From a distance, this place looks absolutely amazing luring you into a visit, that includes a trip on a boat, that is somewhat safe - well just another colorful experience :o) If the locals were relaxed when sailing in this boat, why shouldn't I?
This is the Dhamma Pattana pagoda in the outskirts of Mumbai, India as a place where you can meditate. Meditation calls for silence etc. so it seems a bit strange, that this Buddhist place is adjacent to a amusement part, the Esselworld. Occationally you could hear a lot of noise from the amusement park's guests.
If you click on the picture of the pagoda, you will se, that this is truely a work in progress - it is not yet finished and will not be for at least a couple of years. Our local friend taking us there, was actually unaware of the place not yet being finished despite already open to the public - but when we got absorbed in watching them working with the small details and got demonstrations of some of the techniques. We were the only non-Indian visitors, and since we were so fasinated, we soon attracted some of the workers attention.
When they found out, that we have some (albeit limited) knowledge of buddhism, they opened up for a well of information, that revealed their passion for their work and the cause.
How lucky are we to be able to see them build such a beautiful place? In most part of the world, you will never be able to visit these type of places untill they are completely finished. And this place is build with funds either raised privately or donations - amazing.