The World’s Tallest Statue

After going to Vadodara, how can one not make a visit to the Statue of Unity, the tallest statue in the world?  The schedule of the Masters Games that was held in the city was such that our basketball team doubted we could make it. All we were doing was to go to the Sama Indoor Sports Complex for practice, play matches, and cheer our other teammates who had competitions at the same venue.

Only on the day of our finals was it announced that the organisers had done some rescheduling so as to leave the Sunday fully free. We were quite fortunate to have taken a ride that morning with a taxi driver Hitesh, with a very pleasing and respectful personality. We’d saved his number in case we needed it. Over the days of competition, many of the athletes had done the trip and told us how they went about it – public bus, private tours, vans, etc. We needed to be able to go to the statue and return to Vadodara in time for those who were catching an early evening flight back home, and Hitesh’s taxi service was ideal to do this for us.

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Flamingo Festival 2013

The enchanting sight of infinite pink spots on the marshy Sewri mudflats is enough justification for a ride into this dusty, smoky industrial part of south Mumbai. Located along the Arabian Sea, on the eastern coast of the island city, the Sewri (pronounced Shivdi) Jetty is where the Mumbai Port Trust, Tata Electricals, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and the refineries of ONGC, BPCL and HP are located. Dominated by mangroves, it is also the place where 15,000-17,000 migratory flamingos spend a few months every year (generally October-March).

Infinite pink spots with the backdrop of oil refineries

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