Mumbai - Round 2 (Day 1)

February 21, 2008 - Bombay, India

Dave:
It was early in the morning when we arrived in Mumbai. There was some complication with the hotel GAP had booked. It appeared that we got bumped from our original hotel, ending up at one called Celeste - little scary. Mumbai is more expensive then anywhere else in India and it is actually difficult to book a room. I realized this on my first stay in the city as I spent some time searching for accommondation for my return after Goa but before going to Hong Kong.  Therefore, I wasn't expecting that the hotel to be as nice as we have enjoyed so far in the tour but I didn't expect it to be this bad. Some of the rooms had paint and plaster peeling from the walls.

The only good thing about Celeste is that we were actually able to get our rooms right away due to the lack of guests. That says something as every other place in Mumbai was booked! The group met to walk to The Gateway to India. Enroute we came across another wedding celebration. There is not much to do at The Gateway other than to take a quick look. From there, most of us took the ferry ride to Elephanta Island. Our guide told us that it would take 20 minutes but it was over an hour. There were a lot of heads bobbing as we were quite tired from the lack of sleep on the overnight train. Mumbai has a lot of smog so although it was a sunny day without a cloud in the sky it still wasn't clear. The main draw to the island is the cave temples, temples dugout from the side of the hill. The caves were pretty cool and the island itself was peaceful. It had been awhile since we had escaped the chaos of city life in India. Returning to mainland we walked through the very swank Taj Hotel. Everyone took advantage of the very clean washroom in the lobby. Earlier that day Honorable Peter McKay had hosted a luncheon at the hotel. We considered trying to find his room to see if he would have some fellow Canadians in for Tea but then decided to move on. The group was meeting up again at Chopatty beach where we walked for awhile before stopping for some local snacks at the restaurant stands. We then walked down Marine Drive to watch the sunset and then all went to dinner at Leopold's cafe.


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Marine Drive Sunset
Marine Drive Sunset
Marine Drive Sunset
Marine Drive Sunset
 
 
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