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Fah Thai Magazine July/August 2017

HAPPENINGS INDIA MUMBAI

HAPPENINGS INDIA MUMBAI HAPPENINGS MALDIVES July and August are monsoon months. City folk welcome the relief from the summer heat, the end of season sales in July and music celebrating the romance of the rains. This year, work on a new metro is making it difficult to move around. But Mumbai never lets anything stop her never-say-die spirit. MONSOON GETAWAYS The Sahyadri range of hills come alive in the rains. These are the months when nature lovers leave the city on day trips to enjoy the brief season of mists, waterfalls and freshly-washed green meadows. You could go to villages famous for peacocks or fireflies or hike to forts and Buddhist caves. If you have more than a day, it is worth going to the Kaas plateau, which is covered with carpets of rare flowers between August and September. You could also stay at a heritage resort in the hill towns of Panchgani, Matheran or Mahabaleshwar. morachichincholi.com; grassroutes.co.in; prospect-hotel.com; the-verandah-in-the-forest.neemranahotels.com; natureindiatour.blogspot.in SPOTLIGHT Surf’s Up The name Four Seasons is associated with comfort and luxury. Add surfing to the mix as a better way to make your vacation an unforgettable experience. Learn what a bottom turn is and maybe execute one in no time. Pro surfers from Tropicsurf in Noosa, Australia will guarantee a fun way to ride the waves at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Haraa’s pristine shores. Various surf courses are available, from beginner level to Tropicsurf “surfari” cruise which promises a marvellous trip aboard the luxurious Four Seasons Explorer. fourseasons.com/maldiveskh RAINY DAY FARE Marine Drive, Juhu Beach and the Gateway of India are the places to go for views of waves, sometimes eighteen feet high, lashing the sea walls. Intrepid residents enjoy walks along the seafront and getting soaked to the skin. For the visitor, Soam, just off Marine Drive is a good place for monsoon comfort food, while you stay dry. They create a seasonal menu with ginger tea and assorted vegetable fritters, including pineapple or raw mango dipped in chickpea batter. It is a safe place to experiment with chaat which are spicy street snacks. Other Marine Drive restaurants where you can enjoy a sundowner or a barbecue while watching dramatic cloudscapes are Intercontinental - The Dome, Bayview at Marine Plaza and Pizza by the Bay. Monsoon-themed food festivals showcasing corn on the cob, many kinds of tea and fried snacks (chai and pakoras) are usually arranged. The Sea Lounge at Taj Mahal Hotel is unbeatable for its views and old-world service. Sizzler festivals featuring grilled food on steaming sizzler plates are very popular at this time. facebook.com/soamrestaurant; ihg.com; hotelmarineplaza.com/bayview; pizzabythebay.in; taj.tajhotels.com/en-in/ taj-mahal-palace-mumbai/restaurants/sealounge-restaurant INDEPENDENCE DAY AT THE MUSEUM The fifteenth of August is Independence Day and there’s no better place to check out the origins of the city and its cultural past than a little jewel box of a museum set in a garden. The 160 year-old Bhau Daji Lad Museum (previously named the Victoria and Albert) has a permanent collection of photographs, paintings, sculptures and lithographs. There are always new events and exhibitions happening in this newly renovated museum. Check out their calendar or Facebook page on your travel dates to see what is on offer by way of workshops, lectures, screenings and theatre performances. bdlmuseum.org YOGA BY THE OCEAN Located on the unspoiled Thaa Atoll, Como Maalifushi boasts a superb natural landscape and privacy that goes hand-in-hand with its visual feast. As an added bonus, the resort is also well known for the Como Shambhala Retreat, an award-winning wellness and spa programme. Trained and experienced experts manage Asian-based therapies, nutrition, exercise and yoga. The best option, however, is the Como Shambhala Yoga as an ideal way to channel peace and bring balance to the body and mind with the calming yet stunning view of the sea. Personal instruction is also available for those who feel the need to explore the benefits of this ancient discipline and learn beneficial poses. comohotels.com/maalifushi SWIMMING WITH THE WHALE SHARK LUX* South Ari Atoll is the answer for those searching for appealing activities during their holidays. Located on the picturesque island of Dhidhoofinolhu, LUX* South Ari Atoll offers various water sports and land activities for adrenaline seeking lovers. Meanwhile, the resort offers memorable experiences scuba diving at the resort’s 5-Star PADI IDC Dive Centre. If luck has it, the whale shark – the biggest fish in the world yet a gentle giant and 4-14 metres in length – may appear to make the diving experience even more life-defining. Also enjoy the magnificent marine underworld like the splendidly colourful reef fish in their natural paradise. luxresorts.com/en/hotelmaldives/luxsouthariatoll 112 113