Mumbai meri jaan – Sailing at Gateway of India

Sailing at the Gateway had been in my to-do-list for a long time. Finally this Sunday we went for our first sailing trip and it was an amazing experience. With good company and a pleasant weather we had a great time.

Yachts, Boats, Sails and Catamarans at Gateway of India

Yachts, Boats, Sails and Catamarans at Gateway of India

We started from Jetty No 5 at Gateway of India in a small rowing boat (seen in the picture below), and in the middle of the sea we changed to our sailing boat. It looked scary initially but our skipper made sure that all of us were comfortably transported.

Jetty No 5, opposite Taj Mahal Hotel is the starting point for all private sails

Jetty No 5, opposite Taj Mahal Hotel is the starting point for all private sails


Our skipper opening the sail

Our skipper opening the sail

Ready to Sail now

Ready to Sail now

We spent close to two hours sailing in the sea and it was so different from our daily chaos. A welcome break from our daily routine life.


Navy Nagar

Navy Nagar

Sassoon Dock

Sassoon Dock

Navy Nagar and Sassoon Dock during sunset

Navy Nagar and Sassoon Dock during sunset

Taj Mahal Hotel and Gateway of India in evening and after sunset.

Taj Mahal Hotel

Taj Mahal Hotel


Taj Mahal Hotel and Gateway of India after sunset

Taj Mahal Hotel and Gateway of India after sunset

There are many companies in Mumbai which provides these boats and also conducts training/courses for sailing. Some have membership for individuals and families. It’s worth exploring.

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Fishing at Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul

A boat ride at Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul is one of the to-do-list for most tourists. It’s a 32 km (20-mile)-long strait which joins the Sea of Marmara to the south with the Black Sea to the north of Istanbul. You can see Europe and Asia on this ride.

Fishing at Galata Bridge

Interesting part is to see Fishermen on Galata Bridge from where the cruise or boat ride starts. From the picture it might seem that Fishing is Turkey’s national pasttime.

On a weekend you can find scores of people with fishing rods standing there for a long time. There are lot of learners and many professionals.

Some get good catch and don’t miss out an opportunity to click a picture.

(I won’t be surprised if this was uploaded on his facebook profile or as his DP 😉 )

And some professionals manages to get a BIG catch.

Total 8 at a time….


I did tried my hand but wasn’t successful. Next time when you are in Istanbul keep half day spare for fishing at Galata Bridge. And don’t forget to get a click of your catch. 😉

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Balloon Ride over Cappadocia

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Early morning view of Cappadocia from Balloon Ride.

This was one of the most memorable part of our 10 days trip to Turkey. It was freezing cold for someone from Mumbai. We were picked up from our hotel at 5am in Zero degree C temperature. But the moment we saw the balloon getting prepared, we forgot everything about cold.

It’s an hour’s ride which completely depends on the weather and air. They take you down to the valleys and close to villages. There are moments when you feel like if you stretch your arm (provided you have space in the basket) on of your fingers will touch the walls of houses.

View of fairy chimneys, valley and balloons

View of fairy chimneys, Pigeon valley and hot air balloons

There are packages available based on hour and number of people in a basket. We had opted for 24 people basket as it was cheapest and also made sense in the freezing weather ;-).

All the companies providing hot air balloon rides are same, the only difference is your pilot. If your pilot is good then you will have an amazing time on the ride.

Its a beautiful place and locals are very nice. It should be a must visit place for all the people who love adventure, history, calm, serene, food, I can literally go on. 🙂

I will visit this place again.

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