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Dec 4, 2013 - Mumbai

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD Whenever we visit Mumbai it always comes to mind that this was the first city I ever visited in India. We flew into Bombay in late June 1974 in order to prepare for our wedding on July 4th in Patna. For that reason, I always think of the city and our family members there in a very special way. This visit was a great as all the other visits we’ve made. Anil’s cousin, Dr. R. K. Kapoor and his wife Kusum have always lived with a view of the ocean, and the sea breezes are very much appreciated after touring inland...

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Oct 29, 2013 - Hyderabad

So it was up and back to the Mumbai airport -- Domestic Airport for our journey to Hyderabad. The international and domestic terminals are miles apart -- in actuality 2 separate airports. I arrive wondering if my friends will be there. They stayed the Hilton the night before. I make it through checkin - no issues ( a bit stressed when i had to check my bag -- but C'est La Vie) Security is a bit different, segregated lines for Men and Women. The women have private screening. While I wait for my friends i notice there are no announcements...

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Oct 28, 2013 - Mumbai Downtown

At last no stress -- the return of my luggage destressed me immensely but I still keep my massage appointment for today ;) Since i had to rearrange the entire plans and skip Jaipur (which had me really bummed out), I decided to go downtown. The hotel was out by the airport - so I needed the driver. I hired him for 2 hours (at $30 wow!). So we drove downtown --- well what a mess. They have lanes here -- but its really just mocking you as driver-- NO one pays attention to the lanes ---- and NO one pays attention to which side of the road you...

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Oct 27, 2013 - Dinner

With the return of my clothes -- i finally relaxed a bit. I unwound at the hotel bar then had dinner in the atrium. Ill take clearer pics next time, but you can see where i had drinks and dinner. Dinner was Indian -- Chicken Tikka Masala with BasmatiRice and Naan. It was super tasty. Tomorrow is a massage and wait for my coconspirators arrive from NYC.

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Oct 26, 2013 - Missing Bag

Well when I said adventure -- its literal! My bag made it to Mumbai just now! I cant pick it u till 830-9am local time. My flight was at 6am. So no Jaipur! Im back at the hotel and will be spending the weekend in Mumbai! Lord - Hope I Get my bag back At least hotel has SPA -- im getting a massage i need it

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Oct 26, 2013 - ITC Maratha Hotel

Those of you who know Joe and I know we are point collectors -- so at Starwoods I am platinum level and looking to move to Super Platinum then back to Ambassador Status. I will make it this year! So all our travels we stay in the Starwood family of hotels. I arrive at the hotel after a taxi cab ride right out of the movies --- yes it might be a stereo type but it held true when I arrived, it was bedlam on the road. I will NOT be driving here ;) I arrive at the hotel and its stunning! There are Sikh doormen in full bell man uniform the...

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Sep 22, 2013 - 16 September - Mumbai

It was an 8.5 hour (400km) drive over some very bad roads, and also some motorway, to get to Mumbai. We stopped about 50km away to get some snacks to tide us over till our late lunch, and it took us another 3 hours from there to get to our hotel! The traffic was so clogged up, with no-one giving way to anyone else and trying to squeeze their vehicle into any tiny space in order to move a couple of metres forward. They didn't even give way to ambulances! We finally arrived at our hotel at around 3pm and got settled in. After lunch we had a...

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Sep 19, 2013 - 15 September - Ellora

Our hotel in Ellora turned out to be very damp, with frogs hopping all through our rooms! It was so humid the sheets on the beds were damp, and pretty soon all our clothes were too! Raffiq was still with us, plus his son Habib, and they set up the stove in the hotel grounds and cooked their usual fantastic meal. Tonight we had chicken as well as the usual vegetable curry and chapattis. Early on Sunday we walked to the Ellora Caves, five minutes away from the hotel. If we thought the Ajanta Caves were pretty special, the Ellora Caves were...

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Sep 19, 2013 - 13 September - Karwand Dam and Ajanta

Only a reasonably short drive today (3.5 hours) after our visit to the fort at Mandu, to reach our next bush camp at Karwand Dam. We had been promised a surprise and we jokingly said there must be a swimming pool - well, it wasn't quite a swimming pool, more a muddy pond but after a day of sightseeing and travelling in the heat and humidity, it looked like heaven to us! Our drive was again through rural areas surrounded by hills, and on these quiet roads we were able to open up the roof seats and take turns to sit up there and watch the...

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Aug 15, 2013 - Rakhi Lonavala

Cloud 9 - our first visit was very satisfying and thus we decided to visit again. We were not at all disappointed. the rooms have been renovated and feel good. the food as excellent as ever. Top it with monsoon of Lonavala and you are in heaven. Addition is a small play area for toddlers

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Apr 23, 2013 - Mumbai, India

Our final port of call on the beautiful Regent Seven Seas Voyager is India’s city of Mumbai. It has been a great 68 days visiting many diverse countries and cultures ranging from the opulence of Hong Kong and Shanghai to the poverty of Cambodia and rural India. It seems appropriate that our last stop further emphasizes this diverse theme. Mumbai is one of the most populous cities in the world with 21 million and is home to the Bombay Stock Exchange, National Stock Exchange of India, Reserve Bank of India and corporate headquarters almost...

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Apr 18, 2013 - Mumbai - (Bombay) here we come

Flight on Indigo was good - A3480 airbus. Airports tidy and well organized. Excellent airport security checks. Taxi at Mumbai chucked our bags on top on a rack (not tied down) Eeeeks! – a sinking feeling on the drive to our accomm. Shanty towns (slums) everywhere and a feeling of squalor. Our room – clean but extra basic. Does have a/c and ensuite AND WI FI. In the ‘burbs away from the Tourist area but still plenty of little shops and market stalls. A walk through the streets and a Baskins & Robins icrecream calmed the senses enough to...

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