Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Winter Break Part IV: Mumbai

From Jaipur, we took an overnight train to Mumbai. We stayed in the heart of the tourist district - Colaba. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the city. The parts we ventured around seemed very metropolitan and unexpectedly calm and organized compared to the chaos of Delhi. We spent the first day seeing sights around our hotel: the famous Taj hotel, the Gateway of India, and Marine Drive. The next day we took the ferry to Elephanta Island (famous for caves, not for elephants), saw the Modern Art Museum, and met up with some other Woodstock friends in the evening. The last day, we ventured out to northern neighborhoods and ended up meeting up with some Woodstock students. Overall, I really enjoyed the city and would gladly return. It was quite a treat to be in a metropolis. Oh, of course, we also saw a bollywood movie at a huge theater. You can't go to Mumbai without enjoying a little bollywood.

Mumbai is a funnier place due to the amount of street-sellers trying to sell "big balloons." I love it when they get your attention by slapping the balloon really hard.

Cricket in front of the University of Mumbai.

Public art display on Marine Drive.

The Taj Hotel (the one that was bombed last year) and The Gateway of India from our ferry. Our hotel was just behind the Taj.

Enjoying the view of the city from the ferry. (Photo credit: Laura)

A group photo at Elephanta Island. I couldn't resist...they just looked so spiffy!

Morning walk along Chowpatty Beach.

View from Malabar Hills

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