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Mar 28, 2012 - Mumbai, India

Courtney is “under the weather” today so Deb goes alone on the shore excursion to see the marvels of Mumbai. Formerly known as Bombay, the tour guide explains that the name was officially changed from Bombay to Mumbai in 1995 in an effort to erase signs of British influence on the city. Our first stop is outside Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus). It is one of India’s most elegant Imperial buildings with an extraordinary conglomeration of domes, spires, Corinthian columns and minarets. The first train left from this...

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Mar 2, 2012 - Mumbai, accidentally

This is a continuation from where the last entry left off: Upon watching “our” train depart the station from the confines of the platform, we headed back inside to the ticket window, plopped ourselves down on the floor, took out the Lonely Planet guidebook, and began concocting schemes. At first we were dead set on leaving that night, and began looking at other trains heading north to Udaipur (our original destination) or other locations in the area. We also explored trains to other destinations we hadn’t initially considered, just based on...

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Amy & Adam in Asia

Feb 27, 2012 - Mumbai

At least I got a reasonable few hours of sleep after the lights went out and the curtains across the ends of the bunks were closed. We did experience a steady chorus of snoring from across the corridor but I did get to test the efficiency of the ear plugs that I had brought along. At 7.30am everyone started stirring and life returned to the carriage, people trooping off to the toilets and generally ensuring that further sleep was impossible. Our lower bunks were taken over by the two women and their husbands so we did a swop and moved...

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Jan 21, 2012 - Sights of Mumbai

There is no good time or bad time to be in India. Its architectural and cultural wonders, but also its dismaying poverty and pollution, are always present. The assault on your senses begins the moment you set foot on Indian soil. The deafening noise, the colourful clothing, and the smells - often aromatic, but many times vile. Then there is the constant movement of people. People are everywhere. You can never be truly alone in India. Not with a population of 1.2 billion. But after a long and tiring flight, Joan and John's arrival in Mumbai...

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Sights of Mumbai

Jan 8, 2012 - HOPPER: Stopping in Mumbai/Bombay on our way to Mangalore

We're here in booming Bombay for a couple days and then on another flight to Mangalore. The internet cafes here are terrible, there's barely a square meter of space per person but at least the prices are ok. The wedding already came and went and it was really great. The night before the wedding there was Jago which is basically a dance through the streets banging on the gates to awake the neighbors who emerge onto their balconies to watch. There was lots of dancing the night before and the day of the wedding. Their we and Zephyr and I both...

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Nov 17, 2011 - Mumbai **Blog**

After the somewhat dull, overcast weather in Kolkata and deteriorating state of the city, Mumbai was a ray of sunshine, literally and figuratively. Over on the west coast, the sun shone brightly in Mumbai and green spaces in the well-maintained city were filled with palm trees and people out promenading or filling every green space playing cricket. As the financial centre of India Mumbai is clearly a very prosperous place and the investment and mixture of people this draws also makes it a very cosmopolitan city. Unlike anywhere else in...

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Nov 13, 2011 - One last tour before heading home

An early morning flight from Udaipur to Mumbai so at the airport at 7. When we arrived, we found that our flight was overbooked so they asked us if we'd change flights and go via Delhi. This would put us in Mumbai at 2 pm instead of the 9 am we were expected there for a tour. We didn't really have any choice but mainly, they agreed to put our luggage on with no charge for the overweight that we knew we had! The flight was leaving right away so off we rushed. Landing in Mumbai, we were met by Ram, the guide for the next few hours. He was...

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Oct 17, 2011 - Mumbai and Arangabad

Hi everyone, So we've done Mumbai, it was a great city to see, we were in the south in the Colaba and Fort districts - these are the richer parts of the city. We managed to do most of the tourist bits quickly like the India gate, Caves of elephanta island and Prince of Wales museum. We met some friendly Indians on the way and chatted about our different cultures but all they were interested in was earnings and work. We also managed to go to the cinema which was a bit of a treat! We were meant to see a bollywood film but ended up seeing the...

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Oct 11, 2011 - Arrived in Mumbai (Bolly-Wally)

Hello everyone, We had a great day in a day in a place called Bolly Wally in north greater Mumbai. We arrived about 9am. We were pleasantly surprised to find the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, as were had had our fill of clogged up cities. A real refreshing day. We hired some cycles and journeyed the 7km to the brilliantly named Kanheri Caves. Some great pictures to follow. People actually live in the park, some small villages, a real eyeopener. After an amusing service at a near by cafe we were on the 8pm night bus to Goa. This was smaller...

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Asian Adventure 2011

Apr 14, 2011 - The land of Bollywood dreams?

Our journey to Mumbai was about four hours longer than we expected, arriving in rush hour and then being dumped a good few miles before our intended stop. We then spent the next fifteen minutes bartering for our taxi driver, going to an area we expected to be filled with tourist accommodation, as once again we had not booked. The heat of the day was setting in and we were dumped again in an area we didn’t know, walking in all directions looking for a ‘cheap, cheap’ room for the night. Our first few choices were full, so eventually we...

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Mar 14, 2011 - sorry getting bit lazy!

so i only have a few minutes - but im safe and have been pretty busy for a few days - although last week i chilled out way too much! was in udaipur by the lake and chilled there for 4 days ( was tempted to have a bhang lasi - but i didn't) and then went mount abu, jodhpur and now im about to go to jaisalmer to the dessert! i got stung by a bee today on my ass! i have never got stung before and it wasn't a little bee it was a big huge one! iu was sitting o the wall of the palace taking some picks in jodhpur and i must have sat on a crack!...

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Mar 4, 2011 - night before the 10 hour bus journey

so i have just realised that i cannot upload photos on this blog as the MGP are too high, so i have changed the setting and can share at a later date. my new friends left today. They are teaching at a school further down south (trivandrum), i doubt i will get a chance to meet up with them as we are travelling in opposite directions. i have decided that I'd rather head north for a bit as i really don't want to miss Holi, and i think Varanasi will be a good area to celebrate it! So the plan is to stay in Aurangabad for a few days as they...

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