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On Wednesday night, the Maharashtra government issued strict curbs in the state, keeping in mind the swelling cases of the coronavirus infection. To aid the decision, the state government has also furnished a list of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which includes the banning of inter-district and inter-city travel except for emergency or essential purposes. The fresh constraints will be observed from Thursday, 8 PM onwards and remain in force till the 1st of May, 7 AM, as per the orders of the government.

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The relationship between fisherfolk and Mumbai is older than we can imagine and everyone around knows that this city and fishing, are entwined. Lying in Azad Nagar, Colaba, Sassoon Docks is the oldest and the largest wholesale fish market in Mumbai, dating back to 1875. It is often said to be the commercial base through which Mumbai gained momentum! A sight that will hold your interests if you like exploring the aspects of daily life, it is definitely not a spot for people with a weak stomach.

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Looking to recreate the iconic Silsila tulip garden scene with your partner? Don't worry, you don't have to travel all the way to the Netherlands for this! All you need to do, is plan a weekend trip to Kaas Plateau in Maharashtra, also known as Kaas Pathar. Approximately a four-hour drive away from the cacophony of Mumbai, this region is where nature lovers can bask under the sun to their heart's content while inhaling fresh air amid the greenery. So if you're already thinking of weekend getaway options near Mumbai, after the pandemic calms down, check out this virtual exploration of Kaas Pathar.

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Although people think that living in Mumbai means frequent weekend trips to Goa but ask us and we'll tell you that it is nothing like that. In fact, sometimes when we feel like taking up a quick beach getaway, we search for nearby places rather than planning on heading out to the next door sunshine state. Luckily for us Mumbaikars, there are umpteen must-visit seashores within a 200 km radius of the city, that deserve the attention of all water-babies. So here we have listed out 9 beaches in Mumbai where you can head to, once the world is pandemic free!

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Whenever possible, we jump on an opportunity to get away from the city rush because even though the bustle is what fills our stomachs, only a remote location in the hills can feed our souls. Mumbai offers plenty of such getaway locales in and around its vicinity but very few, like the one we have for you today!

Lying about 140 km from Mumbai in the lap of Sahyadri Range, is the quaint little hill station of Jawhar, which will surely account for a fun-filled yet relaxing weekend. Consequently, we have added 5 activities that you can partake in when here, to shoo away monotony and welcome a fresh change! So add Jawhar to the list of places that you are planning to visit after the pandemic settles and don't forget to bookmark this article right away

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An oasis of calm amidst the cacophony of city life, Nipponzan Myohoji is popularly known as the oldest and the only surviving Japanese temple in Mumbai. Spread over an area of almost 820 square km, this temple belongs to the order of Nichiren Buddhism and it was established by Nichidatsu Fujii, a Japanese monk. With links to more than a 700-year-old prophecy, this Buddhist temple exudes an enigmatic aura that is definitely worth the experience!

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Right from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi to Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Marine Drive has been immortalised by the Hindi cinema industry and why not?! A sheer spectacle of beauty, driving along this treasured pathway at night can give you the feel of travelling across foreign locations, such as Hong Kong or Singapore. The dazzling lights that illuminate the Marine Drive during the night justify the moniker attached to it- Queen's Necklace. Let's explore the details of this spectacular coastal promenade which attracts tourists from all over the world!

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If we had to scout around for Harry Potter's shooting locations in Mumbai, then the University of Mumbai Fort Campus would be our choice for all the scenes taking place at Hogwarts. What especially makes this spot worth a visit, is the resemblance shared by the various towers of Hogwarts with the 196 ft tall Rajabai Tower, seated on its premises.

Offering a 360-degree view of its surroundings, the stylistic architecture of this nineteenth-century clock tower was designed by Sir Gilbert Scott at an estimated cost of ₹2 lakh, which was indeed a huge amount in those days. So let's explore the history of this iconic colonial structure that was the tallest building of its time!

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Featuring in some extraordinarily beautiful films like Wake up Sid and Bombay, the Gateway of India is a jewel on the dazzling map of Mumbai. Whenever we come across this enormous edifice while at Apollo Bandar in Colaba, we often notice people glancing at this beauty with eyes full of admiration and cotton candies in their hands! Needless to say, a trip to Mumbai is incomplete without heading to the majestic Gateway of India but for now, take up this virtual tour and bookmark this article.

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"Where there is a will, there is a way."

Breaking stereotypes and turning her dreams into reality, Mumbai's Zoya Thomas Lobo is a breathing testament to this centuries-old adage. Establishing herself as 'India's first transwoman photojournalist', Zoya is no less than a spirited source of inspiration. From asking for alms in Mumbai locals to clicking pictures for major national and local publications, Zoya has paved her way to a life of fame and dignity!

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A place set apart for the entombment of the dead, cemeteries are much more than burial grounds- they are a reflection of aesthetic considerations, religious beliefs and social attitudes, among other things. Chronicling the multi-cultural communities and diverse faiths that have lived in Mumbai for centuries, the cemeteries of this city tell tales of a forgotten past with their historical connotations and architectural intricacies. So move beyond the notion that death and beauty are incompatible as you tag along with us on a virtual exploration of these 7 cemeteries!

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