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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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Pamukkale – Cotton Castle of Turkey

Last year in November was our first trip to Turkey. The reason I mentioned first trip is because I will visit this beautiful country again, next time with friends or family.  Pamukkale means “Cotton Castle” in Turkish. It is another small town which we loved and spent few wonderful days of our Turkey holiday.

Shoes are not allowed on travertines.

Like Goreme this town is also very small. We stayed at beautiful “Melrose Hotel” owned and managed by Mehmet and his lovely wife.We spent a day at Travertines starting little late after breakfast and walked up the travertines. Lot of tour operators drive tourists to the top and then tourists walk down to get picked up.

Shoes are not allowed on travertines, you have to walk barefoot. We felt good while walking barefoot on these rocks as the water was warm and weather was good that we didn’t realize spending couple of hours enjoying this natural beauty. Thankfully it wasn’t crowded as most of the tourists / tour operators come post lunch and leave by evening. That might be a reason why there were limited hotels compared to Goreme.

Climb wasn’t steep and we walked up all the way from our hotel. You need to remove your shoes just before the first patch of white seen on the left side in the picture (below). Flow and direction of water is controlled by authorities to maintain rock’s whiteness. There is a beautiful garden and a pond developed by local authorities right below the travertines.

Looking down from where we started.

Pamukkale is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of ruins of Hierapolis, hot springs and travertines which are as old as first half of the 3rd century BCE.


From distance these travertines looks like snow and it is mesmerizing to see it at night. It is said that sunset is the most beautiful time to be at travertines and it looks beautiful from there. Although we didn’t stay up to view sunset but it was equally stunning from down below. Managed to capture Neha’s silhouette at that time.

Silhouette against Golden Sunset at Pammukkale

Travertines at night

Travertines look more beautiful at night with all the colorful lights on.

Travertines at night with colorful lights

The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of this white castle. Since 2nd century BCE this place was a thermal spa and thousands of people came to benefit from the medicinal properties of the hot springs.

Ruins of Hierapolis

It is believed that Cleopatra used to swim in these waters and there is a pool with ruined pillars which is now known as Cleopatra Pool.

Cleopatra pool

The most amazing part of these ruins which I liked was the amphitheater. The moment I saw it I was thinking of Gladiator. This amphitheater had been built multiple times in different centuries and currently also restoration is going on.


We had initially planned for two days at Pamukkale but because of some last minute changes we got more than 2 days. We took an overnight bus from Goreme and reached Pamukkale early morning. Travertines were at 10 mins walking distance from our hotel. We used our extra time in exploring Denzili which was 30 min bus ride. The locals were really helpful in guiding us to the local shopping places.

While going to Denzili, I remember how locals, passengers in bus, walked with us to make sure that we reach the exact place. In fact, I clearly remember an elderly gentleman walking with us for almost 30 minutes so that we find what we were looking for. There was some confusion when we wanted to buy Apple Tea Powder and the kind gentleman misunderstood that we wanted to drink Apple Tea. He took us to a local joint in Fruit market for hot cup of Apple Tea, we felt so embarrassed as he ended up wasting his 30 minutes on us. 😦 Language was a barrier but we found lot of common words in Turkish which we use in India and that helped us to an extent.

Although Pamukkale can be covered in a day or as most tourists do in half day, I feel that two days are must for such a lovely place.

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Beauty of Trishul Peak in Himalayas from Kausani

The first rays of Sun on snow capped mountains of Himalayas is a breathtaking and beautiful sight.  It is said that from this place (Kausani) you can see 300 kms of the Himalayan range. 

First ray of Sun on Trishul Peak in Himalayas as seen from Kausani

The peaks easily can be seen are Trishul , Nandakot and Nandadevi depending on the weather you get. It is also said that the range looks amazing in moonlight on a clear sky day. We missed the sight because of clouds, but have seen the pictures and it is breathtaking view for sure.

Trishul (Hindiत्रिशूल) is a group of three Himalayan mountain peaks of westernKumaun, with the highest (Trishul I) reaching 7120m. The three peaks resemble a trident – in Hindi/SanskritTrishul, trident, is the weapon of Shiva. The Trishul group forms the southeast corner of the ring of peaks enclosing the Nanda DeviSanctuary, about 15 kilometres (9 mi) west-southwest of Nanda Devi itself. The main peak, Trishul I, was the first peak over 7,000 m (22,970 ft) to have ever been climbed, in 1907. (Source: Wikipedia)

Entire range as seen from our hotel

Another look at the range during the day.

View of the range during the day.

All the hotels in this small place provides Mountain View and its no brainer to see all guests setting up their cameras 15 mins before sunrise.  And some are lucky to get a good view of Trishul during sunset.

Golden Himalayas at Sunset

We were lucky to catch this golden look of Trishul as it was a cloudy day and Trishul was visible for few minutes. It is one of my favorite pic from the entire trip.

Besides the Himalayan view there isn’t much to do here. You can visit Gandhi Ashram where Gandhiji had spent some time. One interesting place is Lakshmi Ashram, it is a center run by local women and dedicated for social service and upliftment of women. Gandhiji’s disciple, Sarlaben (Kaitherine Heileman) spent her life here doing social service. This ashram helps local girls with school education and also help them to enroll for college. Besides studies girls are trained in various vocational courses, farming and other basic chores.

Finally my two cents: Do visit this ashram and spend some time with the girls. Don’t forget to buy their homegrown items and specially their herbal/green (basil) tea.

Categories: Cold, Himalaya, India, Leisure, Mountain, Snow, Travel, Uttrakhand | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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