The last few weekend have been very busy. Every weekend it has been a new location and it means clicking photos like anything. I do have so many photos to show off and so many experience to relate. It was the exhaustive Delhi trip two weeks back and last weekend it was a tour to Gorai.
Gorai is a popular Picnic beach in Mumbai. Although quite close to where we stay, it can be accessed by crossing the creek or a long way from Bhayander, a distant suburb of Mumbai. Beach is not the only attraction of Gorai. It houses Esselworld, Mumbai only amusement park.
Mathew and I go on these short trips quite early in the morning. By mid-day we are already home and the morning time is conducive for taking pictures and also less tiring. Also as we are the only two, it does not require much planning and we can just decide at the spur of the moment. With everyone already married or engaged, we are the only two bachelors ready for some outside adventures. Its better than spending a whole day out in the heat. The only problem is that there are not many places in and around Mumbai.
Gorai has changed quite a lot since I visited it maybe 4-5 years back. The major change has been the big dome like structure coming up next to Esselworld. The structure is the Global Pagoda, a 96.12 meters huge structure said to house more than 8000 people at the same time. It is the world largest Dome structure in the world without the support of any pillar inside.
When Mathew said that we can see it as it is opened to the public, I readily jumped to the opportunity. The Global Pagoda does tower above everything else in Gorai.
The Global Pagoda towers above everything in Gorai is almost visible from almost everywhere in Gorai, provided that the view is not obstructed in any way.
The Pagoda is still under construction and would take maybe another 2-3 years and the construction is in full swing. you can’t help but feel in awe as you stand at the foot of the Pagoda with only the blue sky to dwarf it.
The workers working many feet above the ground. The picture is actually of the tip of the current construction.
Inside the Grand Pagoda and the huge dome and when I say huge, its huge. When you walk in the structure you realize that you are so small
The center of the dome as seen standing exactly below it and to think that all these stones hang are joined without support here.
Another view of the height of the dome.
The elevators on wheels. Huge crane carry the workers up into the sky at the top of the pagoda.
The reflection of the pagoda and the sky in a temporary storage water tank near the construction site.
A video of how it feels inside the dome and as for the last 10 seconds of the video, well! we couldn’t help it