A must-visit for all shopaholics visiting Pune is Lakshmi Road. This bustling market is located in the middle of Pune’s Old City and is frequented by locals and tourists. It is also known to be one of Pune’s busiest markets. A visit to the city of Pune is therefore truly incomplete without a visit to Lakshmi Road. It is the absolute perfect destination for those looking for Indian garments, especially sarees, and exquisite jewellery. The sarees found here range in material, colour, style and price, therefore making Lakshmi Road ideal for any shopper. The road runs for about 4 kilometres, with shops lining it on both sides. Before buying anything, tourists must make it a point to bargain, as this makes the shopping experience even better and more authentic. ...more
A must-visit for all shopaholics visiting Pune is Lakshmi Road. This bustling market is located in the middle of Pune’s Old City and is frequented by locals and tourists. It is also known to be one of Pune’s busiest markets. A visit to the city of Pune is therefore truly incomplete without a visit to Lakshmi Road. It is the absolute perfect destination for those looking for Indian garments, especially sarees, and exquisite jewellery. The sarees found here range in material, colour, style and price, therefore making Lakshmi Road ideal for any shopper. The road runs for about 4 kilometres, with shops lining it on both sides. Before buying anything, tourists must make it a point to bargain, as this makes the shopping experience even better and more authentic.
All days, except Mondays: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Around two hours or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
All the shops on the bustling street
While shopping on Lakshmi Road, Muslims tourists will be able to offer their prayers at Chand Tara Masjid. This mosque is one of the most prominent in the city and is quite well known. Muslim visitors can also make use of the numerous other mosques in the city of Pune, when needed.
While Lakshmi Road is known mainly for being home to a plethora of garment shops, the road also has numerous fantastic eateries and restaurants. Muslim tourists will therefore be able to find plenty of establishments to dine at, after a long day of shopping. They will also find a variety of street food carts serving a selection of delicious vegetarian dishes.
December holidays are a perfect time which many families choose to go out and spend time together. And as this holiday season draws near if you are looking to enjoy an extra special holiday why not get set to embark on an adventure tour to Australia? As a premier holiday destination, you will have ample amounts of things to keep you all happy and engaged during your holiday and you sure will be able to create some fun memories you can treasure for the rest of your life. In terms of planning your family holiday in Australia, there are quite a number of states and territories you can cover. Judging by the massive number of attractions in New South Wales this could be considered as one of the best places you can spend time in. Picture Credit - Giphy.com Here are a few things we recommend you include in your plans for your family trip so you can enjoy Australia's coolest family holidays you can ever hope to enjoy. About New South Wales Before we get into all the amazing things to do and attractions to see in New South Wales here’s an introduction to one of the top destinations you should visit for your Muslim travel to Australia. NSW is located in the south-eastern part of Australia and is the oldest and most populous state in the country. While you holiday in this region, you will also be able to travel Sydney the oldest, largest and as you may already know, the capital of NSW. The region is a frequent travel destination among tourists from around the world because of the abundant natural attractions like sandy beaches and snowy mountain ranges and also the multitude of historic sites and other cultural landmarks that depict the proud heritage of one of the greatest nations in the world. Weather in NSW As NSW covers a vast land area the climate varies a great deal based on where you travel to. Overall the weather experienced during the month of December is perfect to enjoy most outdoor activities and you will get to enjoy the special beauty of the region during the Christmas season. Getting around NSW Road and rail networks are some of the most common modes of transportation between various cities and attractions found scattered across NSW. Public transportation along main transport routes in major cities are quite efficient but if you are looking at covering the more remote areas of the state you might want to consider the option of hiring your own private vehicle so you can all make stops according to your own tour plans. This would sure give rise to the perfect adventure tour to Australia you all will enjoy. You might want to try some of the popular routes for road trips like a drive along the coast north from Sydney, drive along the southern coast from Sydney to Batemans Bay, or even take a trip along the scenic but windy trails along Waterfall Way. Things to do and Places to Visit in NSW Visit one of the largest and most historical parks – the BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Parks. Picture Credit - eastbeach.com.au This is one of the top family holiday destinations NSW you all can enjoy as a family. This family-owned establishment has been in operation for over 80 years and covers about 35 acres of land offering visitors so much to do during their stay. The park allows you to enjoy the view of a snowy mountainous backdrop and of course the pristine quality golden sands of the Easts Beach. The park features a number of attractions including an Aquaventure Park, children’s playground, resort swimming pool, minimart and much more. You will also be in close proximity to many other famous attractions in New South Wales like the Kiama lighthouse, Kiama blowhole and Minnamurra Rainforest in Budderoo National Park you can all explore together. Address: 30 Ocean Street (PO Box 10), Kiama, New South Wales, 2533 Australia Phone: 02 4232 2124 Explore the mighty Blue Mountains A climb up the Blue Mountains is an absolute essential as part of your adventure tour to Australia. Taking you away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this majestic mountain range is a perfect time to enjoy a thrilling holiday in a beautiful and deserted landscape. The region has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you can enjoy quite a number of adventure activities like abseiling, mountain biking and hiking and also visit top attractions like Wentworth Falls, Three Sisters sandstone rock formations, take a trip on the world’s steep railways at Katoomba Scenic World and explore the mystical Jenolan Caves. Have fun in Newcastle Picture Credit- Visitnewcastle.com.au The second largest city in NSW, Newcastle is a great place to enjoy Australia's coolest family holidays. The city is a perfect place to understand the authentic NSW culture and has many family-friendly activities in store for you. Some of these include enjoy a picnic at King Edward Park, watch the sunset at Lake Macquarie, visit the Hunter Wetlands Center is a conservation sanctuary and have endless fun at the TreeTop Adventure Park. Relax in Lord Howe Island Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage Site and one of the most serene places to visit in NSW. A trip to this location is a perfect way to spend your holidays where you can explore islets created from a former volcano, relax on white sandy beaches and enjoy a number of adventure activities like hiking, snorkelling, surfing and much more in The Lord Howe Island Marine Park. Explore Sydney You should definitely try and find yourself some Sydney weekend getaways packages that will allow you to explore the many wonders the capital city of NSW. Some the top attractions you must visit during your Halal tour to Sydney include the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, and Darling Harbour. Indulge your taste buds in the Halal friendly restaurants of NSW Well if there is something all of you will be able to enjoy during Muslim travel to Australia is a lovely family meal together in one of the top Halal friendly restaurants in NSW. In this part of the world, you can look forward to enjoying all sorts of International culinary cuisines that are guaranteed to take you on a gastronomic adventure like no other. Here are a few options for restaurants you can stop by to enjoy various cuisines. Neptune Palace Sydney for Chinese-Malay halal dishes Address : 18-22 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000, AustraliaWebsite : www.neptunepalace.com.auPhone : +61 2 9241 3338 Efendy Restaurant for contemporary Turkish cuisine Address: 79 Elliott St, Balmain NSW 2041, AustraliaWebsite: efendy.com.auPhone: +61 2 9810 5466 El-Phoenician Restaurant for Lebanese cuisine Address: 328 Church St, Parramatta NSW 2150, AustraliaWebsite: www.el-phoenician.com.auNumber : +61 2 9633 1611 Zaaffran for Indian cuisine Address: Harbourside Shopping Centre, 345/10 Darling Dr, Sydney NSW 2000, AustraliaWebsite: www.zaaffran.comPhone: +61 2 9211 8900 For more travel ideas and tools to locate halal food, download the Halal Trip app >> https://www.halaltrip.com/islamic-travel-app/ ...
India is one of the most fascinating places in the world that you can travel to. This massive country can seem polar opposite from one minute to the other, from snowy mountains to blisteringly hot beaches, from the super rich to those living in the streets, from incredible modern architecture to ancient buildings, India has all that and more. Depending on which part of the country you go to, you are sure to find incredible Halal food places nearby. Though the food may range from vegetarian dosas to tandoori chicken, one thing all of India has in common is its sweet tooth. That's right, Indians love their sweets, and once you have a taste of authentic Indian sweets, you'll love it too! Indian sweets, or “Mithai” as they are known, are mouthwatering little parcels of joy. They are often made with loads of milk, sugar, butter, ghee (clarified butter), fruit and nuts. The incredible smell of ghee is what makes them so unique, and what keeps you coming back for more. All traditional Indian sweets are vegetarian and alcohol-free, and therefore, Muslim-friendly as well. Different Indian sweets come from different parts of the country. Many of them have been around for centuries, and you'll find classic versions of them as well as modern variations. You will be able to find most of these sweets, regardless of where they came from, in sweet shops all across India (and you will never be too far away from a sweet shop, that's a guarantee!) Credit - giphy.com Here are 18 must-try traditional Indian sweets that you'll find on your Muslim-friendly travel to India. 1. Gajar Halwa (Carrot Halwa) You might have snuck a few vegetables into your spaghetti bolognese to trick your kids into eating them, but the Indians have truly mastered the art! Gajar (carrot) halwa is a sweet or dessert that is made using carrots that are grated and boiled in sweetened milk. It is finished off with ghee (clarified butter) and garnished with nuts. This sweet can be enjoyed hot or cold. Gajar ka halwa is pretty popular in Punjab, and some say that this is where it originated from. 2. Barfi Barfi is dense milk-based traditional Indian sweet; sort of like the Indian fudge! This is one of the favourite sweets of India, and everyone loves coming up with their own adaptation of this classic sweet. There are so many types of barfi that come from all around India that it would be impossible to list all of them, but perhaps the most popular type of barfi is the kaaju barfi (cashew barfi). Barfis are also made using gram flour, pistachios, peanuts, and a whole host of other variations. 3. Rasgulla Rasgulla is another classic Indian dessert made with milk. Milk curds (chenna) are separated by curdling boiling milk with acid (like lemon juice) and then used to make a dough with a few other ingredients. This dough is then divided into golf-sized balls and boiled in sugar syrup until plump and juicy. This popular Indian sweet is said to have originated in East India, specifically in West Bengal and Odisha. 4. Rasamalai Rasamalai is a sweet that evolved through rasgullas. The dough balls of chenna are formed and boiled in cream with saffron, and nuts, which it is served in after. As a result, rasmalai is a softer, richer relative of rasgulla. Many believe that this dish was created by K.C. Das of the present-day K.C. Das Grandsons, a famous sweet shop in West Bengal, but others say that's not true. 5. Payasam Picture Credit - www.vegrecipesofindia.com Payasam is a dessert/drink that is popular in South India, often served after a meal during special occasions like festivals and weddings. This is another milk-based dessert, and it is served with vermicelli and nuts. 6. Kulfi Picture Credit - www.archanaskitchen.com Kulfi is India's contribution to the world of ice creams, and it is a delicious one at that! Like most ice creams, it is made from a mixture of milk, cream, and flavourings (most often saffron, cardamom and pistachios or almonds). But it does not contain egg and it is frozen in moulds without being churned, resulting in a denser, richer product. Modern variations of this favourite sweet of India include flavours like chocolate, mango, strawberry, and so much more. This dessert is believed to have originated from the Mughal empire in the 16th century. 7. Soan Papri Picture Credit - food.ndtv.com This is another traditional sweet that is a favourite of everyone. Thin, tiny strands of spun sugar are compressed together and cut into squares, served with flaked almonds and pistachios on top. The experience of eating a soan papri is almost like eating cotton candy in that it dissipates the moment it hits your tongue. You can find packaged soan papri in almost all Indian shops and supermarkets. These have a longer shelf life than most sweets, so you can take them back home from your Muslim-friendly travel in India as souvenirs! 8. Halwa Picture Credit - www.vegrecipesofindia.com The Indian sweet Halwa shares its name with a load of other desserts from countries in the Middle East and Africa, but India's version of Halwa itself comes in so many different colours, shapes, and tastes. If you're in Karnataka, you'd be given “kesari halwa” made of semolina and saffron, while Tamil Nadu's city of Tirunelveli is famous for it's “Tirunelveli halwa” made of wheat flour and loads of nuts. 9. Gulab Jamun Gulab jamuns are another sweet that is prepared using khoya. A dough is made out of them, similar to a rasgulla, but it is deep fried until golden brown before being soaked in sugar syrup. Even though the preparations of both start out similar, the end product tastes pretty different. Gulab jamuns are one of those sweets that rank on top of the list of favourite Indian sweets all across the country. 10. Kheer Kheer is an Indian rice pudding that is made by boiling a mixture of rice, broken wheat or vermicelli in milk and sugar. Often flavoured with cardamom, saffron, nuts and raisins, this pudding is served as dessert after a meal. 11. Mysore Pak If you're in the search for the most decadent sweet in all of India, it might be time to call it to an end because we're pretty sure it's Mysore Pak. This rich dessert is made from cooking out chickpea flour and ghee (lots and lots of ghee!). The final product is a yellowish square of pure richness, and why not, as it comes from the royal city of India – you guessed it, Mysore! 12. Chikki Chikki is a traditional Indian sweet that is said to have originated in the South Indian State of Tamil Nadu. Chikki is a sort of brittle that is made of peanuts and jaggery. Apart from that, there are also many other varieties of Chikki made from different sugars, nuts, and seeds. Chikki is also something you can get from most supermarkets in mini-packets. 13. Phirni People in India often associate Phirni with Muslims and our festivals, so there is absolutely no way a Halal food guide to India's traditional desserts can miss out on it. This dessert is a pudding that is made by boiling milk together with semolina and sugar. It is traditionally served refrigerated in mini earthen pots. 14. Gujiya Picture Credit - www.playfulcooking.com Guija is a traditional sweet that you are more likely to find in the Northern parts of the country, particularly Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh. It is a sweet that has khoya (milk boiled until the liquid evaporates) stuffed inside a samosa-like encasing (although shaped differently) and deep fried. The filling can also vary to include various nuts, dry fruit, coconut, etc. 15. Ada Ada is another traditional Indian dessert that originates from the South, particularly Kerala and Tamil Nadu. A dough of rice flour, coconut and jaggery are steamed in between a banana leaf. Modern-day cooks also make it in non-stick pans, resulting in a something that resembles a pancake. 16. Laddoo Laddoos are round-shaped sweets made out of minced dough and sugar. These are often at the forefront of any special occasion, and an Indian sweet box would not be complete without the appearance of one of these bright-yellow balls of goodness. Laddoos have also been developed in different adaptations such as the chocolate laddoo, coconut laddoo, etc. 17. Jalebi Jalebi is a pretzel-shaped sweet that is made of deep-fried batter soaked in sugar syrup. It is slightly chewy in texture and yellow in colour, owing to the saffron infused in the sugar syrup. The best way to eat a jalebi is when it is hot out of the frier, while it's still slightly crunchy and soaked in warm syrup. Yum! Jalebi has many different spellings and variations in pronunciation depending on where you go in India, but one thing that's common all across is their popularity. 18. Modak Hailing from the state of Maharashtra, Modak is a sweet that looks like dumplings. Its outer shell is made of rice or wheat flour mixed with khoya and stuffed with a mixture of coconut and jaggery. This dumpling is then either fried or steamed and served with melted ghee. Download Halal Trip app to locate nearby Halal food places >> https://www.halaltrip.com/islamic-travel-app/ ...
Is food Halal in India? India is known for their curries, spices, and mouthwatering cuisine. Even though it is a predominantly vegetarian nation due to their religious beliefs, the lack of protein as their main element in their dishes has not hampered the flavour stocked in the meals found there. With a large Muslim population however, meats are readily available too, and beef, while not widespread, makes an appearance as well. Since most of the meat is handled by Muslims, it is understood that it is Halal, but care should be taken when dining out to be safe. Here is our guide to Halal eating in India! - Halal India, the Halal certification service, stamps all the Halal foods and restaurants that Muslims are permitted to eat at. With a board taking care of the details, there isn’t much for the public to worry about! - Of course if you want to do your research, there is plenty of information available online, with sites dedicated to naming the Halal restaurants in different locations. Just browse the list of Halal restaurants for something to eat, or look up a specific one. - The HalalTrip App is the perfect way to find Halal food close to you. You can even look at other dishes from the same restaurant to help you determine if you want to eat there, or whether to keep hunting for what tickles your taste buds. An important point to note is that in order for the app to provide the best service, we need to come together as a community. And so, don’t forget to share what you eat and where, because you don’t know who’ll take your recommendation! - There appears to be a more or less even distribution of Halal restaurants across the country, even though one would expect more in the south where the Muslim population is denser. Maharashtra – which includes Mumbai, Nagpur and Pune – have 37 restaurants on record, while Tamil Nadu – which includes Chennai and Madurai – have 18 on record. You can even find a couple of Halal restaurants in the northernmost parts of India, in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. - Of course since India is widely vegetarian, not finding a Halal meat option is not a problem. In fact, you would find more vegetarian restaurants than those that serve meat, as Hindus are mostly fiercely religious. Beef at a restaurant would be a delicacy! Do not despair about the lack of meat, as only those who are purely vegetarian know how to make the most of it, and such dishes hardly fall short of flavour. You wouldn’t be missing your meat all that much once you’re done with those items! - The world’s food court – fast food – is also available as a Halal option. Who doesn’t love diving into a bucket of chicken, devouring a pizza, or building their own delicious submarine sandwich? That’s right, McDonald’s, Subway, KFC and Pizza Hut are all conveniently Halal, meeting global demand. - A last point to note is that if you are out and about on the streets and feeling meat-deprived, it would be a good idea to look for a place to eat around a mosque, as there is bound to be Halal meat available. Don’t forget to check in on the HalalTrip app, and explore all the food options possible. Happy eating! Click on the below links to download the free App: Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/halaltrip/id680194589 Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.halaltrip.app ...