Marvelous Mumbai (April 3, 2012)

Day 1 – Mumbai

After a night of rest and a breakfast fit for a champ I headed out into Mumbai with the help of Sachin, a private tour guide I arranged through the Taj Vivanta. He was an amazing driver and very proud of Mumbai. We headed out on a busy hot day with lots of traffic, honking drivers and dare devil jaywalkers.

My first stop was Gandhi’s house/museum where he lived from 1917 to 1934. It’s a simple three story house with a great collection of photos, letters, posters and personal items. The second floor is split between a display of where Gandhi slept and fasted and the other half is a series of miniature dioramas illustrating his life and the struggle for India’s independence.

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After Gandhi’s house I made my way up to the Hanging Gardens on top of Malabar Hill. Everything was in full bloom and I saw some nice views of Mumbai and the harbor.

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I’m always a fan of a good boat ride so took the hour long ferry to Elephant Island to view the caves. I was greeted by an adorable group of monkeys hiking up to the caves.

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The caves did not disappoint and were full of old Indian sculptures carved right into the cave walls.

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One the way back to the boat I ran into this guy. He was big and I don’t think I’ve been this close to a cow without a fence between us.

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I took the hour long boat ride back to the mainland passing by a rainbow of docked ferries and enjoyed watching the sunset on the Gateway of India.

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