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Oct 25, 2004 - Arriving in Mumbai.

Forgive me for this tome, but things have been moving at an amazing speed since we got here... Well, we made it. Nathan, Drew and I are in India. I'd have to say, hats off to Qantas, a great flight had us in Mumbai refreshed and ready to go. Walking out of the airport was like walking into a maelstrom. The sight of hundreds (a couple of thousand?) people hanging over the fence and moving in the background organising taxis, rickshaws and auto-rickshaws was the first assault on the senses. Second was the heat, but that lasted only a moment as...

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Oct 21, 2004 - Mumbai - part 2 ('The Return')

(Updated by: Giles) Our route meant that we had to return to Mumbai so this time we booked a room at the Bentleys Hotel - not as plush as the Taj Palace Hotel restrooms from our first visit maybe, but still good. Having discovered that all the trains we wanted to take to get us around the rest of India were fully booked due to Deepawali and other various holidays, we had to ditch plans to visit Varanasi and splash out on an internal flight to get us to Darjeeling (- a flight !! We didn't even look into hiring a donkey/camel and we call...

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Oct 13, 2004 - Mumbai - part 1

(Updated by: Giles) MUMBAI At this point our 'green-ness' (in travelling terms, nothing to do with the food yet) meant that we had booked an overnight train leaving Mumbai at 23:00 after arriving there only that morning, thereby having 2 consecutive nights on trains, with not a shower or clean basin in sight ! We thus decided to try our luck at the prestigious Taj Palace Hotel and under the ruse of breakfast customers slipped past their breakfast room and took advantage of their restrooms before fleeing (a bit disappointed that there were...

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Oct 10, 2004 - Bombay Mix Up

Latest chapter of self indulgence from your favourite trotting globesters. After over a week in spiritual Darjeeling we're now somewhere between tranquility and nirvana. Unfortunately it's now time to leave and follow the noble path down to Mumbai en route to Goa. Had an excellent time in the hills however - the highlight of which was the 4am trip to a viewpoint called Tiger Hill for sunrise over the Himalayas. Not staying in Mumbai long as already had the Indian city experience. One night there, next stop Goa for a rest. This travelling...

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Oct 9, 2004 - Bombay

We spent 4 days in Bombay. Nothing too spectacular to speak of. It's a big city with lots of people and a nice bay. Kind of like home : ) The one remarkable thing was a little visitor we had in the bathroom. When one travels to Asia, one can expect to see a lot of bugs and we have. Large, small, wingged, slimmy. You name it, we've probably seen it. On the train ride from Satna to Bombay we had little cockroaches visiting us. I have become so accustomed to their being around that I didn't pay attention. They are no longer the detested...

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Oct 4, 2004 - Welcome to Mumbai

We arrived in Mumbai on the last day of the Ganesh festival. The streets were full of singing and dancing processions on their way to bathe different statues of Ganesh in the water (rivers, lakes etc.) The following morning we continued our intimate romance with the bumpy Indian roads by travelling to Nasik, with Kiran suffering from the flu which he caught in Chennai. Once we arrived in Nasik, Kiran was dispensed with half a chemists worth of tablets by his dad and then we went shopping for spectacles (yes random we know - but such a...

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Sep 26, 2004 - Baga Beach

Well, I've found paradise. Or at least some semblance of it. The beach here at Baga Beach is absolutely stunning. It's about 7 kilometers long with white sand and the ocean is at the perfect temperature. Warm, but still refreshing. It's not like jumping out of a bathtub when you're finished. I sat on the beach for my first day here and just tried to take a load off and relax after the chaos of travel, Bombay and Panjim. Reading and eating and sitting can really take up a lot more time than one would think! The day went by so fast...to think...

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Ari's India Tour

Sep 23, 2004 - Mumbai, Bombay...whatever

I'm a few days late in writing this because I couldn't bear to get out and look for an internet cafe in Bombay. But I will try to write in terms of my impressions while I was there. I arrived in Bombay at 10:30pm and took a taxi into the city with an Austrian guy who is also travelling alone. The trip is about 1.5 hours so it was nice to share the taxi and have someone to talk to. Driving into the city was something else. The first thing to assault your senses when you step out of the airport is the smell. Out and away from the city it...

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Ari's India Tour

Sep 20, 2004 - Mumbai

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth although at times it feels a bit like I have. I'm going to skip some Ireland entries so I can talk about India now. We arrived in Mumbai (the new name for Bombay) in the middle of the night and the first thing you notice is that it is incredibly hot and muggy even at 3am. Our hotel picked us up from the airport in what I thought at the time was an incredibly run down rickety little truck (I've seen much worse now) and took us through the streets of Mumbai to our hotel. There were people...

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Sarah's Sojourn

Mar 10, 2004 - Heathrow Terminal 3 - Mumbai

Our flight with Kuwait airlnes was split into 2 halfs, the first leg was to Kuwait where we stayed for a couple of hours and then had a 3 1/2 hour flight to Mumbai. We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food, videos and service on the flight which is always a bonus. We arrived in Mumbai at approx 5:00 in the morning, after collecting our bags, which took a concerningly long time for our ruck sacs to come out, we headed for the forex to get some rupees. It was then onto the pre paid cab service, which basically is a fixed fair...

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Jan 26, 2004 - Mumbai (Bombay)

Mumbai: India's Hong Kong, the commercial center of the nation, and arguably least Indian of Indian establishments. We flew into the metropolis near the middle of the morning, and were greeted by Nazanin, a friend of Danny's, who kindly picked us up from the airport. Immediately recognizable upon arrival into Mumbai (at least to those who have seen other areas of India), is the wealth. India as a whole is characterized by it's relative destitution; those who have been to Mumbai - and only Mumbai - cannot rightfully say that they have been...

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World Trip 03/04

Jan 6, 2004 - Arrival

On arriving at Mumbai (out of date map) one of my first impressions was the complete and utter chaos which passed for traffic. This was after refusing to tip a pathetic local who expected money for trying to lift my bag off my shoulder and place it into the open boot. There are no lanes in India, but many vehicles, all trying to be first, and all refusing or unable to use mirrors and indicators and only resorting to using the brake in extreme circumstances. My stay in Mumbai was pretty pleasant really. I had booked a more expensive hotel...

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Genty's Asia - 2004

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