Musical Staycation – Aayudh performing live in Gurgaon!

Select Hotels welcomes you to Soul Stirring Saturdays!

The winter is coming. Why not enjoy few of the last rainy weekends at a Heritage resort tucked away from the traffic, crowd and noise of the city while enjoying live Sufi Music with a Musical staycation at Manesar?

“Music is a piece of art that goes in the ears straight to the heart”. On our continued journey to discover amazing live music, the next stop is an amazing Sufi music band.

With me? Here goes:

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 Soul Stirring Saturdays – Aayudh Live @ 12, 500 + Taxes

What are you paying for?

drummer-310253_1280 A musical stacation with Sufi Music performance by Aayudh, a multi genre Hindi band. They take inspiration from the love that exists between humans which you will find in the feel of their songs.

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food-297051_1280 Buffet meals in the hotel, along with snacks and beverages

Excited? Here’s more to charge you up. The Heritage Village Resort & Spa looks like this:

Gasping for breath already? There’s more. Check out a live performance by Aayudh:

Lastly, check some pictures from earlier live performances:

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Witness a night full of musical melodies threaded one after the other at this Musical staycation! 

Convinced? Book here – 011-66764115 or click here!

Soul Stirring Saturdays are presented and operated by Select Hotels

 

Musical Staycation – Tarkash performing live in Gurgaon!

Head out for an awesome weekend getaway that leaves you wanting more!

What is in an ideal weekend plan? A movie? Dinner date? Shopping? What if you have something better than all of this combined?

When words fail, music speaks. For all the music lovers out there, be it Indie, Sufi, Bollywood, Retro or mixed genres, Select Resorts presents a Musical Staycation like never before!

Are you excited? Presenting:

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 Soul Stirring Saturdays @ 12, 500 + Taxes

But it’s Gurgaon, and late nights? – Well, we have got you covered. Call a dedicated room in a Heritage Village Resort your home for the weekend!

But..where’s the food? – Again, we have got you covered. Buffet Meals(Yes, breakfast, lunch and dinner!), Snacks and Beverages(Even Alcoholic!) are on the house. Err, in this case, on the resort.

Can you tell me more about the band? Tarkash, The name has been derived from a Devnagari word – तरकश, meaning Basket/Container of the Arrows(tir) used by the warriors. Like a bag full of arrows, the band members have varied music tastes and inspirations. Initially started by Vibhor and Sidaque, the band has grown in numbers and popularity. With some of their favorite bands and artists being Coldplay, Dream Theater, Opeth, AR Rahman, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Arijit Singh and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, the band covers Bollywood music to give it a Sufi and Blues touch. From the crowd favorite blues version of ‘Sanu ek Pal’ to 80s Retro Bollywood hits, they can play it all!

What does the Heritage Village Resort look like? – Here you go:

What are the live shows like?

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I don’t wanna miss a thing!
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A Sky full of Stars!

 

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Dance The Night Away

Convinced? Book here – 011-66764115 or click here!

Here, we leave you with a video of their live performance. Enjoy!

Come as you are to fall in love with a night full of energetic music, luxury stays and unforgetful memories!

Convinced? Book here – 011-66764115 or click here!

Soul Stirring Saturdays are presented and operated by Select Hotels

3 Musical Staycations You Cannot Afford To Miss This Month!

Rock lovers in love with the all new vernacular fusion indie scene across India!

Here’s your chance to live in the moment as you see some of India’s greatest bands grow and emerge out of the ashes of many sleepless night spent writing and scripting their great melodies.

Be a complete roadie with Rocknaama as they power up to perform all night for you at the Heritage Village Resort & Spa, Manesar by Select Hotels!

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And here’s the cool part, you get to live life to the fullest when you stay overnight at the Heritage Village Resort & Spa along with the stars!

What’s so cool about that? Imagine a grand Rajasthani Haveli style resort with all the modern amenities hosting an Indie Rock concert for you!

Ready? Presenting…

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Soul Stirring Saturdays @ INR 12,500 + taxes

A quick musical staycation at the Heritage property with a rock band playing all night for you while the food and beverages flow non stop! Limited rooms only, duh! :)

Inclusions

- Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 2.17.14 PM  Accommodation in well-appointed rooms

- Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 2.18.58 PM Breakfast, lunch & dinner buffet meals

- music-vector-62 Passes to the in-house musical rock band show, snacks & beverages (including alcoholic)

Organizer – Select Hotels

Convinced? Book here – 011-66764115 or click here!

Testimonial!

Here’s what one of the attendees told us – Mr. Sunil – “Excellent, beyond imagination! Special thanks to Mr. Gopal and team. I’ve been to many properties, but this was by far one of the best. Hospitality was very warm. Music was excellent, will be back soon!”

Here’s what one of the attendees told us – Mr. Sumit – “Awesome place to have a relaxed event, staff was very good, budget for 2 persons was perfect! Very good experience! Will come again in September!”

Can’t make it? We’ve got more staycations coming up -

electric_guitar_vector_6815902 10th September with “Tarkash” the band playing!

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Soul Stirring Saturdays are presented and operated by Select Hotels!

Proof of the pudding is in the tasting! Have a look at some amazing shots from previous nights –

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The entire gang.

 

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When you fall in love with the sound of your own voice

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Subdued applause before you get comfy enough to let your hair down

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When you feel like Jay Z.

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The humble beginning.

Weekend Getaways from Mumbai? Here we come!

Weekend getaways can be a perfect way to break free from the daily grind before it gets on your nerve. A short vacation where you can relax and rejuvenate, can help you to reinvigorate your senses, thereby helping you ease the pressure of work and daily existence.

Fortunately, for those of us staying in Mumbai, most beautiful destinations are just a short drive away which makes them a perfect weekend getaway. The state of Maharashtra offers you a range of options that you can explore along with the best view of nature and major attractions.

There are beaches, waterfalls, forts, mountains, hills and more that encompasses every corner of this state and places that will leave you mesmerised by its simplistic grandeur.

Now, if you are planning on a weekend getaway from Mumbai, but have no idea where to go, then this stunning infographic will help you decide on the best place to visit in Mumbai for your weekend retreat.

This infographic is an ultimate weekend getaway guide that explains comprehensively the 55+ popular destinations in Mumbai that you can visit. This guide is categorically divided on the basis of distance and provides you information such as the best time to visit a particular place, major attractions and more.

Alternatively, if you’re not looking to head out of Mumbai, we’ve got you covered! Check out SeekSherpa’s amazing line up of Weekend activities for Mumbai here!

In addition, you can also download a printable PDF of this guide and keep it for your reference.

So take a look at this stunning post and plan a perfect weekend trip with your family or friends!

55+ Weekend Getaways from Mumbai by the team at ZaraHutke.in

Best Weekend Getaways from Mumbai

Credits – Guest post by Nirav Dave from Zarahutke

#TakeOff – Escape to Southeast Asia

#TakeOff – Escape to Southeast Asia

Islands, water and sky. Three top ingredients to making soulful travel memories. 

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Southeast Asia is home to some of the most beautiful island countries in the world. Presenting 4 amazing and scenic island countries you should not miss!

We’ve got you covered with some amazing deals courtesy Live The World and American Express all through out South East Asia! 

Country #1: Bali

How to get there?

airplane-57-32 – #TakeOff to Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar, the capital city of Bali.

Also known as the Island of Gods, this Indonesian island has it all. May-August is the best season to visit Bali.

Beaches? Check. Volcanic Mountains? Check. Rice Paddies? Check. Coral Reefs? Check. Resort Towns, Yoga and Meditation retreats? Check and Check. 80% of the people traveling to Indonesia go to Bali and Bali alone.

Don’t travel without a deal! #TakeOff with these amazing travel deals from American Express & Preferred Stay around the world.

What to do?

There’s something for everyone to do in Bali:

Bali is popular for its rejuvenating spa treatments and yoga retreats. Take one to feel the experience!

Visit the rice fields and terraces to feel closer to the nature. Top it off with dining in the middle of a rice field.

Monkey – The wildlife lovers should head to Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, or Bali Safari & Marine Park. Keep the interaction with the animals minimal though.

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sun-2-24 –  Put on your beach outfits and head to the South Bali. If you feel that soaking in the sun does not float your boat, #TakeOff on your surfboards to take it to the next level!

diving –  From onto the waves, go down under. Diving activities are available in southeastern part of the country.

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Temple – For the religious soul, there are countless temples waiting. Marvel at the unique architectural designs!

#TakeOff Hidden Haunt – Take an early morning walk through Campuhan Ridge and witness a different side of Bali.

 Country #2: Maldives

Before we start, we have to tell you this –

American Express and Starwood are giving at least 20% off on the best available room rates in Maldives upto 31st August? Wanderlust hit you yet?! 

How to get there?

 airplane-57-32 - Take a flight to Male International Airport. 

An archipelago of around 2000 islands, Maldives is the laid back land of lavish resort with crystal clear water. 

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Maldives plays its due to all things blue. Underwater diving, surfing or lavish dining on the water, you are covered.

What to do?

diving – Diving and snorkelling are a must do activity while in Maldives. Swim with the sea turtles, play with the Sharks, find underwater wrecks and corals.

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sun-2-24 – The movie reels with crystal clear water lagoons come to life at Maldives. Spend a day lazing around the beaches or dining at a restaurant in the sea.

#TakeOff Hidden Haunt – Take a walking tour in Male, buy your own seafood and cook at a local’s home!

Country #3: Philippines 

How to get there?

airplane-57-32 – #TakeOff to Manila, a bayside metropolitan and the capital of Philippines.

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If a person decides to go to Philippines and spend a day each at all of its islands, it would take them 20 years! Philippines encompasses 7000 islands, tiny and huge.

Apart from having one of the largest coastlines in the world, Philippines also has a large number of volcanoes, some dormant and some active. Time to turn up the heat!

40% off at the Holiday Inn at Makati courtesy Live The World by American Express!

What to do?

Mountain – Mountains and Volcanoes are popular destinations to travel to in Philippines. Go take a hike, witness an active volcano or hire a bike for mountaineering at Baguio, Davao, Iloilo or Banaue.

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Temple_Philippines- Being a Spanish colony in the past, Philippines has a considerable amount of churches and along with it, some amazing world heritage sights. Banaue Rice Terraces, San Agustin Church, San Sebastian Church, Fort Santiago and Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park are must visits.

diving – Diving and Snorkelling go hand in hand with coral islands. Witness life beyond the sea level at Tubbataha.

Hotels? Check out the amazing deals (15% to 40% off on Hotels) Live The World and American Express have for you!

#TakeOff Hidden Haunt – Philippines has great variety and flavours in the food. Take a food tour in Manila to gorge on some amazing lip-smacking stuff.

Country #4: Seychelles

How to get there?

airplane-57-32 – The only international airport is Seychelles International Airport, near Victoria. You want to land here.

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Secluded, untouched beaches filled with white sand, clear water and open sky. That defines Seychelles. A perfect laid back destination to laze around or take a break from our mundane fast lives.

What to do here?

sun-2-24 – Like most of the places on the list, Seychelles is also a beach paradise. Praslin and La Digue Islands have the best beaches. Clear blue skies are complementary. Snorkeling, diving and water sports are available at some of the sea sites.
wine – One of the underrated attractions in Seychelles is the nightlife. Mahe Island has the best bars and pubs.

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#TakeOff Hidden Haunt – Visit the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens  for witnessing an overwhelming amount of flora, fauna, tortoises and bats.

 What are you waiting for? Get your swimsuits, sunglasses and groove on. #TakeOff to these South East Asia locations with Amex.

It’s not only about Hotels – it’s also residences, shopping, & food! Don’t go to South East Asia without your Amex we say!

#TakeOff: Northern Lights

#TakeOff: Northern Lights, 5 countries where you can witness them

Northern lights are also known as the Aurora Borealis in the north and the Aurora Australis in the south.

Northern lights have been a cause of fantasy and mystery, for hundreds of years carrying legends with them wherever they are witnessed. An old legend goes as far as saying that these lights signified the dawn, Aurora is the Greek goddess of dawn. They were also considered the harbingers of war and famine during the medieval times.

Deal alert on travel in India – Look here! – Hint – #TakeOff with Amex!

The Menominee Indians of Wisconsin believed that these lights indicated the locations of giants who were the spirits of legendary hunters and fishermen. Their spirits were captured in the form of the animals they hunted.

As amazing as the legends sound, the northern lights are actually a scientific phenomenon. They are collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that manage to enter the earth’s atmosphere. These particles are gaseous in nature. The variations in the colors are due to the different kinds of gases that collide. The science of it all may or may not appeal to everyone, but the spectacle sure does.

Read on to find out how and where you could see the northern lights in the winter 2016.

  • Country #1: Norway

The carnival of lights is something Norway is famous for. You could camp underneath watching the lights dance above your head.

Go to Svalbard, you cannot go further up than that. This island in Norway is well into the Arctic circle and generally the higher the latitude the better. The season is November to February, but you could also see the Polar Night otherwise.

Svalbard does not have daylight and is soaked in an eerie blue twilight which is breath-taking to say the least. You could also spot various snow animals while you are at it.

 

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airplane-57-32  – To get here, you could take the flight to Oslo and then onto Longyearbyen and then make your way to Svalbard.

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  • Country #2: Finland

Have you ever lived in an igloo? Well, here at Kakslauttanen you could not only live in one but also gaze at the northern lights from inside it.

You could also prefer to stay in your own wooden cabin, typical camping style and top it up with snow activities such as reindeer safari or walking skis to explore the nearby Urho National Park.

If you want an early Christmas, you could go see Santa at his place in Korvatunturi just two hours away. Take a sled dog, just for the theatricality of it all.

airplane-57-32  – To get here, you could #TakeOff to Helinski and then make your way up north.

 

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  • Country #3: Iceland

This land of geysers, volcanoes and blue ice has a lot more to fascinate about. We say, make an elaborate plan to travel all of it.

Your first stop however should be to visit Reykjavik, for the lights of course. You could also check out the Game of Thrones location while you are in the country.

airplane-57-32 – You could just get #TakeOff to Rejkjavik, but book in advance and save some money.

 

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Hobnobbing on international destinations this summer?

Get 20% off when you book with your American Express.

 

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  • Country #4: Canada

Northern Canada, is covered by the Aurora Oval, making it the perfect place to see the northern lights.

It covers the provinces of Yukon, Northern Saskatchewan, Northwestern territories, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and British Columbia. The Canadian geography has a lot to offer you.

The time when you are not seeing the northern lights, spend it skiing in amazing resorts by the side of British Columbia.

You could also see waterfalls and whales around Vancouver. Also, to get here-well, it’s Canada, should not be much of a problem.

 Psst…American Express is giving 20% off on Hotels for travel in India, Bangladesh and Maldives!

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  • Country #5: Scotland

Scotland, in some parts of the year is also an amazing place to see the Northern Lights. This place has a couple of brilliant locations at the northerly latitudes.

sun-2-24 – If you want something to do for the summer, you could also go to the Aviemore and the Cairngorms National Park.

Hire a bicycle and ride around the Royal village of Ballater or go munroe-bagging, soak in the beauty and the royalty that is Scotland. You may have gone to witness the lights, you shall come back with a lot more.

 

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If you still don’t want to check out the northern lights this summer, watch this video and tell us if you still think so.

Also, watch this space for more amazing places you could #TakeOff to with your American Express!

Let SeekSherpa be the parent this summer – Kids activities in Delhi!

Kids activities in Delhi beyond the laptop, mobile phone, and neighbourhood Karate class 

Hello summer holidays, hello dreading feeling of engaging children!

For every parent out there, one of the toughest tasks in summers is to balance their work life with spending enough time with their kids, making sure that they learn new things, develop new hobbies and find their passion.

While the holidays last, change the game.

Rather than doing the same activities over and over, #BreakTheRoutine.

SeekSherpa presents 5 fun and engaging kids activities this summer that will help them #BreakTheRoutine and learn new things.

Kids Activity #1 – Rather than watching movies on the laptop, go for a photography tour!

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Kids glued to the screen playing counter strike or candy crush or maybe even Instagram?

Don’t let your kid stay cooped up at home with the screen as their only friend this summer.

Send them on a Photography tour that teaches them how to capture various subjects, in the backdrop of Lodhi Gardens or capture Wildlife in action at the Delhi Zoological Park!

Book now

 

Kids Activity #2 – Rather than having Ice Cream at India Gate, visit the Mother Dairy Factory to see how Ice cream is made:

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Move over getting just ice-cream at India Gate. Get on an AC Bus to visit Mother Dairy Factory!

Why not learn every behind-the-scenes detail about how milk is delivered to our homes and how ice creams are made!

Book now

Kids Activity #3 Rather than having them watch TV the whole day, send them for a hands on cooking experience:

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Easy to cook items and fun hands-on learning for kids! Who would not choose that over sitting idle watching TV all day?

Book now

 

 

 

Kids Activity #4 Rather than taking them to the mall, take them a AC bus trip through monuments in South Delhi:

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Going to malls and watching movies just does not cut it anymore.

Let kids become historians in these Summer vacations by visiting two important monuments in South Delhi – Qutab Minar and Lotus Temple!

Lunch is on us, too.

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Kids activity #5 – Rather than having them mug up history, make them visit a Museum and relive the history:

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Take a trip to one of the best museums in the whole of Asia, to understand the mythology and the history of art through the ages.

Conducted by a ancient history fanatic, you will be taken back to the ages.

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#TakeOff: Andaman Nicobar, 7 offbeat things you have to do.

#TakeOff: Andaman & Nicobar Islands, 7 offbeat things you have to do.

Hawaii is too far away, Bali is too unrealistic. I have limited money and little time. If you’re looking for some holiday summer romance, whatever your reason is, the Andamans seem like a perfect place to take off to.

Here, I’m going to tell you how to get there and 7 really offbeat things to do. I’ll give you the space to write back the remaining 3 once you’ve actually been to the Andamans and we can exchange notes.

    airplane-57-32 – Port Blair is what you’re looking for when you’re booking your flight and hopefully you’ve got yourself a great deal. If you haven’t yet, check out what American Express has in store here.

Things you HAVE TO DO.

1. Sun Bathing!

Continue reading “#TakeOff: Andaman Nicobar, 7 offbeat things you have to do.”

#TakeOff – In Your City – 7 Nooks and crannies of Delhi

#TakeOff – In Your City – 7 Nooks and crannies of Delhi

Every weekend there’s this struggle of what to do, where to go eat, what event to attend, what food festival to hunt for. Annoyed with this overwhelming need to do the usual I’ve spent the last few weekends snuggled in my couch watching Newsroom and Sherlock alternatively. Oh Benedict, as much as I love you, I also crave a little bit of the outside world. No more will I spend any more free time doing nothing.

With that resolve, I set out to look for the parts of Delhi that are yet to be discovered by the likes of me. It’s funny really, having lived here most my life you’d think I would know this place better. Alas, I couldn’t be more wrong!

I’ve put together a list of 7 places in the hidden nooks and crannies of Delhi that you HAVE TO VISIT! Read on to learn things you never knew existed.

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UberTOURISTER – A unique way of touring Aamchi Mumbai!

At SeekSherpa, we have always been a fan of understanding the hidden heritage, culture and art of your city uniquely, by being tourists in your city. The idea of venturing out to the nooks and crannies, exploring the unexplored places and treading on the off beaten paths is something that has always been our mission.

We have something very interesting brewing with American Tourister, and Uber Mumbai where you will be rediscovering the lesser known spots in your city – Mumbai, this weekend. It is not the run-of-the-mill variety action, you will be discovering the spots around your home or workplace, in a completely different light, seeking new experiences and hearing unheard stories. With Uber Tourister, a very special Uber ride will enable you to #touristeryoureveryday. After all, why must interesting things be saved only for vacations?

Whether you have been living your whole life in Mumbai, or just visiting for some days, don’t miss the action! Unlock the hidden Uber Tourister view by:

  • Opening your Uber app between 2 & 3 PM on Sunday, April 3, 2016
  • Entering the code UBERTOURISTER in the promotions tab to unlock the hidden view!
  • Selecting thee UBERTOURISTER view and hit request
  • If connected, you and two friends can choose any 1 of 5 tours listed below
  • All tours are 1.5 hours long, on foot, conducted by experts and free of cost 
  • Demand will be high, you may need to request more than once
  • Tours have limited capacity & will be available on a 1st come 1st serve basis!

THE TOURS

1. Picturesque Bandra:

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Explore the multicultural history and heritage of the Queen of Mumbai’s Suburbs: Bandra. Take in the street art & graffiti of Ranwar village, visit the quintessential Bandra Fort and trace Colonial & Portuguese history through Bandra’s bylanes & magnificent churches. Tour starts on foot at 4pm. Maximum tour size: 20 people.

 

2. The Fortress that Bombay Once Was:

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Relive Mumbai’s history with a walk through the old British Buildings in South Mumbai. This tour focuses on the art & architecture of the area, visiting places like the Town Hall, Horniman Circle, Flora Fountain, David Sassoon Library, Churchgate, CST & the Blue Synagogue, with stops at SoBo’s most famous art galleries. Tour starts on foot at 4pm. Maximum tour size: 100 people.

 

3. Parsi Potpourri at Dadar:

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Soak in the heritage of one of the most eclectic communities in Maximum City: the Parsis. Visit Rustom Faramna Agiary Parsi, followed by the largest Parsi colony in India, where legends like Freddie Mercury once lived. Experience the Parsi lifestyle and most importantly, Parsi Food, as we move on to a nearby Irani cafe for a chat. Tour starts on foot at 4pm. Maximum tour size: 20 people.

 

4. Yum Matunga: A Southie Food Trail in Matunga

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Ever wondered where to eat the best Dosas in the city? Quell your curiosity with delicious south Indian food in Matunga, where we explore its hidden nooks crammed with cafes and restaurants. Sink your teeth into piping hot Idlis, Vadas & Dosas! Tour starts on foot at 4.30pm. Maximum tour size: 20 people.

 

5. The Trail by the Lake in Thane

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Visit the unexplored sister city of Mumbai known for its lakes, a temple and church that have survived centuries. The trail winds through the most popular of the 10 lakes of Thane: Masunda Lake, with all its calm and serenity. Make a pit stop for one of the best Misal pavs in Maharashtra, stopping for conversations about anything and everything. Tour starts on foot at 5.00pm. Maximum tour size: 20 people.

American Tourister wants you to liven up your everyday. A very special Uber ride which enables you to #TouristerYourEveryday! See you there!