First Taste Of India.....Mumbai
Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
209Trip End Sep 05, 2007
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At the airport we sorted out a cheap hotel in the travellers district Colaba, at 4quid a night its a bargain...we have even got a window and a fan which was a bit of a shock!!
We took one of the prepaid taxis from the airport and it took us not short of 2 hours to arrive at our hotel, had the taxi driver taken any notice of the speed limits, red traffic lights and other cars, rickshaws, lorries and buses which he somehow managed to squeeze inbetween it would have taken us much much longer! Suprisingly...we live to tell the tale...hahaha
Our drive into South Mumbai was really interesting, we passed shacks, people just everywhere, obviously very poor, their homes a little bit of wood made into a roof along the side of the road for shelter from the sun...all this time though the ladies were wearing the most beautiful and colourful saris we have ever seen.
We drove and drove until our bums were numb, we passed shacks, chaos, massive groups of people, men praying on the street outside of the mosque, then all of a sudden the architecture changed, we were in what is known as the Fort area, there were big Victorian style buildings exactly as you would see in London, then as we came almost at our final destination we saw the huge Gateway Of India..a massive arch just by the sea, and then the taxi stopped just off of the harbour area at our hotel...4 floors up.
As we already said the room is clean enough, ignoring the ciggie burns and grease marks on our sheet! Our own clean sleepsheets cover that! We have a little view of the harbour and an interesting view of the people, donkeys and sellers outside.
We have been so tired since we arrived, our bodyclocks still havent kicked in
This morning we woke, read and went out into the blistering heat, to the Victoria Terminal, known also as CST....its Mumbais main train station, it was chaotic and we did crap ourselves for a sec,people just everywhere, hassling us, telling us the train to Goa was full and that they could get us on a bus...at that stage they were just random men walking up to us and we hadnt even told them where we were going!
Then we composed ourselves and went upstairs to the tourist quota counter keeping our fingers crossed that we could get tickets for the overnight train down the coast tommorow...we paid about 200rupees extra but we got tickets...tommorow we leave the chaos of Mumbai and travel south to Goa, we shant stay in the big resorts that you find in the holiday brochures back home, we are going to a place which is cheaper and more Backpacker land...a village called Palolem...they boast the most idyllic beach in Goa...we shall soon see!!
So, at the moment we are loving it, we feel like we are travelling again, your senses are just blasted all the time...smells, sounds, sights....its amazing...we really feel like we are back on the road...where to exactly we arent sure yet!
Love, hugs and kisses
Ali and Matt