Mum in Mumbai!

Trip Start Jul 12, 2003
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, January 3, 2004

We spent a few days sightseeing in Mumbai in anticipation of an important arrival - Liz's mum!! And what better place for her to arrive for her first ever visit to a third world destination than a city of over 16 million people!

Not long after arriving, we headed down to the harbour to see the famed Gateway of India, built to commemorate the visit of King George and now a must-see on any Mumbai visit. Across the road was the palatial 5 star Taj Mahal Hotel, so we had to go and have a peek in the foyer and at the posh poolside area out the back...and pretend we were rich enough to stay there! Once mum arrived we gave her a tour of what we'd seen and I think she was just as impressed as we were, if not more!

Mumbai is fast paced, packed with people heading in every direction, home to many beautiful British style buildings and a great place to spend a few days. We met up with mum in her hotel, which she bravely navigated her way to after arriving alone in the middle of the night! Luckily she wasn't too traumatised when stepping outside to face the big bad world of cows, beggars and out of control taxis!

We spent the next couple of days visiting several art galleries, a cathedral, Malabar Hill (apparently home to Bollywood movie stars!) where we went to a Jain temple (haven't quite figured that religion out yet) and some bathing ghats, several markets areas and more! We took a taxi down to Chowpatty Beach at night which is apparently the thing to do, however we were harassed by heaps of dodgy guys wanting to 'massage' us, and left not long after! Apart from a few incidents, we weren't really hassled that much considering the size of the city and huge number of homeless people.

Before heading to the train station for an overnight journey to Udaipur in Rajasthan, mum actually cried as she didn't want to leave Mumbai - who said she wasn't going to like India?!!
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