Large gardens, beautiful homes and tree-lined streets in the heart of a bustling metropolisIn a city craving for open spaces, the Dadar Parsi Colony comes across as a happy exception. With tree-lined avenues, picturesque cul-de-sacs set around five gardens, the Dadar Parsi Colony is a real estate goldmine. Contrary to popular belief, the Dadar Parsi Colony is also home to non-Parsi people. The original plan has a majority of plots reserved for members of the Parsi community and a few for non-Parsi residents.So what was this plan? After the crippling Bombay Plague of 1890s, the government realised it was important to expand the city beyond the cramped quarters in the south that had developed haphazardly since the city’s establishment. It was thus that the Bombay City Improvement Trust was formed and accommodation for 60,000 people was to be created in the Dadar-Matunga area with a plan to accommodate as many people in Sion-Matunga. Another 85,000 people were to be accommodated in the Sewri-Wadala area.The plan laid emphasis on proper sanitation and no building was to be taller than three stories. There was to be sufficient open spaces between the buildings and the land was to be proportionately used for residences, commercial establishments and institutional constructions. Space was also made for parks and gardens and streets were laid out so people could walk comfortably even as vehicles passed by without hurting the passers-by.As much as 440 acres of land was procured and leased to the government for selling and co-operative housing societies were formed to make sure the newly developed land was utilised properly. The Parsi colony and its neighbouring Hindu Colony this came to be developed in the 1920s with tramways extending all the way from south Mumbai to here and a railway bridge was constructed connecting the western and eastern sides of Dadar that were divided by a railway line.Eventually several educational institutions also made their way to this new suburb (that’s now at the heart of the city) including the elite VJTI as well as the Wadia Vachha (now known as JB Vachha) High School and the Poddar College of Commerce and Ruia College of Arts and Science (the last of the two came up in Hindu Colony but a mere five-minute walk from Dadar Parsi Colony.By all estimates, the Dadar Parsi Colony is home to about 15,000 Parsis making it the largest concentration of the community in the world.
From a rail network that carries as many people every day as the population of Australia to cities as old as time, India is home to some pretty incredible things.
From Araku to Kalimpong, consider these destinations if you’re thinking of getting out of Kolkata this Independence Day weekend.
Kicking the butt can be easier said than done. Here are five things you need to do before you stop smoking.By some estimates, tobacco use is the reason for more than seven million deaths. Close to 900,000 of these deaths are a result of second-hand smoke. But you probably knew all of this and have tried quitting smoking several times already. Even if you haven’t, the key thing to remember is to prep yourself before you actually quit. Think of it like hitting the gym, for instance. You warm up for a few weeks before you start doing the heavy lifting. Right? So, here are five things you need to do before you stop smoking to successfully kick the habit.
Cleartrip has released a new report about summer travel trends. Here’s where Indians are travelling this yearSummer travels no longer mean annual trips to ancestral villages. With Indians having access to more disposable income and international flights getting cheaper, travelling overseas, especially during summer, is more a norm than an exception. The Cleartrip Summer Travel Trends 2019 report has analysed booking trends on the Cleartrip app and the website to draw up this list of the ten destinations where Indians are travelling this summer.While Dubai is the most popular spot among Indians wanting to travel abroad for summer, East Asian destinations such as Singapore and Thailand also feature among the list of favoured international destinations.Here are top 10 international destinations where Indians are travelling this summer (in no particular order).
Russian billionaire Oleg Tinkov has ordered for a new yacht where he plans to spend 20 weeks of the year and then charter it out to you for the remainder of the time.The exotic islands of the Mediterranean and the Caribbean Seas where most luxury superyachts go for a spin comprise just five per cent of the world’s coastline. The Expedition Yacht 77 is for those who want to explore the remaining 95 per cent. Commissioned by Oleg Tinkov the luxury yacht is the first private 77-metre icebreaker yacht, also called La Datcha, whose sole purpose is to explore the furthest destinations on the planet… in comfort. The yacht is scheduled for delivery in late 2020 and Oleg Tinkov hopes to spend about 20 weeks on the yacht before he charters it out to high network individuals.La Datcha can hit speeds of 14.5 knots and can break ice up to 40 cm thick and can remain autonomous at sea for up to 40 days. With a beach lander tender, a rescue boat, a dive support tender, two snowscooters, four waverunners, two expedition ribs and one submarine, the yacht can house up to 25 support staff and 12 guests.The yacht also has two Jaccuzis – one indoor and another one outdoor – as well as a sauna, and a massage room. There’s also a fully-equipped gym, obviously, with six guest cabins that include two master suites.La Datcha is set to be premiered at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2020 following which he plans to take it for a spin across the Mediterranean, Seychelles, Madagascar, followed by Kamchatka and Kuril Islands.According to Tinkov, Bill Gates has expressed interest to charter the yacht for three weeks and a Forbes-listed Russian businessman has also shown interest in renting out La Datcha for six months.La Datcha can be chartered for €690,000 + 30 per cent Advance Pricing Agreement for a week. Just think of it as a super-expensive off-roader you can drive all the way up to Everest.
Cleartrip’s summer travel trends points to these destinations among the emerging ones for this year.For most of us, summer has been associated with travels — to the hills or to our ancestral villages. As life caught up, the destinations became more exotic but the trips became shorter. It’s not that we don’t travel around the year but summer travels were and continue to remain special.Cleartrip’s summer travel trends report sheds light on how we travel as a country. The report revealed that when it comes to summer travels, people tend to plan a lot in advance, booking as much as a month before their travel dates with just 8.87 per cent of its users making last-minute bookings.Short haul destinations are increasingly more popular with Southeast Asian destinations such as Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Thailand and Singapore gaining popularity among travellers. Those users choosing to travel within India, opted for destinations closer to their city of origin.The Cleartrip Summer Travel Trends 2019 report also threw up these five emerging destinations on the map of the Indian traveller.