Empire Royale Hotel
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Karnala fort, nestled within the Karnala bird sanctuary, is one of the most accessible treks from Mumbai city. This fort is around 12 kms from Panvel station. A beautiful, scenic, and 'good-work-out-for-your-body' kind of a hike. At the end of the trek you feel accomplished.
We drove down to the base of the Karnala bird sanctuary, bought our tickets (Rs. 30 per head for adults, parking was Rs.100) and got started. Near the ...
... Sydney prices. Our after dinner stroll led past the many shops ranging from high end Louis Vuitton to market stalls out front, an amazing contrast but all so normal over here. We were offered a part in a Bollywood film the following day and although I was initially keen, the prospect of a 12 hour shoot for $10 made me come to my senses. The secret as we figured out in these streets is to keep moving, don't stop otherwise someone will beg, sell or offer ...
... we had a nine-course dinner at the hotel with 40 other guests, mainly foreigners. It included performances by a group of traditional drummers, who played at best in the slow and quiet pieces that had question and answer elements. There were also two traditional Kerala dance performances by a man dressed as a woman.
During New Year's day we both had our chargers blown up because of power cuts and fluctuations. That is why I have not been able to produce more ...
... animals - Seeing elephants, monkeys and camels frequently (almost daily).
7. Paparazzi - Being constantly stared at and frequently photographed (often without consent).
8. Chai - The sweet spiced milk tea is available everywhere. Men and boys walk around with a thermos selling it for 10INR on the train, beach, side of the road, everywhere! Chai garam, chai!
9. Clean cups - Weird soapy/oily film on your milk coffee ...
... what struck us was just how prolific the various temples and shrines are so that it is very clear just how important a role religion plays in daily life. That night - to celebrate Philips birthday a few days before - we had a 22 course sit down dinner (we literally sat on the floor). Suffice to say very single one of the 22 courses was delicious and we all waddled of to bed feeling full and ...