Bhandup is one of the oldest suburbs of Mumbai. Only four decades ago, Bhandup was a dense forest but it is one of the prominent locations for real estate developers today. Bhandup also had Asia’s biggest water filtration plant.
Places to Stay
There are plenty of budget accommodation options for visitors such as Hiramani Hotel (Rs.1500), Raj Jog Hotel (Rs.800) Stay Inn Residency (Rs. 700) and Bhavani Hotel (Rs. 500).
A week long annual fair known as Bandra Fair is held in September, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is held in February and Ganesh Chaturthi is held in the month of September among celebrations of other major festivals of all religions.
Marathi is the primary language spoken. However, English, Hindi and several other languages are understood.
Places to Visit
Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Girgaum Chowpatty, Juhu beach and Jehangir Art Gallery are among the places of interest well within 30km among several others.
How to Get There
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic and International Airport are the two main aviation hubs in Mumbai city. It is the second busiest airport of the country which connects passengers to all countries across the world.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Dadar, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Mumbai Central, Bandra Terminus and Borivali station are the 6 major railway stations which connect passengers to cities, towns and villages across the country.
Mumbai is accessible to NH3, NH4, NH8, NH17, NH22. There are several expressways and freeways which make road travel easy and convenient. There are more than 20-30 local operators along with MSTRC who operate smooth bus operations. It is easy to get online bus tickets due to the increase in the number of travel websites
Vasai, now a part of the Vasai-Virar city, is situated in the state of Maharashtra. It was historically called ‘Bassein’ and it was here that the Portugese built a fort to display their naval strength. It was in the 18th century that the Maratha army took over the Vasai Fort, which was later conquered by the British. Today, Vasai has risen up to be an industrial hub comprising of pharmaceutical and engineering units. Vasai is well connected with most of the places in Maharashtra and is frequented by tourists who wish to see the famous Fort.
Places to Stay
Pali Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1395) and Hotel Travellers Inn (Tariff – Rs.1541) are two good budget hotel options.
The official language of Vasai is Marathi.
Lavani’ is a popular traditional song and dance form done by women here. Other festivals popular here are Eid (July-August) and Dusehra (October).
Places of Interest
Vasai Fort, Tungareshwar Waterfalls, Rajodi Beach, Kalam Beach are some of the good tourist options available in Vasai.
How to Get There
The closest major airport to Vasai is in Mumbai (50 km away).
The easiest way to reach Vasai is through the Mumbai local trains. Board a Virar bound train from Dadar or Andheri. Once you reach Virar station, take a bus or hire an auto-rickshaw to the place you want to go in Virar.
There a whole lot of local bus operators that help you reach Vasai. Some private tour operators such as Shah Tours & Travels, Neeta Tours and Travels, and Shri Bhagwati Travels offer good travel experience. Online bus booking is a rage with travelers these days because several travel websites provide cheap bus ticket booking facility to its customers.