Mumbai

Mumbai is a hotpot of cultural diversity and all across the metropolis, you'll find yourself amidst a plethora of archaeological wonders. Grabbing a comfortable seat on this bandwagon, is one of Mumbai's unique attractions- the Global Vipassana Pagoda. A monument built as a tribute to the philosophies of Lord Gautama Buddha, this pagoda pulls in thousands of visitors and devotees annually. Considered as a landmark of peace and the abode of tranquility, this Global Vipassana Pagoda aspires to proliferate the teachings of compassion and non-violence while it also promotes the practise of 'Vipassana'.

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Maharashtra is a treasure trove of historical wonders and one never runs out of things to explore, learn and do when here. Adding to its robust bandwagon of architectural marvels and sites of utter significance, are the Elephanta Caves. Located on the Elephanta Island, this place features two hillocks separated by a narrow valley and it is scattered with umpteen ancient remains which is the flag bearer of Maharashtra's rich cultural past. This venue contains a selection of 'rock art' linked to the cult of Shiva and is an amalgamation of seven caves, out of which the most important is the Mahesa-murti cave.

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Sitting at the very top of Worli, the vast grey magnificence of the Worli fort is hard to miss. This lesser known historic landmark in Mumbai has stood the test of time and often sheer negligence. The fort which provides a stunning view point of the sea and the city, isn't the first choice of most travellers who overlook its magnificence because of the location.

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Labelled as one of the largest film industries in the world, the Indian film industry accounts for 60% of the films produced in India. And when we talk about films, we've gotta mention Mumbai sooner than later. The City of Dreams has played a primary role in the evolution of cinematography- even the first-ever silent feature film of India, Raja Harishchandra, was produced by Dadasaheb Phalke right here! Since then, Mumbai has remained as a Mecca for the people who aspire to have a career in this industry.
The Film City has been named as 'Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari' in the loving memory of Mr. Dadasaheb Phalke, who is considered as the father of the Indian film industry and here's why you should put this place on your must-visit list.
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Mumbai has a string of places for you to put on your itinerary but if you're chalking the essentials, then we'd suggest you to check out a museum which has been serving as a witness to our present existence, since the 1900s.

Situated on the southern tip of Mumbai on the 'Crescent Site', Prince of Wales Museum is a stellar example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Curated to proliferate awareness and sensitivity towards the rich heritage and history of India, over the years this museum has been used for the purposes of education, study and entertainment of the citizens and other visitors.

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In what seems to be perhaps the most logical move towards staying safe and healthy, the Mumbai Government has announced that the entire city will be on lockdown until further notice. This comes as part of a precautionary measure to curb the impact of the novel coronavirus.

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The Covid-19 pandemic is all we can talk about right now. The deaths, the numbers, the panic and the restlessness have cast a grey shadow over our moods making sure that we cannot take our minds off of the negativity. However, human spirit and its resilience can make even the most grim of days, a little bearable.

So if you haven't been able to find solace, rest your mind or are constantly spinning out of control thinking about when will this disease 'get to you', we bring you a ray of sunshine to take your minds off of the carnage. These 6 happy and interesting facts will keep you sane in these trying times.

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Drainage issues are persistent in every city, Mumbai included. This includes overflow, bursting of pipes and much more. This is majorly owed to the fact that the city and its drainage system hasn't been particularly planned for. The entire drainage system hence empties out unchecked sewage into the Arabian sea, rivers and lakes. What makes it particularly difficult for the authorities to check the toxin flow, the sewage and the amount of garbage being drained into the water bodies, is the fact that most of these drains have been added haphazardly.

To ensure that water bodies in Mumbai are not flushed with toxins or the drains aren't choked and waiting to overflow, Mumbai has employed underwater drones which will map the drains and check the flow of water.

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With the current social-distancing situation being adopted by the major chunk of the population, going out for a meal is not an option right now. But this paapi pait demands to be full every other hour and honestly, we've been on the lookout for food delivery ever since we've been quarantined at home! So to make your lives easier, we've chalked out 7 delivery kitchens in Mumbai which are taking care of all of our cravings and you should try 'em ASAP, for your next meal plan.

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