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Mumbai’s First ever Floating restaurant!

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Mumbai’s First ever Floating restaurant!

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If you think you don’t have enough reasons to go to Mumbai, I’ll give a very good one! The first ever FLOATING restaurant recently launched in the city! You heard me – F-L-O-A-T-I-N-G!

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AB Celestial is the first ever Floating restaurant in Mumbai. Designed and imported from the US, it entails a three-tier luxury dining floatel with a sky deck, two galleys and a capacity to accommodate a minimum of 660 guests across four tiers!

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Incase it wasn’t obvious, you get a 360 degree view of Mumbai and the Arabian Sea. The ground floor will include a 24 hour coffee shop where as the first floor will be banqueting. The second floor will be a high end lounge bar and the open terrace will be the sky lounge.

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Although it was launched back in 2014, it had not been open to public due to issues of permission. The flotal is docked at the Maharashtra Maritime Board’s jetty at Bandra under the Bandra-Worli Sea link.

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I know what you are thinking. What’s up with the name?? The “AB” stands for Aishwarya Bhende, the 21-year-old owner of the three-floor luxury dining yacht. She has designed the entire interiors for the yacht, and been involved with it since its inception!

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Imagine how incredibly serene watching sunset over the sea would be from the upper deck! From the wooden floors sparkling to perfection to the ambience and lighting, AB Celestial, especially after sunset, becomes Celestial!

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-Karen Bahri

Stilt Fishing – a unique attraction on the shores of Sri Lanka!

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Stilt Fishing – a unique attraction on the shores of Sri Lanka!

Stilt fishing is a method of fishing unique to the island of Sri Lanka. The fishermen sit on a cross bar called a petta tied to a vertical pole and driven into the sand a few meters offshore. From this high position, the fishermen casts their lines and wait until a fish comes along to be caught. One may assume this to be an ancient practice with an engaging history, but stilt fishing is actually a recent tradition.

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The practice is believed to have started some 70 years ago during World War II; when food shortages and overcrowded fishing spots prompted some clever men to try fishing on the water. At first they started fishing from wrecks of capsized ships and downed aircraft, then some began elevating their stilts in coral reefs. The skills were then passed on to at least two generations of fishermen living along a 30 km stretch of southern shore between the towns of Unawatuna and Weligama.

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The practice is unlikely to last much longer other than as a tourist attraction as the catch is pretty much always meager. The 2004 tsunami that devastated much of the Indian Ocean coastline forever altered the Sri Lankan shoreline and reduced access to fish using this method. Fishing also stops entirely during the annual monsoons. The best time is when the currents are flowing in the right direction; which is mostly between October and December during sunset. And the sunsets are as beautiful as ever, which makes for amazing photographs!

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Today, few fisherman are willing to pass their stilts to their sons, instead renting them to “actors” who pose as fishermen for photographers and tourists. Definately one of the many attractions to check out on the spectacular island of Sri Lanka!

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-Karen Bahri

Over-Water Villas & Outdoor Showers? YES PLEASE! #MaldivesGoalVacation

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Over-Water Villas & Outdoor Showers? YES PLEASE!  #MaldivesGoalVacation

Helloooo my colourful Kaleidoscopers!!!

I hope all of you are having a great start to the year! I have something I want to talk about! Goals. My goals in life are travel related. I want to see the world, wear diamonds, stay at luxurious resorts and make friends with locals. My daily motivational speech to myself are along the lines of “I wanna go to this country and stay and that resort.”

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I stumbled upon a youtube video of a resort in the Maldives that I just cannot get out of my head. Its like one of my ULTIMATE goal destinations that I want to pamper myself with. It won’t happen soon bc its really expensive (around $900/NIGHT, fam!) and if I travel the 72 hours on planes and trains and boats to get to the Maldives I better spend at least a month! But momentary my eyes are locked on the Six Senses Laamu!

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They have over-water and over-land villas, for those afraid of sharks. As funny as it sounds, the part that struck me the most about this resort (besides the fact its a 5 star resort with 1250 excellent reviews) is that there is an outdoor shower! Lol! Aaannddd…a glass bathtub with a window looking out into the ocean!!!!! And under the tub (and various areas of the floor throughout the villa) is glass so imagine you sitting in the bathtub and you look down into the ocean AAAHHHHHHHHH I WANT IT SOOO BAD!!!! I’ve never stated at an over-water villa and just the thought seems soo heavenly!!!

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This is something I will do in the next 5ish years, so watch this space, because you know I’ll be taking 28543 pics & posting them all on my *new* instagram page! (karenskaleidoscope on insta, find me! Follow me!)

I’m not gonna say anymore. The pics can do the talking! 

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Website/Links: 

http://m.sixsenses.com/resorts/laamu/destination

http://m.sixsenses.com/resorts/laamu/accommodation/villas

http://www.tripadvisor.com/2045398?m=19905

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~Karen Bahri 

Life is an adventure! Visit Guam!

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I know since the year started, my blog has been less travel (although in my mind, I can give you reason on how it relates to “travel” in maybe an unconventional form) my blog has turned into a more personal diary of what has been going on in my life, I guess. I will include entries about myself and my family and personal thoughts and feelings. This is MY kaleidoscope, after all! But anyways, back to an entry focused more on the topic…

I discovered Guam by mistake while researching something else. Now it’s def on my bucket list! From time to time, I like to look up far off, out of the loop places and see if they are worth checking out in some point of my life. I like to keep my bucketlist exotic, ya know. One life, live it to the max and go places you never thought you would ever! That’s that way I want to live my life. There is definitely a lot to this exotic little island!! I never even knew it’s considered a U.S. territory and we don’t need a passport to go there! Keep reading if you are ready to explore a fascinating, beautiful, far off and exotic island!

Guam is also called “Guahah” by it’s natives. When I hear the word “Guam” it reminds me of Guava fruit for some reason lol. Maybe they have good guava or other tropical fruit on the island? I am sure they do! They get a lot of Japanese tourists, since Japan is right there. It’s the largest and most southern island of the Mariana Islands. they speak English as well as their native language called Chamorro. The culture of the natives are a mix of Asian, Spanish and American. They are considered warm & friendly and the crime rate is low on the island.

Tumon is the popular tourist hub and known for it’s beautiful world renowned beaches! They are said to have the perfect temperature so you can enjoy splashing around! What’s insane is that you can find star-sand beaches (!) (?) Ritidian beach is said to be hands down the best beach. They have plenty of shopping and nightlife in Tumon. Guam has a great deal of water sports and activities to take part in.

The sunsets will take your breath away!!!! Shades of orange and pink contrast against the deepening shade of the ocean to create the perfect ambiance for a romantic walk on the beach. This is a perfect honeymoon destination!

The only thing I didn’t notice is that I don’t think that they have many of those over water bungalows as they do in like Bali or the Maldives. If I find a resort that has one, I would still consider it a honeymoon destination. An over water bungalow is high on my check list as far as a honeymoon destination. Otherwise I would just consider this for another special occasion get away! Well, since it IS on my bucket list now, and I am a woman of my word, the day I check it out, I will give you my full “after” review. For now, check out some photos I found and dream about it with me:

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Guam, Tumon Bay, Reef Hotel.

Guam, Tumon Bay, Reef Hotel.

 

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TUMON BEACH AREA:

 

TUMON CITY VIEWS:

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The Hills are Alive…

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The Hills are Alive…

ALLLLOWWWHAAA 🙂 Happy Friday!! Before I get started, I hope you all like my new design? If you are reading this on your phone, you won’t be able to see it. Jump on your computer! Now back to our regularly scheduled programme:

You know how here we go on weekend road trips to other cities or the Pocono’s or like Maine or some crap? Well, in India, they do weekend getaways to the “Hill Stations” as they call it. Many may not be aware but India is very well known for its glorious hills! I’m not just speaking of the Himalayas either. I think people get distracted with the diverse cultures & religious places that they may not think or be aware of this, but the hills are so beautiful in India! When I was there, my thaiya ji (uncle – my dad’s older bruvski) took us to Kasauli, which is located in Himachal Pradesh and is known for it’s beautiful resorts.

Remember a few posts ago I talked about how I love creating trips within trips? It must be something passed down in my family, because on our way up to Kasauli, we stopped at this other hill station lodge type place called Timber Trail. My uncle is a member of what we would consider country clubs here in the states. Members only clubs where people hang out, dine, drink, admire the view, relax, golf, swim ect ect you get the point. My uncle is pretty much a member of every club and gymkhana in the greater Chandigarh area. A Gymkhana is also like a country club. Originally referred to a place of assembly. The meaning then altered to denote a place where skill-based contests were held. “Gymkhana” was the name coined during the British Raj for “gentlemen’s club”. My family and typically people nowadays just go to these places to relax & dine as well as a lot of them have rooms you can stay in like a hotel/resort incase you want to get away for a few days. Depending on the facilities at the specific location, people also golf, swim and such.

Anyways, it was a beautiful drive up the mountain ways! We stopped at some little stall on the way up to buy some juice. I was addicted to this specific guava juice and my family always got me wayyy too much – because they knew I liked it :).

Love the traffic in India!!

Love the traffic in India!!

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Here are some photos at Timber Trail.

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As we were drinking Limca & Chai, my thaiya ji told me to look at a specific mountain. It was reallllyyyy tall and there was a cable cord hanging from it. He said this cable cord leads to a restaurant at the highest peak. People ride a cart up to get there and the view is out of this world! Popular honeymoon spot. Soooo cool but sooo scary!! I asked him if it’s ever malfunctioned and if so, how many deaths. #itISIndiaafterall

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Don’t die for me Argentina!!!

Okay time to leave Timber Trail and head up to Kasauli. As we got back to the car, I saw this sign in the parking lot:

Only in India! We keep it real.

Only in India! We keep it real.

Finally arrived at Kasauli. We went to the Kasauli Club, where my uncle is a member. Located at a height of 6142 feet! Established in 1880, you literally are stepping back many decades in time! It is currently located within Indian Army premises and managed by a regular Indian Army Officer as Club Secretary, aided by civilian staff.

Some background info, The Kasauli Club was founded as the ‘Kasauli Reading and Assembly Rooms’ by a group of Englishmen. The Club was meant only for the English besides a few highly placed Indians. It established a reputation for good food, good drink and a smart social circle; a tradition, which still continues. The Kasauli Club is still famous and its membership is most sought after. You can read more about it here:

http://www.kasauli.net/kasauli-blog/attractions-in-kasauli/kasauli-club

Here are a few of the Kasuali Club:

 

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After a relaxing afternoon at Kasauli, we headed out and the view of the mountains as the sun was setting was breathtaking! I tried to take pics of the lights from the homes along the mountains but it absolutely did no justice. Its just one of those things that only the eye can witness in all it’s beauty. We did make one last quick stop to this place called Sunset Point where the sunset is supposed to be amazing. My thaiya ji didn’t have the patience so we didn’t get to see the sunset LOL:

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Mexico: East side vs West Side

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Currently, I am planning my 3rd Meheekan Baycation (Mexican vacation. Plz keep up with the talk!). I want to get away for my birthday. Why? Because I have never done that and for the past 5 years or so I have been saying I will. What ends up happening is I’ve stayed here and done the same thing – go to the bar and get wasted (btw last year was awesome! One for the books!) I’m over it. I mean its a great excuse to see people who I only see once or twice a year and I look forward to seeing them, but how awesome would it be to climb Machu Pichu, ride an elephant or swim with dolphins on the anniversary of your birth! I am unfortunately not too adventurous. Maybe some day I will push myself to a near death experience but I need to take baby steps. And I have been! That’s a whole other blog post though!

I’ve been to Mexico twice, so I kinda wanted to go somewhere else this time. Many thoughts came to mind, but the plan is to do a cruise later in the year, once the weather gets haaat. So the plan is to go back to a place we know won’t disappoint. The idea was to maybe try the west coast, since we have done Cancun (not a fan) and Puerto Morelos (love). When researching the west coast two places peak my interest – Puerto Vallarta & Cabo.

I’m visual, so pictures speak to me first and foremost. If I like the pics, i’ll read the bio. Then I consult people. So these are a few photos that spoke to me when I googled PV:

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I love a good sky. I love places that look different. I want to feel like I’m in a foreign land far, far away. This place looked exotic so I further researched and asked fellow Meheekanos. Since PV isn’t as familiar I also checked out Cabo. It appears more mountainous. To be honest, mountains don’t really do much for me. Im not visually attracted to them. Like when I went to Spain, as the plane circled over Malaga I was kinda disappointed to see pretty much:

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but after a beautiful drive up to Mijas…I got a whole new appreciation.

MIJAS, SPAIN:

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Spain is beautiful! Mountains, appreciated. It’s like how they say there is more to a book than it’s cover. You need to read the pages to understand it.

Anyways, so Cabo. Here’s what I googled:

It looks nice!

So the west coast passed it’s preliminary test. Next I asked people who have visited. They all told me the water is brown and ugly. (BOOOO) The water is also harsh and not easy to swim in. Okay. Bye. Felicia. I also am getting a vibe that PV is kinda like a west coast Cancun. I could be wrong but I read somewhere that they have a “hotel zone” and I don’t know…a red flag flashed in front of my face.

Lets move on to the east coast! The beautiful Caribbean sea!! I have never had a bad day looking at this beauty:

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These are all from Cancun. I’m not into the “19 year old frat boy from Pennsylvania get disgusting drunk and engage in even more unsightly behavior” type deal so that wasn’t for me. What WAS for me was this WATERRRRR!!!! If only I could wake up to that every morning instead of traffic in the city! The sunsets were out of this world as well. It didn’t feel like I was in a foreign land though bc of all the American tourists and there was absolutely no culture. It was like Vegas or something. Party town for college boppers. We also went into the actual town of Cancun (as opposed to the hotel zone) and it was dead and kinda creepy. Kinda looked like a deserted town in south Texas. We heard about a place that plays Reggaeton so we wanted to have one fun night of dancing. Unfortunately we couldn’t find it for a very long time in between sketch looking Walmart, Sam’s Club & Applebees. We finally did find it and we had to walk up a set of sketch stairs to find an empty, dusty room. To be fair, we were early because two girls roaming around “Real Mexico” – ya know. Get home before dark, child!

My first time in Mexico was a little south of cancun in a cute little fisherman village called Puerto Morelos. I hope this place never changes. It was breathtaking!!! I took 1237 photos. I probably took 72 shots every morning of the same view from our balcony, I repeat, every morning. Let me show you why:

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View from the room

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A different angle

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I don’t think I need to say anything else. I was soo happy here!!!!!!!!

Here are some shots of the sunset/sky:

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This was the first photo i took of the sky and I love it!!! I named it “Jungli” 😉

 

After the sun pics must go fun pics:

Yes thats a slide and on the other side of the rock, you can jump into the pool! It even had a waterfall! Iguanas were everywhere. That’s my friend Igor. I have an obsession with Stop signs in foreign languages. Maybe one day I’ll collect enough photos of them, create an amazing piece of art & then be rich and famous.

And I can’t forget to show you the actual town of Puerto Morelos. Very, very cute. A quick 15-20 minute walk through “Real Mexico” lol and you are there!

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The walk. Pindhin’ it. Ask your punjabi friend what a pindh is if it isn’t clear enough in this pic 😉

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This is the signature symbol of PM.

We also took a day trip to Playa del Carmen but I’m not going to post any pics here because I will be there again in a months time 🙂

Adios for now kiddies!!!

Caribbean Cool

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Caribbean Cool

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Its that time of year again kids. This Sunday is daylight savings. Time to lock up the flip-flops, shorts & tank tops and set the clocks back. Or forward? Whatever it is, its going to be dark all day long!!!!!!

What do I do to keep the blues away, you say??? What else!!! Hop on my favorite website ( CheapCaribbean.com ) and dream of the tropics. I usually wait until it’s that point in February to book something, the sun, sand & sea is more appreciative when its arctic in New York, and if you know or don’t know, the past two winters were a cruel reality.

A friend reminded me last weekend that a two years ago around this time we were heading out to Jamaica Jamaica!! I think we just got overly excited and booked it early as opposed to our usual February getaway. Jamaica to many is the definition of Caribbean. The mother island. I love the culture, I LOVE the music, I love the people, and omg the accent 😉 Every other island is kinda a blur and I probably will plan a cruise to island hop them in order to figure them out, but Jamaica is Jamaica – I know what it has to offer and it’s such an amazing place!

One thing I found out about in Jamaica was that in America all the deals and stuff are all about Montego Bay (MoBay) or Ocho Rios. We ended up in MoBay but next time I will know to stay in Negril, where the Seven Mile beach lays!!! The seven mile beach is exactly what one pictures when you think of Jamaica. CLEAR, clean water, white sand beaches, BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!! We also went to Rick’s Café where people cliff dive and we saw the most amazing sunset I have ever seen in my life!!! The sun in general in Jamaica was something else! Even in MoBay. Its amazing!!

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crystal clear water on the Seven Mile beach – Negril

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Sting Rays pon di Seven Mile beach

Sting Rays pon di Seven Mile beach

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Cliff divers!

Cliff divers!

Sooo breathtaking!!!

Sooo breathtaking!!!

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I would one day love to check out Trinidad as well, because they have such an interesting, fun and amazing culture as well! I think its cool how its got a huge Indian population there. The culture soo original as it mixes Indian culture with Afro/Caribbean. It’s like they’ve got the best of both worlds. In college and a little post graduation I promoted West Indian parties and learned so much about the variety of music from the Caribbean. Aside from reggae, dancehall and soca, there is Indian inspired music called Chutney which is really interesting (and funny lol) It’s like the tune of Bollywood famous songs but they change the lyrics (in English or whatever its called. Trini English) and sometimes they speak Hindi but change the pronunciation. Its fun to listen to! A lot of the songs are just crazyyy. One of my Trini friends introduced me to this song:

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This friend also told me about Trini puppets and how that’s a thing. Its popular television according to my Trini friend. The puppet that I believe is the most famous (or maybe the only one lol) is Leroy and Paster Stewart. They are the main characters to Trinidad’s most beloved Muppet/Puppet. These puppets are definitely for mature audience ONLY LOL. BTW if you are from Trinidad and I am giving any misinformation feel free to correct me lol. I am going off word from friends, so I may be misquoting.

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I feel like this blog is just getting weird now by the way LOL. I should probably watch those two youtube links more carefully than I am before posting but again, WE ARE A MATURE AUDIENCE!!! 😉 Trust me I won’t go into what I don’t know about Rastafarianism!!!

In conclusion, if you are starting to feel the winter blues, my advice would be to look up youtube videos on the Caribbean, surf the website I linked above (Cheap Caribbean dot com) and throw on some dancehall and you may just ended up bookin a jameeyakan baykeeyashan of your life, ya mon!!!

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The sun, the moon and the beach!

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The sun, the moon and the beach!

Some of the best sunsets I’ve seen!

Sunset at Rick's Cafe. Negril, Jamaica.

Sunset at Rick’s Cafe. Negril, Jamaica.

Incredible India!

Incredible India!

Red sunset in Montego Bay, Jamaica!

Red sunset in Montego Bay, Jamaica!

Moonlight in Astoria, New York

Moonlight in Astoria, New York

Fuengirola, Spain

Fuengirola, Spain

Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Rick's Cafe. Negril, Jamaica

Rick’s Cafe. Negril, Jamaica

There’s nothing I love more than a good sunset or sunrise, especially pon di beach, mon!

Rick’s Cafe in Negril, Jamaica displays an absolute breathtaking sunset! The rays from the sunset are amazing and def worth the trip!!! Above are some photos from Ricks as well as other beautiful sunsets, moonlights and plain old sunshine that caught my eye. I’ll probably update this a few times 😉