Itinerary Mumbai Express
July 27, 2013
Registration, rickshaw training (part 1), welcome party
July 28, 2013
Rickshaw training (part 2), Meet the press, Mini Challenge
July 29, 2013
Mumbai to Alibag, 98 km
Gateway of India: the landmark of Mumbai city. The monument is situated on the waterfront in the southern part of the city. The gateway is an arch with a height of 26 meters and is made up of yellow basalt and reinforced concrete.
Marine Drive: a 3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai. It is a ‘C’-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast, which is a natural bay. This picturesque landmark connects Nariman Point with Malabar Hills. Situated over domesticated land, facing west-south-west, its coastline forms the part of the Arabian Sea. What draws attention to this avenue is the striking esplanade next to the road, where scores of people come to breathe fresh air and view sunset.
Churchgate: a downtown business district in South Mumbai. Imbibing its name from Churchgate Railway Station, the city center is crammed with several offices and banks. However, the railway station is a big hit in the transportation market of Mumbai.
July 30, 2013
Alibag to Pune, 141 km
Kolaba Fort: is an old military fortification in India. It is situated in the Arabian Sea at a distance of 1–2 km from the shores of Alibag. The fort which was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1652 to keep a check on the activities of the foreign invaders is now in ruins.
Kihim Beach: one of the most famous beaches of Alibag is the Kihim beach. The Kihim beach, 11 km from Alibaug, is a neat and clean isolated beach. Kihim is famous for its birds, woods brimming with wild flowers and rare species of butterflies. The sea shore is laced with lush coconut trees.
July 31, 2013
Pune to Mahabaleshwar, 117 km
The Aga Khan’s Palace: this Palace boasts of Italianate arches, a gracious building having salons and suites and spacious lawns. The place has a historical landmark. During the 1942 Quit India Movement, the Britishers interned Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi here. Later a memorial was erected here, in the memory of Kasturba Gandhi who died in this palace.
Osho Commune: Pune has become an international tourist spot because of the Osho Commune International. Spread over 31 acres of flush green surroundings, it is the meditation resort to people from over 60-70 different countries. The Osho Commune offers over 100 different meditation techniques to all the participants. It has become a must-visit to all the tourists over the world who are on a spiritual journey.
Pashan Lake: this lake is situated 12 Kms off the road to National Defence Academy (NDA). It is an Orinthologists delight, as it is the favourite haunt of a number of migratory and residential birds. For birdwatching, head towards this little lake.
August 1, 2013
Mahabaleshwar to Ratnagiri, 202 km
Wilson‘s Point: the highest point in Mahabaleshwar, thus offering you the best view, at an altitude of 1,435 m. With three observation towers erected here, it is the best place to witness the sunrise, and hence has also been called the Sunrise Point. The breath-taking sceneries are a photographer’s delight. One can visit strawberry farms to enjoy the real flavor of the fruit. The climatic conditions are highly suited for the cultivation of strawberries and mulberries.
Venna Lake: one of the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar. The lake is surrounded by trees on all sides. A late winter evening boat ride through the slight fog is well appreciated. Tourists can enjoy a boat ride over the lake or a horse ride next to the lake.
August 2, 2013
Ratnagiri to Panaji, 239 km
Ratnadurga Fort: located on the scenic sea shore of Ratnagiri and spread across an area of about 120 acres, the fort is horseshoe shaped. Surrounded by sea on three sides part of the cliff is now a cave.
The Thebaw Palace: built in 1910-11 for the 1911-16 stay there in exile of the king and the queen of Burma (Myanmar). The place has tombs of the royal couple.
August 3, 2013
Stay in Panaji, 0 km
See Day 7
August 4, 2013
Panaji to, Bhatkal 222 km
Blessed with natural splendor, Panaji is a beautiful town located on the left bank of the Mandovi River. This enchanting town mirrors the colonial charm and rich past that makes it stand apart from rest of the tourist destinations of Goa. Its well maintained gardens, red roofed houses with stucco walls built in the authentic Latin style and the avenues lined with statues and gardens are feast for the eyes. The beach lovers can make their way to the Miramar beach which is an ideal spot for the various water adventures and also for spending some quality time away from the cacophony of the busy city life. The long walks on the silvery sands of the Miramar are the best way to enjoy the beach. Further ahead there is the fishing village of Dona Paula around Panaji. The Dona Paula beach is a place that attracts several tourists. The old Goa or the Golden Goa lies around Panaji and is a must see. Magnificent churches sumptuous buildings, stately mansions and broad streets once characterized the 3sq miles (8km) of old Goa. Today it’s a small village surrounded by the huge churches and convents built during its heyday, and which attract visitors from many parts of the world. Among the many splendid buildings of old Goa, are the magnificent churches & cathedrals such as Se Cathedral, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, or Basilica of Bom Jesuscontribute in making Old Goa as Golden Goa. There are other religious sites in Panjim such as the Mahalaxmi Temple and the Jama Masjid. A visit to this town would transport you to an entirely different world. Panjim is also an ideal stopover for the shopping freaks and here you can come across a good number of book stores that have an impressive collection of books. Whether you are interested in history, nature or spirituality, you will get every choice of book that you need. If you have become exhausted after visiting the tourist attractions in Panaji, then you can relax at any of the restaurants that are dotted almost in every corner of the road. You can relish some of the quality drinks and delectable food which is prepared here.
August 5, 2013
Bhatkal to Mangalore, 157 km
Jamia Masjid: by far the biggest mosque in the town, the Jamia Masjid symbolizes the culture of the people of Bhatkal. Located amidst old houses on the Jamia Street, this giant mosque has been renovated from the older one.
August 6, 2013
Mangalore to Mysore, 252 km
The beaches and the temples top the list of tourist attractions in Mangalore. The beaches of Mangalore are wonderful tourist destinations, offering contrasting experiences of peaceful relaxation as well as many fun activities, apart from a wide range of local food. Someshwara beach, Panambur beach, Mukka beach and Tannirbavi beach are the major beaches of Mangalore. The major tourist attractions in Mangalore include famous temples like the Mangaladevi temple which has given this town its name, a lighthouse, and the Seemanthini Bai Bejai Museum, apart from some beautiful churches and mosques.
August 7, 2013
Mysore to Bangalore, 142 km
Mysore Maharaja Palace.: Mysore has a number of historic palaces, and is commonly described as the City of Palaces. However, “Palace of Mysore” specifically refers to one of these palaces, Amba Vilas. The palace was commissioned in 1897, and its construction was completed in 1912. It is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in Mysore. The Palace of Mysore was once the official residence of the former royal family of Mysore, and also housed the durbar (ceremonial meeting hall of the royal court).
Brindavan Gardens: the most attractive tourist destination in Mysore is the Brindavan gardens. It lies adjoining the Krishnarajasagara dam which is built across the River Kaveri.
August 8, 2013
Bangalore to Vellore, 212 km
Cubbon Park: one of the most visited tourist sites of Bangalore, over 300 acre of this wooded and beflowered park were laid out in the heart of the cantonment in 1864. Since then fairy fountains, an august bandstand and a wealth of statuary have been added. But the most important aspect of Cubbon Park is its newer buildings that have brought it cultural wealth. It has some of the most beautifully laid out gardens, thanks to the ever pleasant weather of the city.
Lalbagh Garden: another important place of visit in Bangalore is the Lalbagh gardens. Hyder Ali laid out these famous botanical garden and his son added more value to it by importing trees and plants from several countries. The garden today has over 1,000 species of flora. The Glass House, modeled on London’s Crystal Palace, is the center of attraction in this 2400-acre park. This exotic place forms a perfect place for leisure, cool and chill evening for the Bangaloreans.
August 9, 2013
Vellore to Chennai, 137 km
Vellore Fort: a large 16th-century fort built by the Nayakar governors of the Vijayanagara Empire and was constructed with large granite blocks. The fort is known for its grand ramparts, wide moat and robust masonry.