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This generation of millennials and post millennials are obsessed with Flamingos. We have them on our coffee mugs, our flip flops, notebooks, desktop wallpaper and even on our clothes. Yet, how many of us can say that we’ve seen a flamingo in real life? Flamingos are magnificent creatures, blush pink muddles with streaks of white black and rose pink. These birds seem tropical and dreamy to say the least and apparently, love water. But where can we find them? The answer is simple, in the city of dreams.

Mumbai is a city that surprises us ever so often, with its webbed network of local trains, dabbe walas and the spirit of live and let live. Yet, there are a few things that Mumbai has hidden away, the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary is one of them.

When the bustle of the city and the unending buzz of Bandra is weighing you down and you want to find the peace and calm amidst the city that never sleeps, this is where you want to be. The natural habitat of Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary will fill you with tranquillity while the beautiful birds and their melodious calls will fill your soul with joy.

The most beautiful thing about the sanctuary, apart from the birds and the scenic views of nature, is the absolute peace.The birds of water do not come to visit people who cannot find it in themselves to practice silence.

Book yourself a safari, find your binoculars, get your suntan lotion on and get ready to lose yourself to bliss. The sanctuary offers a number of safari and bird sighting options and you can pick any one of them to make a day out of it. The Coastal & Marine Bio Diversity Centre near Airoli offers a safari where you are taken on a boat with a bunch of people and you can spot these birds in their natural habitat, basking in the sun or taking a luxurious bath.

Nestled in Thane, the creek is hardly an hour away from Bandra so you can make a day trip and still be back home by the evening.

We would suggest taking the guided tours, as they are headed by people who’ve been trained by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and know the best way to observe these magnificent birds.

The timings and dates for booking also depend on the tidal waves and other factors, so it would be prudent to call ahead and make a booking before you make any plans.

Location: Coastal & Marine Bio Diversity Centre - Sector 10, Diva Nagar Road, Mangrove Forest, Airoli, Navi Mumbai

Price: ₹ 330 (Weekdays) & ₹440 (Weekends) per head
Contact: +91 9987 673 737

List of SOPs issued for colleges in Mumbai ahead of the scheduled reopening on Wednesday

Check out the details of the guidelines issued by the University of Mumbai for its affiliated colleges here

Degree colleges in Mumbai are all set to resume offline classes from October 20. Ahead of the reopening, the University of Mumbai has issued new SOPs to ensure safety for all staffers and students. Amongst various other steps, the college authorities have been asked to take ensure social distancing, follow the mask norm, and maintain hygiene. Read on to check out other details:

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LMC to fight air pollution in Lucknow with new anti-smog guns!

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Lucknow Municipal Corporation will deploy vehicles equipped with new anti-smog guns to combat the growing levels of air pollution in the city. The anti-smog guns will ensure proper visibility during the foggy season by improving the quality of air significantly and making it more breathable for the citizens here.

Notably, as per the World Air Quality Report 2020, Lucknow was ranked as the ninth most polluted city in the world. It has been reported that the level of pollution rises significantly during the winters due to the drop in temperature paired with high moisture content apart from other common factors. This deadly combination leads to the trapping of particulate matter in the atmosphere, thereby deteriorating the air quality.

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In a bid to promote an ecological festive season, the Rajasthan government has permitted the sale and use of only green firecrackers, in all regions execpt those falling under NCR. Additionaly, the ban will remain in force in cities with poor air quality.

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Zero COVID fatalities reported in Mumbai on Sunday, for the first time in 20 months!

The latest development has brought in a new respite to the citizens and authorities alike.

After a difficult year marred by the pandemic, there is finally some good news for the people of Mumbai. For the first time since the onset of COVID on March 26, 2020, the metropolitan city has reported zero fatalities. While the city is already on the path to recovery with a decline in cases each day, the latest development has brought in a new respite to the citizens and authorities alike.

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New flights to ease connectivity from Indore to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi & Hyderabad from October 31

These flights are part of the winter schedule approved by the DGCA

As per the new winter flight schedule approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, 25 new flight services will be started to ease connectivity from Indore to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. The daily flight movement between Indore and Delhi is set to increase with the induction of 16 new flights on this route. 10 new flights on both Indore-Ahmedabad and Indore-Mumbai routes along with at least 8 other services between Indore- Hyderabad, will also be functional from October 31.

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Jaipur's Mridul Agarwal creates history by scoring the highest-ever percentile in JEE Advanced!

Reportedly, more than 30 students from Jaipur have qualified the Joint Engineering Exam this year.

Jaipur's 18-year-old Mridul Agarwal, who appeared for the Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE) Advanced from the IIT Delhi zone, is the all-India topper this year. Bringing laurels to the Pink City, Mridul has created a history by getting 96%, the highest-ever percentile in the examination. Moreover, over 30 students from the city have qualified for this entrance examination this year.

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Put an end to your quest for steal deals & hangout places in Lucknow with KnockOFF!

Eat to your heart's content and save big each time, with unbelievable deals on KnockOFF

You must have heard stories and read poems about how people cross a thousand oceans and climb mountains to find love. But you don't have to go to any great lengths if the love of your life is food. All you've gotta do to reunite with your one true love, is go to your phone's App Store/Play Store and download the KnockOFF app. Easy right?

Eat to your heart's content and save big each time, with unbelievable deals on KnockOFF. So, if you are on the lookout for some steal deals today, at the most happening places in Lucknow, scroll away and take your pick:

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