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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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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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Jan 18, 2013 - Mumbai a.k.a. Bombay Jan 13th to Jan 15th

Happily an uneventful trip business class in a A330 and B747, not too painful. Exhausted and vegged out all of Sunday Jan 12th. Met up with several other Directors and called it a day. Glenn had been trying to shake a seemly unidentified mysterious cold or virus which had kept him below his normal 113% operating mode for a month and pretty badly since the New Year, a consequence of which delayed our departure for 2 days. Today is Jan 19th and it is the first day that things seem to be right again. Whilst I had to work, Sylvia and Barbara...

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Nov 15, 2012 - Diwali continues as we also pay a visit to Dharavi

A fab finishing day in Mumbai - more Diwali celebrations throughout the day and night. here are a few pics of the crowds gathering at Gateway to India near the beautiful taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Also a few shots of late-night street eats near Peter's place, all grilled kebabs and fresh rotis, mostly eaten as people walk along or picnic-style on the bonnet of a car. You'll see a charming pic of a "welcome" sign - we took a tour out to Dharavi, Mumbai's biggest slum area housing 1 million people. Quite an eye-opener, spending nearly 3 hours...

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Nov 14, 2012 - Manic Mumbai and India's Diwali Festival

What a fab time in Mumbai - so good to be back. In these pics are a few snaps of typical Diwali (Festival of Lights) street decorations and public holiday gatherings along the waterfront as well as some nearby cricket on the Maidan. On 14NOV we celebrated Diwali with Peter and his good friend Vikas, with his gorgeous wife Sheetal and their lovely daughter Shruta. We enjoyed a night out at a Chinese Restaurant (maybe not so traditional!), with a ride in Vikas' beautifully renovated Ambassador. His driver must have the biggest biceps in...

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Oct 23, 2012 - India day 6

Today, I had a bit of stomach ache but got up about 8:30 and went to breakfast anyway. Shari was snoozing away until I returned, she got up and we left to see the Palace. Upon strolling towards town, a very persistant tuk tuk driver picked us up and served as our driver for the rest of the day. He dropped us off at the Palace where we purchase tickets and the audio tour. We were told about an event that night featuring the 76th Maharana of Mewar, (the Palace is his family home). We took the tour around, very beautiful architecture, and some...

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Oct 21, 2012 - India day 4

Got up, went to get some exercise in and went out to the pool for coffee, Shari joined me. Got a taxi to see the Dobhi Ghat a several acre open air laundry that cleans tons of Mumbai's laundry all by hand! As you can see in the photo, there are hundreds of men and boys cleaning and rinsing the city's dirty laundry. Our Taxi driver to the Ghat became our guide as he spoke passable English. He took us to the Ghandi House / Museum and waited for us to go in and take a look at the various rooms, library and visual presentations in this great...

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