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... Many of the homes were fancy but still mixed in with the everyday life of Mumbai. Because Bandra is home to Bollywood it was a lot more western in terms of dress styles and there were a few foreigners we saw who were residents. Next stop was back to the theatre for my first real Bollywood film. I had to give the guards the battery for my camera before the movie so I couldn't illegally film which I thought was funny. We settled on Zid which had less song and dance but more plot so ...
... everywhere. Outside of the tourist areas (Fort, Colaba) you can escape the constant shoe shining, map selling and anything else that you'll be offered. Overall it was, like India, very interesting, I never felt unsafe and people were friendly and polite. However today I'm off to the chilled out temple city of Hampi (15 hours overnight coach, we'll see how that plays out), which frankly sounds perfect after 3 days of organised chaos.
Our stressful arrival was met by no pick up and a shoddy hotel man! To our luck we managed to move hotels into the centre of Colaba after a bit of compromising with the people that booked it. Having had a much improved train journey (in comparison to our last) - a locked, private cabin to ourselves - this put a bit of a downer on our very early start to the day. However by the afternoon we were as adamant as ever to start the ...
Sunday 31 March - Mumbai
India - Incredible India as they say in the adverts and it was just that!We had arranged with our waiter Amit for a friend of his brother, Mr Papa, to meet us (six from our table) to take us for a guided tour around Mumbai.
We got off the ship early and started our amazing day.First stop was the Gateway of India after negotiating a couple of cricket matches being played in the centre of the road!! The ...
... Mumbai to a hotel nearer the airport. We passed through more shanty towns and got a better feel for life in Mumbai. Found it easier to observe life from a taxi as when we were out in the open we became too much of a focus and had to fend off unwanted touts instead of being part of the culture!
The Renaissance Hotel also offered us a warm welcome and gave us a pool/lake view room on the 28th floor. We had a nice afternoon dip in the ...