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Red Light Discotheque

Monday, March 29th, 2010

The Red Light Discotheque is located nearby Whitehouse (lady bar) within the Colaba district. From Leopold or Voodoo it shouldn’t be more than 20 rupees at night time. There’s no sign that says “Red Light Discotheque” there’s just a red light! downstairs at the entrance. The entrance fee on weekdays is 1000 of which you can spend 800 in drinks (200 cover charge) and 1500 in the weekends of which you can spend 1000 in drinks (500 cover charge). Once you paid the cover charge, continue upstairs as the bar is on the first floor (right hand side) During the week days it closes 1:30 and in the weekend it closes 3:00AM. Be careful what you wish for, there’s NO re-entry! The beer price is 200 rupees, King Fisher only.

Main crowd is Indian, foreigners are allowed and present. The DJ booth is located on on your right hand side next to the entrance/exit. The bar has a long stretch, good air-conditioning and a large bar on the left side where you can order drinks. The bar is black and red, has several red bull signs and a glowing cocktail menu. In the back side of the bar is the VIP/Reserved area where all the upper class Indians go. There’s no entree for regular customers, and opposite sex couples are not a requirement. The area is divided with private booths, and most of the VIP guests keep ordering bottles of liqueur and food to entertain themselves. It’s quite difficult ordering a drink sometimes for regular customers during the weekends, you have to adjust to Indian style to get a drink; push, scream and try to get ahead of your turn.

When big cricket games are being played they will show it on a large projector screen keeping the entire disco from dancing just staring blind at the screen while drinking beer and whiskey. As it gets later, the Indian crowd, especially males start getting drunk and dancing rather wild on any particular song. Where westerns would just continue dancing regular, the Indians start jumping, pushing and hugging each other.

The toilets are located on the first floor, as you exit the discotheque area go straight than left. The toilets are made with glass walls & mirrors, I suggest you first take a look at the toilets before stumbling in wasted. Inside the discotheque smoking is an offense, the smoking area is on the first floor directly straight after you exit the disco/dance area.

Opening Hours Mon- Sun 7 pm – 1:30 am (Fri-Sat 7 pm : 3 am)

Red Light Disco & Dance Club
145, Mg Road, Above Khyber Restaurant
Near Rhythm House, Whitehouse, Kalaghoda, Fort, Mumbai
Mumbai, India
(+91) 22 66346246

Bhagwati Internet

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Searching for internet cafe’s in New Delhi can be a pain, they are either hard to find, not open or have 15 inch screen with windows 98 and internet speed & processors from stone age. Bhagwati Internet located upstairs from Bhagwatizone Drinks Corner in the center of Naiwala Koral Bagh gives a new dimension to internet cafe’s in New Delhi. As of March 2010 the internet cafe offers 2 computers with fancy 21 inch Samsung LCD flat-screens, 2.6 GHZ processors and 1MB memory which is being offered in combination with a 3 MBPS internet connection for a decent price.

Bhagwati Internet is more than just a internet cafe, in combination with the Drinks Corner they can serve drinks and foods when using the computer as well help you print, scan and fax (color) pages/photo’s, backup photo’s from your memory card on a CD, even book a taxi or railway & flight tickets.

When you just arrived in India, you will notice soon enough your going to need a local cellphone that works anywhere in India. In order to save numbers of taxi drivers or to call your hotel when your lost. You can either buy a cellphone in a regular store for full price or simply rent a phone from the Bhagwati Internet Cafe. Basically you will be paying the actual price the phone costs but have possibility to sell the phone back at the end of your trip for half the price. Example: Buy a 2000 rupees cellphone, go on a one month trip and receive a 1000 rupees back when returning the cellphone.

When both of the computers are occupied the owner will offer his own laptop for availability of a third person, as well there’s an older backup computer which can be used as a fourth.

The internet cafe can be found easily by following these directions, ask your Auto Rickshaw driver for the Koral Bagh area. Once you entered the Koral Bagh area (easily noticeable), take the first turn right than go straight. The Bhagwatizone Drinks Corner is located on your right hand side, right next to the C Park INN hotel. If you have issues finding the cafe, call the number (ask for Varun) and ask for directions.

Opening Hours Tue- Sun 8 am – 10.30 pm (Mon 8 am – 5 pm)

Bhagwatizone Drinks Corner
1026/17 Naiwala Karol Bagh, New Delhi
Tel: (+91) 9582759515

Janjira Fort

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Janjira Fort which is the local name for the fort is located half a mile of the Rajpuri Village coast in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. The fort is famous for being the only fort along India’s western coast which remained undefeated even after the Maratha, Dutch and English East India Company attacks. It’s one of the must visit sightseeing while in Murud or surrounding villages. It’s mainly visited by Indian tourists who are on their way from Mumbai to GOA. The fort can be easily reached from anywhere in the Murud area, the Auto Auto drive back and forth from the main Murud market, a 1,5 mile bumpy road across the coast for the price of 5 Rs. (about $0.10). towards the harbor in Rajpuri Village.

From the Auto Auto stop it’s a 5 minutes walk to the Pierre where you will have to purchase a ticket in order to visit the Murud Janjira Fort for the price of 20 Rs. (about $0.40). The boats depart every 10 to 15 minutes towards the fort, they are old fashioned sailing boats without engines. About 10 people should be allowed on the boat, but the Indians try to fit in as many as they can.

The boat ride lasts about 15 minutes, is very relaxing and is giving great sightseeing of the Janjira Fort, which itself is absolutely huge! The fortress is about 500 years old, and once arrived they will start a tour which is in Indian (Hindi) language. The price of the tour guide is 30 Rs. per head, no English guides are available. Tourists are allowed to wonder around the fort for about 45 minutes free of charge giving unique opportunities of making endless magnificent pictures and video footage, which are free of charge to bring.

It’s advisable to go to the top of the fort, where the flag located giving you a fantastic view of the Janjira coast and the fort. It can get a bit windy up there, so be careful! Around the fort there’s a lot of Indian workers trying to clean up the fort. In the recent years tourists have written texts on the walls which is prohibited by law, as of March 2010 they are repainting the fort, and the most parts are under construction.


Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Once capital of the former Janjira state, nowadays the photo rich fisherstown of Murud which is situated about 102 miles south of Mumbai and can be easily reached by ferry/bus combination from the Gate of India as its located on the green west coast of Maharashtra. Janjira is the Marathi corruption of the Arabic word “jazirah” meaning “island”. Although the whole city was once called Janjira, the true meaning is defined by the mighty island fortress in the sea.

When you arrive in Murud by bus or taxi there’s just one main street leading through the city which is narrow and clean, one the sides are palm trees and colored houses, an gigantic empty beach can be found on the right hand side overlooking the outlines of the Casa Fort with nearby a few lodges like Sahil Lodge (from 600rs/night) as well a handful of hotels like Sea sight (from 800rs/night) providing cheap accommodation. Nearby these accommodation is another hotel/restaurant facing the beach named Vinajak Garden Family Restaurant providing cheap, fresh local foods for breakfast and dinner. It’s not a popular tourist destination but more of a stop-over for backpackers who are traveling from Mumbai towards Goa and back. 

The presence of the volatile Abyssinians can be felt like the tales of Murud’s past glory being told by the locals, as well can be seen by visiting the magnificent Sidi Palace that even today still stands on the outskirts of Murud village. The Sidi Palace brings a whole new dimension to tourist sightseeing with it’s 43 acres of land, old cannon’s, remnants of stone lion and a disused fountain covered with weeds and sculpture, not to mention the interiors of the Sidi Palace which is absolutely breathtaking unfortunately tourists are not allowed to go inside. Another great sightseeing in Murud is the Janjira Fort which is nearby the Janjira Village.

As earlier mentioned, the beach is empty besides for a few fishermen and kids riding buffalo’s with wooden cars, as well horses. You’re in for a surprise! Leaves you wondering why they don’t add a few beach shacks, restaurants and advertise Murud as a beach resort. As far our research, map wise Murud is the closest beach town from Mumbai and can be easily reached within 4 hours of convenient travel. It’s a perfect hide-away for Mumbai citizens and backpackers, but as of March 2010 has a serious lack of facilities. There’s just a few small shops that sell snacks and drinks although the Fish Market at the end of the beach is defiantly worth a visit. In the entire city of Muru there’s no ATMs (closes one is 19 miles away) and just a single internet cafe named “Fahim Internet Cafe” opened from 8:30 am to 11:00 pm (35rs. per hour) with 17 inch flat screens and a decent internet connection which is a few doors down from the Sahil Lodge.

The trip from Mumbai to Murud should cost you 144 rs. as of March 2010 for the ferry and bus from Gate of India to Mandrwa by ferry 45 minutes, from Mandrwa by bus to Alibag 30 minutes (2 in 1 ticket 110rs) total travel time 1 hours and 15 minutes. From Alibag central by bus (named tum tum) to Murud 2 hours (bumpy ride) for 34rs. Be sure to stock some extra drinks and snacks before proceeding to Murud by bus as there’s no air-conditioning. The tickets for the bus can be purchased in the bus.

Get around Delhi

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Getting around the huge city and capital of India, Delhi along with 14 million other passengers is an true adventure. Endless, 24 hours traffic mixed with motorbikes, auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws, buses, taxi’s and several super fancy cars. Many of them drivers will have no shame in charging tourists at least 10 times the regular fare. Make sure to follow strict guidelines, agree upon prices before taking off, and try accepting the fact they take a rupee or two more.

Taxi The most convenient and safe way to get around is by Delhi taxis, of which most are old but reliable Ambassadors in distinctive black-yellow livery. Please note, Ambassador taxi’s don’t have air condition. When you’re planning a little sightseeing tour, a cab is an requirement. Use for example TriCabs which charge Rs. 950 (about $20us) a day. For short trips, you can hail a taxi at the street. The meter starts at Rs. 6 (about $0.12us) plus Rs. 7 (about $0.15us) per km. although most meters are rigged, try agreeing upon the price in advance. Most trips within Delhi should be around Rs. 50-100 (about $1 to $2us), while the airport fee should be Rs. 200 (about $4.25us), and an 8 hour charter Rs. 500 (about $11us). Tip is expected when the driver is helpful, up to 10% of the total fare. As of recent years, the modern taxi operators Delhi Cab, Easy Cab, Quick Cab and Metro Cab have been catching on business rapidly, they’re twice the price per kilometer at Rs 15 (about $0.32us) per km but offer air condition and modern, clean cabs. Be sure to never take unofficial taxi’s, they might take you to the wrong place, or try to upsell you unwanted and overpriced tours, hotels and day trips.

Auto Rickshaw The auto rickshaws, also known as three-wheeled scooters or in short autos are perfect for short trips through Delhi. They reminded me of the Bangkok tuk-tuk’s. They drive around in distinctive yellow-green livery, and have no doors. About three people can sit in the back and in general are much cheaper than regular taxi’s. Although rickshaw drivers should charge according to meter by law, starting at Rs. 10 (about $0.21us) for the first km, and thereafter Rs. 4.5 (about $0.09us) per km, it doesn’t happen to often. This rate is unrealistically low, you will be hassled for an higher price. The shortest journey costs about Rs 20 (about $0.42us), remember to not pay over Rs. 100 (about $2.10) for anywhere within Delhi. In case you have serious troubles with the auto-rickshaw driver try calling the tourist police number on the vehicle, he will be fined with 500 rupees (about $10.70us) according to law.

If you don’t like the hassle and haggle of pricing, there’s also a number of “prepaid” auto-rickshaw stands run by the police. Tell them your exact location, pay upfront and receive a coupon. You will have to pay an extra service fee of Rs. 5 (about $0.10). Once you have arrived at your final destination, you hand the coupon to the driver. No further payment is necessary.

Cycle Rickshaw The cycle rickshaws, are three-wheeled, pedal-powered rickshaws, with a double seat in the back and a driver in the front. They are often used to travel places too far to reach by foot. Cycle rickshaws don’t use meters, be sure to agree upon the price before stepping on. Rs. 20 (about $0.40us) is reasonable for most short trips, with a maximum of 2 km. Although most locals pay below 10 rupees per ride. The cycle rickshaw is an ideal, unique and cheap way exploring the Old Delhi city center, as well feeling, hearing and viewing the tense streets of Delhi.

Bus All of Delhi’s districts are well connected by public buses, tickets range from 5 to 15 Rs. (about $0.10us to $0.30us) which is the cheapest way of transport, but they are also the least comfortable means of transport, and not easy to use for tourists. Public buses in Delhi are ever crowded, have no air-condition and drivers are famous for driving rashly. Bus stops and routes often have Hindi writing, and there’s no route lists for tourists. Asking locals is your best guess when traveling by bus. They do run every 15 to 20 minutes, which is pretty frequent. There’s two types of buses driving in Delhi; the Goverment DTC buses and Privately run Blue-Line buses. If you have choice, choose the DTC buses. They are known to stop less, and will be less crowded. Although, both buses will stop anywhere within Delhi if enough people get on or off.

When you board the bus, you have to purchase a ticket from the ticket seller right next to the entrance door. Hang on to your ticket, believe it or not Indian authorities check perform ticket checks frequently. Some basic guidelines include that the seats on your left hand side may be reserved for women and handicapped, as well once it’s time to get off move to the front of the bus near the drive. As you can expect, each and every guideline are ignored when it’s crowded. As I’ve seen, pretty much 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and 12 months per year.

Metro The three underground metro lines Dilshad Garden-Kashmere Gate-Rithala (Red) Jahangirpuri-Kashmere Gate-Connaught Place-Central Secretariat (Yellow) Noida-Connaught Place-Dwarka Sector 9 (Blue) provide air-conditioned, cheap and quick but more importantly a hassle-free way of traveling around the city. Fares range low as Rs. 8 (about $0.16us) up to Rs. 30 (about $0.61us). You have to purchase tokens in order to travel to your destination, for each trip you need to re-purchase tokens. If you are planning using the metro as your main way of transportation you’re better off purchasing a “Tourist Card” which costs Rs. 100 (about $2.10us) per day, or Rs. 250 (about $5.36us) for three days. Although it’s unlikely you will travel enough to break even, you can save a great deal of time and hassle by skipping the queues.

Each line has it’s use, for instance line 2 is popular and useful for traveling to Old Delhi and New Delhi railway stations, as well the ISBT bus terminal and “backpacker heaven” Paharganj. Line 3 allows you to visit the western parts of Paharganj and the Akshardham. The metro/subway network is still expanding, they next scheduled project is an direct Airport Link which should be finished this year.

Train Although trains are an excellent way of transport through India itself, there’s a limited services within Delhi itself, you simply can’t begin to compare to it’s user-friendly and futuristic Metro system and stations. Within Delhi, train stations are inconveniently location, most of the time on the outer spaces of the city. Besides the fact that there’s no passenger services within the Delhi Ring Railroads outside regular rush hours.

Foot Walking around Delhi, isn’t something I can recommend. Most of the time it’s to hot to walk, the distances are long, the road sings are poor and in touristic areas you will be constantly bothered by beggars and touts (ignore them). Not to begin about crossing roads in Delhi, a good advice on this is one is to crawl behind a group of locals and walk in their shadow. Oldest trick in the book but works every time. Further more it’s not advised to walk alone at night, always be friendly with the locals when walking around, as well watch out for pickpocketing and bag snatchers.

If you are seeking places to walk I would recommend the safe route from Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s house) to India Gate on the Rajpath, or simply try walking from Jama Masjid to Red Fort in the Chandni Chowk area.

Overall To summarize it all together, traveling around in Delhi, India whether you go by private taxi, metro, auto/cycle rickshaw or bus is cheap and most of the time effective. Stand your grounds when making the prices with the drivers. Keep in mind the city has many methods of traveling around, it’s advised to try different ones, even if it’s only to experience one and another.

Indian Visa

Monday, February 8th, 2010

All nationalities traveling to India must have an VISA prior to arriving at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), even for airline transits. Travel destination India is pretty strict issuing visa’s and has multiple requirements which count for all travelers. For price inquiry please contact the embassy, a basic tourist VISA to India for 3 months costs €65 in Europe and $80 in North America, while Students, Business, Journalists or Family visa’s start at €99 ($120).

- Original passport which is valid for at least 6 months after date of arrival India.
- Original passport photo’s (2 pieces).
- Completely filled in visa application form.
- Copy of your (e)-ticket purchase, with receipt.

Further more, India has different rules for VISA applications which are as follow,

Multiple Entry In case you’re in need of an double or multiple entry VISA you also need copy of tickets to another country, and a travel plan. For instance; Arriving 1th of January in India, 15th of January by plane to Nepal, 1th of February return to India.

Children Children under the age of 18, wanting to travel alone or with a single parent to India need a written permission from the parent not traveling along, plus a copy of his/her passport. When the children are traveling alone, they need a written permission from both of the parents, plus a copy of their passports.

Students Students traveling to India need to show proof of a school registration and a recent copy of a bank account statement on their name.

No income Any traveler without form of occupation is required to present a recent copy of a bank account statement on their name.

Nationalities Travelers that have an foreign nationality but are born in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, China, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq need to contact the embassy personally, after a conversation the Indian embassy shall request permission at the country of origin.

Repeat In case you have traveled to India before, your visa needs to be expired for at least 2 months before you can request another visa to India.

Long periods In case your a tourist, traveling for longer than 3 months to India, you need a written declaration, stating that your visit to India is purely on tourist bases and that you will not perform any other occupation while in the country.

Business If you are traveling for business purposes to India you also need to fill the backside of the visa application form (part C). As well an official written guarantee letter from your company stating; the employers function within the company, that the company is responsible for all of the travelers costs. In case you need a Multiple Entree Visa this, specifically needs to be written in the official letter.

Besides a letter from the company you work for all, you also need a invitation letter from the India cooperation, where it says the chamber of commerce numbers, and all other legal information such as; company address, reason of visit. In case there’s need to an Multiple Entree visa, it also needs to be confirmed in this letter.

In case the employers function within the company is lower than manager, owner or CEO than the following files also need to be included; Guarantee from boss or manager and a recent copy of the employee’s bank statement.


Monday, March 9th, 2009

Kashmir is found in the northwest of India. The word Kashmir means a land that has been dried off of water. This is because Ka means “water” while Shimir means “to desiccate” or to be dried off. There are other theories as to where exactly Kashmir got its name but cashmere is definitely a variant of the Indian region. The region is populated by approximately 13 million residents.

You may be terrified of the prospect of traveling to Kashmir because of what you have heard about the region. It may not be as dangerous as some of the accounts, especially recently. However, the Kashmir countryside and much of the region are still in danger of Kashmiri separatist attacks. Take care to avoid the countryside. If you are still going ahead with your Kashmir holiday, you need to consult your embassy and also keep up with the latest news on the region.

You can book a flight to Kashmir via Jet Airways, Air Deccan or Indian Airlines. In Kashmir itself, you can travel by train or by bus. If you are in a hurry, you can take a four-wheel drive jeep; it is one of India’s public transports. For convenience, you can go for private hire jeeps. Spring and autumn in Kashmir is blessed with mild weather. So, March to early May or September to November may be an ideal month to visit if you do not want to get too hot or too cold. Summer temperature varies from 77 degrees Fahrenheit to 95 degrees Fahrenheit while the winters can be cold and blanketed with snow.

All nationalities traveling to India must have an Indian Visa prior to arriving at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), even for airline transits. Travel destination India is pretty strict issuing visa’s and has multiple requirements which count for all travelers. For price inquiry please contact the embassy, a basic tourist VISA to India for 3 months costs €65 in Europe and $80 in North America, while Students, Business, Journalists or Family visa’s start at €99 ($120). The best period to visit Delhi is between March and May this is in the summer period with the least rain.


Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Delhi (दिल्ली) sometimes referred to as Delli is the capital city of India. Delhi is one the globe’s oldest cities as it’s well over 5.000 years old. In the city’s long existing it has been destroyed and rebuilt 11 times, slowly but surely traditions were set side by side with local boom in dot com and business outsourcing centers. Delhi’s population has rise to well over 14 million people.

The city of Delhi is in everyday progress of becoming modern to western standard. The current progress involves modern skyscrapers that are home to technology, outsourcing and other big international corporations that take their place next to ancient architectural landmarks and attractions.

Delhi can be intimidating for the first time traveler with its tenacious touts, beggars and crush of thick smog between continues mechanical and human traffic. But don’t let your first impressions ruin this fabulous city, beyond the gritty surface you’ll discover that India’s capital is sprinkled with glittering gems: historic museums, magnificent ancient monuments, spacious parks, large shopping malls and the best restaurants in all of Asia to eat. Getting around Delhi is rather easy as well, with many ways of transportation. Both modern, and “old school” on rickshaw-cycles or in old Ambassador taxi’s.

All nationalities traveling to India must have an Indian Visa prior to arriving at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), even for airline transits. Travel destination India is pretty strict issuing visa’s and has multiple requirements which count for all travelers. For price inquiry please contact the embassy, a basic tourist VISA to India for 3 months costs €65 in Europe and $80 in North America, while Students, Business, Journalists or Family visa’s start at €99 ($120). The best period to visit Delhi is between March and May this is in the summer period with the least rain.