Visiting Bombay (Mumbai) – the Victorian City

Hungary-icon  In Hungarian – Egy Utazásmániás Tyúk Naplója: Rövid látogatás Bombay-ben (Mumbaiban), a viktoriánus városban

Some years ago I was in India, I wrote here in a previous post about it (The Road full of Rebel Monkeys and Pilgrims in Jaipur, India).

During the roundtrip I visited Mumbai (Bombay) too. The official name of the City was Bombay till 1995. I personally find this name more exotic than Mumbai…
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We flew to Mumbai by Air India in the afternoon and I expected the same metropolis feeling like in Delhi. From the plane we even could see the biggest slum ever, paper houses, poverty…

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Paper houses

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Mumbai was even worse than Delhi. The taxi driver took us to our hotel, this was the worst during our stay, damp in the room, but the location was good, the Victoria Terminus was in the nearby. I think in Mumbai one day is way enough to see everything. It is a really huge city, but the sights worth see are just a few. The estimated city population is 18 million, it is the 9th most populous city in the World. Expect a crowd everywhere…

We started at the Victoria Terminus, it is called Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus now. What a pity, the Victoria Terminus sounded better (my name is Victoria too:)). It is a historic railway station and an UNESCO World Heritage Site, built in 1887 in Gothic Style. Looks awesome from the outside, inside not that awesome…
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Then we took a taxi for 1000Rs for the whole day and came the Dhobi Ghat, the biggest open-air laundry of the World. The washers, known as Dhobis, work in the open to wash the clothes from Mumbai’s hotels and hospitals.
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After that we went to the Marine Drive and visited the Chowpatty Beach. It is the dirtiest and most polluted beaches in the World. Don’t even try to bring your towel to lie onto it or don’t even try to come in swimming suite intending to swim in the water…
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And the last sights we visited were the Taj Mahal Hotel and Gateway of India.

The Gateway of India was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai in 1911. They only saw a cardboard model because the construction did not begin till 1915…

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It is built next to the Taj Mahal Hotel, which is a 5 star hotel , it has more than 600 rooms and suites.
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I must say that the weather was so hot and humid, we couldn’t walk there so it was good we took a taxi. There are big distances and no rickshaws o similar like in Delhi , strange, only taxis but thousands of them…

I honestly expected more from this city based on the history, what I have heard about it etc. Never mind but in our roundtrip Delhi-Agra-Jaipur-Jodhpur-Mumbai-Varanasi this is the one I remember the least… As I wrote 1 day is enough here.

So enjoy the pictures…

Vicky

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  1. haha yeah mumbai is definitely not the most sanitary place in the world…but i still would recommend it because its so rich with history!! and the food i loveeee the food hehe

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