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travler Mumbai - A travel report by Del
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Mumbai,  India - flag India -  Mahåråshtra
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Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra and lies on the western coast of India. You can reach it from the different cities of India by driving, taking a bus, a train or flying.


Mumbai Bus
Mumbai Bus
The population is 1,095,351,995. This city was once called Bombay but the name changed in 1995.

If you have seen a Bollywood movie this is where most of them are filmed.

There are a lot of hotels in each and every part of Mumbai. They range from five stars to 2 stars .

Favourite spots:
Entrance To The 
Elepnanta Caves
Entrance To The Elepnanta Caves
The Gateway of India is on the southern tip of Mumbai is one of the finest imperial monuments made by the British in Mamba.

It was designed by George Wittet to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. It is a large solid structure. This is one place you should visit. The Prince of Wales Museum is also located in south Mamba.

The museum has a large marble dome of the museum is quite attractive. of art, sculptures and various pieces of 18th and 19th century. This museum is named after Prince of Wales who came to India and laid the foundation to it.

The museum has been renamed to Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya.

It is only a few meters way from the Gateway of India. The Gateway of India is surrounded by a beautiful garden.

What's really great:
Dancing Bear?
Dancing Bear?
The Elepnanta caves are on the Elephanta Islands. To reach there you take a ferry near the Gateway of India.

The caves date back to 4th century A.D. Mani Bhavan on Gamdevi on Laburnum Road.

Mani Bhavan is the house where Gandhiji stayed during his visits to Mamba. This place has been carefully preserved and still has old charm.

While you are here you will have glimpses of the life of Gandhiji from his birth till death.

There is also the room of Gandhiji’s things his pen, inkpot and spectacles .

A visit here is a trip back through time!

Sights:
Camel bring wheat
to Mumai
Camel bring wheat to Mumai
I found that I could get from place to place by walking, taking a pedi-cab or a bus. At night I would always take a taxi.

The Prince of Wales Museum is also located in south Mamba. The museum has a large marble dome of the museum is quite attractive. of art, sculptures and various pieces of 18th and 19th century.

This museum is named after Prince of Wales who came to India and laid the foundation to it.

The museum has been renamed to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya. It is surrounded by a beautiful garden.




Accommodations:
Judu Beach
Judu Beach
I stayed at the Chateau Windsor Hotel in the center of Mumbai.The rooms were sparse decorated but that was fine because I didn't plan to be in the room unless I was going to bed.

The room was air-conditioned and was decorated in dark blue, pale yellow and eggshell. The beds had small canopies over them and there were two silk pillow on each bed.My room had twin beds, a safe, a TV, internet dial up and a coffee/tea maker. I used the coffee maker a lot because this is a 2 star hotel that has no bar or café.

In the bathroom there was a toilet, bath/shower and a sink. They had a hair drier on the wall and a bathrobe on the back of the door. I was here for a week and paid $430.00 CAD. The taxes are included but there was no free breakfast.

I could use their Pantry if I wanted cook any vegetarian food.I didn't so I had coffee here and ate breakfast at McDonald`s.

Address: 86 Veer Nariman Road Churchgate, 400020, Mumbai, India

Nightlife:
Horse drawn carrage in Mumbai
Horse drawn carrage in Mumbai
The best place I found to go to club is the Enigma Bar and Night Club on Juhu Beach. I had a few Guru beers here.

Twins Enterprises is a great place to dance. 14M.G. Road Corner, Borivali East, Mumbai400066.

I also like Chez Nous to go for a drink and have a few dances. Marine Lines, Mumbai400020.

Hangouts:
Carpet Shop in the Bazaar
Carpet Shop in the Bazaar
The Taraporewala Aquarium is on Marine Drive.

It was opened by the then President of India, (Dr Rajendra Prasad), in May 27, 1951.

Both children and adults will learn a lot here.

The aquarium has three rooms that have many species of fish,
whales and turtles.

At the aquarium you will be told about pearls and different types of aquatic plants.

To test if a pearl is real run it lightly across your teeth. If it feels smooth it is not a pearl. If it feels gritty, (like sand), it is real!

I was very interested in the Nehru Planetarium. It is in the Worli area and is named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. You look into their huge telescope and look at the planets, stars, moon and comments.

Restaurants:
Mahatma Gandhi Museum Mumbai
Mahatma Gandhi Museum Mumbai
I like to shop at the street vendors who are on Fashion Street or Colaba Causeway.

If you're looking for Punjabi food, Peshawari in ITC Maratha Sheraton is a place to try, while those wanting a taste for Indian Chinese should head to China Gate in Bandra and Chopsticks at Marine Drive.

On Bombay street the new Bhel Plaza is in the Cream Center, regarded to serve the best Chole Bhature and Russian Salad Sandwiches in Bombay.

Swati & Soam they are at Tardeo and Babulnath and they both serve Gujarati fast food. For the more traditional Gujarati thali, head to Purohits, (Churchgate), or Thakkers, (Charni Road).

Mumbai's most expensive restaurant is the Zodiac Grill located at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower.

No big Mac's here because McDonald`s serves only vegetarian food

Other recommendations:
Shiva Temple Mumbai
Shiva Temple Mumbai
Once again there were slums. India economy is growing at 8% a year. It soon will pass the USA and be second, (behind China). Why do 30 per cent of the population live on less than 50p a day?

Please don't drink the water or have ice in your drinks.

Eat food that is fully cooked.

Ask at the desk which streets you should stay away from.

Don't carry all of your valuables with you.

Don't let a guide, taxi driver or even the man giving you a rickshaw ride, talk you in to going into any store.

Published on Wednesday February 21th, 2007


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Thu, Feb 22 2007 - 10:41 AM rating by marianne

Hi Del,
Nice information of an interesting city.

Thu, Feb 22 2007 - 01:13 AM rating by rangutan

A pretty nice string of facts.

Wed, Feb 21 2007 - 06:23 PM rating by antonioagui

Interesting report and nice pictures.

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