One of the most anticipated and lively festivals in India, Ganesha Festival is dedicated to the beloved elephant-headed god, Ganesha. Worshipped throughout the world wherever large Indian populations are found, the fervent devotion and colorful celebrations which attend this festival reveal just how vital Ganesha is to the spiritual heartbeat of India
Ganesh Chaturthi commemorates the birthday of Lord Ganesh. On this day, beautiful handcrafted idols of the Lord are installed both in homes and in public. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the important Hindu festivals celebrated throughout India with a great devotion.
The duration of this festival varies from 1 day to 11 days, depending on the place and tradition. On the last day of the festival the idols are taken out in a colorful and musical procession and immersed traditionally in water.
When is Ganesh Chaturthi – Mumbai Ganpati Festival 2018
Ganesh Chaturthi Festival is celebrated in Mumbai during the months of August and September. In 2018, the Ganesh Chaturthi is on September 13th, 2018. This festival is celebrated for eleven days and the last day of the Ganesh festival is called as Anant Chaturdashi.
People bring huge statues and idols of Lord Ganesha, on the first day of this festival and worship this idol every day for the next eleven days. On the last day of this festival, people take out their beloved Ganesha in processions, dancing and singing, chanting and celebrating, they visit the beaches in Mumbai, and immerse the idols of Ganesha in the sea. “Ganpati Bappa Moraya, Phudchya Varshi Lavkar Ya”, which means “Hail Lord Ganesha, Please come back early next year”.
Experience the festival the LAFL way on a two-wheeler ..
Life Away From Life offers you to see the Ganesha festival in Mumbai on a two-wheeler. Two-wheeler is a easiest and fastest way to see and experience the Ganesh festival. It gives you flexibility to move around the crowded streets and in-between lanes and with ease of parking.Two-wheeler can be a motorcycle or a scooter.
How would you get a two-wheeler ?
Leave that upon us to arrange for. We would arrange for your two-wheeler – either a motorcycle or a scooter , whichever suits you.
What if you dont know to ride a two-wheeler ?
Do not worry , you can join in as a pillion rider along with our guide or a fellow rider.
Highlights of Tour :
- Visiting community pandals ( Community places built temporarily).
- Getting an amazing insights and original experiences into the lives of Mumbaikars, the colourful Indian culture, customs, traditions and even the exhilarating mythology of Hindu religion.
- Visit all the pandals by a Two-Wheeler.
- Two-wheelers would be arranged by us – Motorcycle or scooter.
- Pillion riders are also welcome – u can sit behind our guide and enjoy the extravaganza.
- Private guide for a more personalised experience.
- Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience.
- Small group trip limited to 10 people.
Top Mumbai dishes to try during Ganesh Chaturthi
- Modak – A sweet or savory dumpling prepared only during this festival
- Puran Poli – A sweet bread made with coconut and jaggery filling.
- Srikhand – A sour sweet yogurt made with cardamom, yogurt, saffron and fruits.
- Patholi – Steamed rice roll
- Kothimbirvada – A fried fritter made with spices and chickpea flour
- Varan Bhaat – Lentil curry and steamed rice is served with potato and beans side dish
- Sabudanavada – Fried snack made with boiled potato, peanuts, spices and tapioca pearl
- Chaliusal – Vegetable dish made with black eyed beans
- Katachi Amti – Tangy Dal made with chick pea and other masalas
- Kala Vatana Amti – Curry made with dried peas
- Karanji – Fried pastry made with almonds, cashews, coconut and others.
Tips for tourists visiting during Ganesh Chaturthi
- Do not shame, tease or act in anyway, the local would feel insulted.
- Leave your footwear outside the tent or mandala, before entering it.
- Cigarettes, liquor and non-vegetarian dishes are not allowed near or in the places of the ritual.
- If you are not allowed inside a religious event, do not worry. There are numerous mandalas and sites of rituals to choose.
- Temples will be quite crowded during this festival. You should be ready to stand for several hours in queue. It is better to bring water, with you.
- Most of the roads will be blocked due to the procession and traffic jam is quite common. If you are planning to be somewhere on the eleventh day, plan as early as possible.
- If you are planning to visit Mumbai during this festival, pre-book tickets and other amenities as early as possible. Numerous tourists and locals visit Mumbai for this festival, crowding transportation and hotels.
Day 1 - Arrive in Mumbai
- Pick-up from Railway Station/ Airport and check in hotel.
- Check the Two-wheeler (Motorcycle or Scooter).
- Night ride at Marine Drive.
Day 2 -Festival Sightseeing
- After breakfast at an authentic special restaurant, the journey starts on the streets of Mumbai. Experience seeing the bringing in of the Ganesh idols all over the city.
- Evening free to see the nightlife Mumbai has to offer..
- Yet another day to see all different decorations of various groups,who have installed the Ganesha Idols in different parts of the city.
Fixed Dates Departures For 2019 :
Aug : 31st
|INCLUDED||Stay in hotels||Riding guide|
|Breakfast||Airport / Rly. Station transfers|
|Motorcycle / scooter with fuel|
|NOT INCLUDED||Travel upto Mumbai and back.||
|All beverages||riding gear.|
|All entrance fees to monuments or clubs.||All not mentioned in the ‘Included’ section|