Mumbau was once an archipelago of several islands and inhabited by the Kolis. These were the tribal fisherfolk who still exist today and live in native villages and fish in the traditional way in small wooden boats. They have their own customs and speak in their own dialect. The Kolis used to call the city Mumba after Mumbadeva (Goddes of Water) and that is where the city takes it name Mumbai from today. There is a 600 yr old Kolis fishing village at Worli where you can not only see but smell fish drying as well as see the colourful Koli women.
The island only takes up 6 sq miles. As you approach Elephanta island you will see a small fishing village near the waters edge. This is one of only three on the island. All three have no electricity and no running water. Those that do not make their livelihood out of fishing are obviously involved in the tourism aspect of the island.
Laid out in 1869, on the site of the old Bombay Green and originally called Elphinstone Circle, Horniman Circle is the epicentre of the Fort area. The Circle consists of James Scott’s elegantly curved, arcade terraces with a garden in the middle. It was the first significant piece of the city's redevelopment, which began under the Governorship of Sir Bartle Frere in the 1860s. The gardens in the middle of the Circle, which are open to the public, are a lush and shady retreat from the glare and bustle of the streets, a good place to break a morning’s sightseeing. Following Independence, the Circle was renamed Horniman Circle, after an English journalist, Benjamin Horniman, who was an ardent proponent of the cause of Indian self-determination.
The taxi driver/tour guide drove me to a spot where clothes were being laundered manually. The scene was very Dickensian and this is where your clothes are washed if you use your hotel's laundry service.
Bandra is the new face of Mumbai. it's a prosperous, modish suburb that reflects the desire of Mumbai's middle class to engage with the global culture of fast food, international brand names and high street retailing.
Known as the "queen of suburbs", it's the first of the city's outlying areas to offer a credible lifestile alternative to South Mumbai,
If you're struggling to come to terms with the rest of Mumbai, Bandra can be a blessed relief. It's relaxed, unharassing, clean and full of bright young things who probably kno more about western pop culture than you do!
Get in touch with a local person and try to attend a Hindu wedding. Indian weddings are extremely lavish affairs. you'll be dazzled by bright colorful, good food and lovely people.
An unforgetable experience
Here's a photo taken at dusk, from our hotel room in Udaipur, looking towards the Monsoon Palace. You can just see a white glow on the distant hilltop -- that's the palace. It's lit up at night.
Udaipur has THREE palaces. The city palace, on the edge of Lake Pichola, the Lake Palace, built on an island in the middle of the lake and the monsoon palace, on the nearby hilltop. Udaipur was an incredibly beautiful city...
Chor Bazar ( not sure of the spelling again). This is a bazar where you can buy absolutely everything! Car engines to bananas. A lot of people and a lot of India. We stayed there for about one hour and I think it is enough. The fruit and vegetable markets are great, but when you come to the meat market I think you should think twice before you enter.
As a tourist, I got a lot of hassle in India from rickshaw drivers, shopkeepers, hotel owners and general touts. The best thing I ever did was to learn to say 'I don't want it', 'Go away' and 'That's too expensive' in Hindi. It makes people stop hassling you faster than anything you could say in English, possibly because it shows that you're not a brand-new arrival to India. Also good is to learn 'my name is...' which gets a great response from local people rather than just replying in English.
Get a phrase book or (better) get someone to teach you when you arrive.
Every year in Nov / Dec the navy opens up the Bombay Fort , an impressive structure 5 mins from regal cinema . Situated within the naval base it opens only for a week every year during nov , dec . Reservations must be made by contacting the Indian Navy PRO , Mumbai .
Guided tours are available . On special request , the Commanding Caption at the base might just allow you in during the rest of the day provided you make arrangements in advance .
The inside is really beautiful , as it is the same castle from where the history of Dutch Bombay starts and ends .
Bombay has some wonderful Art Deco architecture and design, most of it swallowed up by the overwhelming urban congestion. My favorites include the Eros Theatre, and the Citibank building (near Fountain) the latter which features a massive elephant head on the front of the building (on the right side of this picture).
I recommend a great book called 'Fort Walks'. I bought my copy at Strand Book Stall,located on Sir Pherozeshah Mehta Rd, also close to 'Fountain'.
People in Mumbai were really friendly. This woman in the train was joking with me and we had a nice time
A Beautiful morning in mahabaleshwar.
warning!! u will rarely see a bright sunny day in monsoon season(july-sep),sun seekers stay off during this period.:))
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