Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Learn Marathi - A quick Guide

While learning any language takes more than an age for human being, we all need to pick up on the basics of the language of the natives to get the best cooperation and hence most comfort when on tour. Here is an attempt to translate few of the frequently used marathi words..a 10 minute dictionary for you.

Swaagat (formal) / Yaa (informal)

How are you?

Kasey aahat?


Bara ahey (men) / Bari ahey(women)

Glad to meet you

Tumhala bhetun aanand zhaala

What is your name?

Aaple naav kaay?

I'm John

Mee John

Come in

Aat yaa

Sit down




Go forward

Pudhey Jaa

Go back

Maagey Jaa

Go straight

Saral Zaa

I want to get down here

Mala ikdey utraiche ahey

Next stop

Pudhcha stop




Krupa karoon

Thank you



Nirop gheto

I want

Mala havay

Can you help me please?

Krupa karun mala madat kartaa kaa

I agree

Mee sahmat ahey

I disagree

Mee sahmat nahee


Changla / Chhaan



I request (you)

Mee vinanti karto / karte

Thanks a lot

Anek dhanyavaad

Excuse me/sorry

Malaa maaf kara

I apologize

Mee chuklo

Let's go

Chala Jaauya

How much Will it cost?

Hyachi kimmat kaay ahey

Is this water good for drinking?

Hey pyayche paani ahey kaa

Can I make a phone call from here?

Mee ek phone karu shakte kaa

Where can I hire a taxi?

Mala taxi kothe milel

Where does this road go?

Haa rasta kothe jaato

Don't speak so fast

Itkya vegaat bolu nakaa

When do you go back?

Apan kevhaa paratjanar

Come back again

Parat yaa






















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Monday, November 2, 2009

Around Mumbai

Alibag (112 Kms): This fine beach resort was the home of Shivaji’s admiral, Angre. There are two sea forts known as Khanderi and Undheri. Nearby, Chaul is an old fortress town. It is also convinient base for visiting Kihim and Nagaon beaches. This resort is well connected by road with Mumbai via Panvel and Pen.
Ambarnath (70 Kms): The Hindu pilgrim centre is famous for thr 11th century Somnath temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is also popular picnic spot connected by local trains and Mumbai.
Bassein Fort: The 15th century Portuguese Fort is 76.8 km by sub-urban electric train to Bassein Rd and thence 4.8 Km by road.
Karnala Bird Sanctuary and Fort (61 Kms): The Sanctuary lies on the Mumbai-Goa road. An old fort nearby is quite interesting.
Matheran (105 Kms): This clean and quiet hill resort in the Western Ghats is a favorite weekend destination for Mumbaites. Some of the important sites are Charlotte Lake, the panorama and the Sunset points and various other view points. Matheran is also known for cane and leather articles and chikki, a special sweetmeat. The Toy Train plying between Neral and Matheran was started in March 1907, covering a distance of 21 kms on 610 mm guage. The beautiful section is very popular among visitors.
Murad-Janjira(165 Kms): The beautiful coastal town is famous for Janjira, an impregnable island-fortress 5Km south of Murud. It was built in 1140, Siddi Johar and became the capital of Siddis during 16th century. The fort remained virtually invincible in its lifespan. The palace of the Nawab and the Janjira Caves are worth visiting. Murud lies 45 kms south of Alibag and the nearest railhead is at Roha(50 Km) on the konkan Railway.
Tansa lake and Sanctuary: Tansa lake is 103 km, by sub-urban electric train to Atgaon and thence 14.4 km by road. The lush forests around the lake are haven for many species of birds and animals.
Vaitarna Lake & Dam: The scenic lake and dam lies on the Kalyan-Nashik railway route. It is 122 Km by sub urban electric train to Khardi and Thence 12.8 km by road.
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Beaches of Mumbai

Chowpatty Beach: The popular beach in the heart of Mumbai has a special place in the life of Mubaites. It is the venue for important festivals like Coconut day and Ganesh Chathurthi Immersions.
Erangal Beach: 35 Kms by suburban electric train to Malad, thence by road. Hotels and Shacks are available at this lovely beach.
Goral Beach: The clean and calm beach of Gorai, is located 59 km from the city center, nearest railhead is Borivali, from there by bus or auto to Gorai creek, which has to be crossed by ferry. The famous theme park – Essel world is located nearby.
Juhu Beach: The second most popular beach in mumbai lies on the Bandra-Khar road, about twenty kms from the city centre. The crowded beach lined by bangalows and high rise apartments offers various entertainment and amusements.
Madh, Marve & Manori Beaches: 44.8 Km, 38.4 km and 40 Km respectively by suburban electric train to malad and thence 12 km. 5.6 km and 6.4 km respectively by road. Ferry services available from Marve to Manori beach.
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Some Sacred Sites

Babulnath Temple: This temple of Lord Shiva to the south of Malabar Hill, was built in 1780 and a tall spire was added to the structure in 1900. It enshrines a black stone Shivalingam and idols of various gods and godesses.
Bholeshwar Temple: It is dedicated to Lord Shiva also known as Bholeshwar(the pure one). The temple is covered with brass plates and has a red flag adorned with representations of the sun and moon.
ISKON or Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple: The Magnificient shrine at Juhu is worth visiting, especially during the morning and evening prayers.
Mahalakshmi Temple: The shrine of Mahalakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity is set picturesque on a rocky promontory at the edge of the sea and is one of the most popular shrines of Mumbai. The present temple was built in the 18th century and snshrines elaborately ornamented statues of Mahalakshmi, Mahakali and Mahasaraswati.
Muma Devi Temple: It is dedicated to Mumba Devi, a pattron goddess of the city and is believed to have been originally built by Koli fisherman in the 1st century B.C. The temple was erected at the present site of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and was demolished by the British in 1739. The new shrine was later reconstructed at Kalbadevi in 1753 and enshrines a beautifully ornamented image of the goddess.
Siddhi Vinayak Temple: Mumbaites have a great respect and devotion for this holy shrine of lord Ganesha at Prabhadevi.
Walkeshwar Temple: This ancient temple near Malabar hill is said to have been built in 1000 AD by Silhara Kings. It was vandalised by the Portuguese in the 16th century and was beautifully rebuilt by Rama Kamthi, a wealthy Brahmin in 1715. As per legends Lord Rama made a Shivlingam out of sand (Waluk) and prayed here. The sacred banganga Tank nearby is said to have been created by Lord Rama.
Afghan Church or St. John’s Church: The magnificient church of Colaba, with wide Gothic arches and beautiful stained glass windows was built in 1847, in the memory of the British soldiers who fell in the Sindh and Afghan campaigns of 1838 and 1843.
St. Thomas Cathedral: The church as fort is a fine blend of the classical and Gothic styles of architecture. It also has several intresting memorials and monuments.
The Gloria Church: The church located at byculla was originally built by Portuguese in 1632. It was demolished and built in Gothic style in 1911.
Haji Ali: It houses the tomb of a muslim saint, who died while on pilgrimage to Mecca. When casket containing his mortal remains floated and came to rest on a rocky bed in the sea, devotees constructed the tomb and mosque at this spot. The mosque set amidst the waters of the sea can be approached through a causeway, which gets submerged during the high tide.
Raudat Tahara: It has marble mosque and mausoleum built by the Dawoodi Bohra Muslims in honour of their spiritual leader, the late Dr.Syedna Tahar Saifuddin.
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Parks, Gardens and Amusement Parks

Kamla Nehru Park: The children’s park named after the wife of Jawahar Lal Nehru is perched on the beautiful slopes of Malabar Hill. It was laid in 1952 and commands a panoramic view of marine drive and chowpatty beach. The “Old Womans Shoe” along with the swings and slides in the park are centre of attraction for children.
Pherozshah Mehta Gardens ( Hanging Garden) : This beautiful garden was laid out in 1881, atop a water reservoir. It is also a popular picnic spot and the sun-set view from here is spectacular.
Veermata Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan( Victoria Gardens): The lush garden comprehensive complex of a Botanical Garden, Zoo and Museum, which has cultural and historical exhibits, Elephant, camel, pony and boat rides are available.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park: It is located near Borivalli railway station, which is about 35 Kms fom sub urban electric train from the town. The park also called as Krishnagiri Upvan, has the Gandhi Smriti Mandir on Pavillion Hill. The Lion Safari Park is very exciting. Kanheri Caves, one of the largest groups of Buddhist caves in western india are another attraction in the park.
Essel World & Water Kingdom( 70 Kms, near Gorai beach): This very popular theme park offers exciting rides and games. The water Kingdom nearby is great experience for any water loving individual. Nearest railhead is Malad or Borivalli from where the journey has to be made by road and sea. It is also approachable by road via Bhayandar on Western Express Highway.
Fantacy Land( 29 Kms, at Jogeshwari): This amusement park is smaller in size and cheaper as compared to Essel World.
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Reaching Mumbai

Source: anytimetourinfo.com
Reaching There:
Airport: Mumbai has two airports Sahar(international) & Santacruz(domestic)
Railhead: It is one of the important railway centres of the country.
Road: National Highways No. 3,4,6,8,9 and 17 radiate from the city.
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Museums, Memorials and Planetoriums

Bahu Daji Lad Museum( Victoria & Albert Museum): The museum amidst lush veermata Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan was originally established in 1855, as a treasure house of the decorative and industrial arts. Today it has a rich collection of archeological finds, original maps, photographs, prints and paintings depicting the history of Mumbai. The museum was honoured with an award of Excellence by UNESCO under its Asia-Pacific Heritage awards for culture heritage conservation Programme..
Bombay Natural History Society ( Hornbill House): It is located near Prince of Wales museum and is a treasure house of natures wonders.
Mini Bhavan ( Gandhi Memorial): Mahatma Gandhi often resided here during his visits to the city. It is now preserved as a national memorial. The building houses a research library, a film and recording archive and a set of diorama on Gandhiji’s life.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastusangrahalay( Prince of Wales Museum): It is one of the best museums in the country and was earlier named after King George V, who as a prince of wales laid the foundation stone in 1905. The museum is housed in an impressive building built in Indo – Saracenic style and surrounded by well laid out gardens.
Nehru Planetarium: This imposing structure at worli houses the only astronomical centre of the city. The circular sky theatre of the Planetarium recreates an image of the sky as seen from anywhere on the earth. A library here has a rich wealth of books specializing on astronomy, astrophysics and space sciences. Nehru Science Centre, adjacent to the planetarium is especially designed for children and youth.
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