Lives in Mumbai, India
Since Oct 2006
35-49 year old female
Entrepreneur. Educator. Social Worker I am the founder of Mumbai Magic/Delhi Magic, a responsible tourism company which provides training and employment for students from slums in Mumbai and Delhi. I also run Abhyudaya, a non-profit that works with school-children from slums in Mumbai. In addition, I teach at an MBA college and am a public speaker. More about Mumbai Magic/Delhi Magic (actually, there are 25 Magics right now): We are currently the largest pan-Indian guided tours company in the inbound segment. We have been featured on the History Channel, Discovery (TLC), iTV UK, CNN, NDTV India, and in several international and Indian magazines and newspapers. The offbeat tours we have created – bazaar walks, cuisine tours, textile and craft tours – have delighted thousands of discerning customers. We employ more women than men, and give back in many ways to the society we live in. Please reach out via a Tripadvisor message if you want to talk to me about your travel to India.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Scenic Drives, Points of Interest & Landmarks
The rock-cut Hindu caves at Elephanta are a must-see UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kids will enjoy the breezy one-hour ferry boat ride across the bay, and there is a toy train ride on the island. Elephanta is beautiful and green, and the mangrove tree ecology of the island is fascinating. The climb up the hill is interesting — the steps are lined on either side with street stalls selling curios — and at the caves you can bring the legends of Shiva to life by telling the stories carved in the panels.
The house where Gandhi stayed whenever he visited Mumbai is now a small, intimate museum that the whole family will find inspiring and educational. Here, you can see the room where Gandhi lived and worked, and also learn about India’s struggle for independence, and the ideals for which Gandhi lived and died.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a wonderful place for trekking, cycling, and walking, with the ancient Buddhist Kanheri caves at the top. You can easily spend five to six hours here. Children will enjoy the toy train ride, as well as a tiger and lion safari, and there are also facilities for boating. The Conservation Education Center of the Bombay Natural History Society is also located inside the park, and they regularly conduct nature walks.
A picnic at the beach is always fun! Take the ferry from Gateway of India to Mandwa, and from there, you can get local transport to Kashid Beach. You can also drive to Kashid — it is quite scenic and only takes three or so hours. Don’t forget to taste the superb Konkan coastal cuisine!
Adlabs Imagica is probably the best amusement park in the city. In addition to having some very good rides, it's well-maintained, and there is enough entertainment to fill a whole day. The park is a two-hour drive from the city.
The Nehru Centre has a great exhibit called 'Discovery of India,' which traces the history of India from prehistoric to modern times. There is no better way for children to discover India’s past and learn about the country's culture and identity. The complex also has a Planetarium with shows in English, Marathi, and Hindi.
The Natural History section at the CSMVS is very interesting for children, with nicely labelled displays of Indian animal, bird, and marine life. Apart from this, there are also interactive kiosks in many of the exhibits — designed to delight both children and adults. The Indus Valley exhibit is a particularly interesting way for children to learn about this ancient civilization.
Everyone loves Marine Drive, with its breezes and waves. Kids are usually interested in the tetrapods, and you can show them crabs scrambling among the rocks. It’s great fun to walk on the ‘katta’ (a low stone embankment), or just hang around munching bhel (a savory street food snack).
Shivaji Park is Mumbai’s favorite cricket ground, where many cricketing legends have trained, including Gavaskar, Tendulkar, and others. Go watch a match in progress and enjoy cheering on the local teams. There is a small children’s park on the grounds, as well as a Ganesh temple and a traditional vyayam-shala.
Prithvi often has children’s plays and interactive events.