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Navratri 2016: 7 of Mumbai’s bustling Dandiya spots you shouldn’t miss!



Ae haalo haalo!

It’s the time of the year again when you are all set to groove on your favourite Bollywood numbers with a Garba twist to them. It’s the time when you are all set with your colour coordinated traditional costumes along with dancing shoes for the nine-day non-stop dancing. It’s Navratri.

With Mumbai hosting some of the best dandiya nights in the country it is ‘the’ place you have to be present. From Neon Lights to LED Sticks, we bring you a curated list of this festivals most coveted venues!

  • Pushpanjali Gardens, Borivali


Dust off the dandiya sticks and wear your Navratri special costumes. Falguni Pathak, the undisputed queen of Navratri performances, is all set to rock the nine-day festive. The event will be organised by Shreyas Events and is expected to attract 25,000 to 30,000 people each day. Kids under 6 years of age will get free entry when accompanied by adults.

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Address: Chandavarkar Road, Near Don Bosco School, Off Link Road, Borivali West
Passes: General season pass: Rs 3,999
Single day pass: Oct 1, 2, 8, 9, 10 : Rs 1,000
Oct 3, 4, 5, 6, 11 : Rs 600
Oct 7: Rs 750

  • Meera’s Navratri Utsav, Borivali


The magnificent and dynamic duo Preeti-Pinky will perform at Meera’s Navratri Utsav to make the fest memorable. In addition, there will be Rafiq Shaikh and other well-known bands. Surprise visits of Bollywood and TV celebrities will make the event more exciting.

Address: Kutchi Ground, Near Aura Hotel, Link Road, Borivali West
General season pass: Rs 800
Single day pass: Oct 1-7: Rs 200
Oct 8-11: Rs 250

  • Dome Raas Garba, Worli


Tune into the groove with LED dandiya sticks! Dome Raas Garba is where technology meets tradition with Parthiv Gohil. Here you will find a unique blend of traditional garba and Bollywood style dandiya incorporated with interesting contests. You can rock till mid night as the event will be in the interior A/C arena. The only sad part is that the event will be only a three day event unlike other nine-days.

Address: Sardar Vallabhbhai Stadium, National Sports Club of India, Lala Lajpatrai Marg, Worli
Golden season pass: Rs 1,800
Single day pass: Oct 7, 8 and 9: Rs 750

  • Nav Raag 2016


Nav Raag is one of the unique and biggest Navratri events in the Western suburbs of Mumbai. The event will be one of its kinds featuring Arena level VFX, lasers, cultural aartis and famous artists. Besides, there will a huge food court with traditional Indian and International cuisines alike.

Address: Chitrakoot Ground, Opp Yashraj Studio, Kamlakarpant L Walawalkar Marg, Andheri West
General season pass: Rs 2,600
Single day pass: Oct 1-7, 11: Rs 400
Oct 8-10: Rs 600

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  • Radiance Dandiya, Vile Parle


It is one of the most luxurious Navratri event spread over 10 days in the comfort of a luxury five star hotel, Hotel Sahara Star. The event will see The DrumBeats, well-known orchestra in the dandiya industry. It also features valet parking, VIP enclosure, exciting prizes, food stalls and lots of fun.

Address: Hotel Sahara Star, Near Domestic Airport, Airport Road, Vile Parle East
Passes: General season pass: Rs 6,000
Single day pass: Oct 1, 2, 9: Rs 1,000
Oct 3, 4, 5, 6: Rs 800
Oct 7, 8, 10: Rs 1,200

  • Takeover Neon Dandiya 2016, Mulund


The two-day ‘Takeover Neon Dandiya 2016’ event is loud and impressive like neon. Throw yourself into the event wearing neon. Celebrate the evening with famous DJ Chetas and dance the night away with your loved ones. And don’t forget to paint your faces by the artist and click back a memory at the selfie point.

Address: Richardson and Cruddas Mill, LBS Marg, Opposite R Mall, Mulund West
Oct 8, 9: Early Bird Day Pass: Rs 500, VIP: Rs 999
Early Bird 2-Day Combo: Rs 750

  • Kora Kendra Ground, Borivali


Kora Kendra Ground has always been one of the hotspots for the dandiya and garba lovers alike. And did we tell you Nilesh Thakkar, the king of raas garba will perform here for 11 days? Though the passes are bit expensive, you won’t regret spending those extra bucks. So if you are in a mood to slip into your dancing shoes you can surely head to Kora Kendra for some great music and garba experience.

Address: R.M. Bhatted Road, Borivali West
Passes: General season pass: Rs 3,060
Single day pass: Rs 600-900

So what are you waiting for? Indulge yourself in the traditional ghagra-choli, kediyas, bandhani dupattas along with some dazzling jewellery and gear into the traditional dance mode at your favourite Navratri venue.