Do’s and Don’ts for Jagannath Rath Yatra 2015


50 lakhs people are expected to visit Puri during the 10 days of Nabakalebara festival. While there are some common issues like avoid drunken driving, don’t enter the sea without lifeguards, be careful of pick-pocketing, etc; we would like to highlight some specific ones

  1. Booking – Do not visit without any prior booking as it is overcrowded and there is not even a chance to get a room even in Bhubaneswar (60 kms away from Puri). Also don’t overstay as you can come back to Puri whenever you want
  2. Respect the Priests – If by any chance you get in contact with any of the local priests (pandas), Respect them & don’t misbehave with them as they can be rude in the mad rush.
  3. Rains – The chances of rainfall during this period of time is very high & hence it would be advisable to carry mobile phones & cash in small polythene pouches. Carrying an umbrella is a great choice if you can handle the same in a big crowd.
  4. Food, Water & Hygiene – The government is taking steps to check quality of food in hotels and eateries across Puri to prevent possible outbreak of epidemics, but better take steps on our own. Sticking to fruits & packed foods is a brilliant option.
  5. Multiple SIMs – In this world of Dual SIM phones, ensure to carry SIMs of different mobile operators as there might be huge issue of Network Congestion. (Imagine a public of 10 lakh people within a distance of 3 kms). At least data services are bound to get affected.
  6. Fitness – As there would be lot of walking activity required, children & senior citizens should avoid taking the Grand Road during both Ratha Yatra & Bahuda Yatra. People getting fainted due to exertion are a common issue.
  7. Visiting Cards of hotels – Don’t forget to keep visiting cards of the hotels/lodges where you are staying. Yes, you can remember names but it gets very tricky with similar names like “The Sea Beach Hotel” & “The Sea Beach View Hotel”.
  8. Cash – With so much people expected in Puri, there is high risk of ATMs going dry & logistically it is very difficult for banks to refill the ATMs. So better to carry sufficient cash with you for the full stay period.
  9. Public transport – For the ease of traffic, entry of private vehicles is restricted in major areas. Government is running buses from Maltipur Bus Depot to various parts of the city. For the narrow lanes of Puri you can avail the services of manual rickshaw (plentily available).
  10. Spare Footwear – While visiting a holy city, it is always advisable to carry spare footwear as you may not find shoe stands everywhere. Barefoot is a brilliant idea if your hotel is a walking distance from the temple/parking lot.
  11. Mark a Landmark – You should landmark a place where everybody should meet up if people get lost from the group. Places like high rise buildings are easier to identify.
  12. Packing – Pack well before you reach there. Carry important documents like ID proofs for everybody including children & seniors citizens. Also, make sure to carry medicines for chronic diseases as well as normal medicines.

Lastly, don’t panic. The government is doing everything possible & has got 10000 plus volunteers to help the visitors. Simply, approach them & we are sure the problem can be resolved.

Jai Jagganath! Happy Ratha Yatra!


 Thank You Akhil Agrawal for this post.

This rainy season keep these things in mind

The smell of fresh air, pleasant weather, cool showers & peaceful sleep at night, which we were all eagerly waiting for during the heinous heat wave set upon us in the usual summer season of India


The rains are finally here but along with the bliss the rains bring along a lot of painful moments   –wet clothes, various contagious infections and also travelling to work that is bound to drive any Mumbaikar to the point of insanity. Commuting, obviously becomes tough in these conditions. The roads in a “metropolitan” city like Mumbai flood within minutes of a heavy downpour bringing traffic to a standstill & waves halfway up the sides of the vehicles and suddenly you find yourself cursing the raingods.

Here are some simple hacks to withstand these loving yet unflattering rains.

1) Carry an umbrella (Ofcourse,who doesn’t).
It is rather safe to suggest someone to carry an umbrella than ask him/her to be brave enough to tackle Mumbai rains without it,which may result in getting bedridden popping Crocin pills in an attempt to shoo away fever while listening to Rihanna singing about ‘Umbrella’


2) Avoid Rush Hours ( stay put )
Heavy rains tend to make commuting extra difficult. Avoid the added hurdle by steering clear of the 07:00 A.M and the 06:00 P.M crowd of commuters unless you want to find yourself dangling by the doorside of a local train or getting an unintended body massage or getting stuck for hours at an already crowded Railway Station or flooded bus stop.


3)Get your mean machines(read:Vehicles) rain ready
Now that you are ready to step out in the rain, it’s time to do a quick check and ensure that your machines rain ready too. Mumbai monsoons are not known for being kind on commuters. The roads are extremely slippery during rains due to oil spill from the vehicles or blame the civic authorities for not rain-proofing Mumbai roads which resulted in several potholes. Also,manholes get flooded & are potential danger for two-wheelers especially. A thorough servicing of your vehicle is a must & safer option before you set out.

3) Get Your Mean Machines Rain Ready

4)Plan your Route
To avoid any pay-cut from your impending salary or to reach late for your commitments, try planning out your route before you take off. You definitely don’t want to get stuck in the bus or taxi listening to much hyped clichéd travel songs such as ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ or ‘Highway’ while cursing yourself to death. To make your commute much simpler, plan your travel itinerary through ZopHop Android App, as it gives you the fastest and the cheapest ways to travel around the city.

4)Plan Your Route

5)Know where to go incase you are stranded
If you happen to get stranded in a flood-prone area don’t hesitate to seek refuge a night or two at the house of a relative or close friend during high tides or storm.They’ll surely understand your situation,especially since the alternative would mean that you have the tread knee or waist-deep level flood just to get home. You can always return their hospitality by inviting them to lunch or dinner at your home as a token of appreciation.

5) Know Where To Go Incase You Are Stranded

If it is really urgent and necessary for you to reach home,then we suggest you to download our android app ZopHop. It’ll help you to Check-In at your current place to get an estimated time of immediate bus or train which you can board & reach home through the fastest route.

With these quick tips we hope to reduce the monsoon madness and make the rainy season safe and fun for the entire city! You are more than welcome to ask us for the latest traffic updates on our Chat With Us option.

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50 things NOT TO DO in Bombay

things1.Get into a Virar train if you are going to Borivali
2.Take Taxis outside Dadar & Kurla stations, go ahead, try you will know why
3.Eat Bhel at Kailash Parbat
4.Call a cop ‘Pandu’
5.Argue with a Koli Fisherwoman
6.Get a 11 Rupee massage at Girgaum Chowpatty
7.Call a BEST bus driver ‘Bhaiya’
8.Buy enhancement medicines from Van – Travelling Hakims who are the desi versions of the flying doctors
9. Look smart while visiting Chor Bazaar
10. Ask the Sandwich wallah on Dalal Street for market tips
11. Stand in front of Amitabh/shahrukh/salmaan’s house — u look stupid and its waste of time
12. Baba Bengalis are neither Baba’s or Bengalis they are all perverts and thugs
13. Visit sleazy Video Parlours and get caught in a raid
14. Get excited and start jumping when someone offers you Paanch ka Dollar, it’s just a tiny 5 Rupee coin
15. Go for a Shiv Sena rally in hope for a Free Vada Pav and Shiv Sena Banian
16. Stare at Koli Women in Gorai and Make fun of Kolis in their Kasti
17. While commuting don’t tease people shitting near the tracks, they throw stones back at the train
18. Hang outside the train, Poles might hit you before the crowds will.
19. Tease a Hijra.
20. Bribe a Porter to grab a seat in V.T, chances are he might run off with your money and even beat you.
21. Get conned at Fountain from Guys selling cheap Mobiles, they mesmerize and wrap soap bars.
22. Say Hello to pimps behinds Mondegar & Pasta Lanes.
23. Donate money to the Crying Cab driver, he has conned thousands.
24. Invite Brass Polishwalas into your house
25. Sit for more than 20 mins extra at an Irani Café, the Bawa owner might shout some sister abuses.
26. Drink Neera at 5 pm at Dadar Station
27. Have lassi outside Dadar Station (west), they add Tissue Paper while preparing it
28. Throw stones at monkeys in Borivali National Park
29. Loiter around in Shivaji Park on Dec 6th.
30. Ask for a bargain at the Maharastrian Cloth store in Dadar.
31. Call up 26407383 Beanbags thinking it’s an escort service.
32. Call a Maharastrian guy Bhaiya, no matter how respectful you mean.
33. Go to Mondegar and ask for a Jain Pav Bhaji
34. Look straight and walk, We have open Manholes, flicked by Druggies.
35. Wear Brown Khakis shirts, People will mistake you for BMC staff.
36. Ask for Warranty & Guarantee from the Mallu Electronic stalls in Fountain area.
37. Search for the Kala Ghoda in Kala Ghoda.
38. Ask why statues in Bombay have one finger pointed like Umpires.
39. Apply Rai ka Tel on your head and travel by public transport.
40. Go to Chor Bazaar in your Car or Bike.
41. Wear nice footwear to SiddiVinayak or Mahalakshmi Temple
42. Go to Haji Ali during high tides
43. Go to work when a Shiv Sena bandh is on.
44. Dial 100 for fun, Cops will put your entire family behind bars and use bars.
45. Buy water & tea for Chai-Pani, Old Monk should work.
46. Fall asleep on the Harbour Line, Thieves will strip you of everything.
47. Eat Missal / Ussal Pav before going to work.
48. Board a fast train in Dadar to go to Bandra. Opposite platforms and a very horrible crowd
49. Go for midnight mass thinking you can patao chicks
50. give money to bhikari (he is the same guy who is @siddhivinayak on Tuesday, @mahim church wed, @mahim dargah on Thursday, and @hajiali on Friday, @mount mary on Sunday)

Read Satish Vijaykumar’s funny yet very helpful collection of 84 Things Not TO do in Bombay on Bombay Lives. If you enjoy reading this then do drop him a message – Satish Vijaykumar here. He would love to here from you.

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