Hotel Harbour View
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... Makes a change from 3-5 euro totals we've been paying for meals. Side note - we've averaged 25 euro each per day for food, drink, transport and accom. Not too bad at all as we haven't held back on attractions.
The final day we visited the slums. We wanted to see the slums but we also felt a bit strange and voyeuristic going in there. There is a company who tours the slums: 80% of profits go to the local NGO and supports schools etc in the community. If we were going to ...
... outdoors, We ventured into Dharavi on foot over a bridge over a rail line, first visiting the industrial area with workshops doing all kinds of dirty work involving recycling garbage and smelting down metal, then a roof top visit for a better vista of the slum, on through residential neighborhoods of the different ethnic groups and religions (separate quarters for Maharathi Hindus ad Muslims, Gujaratis, ...
... seek each other out), and he promptly pointed out a few of the players (one from Guiseley, Leeds and another, Squadron Leader Compton, a relative of Dennis and Nick Compton! - the boys and Martin's mum will understand this).
We stayed an hour or two and then when they broke for lunch, we headed off in search of food. After walking around unsuccessfully for a while, we found a restaurant called "5 Spice" and settled down for lunch. Mr H had Shanghai ...
... be heard calling to their mates while the parrots screech and the crows send directions to each other. The sleepy dogs lie around at the waterfront and keep a lazy yet watchful eye on the stray cats that run by. Oh yes, Kipling surely got all his animal stories straight from his surroundings (though in today's world the Monkey and Bear circuses have sadly disappeared). There are 2 main streets for shopping in Bandra - Linking Road and Hill Road. The already busy streets ...
... of how lucky we are and it is not a pretty place but I don't pity the people who live there; they deserve respect, not pity.
Thus educated in humility we caught the train back to our own version of civilisation (the touristy, south of the city) and headed for an afternoon of gambling at the races! We lack moral fibre, we really do!
So far the verdict on Mumbai is that we are very glad we came; so glad, that when we move hotel, we may even try and get a couple more nights ...