What can we say about Mumbai? Dirty, busy, wet and very very humid. This is a place you all need to experience to realise just how lucky some of us are. Our first day was spent trying to get our bearings while being constantly looked at by the locals (not many tourists around), to be fair it wasnt that hard, streets are fairly straight and run up and down and unless you really had no sense of direction at all, you'd be fine. The time came for us to have our first real taste of India as it was lunch time and we needed some grub. We decided on a place that was not to far from our hotel, it was ok, small, busy but the food was good. Waiters tended to walk round bare foot while sweeping the muddy water out of the establishment, nice touch huh? got to get used to that. The food was lovely and for what worked out to be 2 quid for TWO of us including drinks, you cant go wrong.
Our second full day in Mumbai we decided to do a full day of tourist stuff. We headed into town and went to see The Gateway to Inidia, a big stone gateway situated in the port, unfortunately some of it was being worked on so as you'll see by the photos, not all can be seen. Following on from this we headed over to Elelphanta Island, an island about an hour off of the mainland full of caves that have been carved out of solid rock (photos in album), pretty amazing. Upon arrival to the island you are greated with the usual "come see my shop" nonsense that you get everywhere you go, by now we were pretty good at just turning a blind eye to them, Africa taught us well, haha. As for the island, its pretty amazing, covered in lush green trees and jungle like plants, it really was something worth seeing. To see the caves, you had to walk up 120 steps to the foot of the hill, ok no problem we thought, but no one told us that the humidity and the fact some of the steps were about 7 foot long would make this a tad harder than we first imagined, still, we got to the top and it was well worth it, the view was amazing!! After our little climb up then down, we headed back to the main land to begin our trip back to our hotel......lets just say one thing, a 35 minute journey (on empty roads) took over 2 hours and it was absolutely pouring it down, the drivers over here are insane, its as simple as that......kind of glad to be out of that city if we are honest.
Ciao for now
D & S