The sun set beyond the Chinese fishing nets, the boating in the lake among the dancing fishes, the bird sanctuary in the mangrove forests, the contemporary fishing methods, seeing all this and having delicious local food with spicy fish curry - Kumbalangi  truly beckons travelers!

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Sunday 17 January 2016

Haji Ali Dargah 

The  most popular religious place in Mumbai is Haji Ali Dargah. We can see that Haji Ali Dargah is a prestigious landmark situated about 500 yards from shoreline of middle of the Arabian Sea off Lala Lajpatrai Marg.

We have a tomb of the Muslim Saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.) in Haji Ali Dargah. We can also see a Masjid. It is an output of the Mughal architecture with white domes. As a specialty of this Dargah Non-Muslims are also allowed to visit the Dargah.

The visitors of this Dargah increases day by day for about 10-15 thousand people daily. Double the amount of visitors gets increased on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. There are no restrictions of caste, creed and religion from all parts of the world to visit this Dargah.


Important Events:

The Death Anniversary of Pir Haji Shah Bukhari falls on 16th of Rabi-ul-Aakhir. On this day all the necessary rituals as per their Islamic traditions takes place and the Food, sweets are been distributed to the visitors and fakirs.

Trust Office:

A separate team haven taken incharge as trustees of Haji Ali Dargah Trust who take part in providing all the facilities to the visitors or the devotees of Haji Dargah. They have provision for online donations through Master Card ATM’s in which this amount are been used for welfare of the devotees.

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