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Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 18, 2011

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I don't think it is too strong to say that we love Mumbai.  We didn't do a massive amount of the tourist things but we have been to a number of different areas and particularly as a female i feel more comfortable here.  It's shame we didn't arrive here first instead of Delhi because i think it would have been a far softer introduction to India.  Having said that maybe we are just getting used to the feel of India because we met an English guy here for whom Mumbai was his first port of call and he hated it the first couple of days.  Hard to tell!

Its a lot more "colonial" than Delhi in its architecture, cleaner and seems much more cosmopolitan. As apparently all travellers do we went for a beer in Leopolds of Shantaram fame and were a bit let down. Pricey, with a bit of an American diner feel and far too many tourists. Not really what you'd expect from the books descriptions but i guess fame changes places. As mentioned above we didn't really do any of the tourist 'sights' but we did quite a bit of wandering around Malabar Hill, Colaba, Fort area and Chowpatty Beach areas.  One place we did vist was Gandhi's Mumbai HQ, which amongst other things includes a letter he wrote to Hitler - probably didn't get a response. As with everywhere else in India we have eaten an array of tasty food, including various types of street food.

I have finally ventured outside of budget and on my friend Chandni's recommendation went to non-touristy Mumbai to an area called Dadar to buy an Indian style trouser suit.  The material of the one i chose is absolutely gorgeous, however unfortunately after the first fitting i almost ripped it trying to take it off and it had to be redone.  I'm still to scared to try it on again because it will be quite sad if it doesn't fit, however if i ever do man up and try it i will have a lovely outfit to wear out in a year or so's time!!
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Where is the photo of you in the trouser suit?

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