Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Dec 15, 2008 - Mumbai
Mi fermo a Mumbai per 5 ore. Resto in aeroporto, visto che ci vuole un'ora e mezza per arrivare in citta', e altrettanto per tornare indietro, e che comunque il check-in lo devo fare un'ora prima... Se non fosse per i tratti etnici, e per la presenza di (non moltissime) donne in sari, l'aeroporto di Mumbai potrebbe sembrare ormai un qualsiasi aeroporto europeo. Catene di coffee shop in stile Starbucks, lunghe file semiordinate di business men che si sottopongono pazientemente a interminabili attese per effettuare i controlli di sicurezza,...Jump to full entry
Dec 15, 2008 - We Have Arrived!
Hello Friends!! After a looong, virtually pain free trip, we have arrived in Mumbai! I was warned to be prepared for "the smell" and anticipated several dry heaves upon exiting the airport... I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was just a faint combination of baked body odor, spices, and dirt! I'm sure the dry heaves will come, I'm no dummy. Sidenote: when we were taking off from New Delhi (to get to Mumbai) the New Yorker in me TOOK OVER. As Matt and I were standing in line for our boarding passes (well not really a line, more...Jump to full entry
Dec 8, 2008 - Mumbai
We were not expecting much of Mumbai - just another huge big hot dirty city. So we were actually quite surprised to find the most western city we had been in, in India. It had footpaths for a start and they were not full of parked motorbikes so you did not have to walk on the road with all the other traffic, and not every person was trying to drag you into his shop. We only had two days here before flying back to NZ so did not do much - just a few walks in 35 degrees heat, before retiring to our air-conditioned hotel room. The first day,...Jump to full entry
Nov 21, 2008 - Why, we take the train of course! 300kms for 7.50$
SUMMARY • Train to Mumbai (Bombay taken from Portuguese ‘Bom Bahia meaning ‘Good Bay’ DETAIL Before going to bed I gave the night-walla 20 rupees to bang my door a 4:30pm on condition I will give him a further 20 rupees when I leave. It works and he bangs my door at 4:20. It’s a good thing as I would have slept right through as the power went out, as usual, and I have ear-plugs in. I get to the station in plenty of time and again, as usual, people are sleeping everywhere. I go to the ‘Enquiry Office’ and no one there! What to do? But luck...Jump to full entry
Nov 15, 2008 - Bombay
Namaste, Voyage en enfer jusqu'a Bombay ... Extrait de mom carnet de voyage : Hier, mercredi 12/08, nous etions content de nous separer de Radji. Nous l'avions libere en fait 1 jour et demi plus tot. Je book les trains tickets de bombay jusqu'a GOA pour 700 roupies.Jeudi 13/11, premier voyage en train, nous sommes nerveux. Nous devions rejoindre Ahmedabad puis transfert jusqu'a Bombay. Nous nous installons avec 4 vieilles Indiennes qui ne parlaient pas Anglais. Elles sont sympas, j'utilise le language des signes, rien a faire ... Nos...Jump to full entry
Oct 19, 2008 - The Last Day
It was an hours journey out to the airport in Goa. I was in a total state by the time I arrived. The drugs, alcohol and lack of sleep were severely catching up with me (the Irish lads told me that I probably would not make the plane on leaving me the night before) and I was in such a state that only carrying on drinking could possibly save me. There was no pub immediately obvious in the airport and I started to realise that the crazy plan of the night before was not so much fun now. I needed a bed really badly. Somehow, and I still do not...Jump to full entry
Sep 10, 2008 - India!!!
Hello from India! We finaly got here safe and sound! And its great! It has so much more life than Sri Lanka! In Sri Lanka by the time it got dark everything was closed and no one was around. but here its full pace 24hrs! Loads of realy cool resturants and bars etc that open all the time and are packed with people. Found a bar that played cheesy classics on a juke box, so we spent quite a while in there! Catching the boat to elephant island tomorow for an explore. We met Vincent today and he took us on a tour of a few of the hospitals here....Jump to full entry
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