First Day in Mumbai

Trip Start Jan 18, 2012
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Trip End Mar 13, 2012


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Arrived on the horror bus this  morning couldnt find any accommodation online so jumped in a taxi and told him to take us to a guesthouse. He probably took us to the 2nd most swanky hotel in mumbai at like 15000 rupees a night (nearly 200 quid). The guard at the hotel pointed us in the direction of some guesthouses tho and as our taxi drove by some guy jumped out and stopped it from a guest house at a very reasonable 15 quid a night for a twin room. Straight out to get some breakfast and was stopped by a guy who wanted us to be an extra in a bollywood movie. Id read about it online that it was true but there were alot of scams so we were sceptical. Told him we would call him later to confirm. Started at the Taj Mahal Hotel which is supposed to rival Raffles in Singapore. I dont recon it did although it did look mint. We wernt allowed in many parts of it and tried to get to the pool but were ushered out by security. Oh yeah got ripped off by some guy on the street selling the biggest balloons ive ever seen. Found later he has sold us some smaller ones so he could come back  and try and sell us some more. Still pretty big tho. Then we got an hour boat to elephanta island which has no elephants but lots of cave sculpures. We brought a guide book for a pouund and took it in turn to be guides. 120 steps of tat shops up to the caves. I brought a pen. When we got back we went to the beach which although lonely planet said was fairly clean was the most disgusting beach i think i will ever go to. Was approached by an insane  man then some people tried to play tag with chris on the beach. One of themssas wearing a full 3 piece suit and winkle pickers to the beach. Finished the sites off with ghandis house and i didnt really know anything about him but now i know some things. His quotes reminded me of budda quotes i read at a different museum. Weird looking guy tho. Looked for some club nights but couldnt find anything so went to some famous cafe chris read about in some book. Loads of travellers met a sound guy from notts and some ozzies. Went back about midnight cuz it was like 4 quid a drink and played some grime and old skool garage to the hotel staff. Dont think they enjoyed it.
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