Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Sep 9, 2008 - Arrive in India - the trip begins........
Ok so the flight was smooth - although I think I was the only one to get any sleep much to Kirst and Alis disgust! Arrived in Mumbai and as naive tourists proceeded to be ripped off by the taxi people - the hotel kindly informed us we paid 3 times too much!!!!! We WILL NOT be making that mistake again! Other than that though the transition to the hotel was smooth, but once we got there (about 2pm) we were soon restless, so depite the horrific monsoon rain outside, we decided to go for a walk along the beach by our hotel - much to the hotel...Jump to full entry
Sep 8, 2008 - Bollywood Dreams
We had some time to kill on our last day in Goa, so we hung around the pool of the resort and used the internet. Just searching aimlessly around the web, we found a cheaper flight to the U.A.E. than the one we had. So, with little time to spare, we cancelled our more expensive flight with Jet Airways and booked a new flight with Air Arabia. We would now leave almost 24 hours earlier, departing at 4:00am on September 8th from Mumbai, instead of 10:00pm on the 8th. This would also save us some additional money because it meant that we...Jump to full entry
Aug 30, 2008 - Sand, Shopping and Slums in Mumbai
We arrived in Mumbai by bus from Udaipur. The bus was four hours late. Bladders bursting, we watched the sprawling city through our bus window. We saw the widespread poverty that we’ve sadly grown accustomed to. We saw slum housing, made up of plywood walls and tin roofs, and stacked three storey’s high. We saw satellite dishes attach to the flimsy walls. We passed shops, mostly barbers and small markets, being run out of the bottom, street-front, rooms. We saw people sleeping on any available surface. We passed crumbling buildings filled...Jump to full entry
Aug 25, 2008 - Went to BA offices and new hotel in Bandra
This morning we got a cab an hour up to Bandra where the BA office was. We checked out of our hotel and took all our stuff with us confident that everything would work out ok! As Bandra is 10 minutes from the airport we thought we'd just get a hotel up here for the night (as we had to be at the airport at 3am 2mo morning if we are able to change our flights) rather than catching a cab from our hotel at the bottom of mumbai which would take over an hour. Anyway we got to the BA office at about 10.30am and were sorted by about 10.35am! It...Jump to full entry
Aug 23, 2008 - Ventured out to Bandra and to the Hawaiian Shack baby!!
Uh oh, Today didn't start well! I finally got through to Delhi office of BA and was told that we weren't able to re-book our flights on the phone and pick up the new ones at the airport (as told by Trailfinders, thanks for that!). We would have to go in person to the Mumbai office to get new tickets issued. Ok no problem. Except for the fact that it is now Saturday morning and the Mumbai office is only open from Monday to Friday...................................DOH!!!! So it looks we haven't made it out of India just yet then!!! Not good...Jump to full entry
Ok, so we decided against the agro of a 12 hour train journey down to Goa as, although it looks beautiful and totally chilled out down there, it is also Monsoon season! We checked out a few reports and pictures and stuff and it just didn't seem worth making the trip down there. Hopefully we should get a bit of surf and relaxation time when we travel through Asia/Indonesia so no worries there. So my job for today was to try and call BA to change the date of our flight (Mumbai to Hong Kong then a connecting flight from Hong Kong to Vietnam...Jump to full entry
Aug 21, 2008 - Mumbai (Bombay)
Mumbai was really nice - Much different from the rest of India. It was a busy city and we crammed as much as we could into the short time we had there. We managed to see a massive market, cathedral and of course eat at McDonalds. Thank goodness it was a nice day. The day we arrived there it was rainng and the day we left was raining as well. We also got some more shopping in, everywhere you turn they are selling little trinkets. We also saw the Gate to India which was really nice to see even though it appeared to be under construction and...Jump to full entry
Aug 21, 2008 - leaving Delhi for Mumbai
Em woke up with a spring in her step this morning....which lasted right until the point we had the step outside the hotel room! Delhi has been serious hard work and pretty much just agro since we have been here. I'm sure there are cool parts of it and I'm sure there are genuinely nice people here but honestly we haven't met anyone here that hasn't been nice to us just to try and get some of our cash. It really has spoilt this part of our trip for us a bit but.........WE SURVIVED DELHI!!!! We were still a little bit apprehensive with our...Jump to full entry
May 16, 2008 - Mumbai, India
I was a little apprehensive about my trip to India in general. I knew that such a different country, a different culture, would overwhelm me. Even though I’ve been here a few days already, I still rest by the notion that I could never travel it alone. Currently, I am travelling with two friends from Rotman (Sarah Rogers and Sarit Daniel), and on the first day, we met up with more Rotmanites who were on the tail end of their India study tour. And so far, India has been… well, interesting. I flew out from Sydney on one of the last flights to...Jump to full entry
Apr 28, 2008 - Coming home!
This really is the end of the trip...I'm hanging out in the Leela Kempinski Hotel in Mumbai, as I have a 6 hour wait between arriving from Bangkok and taking off for Heathrow and trust me Mumbai Airport is not somewhere you want to hang around (landside anyway!) Last few days in Bangkok were pretty hectic, I had a bit of running around to do, both for myself and a favour for a friend back in London - so navigating around the city whilst in the middle of tropical storms was a bit of challenged. The shopping in Bangkok is incredible if you...Jump to full entry
Apr 16, 2008 - Oh no, its Mumbai again.
I didnt get on with Mumbai on my first visit, or maybe it chose not to get on with me. With this in mind my plans second time around were for a quick visit to nearby Elephanta Island and a look at the dhobi ghats where Mumbaiers have their clothing washed, both of which I missed out on last time, then move quickly onto Aurangabad. Thanks to a rare bit of stomach troubles (explained below), my stay became longer than anticipated. This would happen in Mumbai! Elephanta Island is all about some old rock temples and carvings and worth a visit....Jump to full entry
Apr 14, 2008 - Mumbai (Bombay)
My train for Mumbai left at 6am and due to concerns about getting a rickshaw so early in the morning I ended up getting to the train station early enough to catch a special service train that came through at 5.15am. The 10 1/2 hour journey was reasonably uneventful except when a group of Indian guys came over and started chatting to me. There was the usual amazement that I was travelling by myself and that I was unmarried at the age of 29. After about 15 minutes of questioning they wandered off again and I settled down to watch the scenery...Jump to full entry