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Glimpses of Mumbai – By Night

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An August 2006 trip to Mumbai by phileasfogg

Hotel Blue Diamond Photo, Mumbai, India More Photos
Quote: A 3-day business trip took me to Mumbai, and 8 hours of work a day doesn’t leave much room for sightseeing. But Mumbai is a city that thrives even at night.

Glimpses of Mumbai – By Night

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Overview

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Mumbai means many things to many people. It’s the city of dreams, a magnet for millions hoping to make it big in every industry from textiles and software to cinema. It’s the city that’s home to Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum. A city where an obscenely promiscuous display of wealth exists right beside what can be termed only as grinding poverty. It can be, as an Aussie friend flying in from Melbourne said, "A culture shock. I didn’t know what hit me."And yet- Mumbai can be charming, exciting, friendly. Its restaurants and pubs are among the best in India, it actually possesses a nightlife (unlike Delhi, which more or less downs shutters by midnight), and though the sights are few, they’re good....Read More

Hotel Blue Diamond

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Hotel

Hotel Blue Diamond Photo, Mumbai, India
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My client’s office was in Vashi, and if I’d stayed in Mumbai city, I’d have spent at least four hours daily travelling to and from the office. So I had to find a hotel in Vashi- and the two hotels my client suggested were both booked up. No room at all. A colleague mentioned the Blue Diamond Hotel, but admitted he didn’t know if it was any good. But beggars can’t be choosers, and I booked a single room, airconditioned, at the Blue Diamond.My misgivings began as soon as I stepped in. The reception was tiny and dingy, the lift shielded by those ancient `pull to one side’ iron grills. My room, which was on the third floor and overlooked the extremely noisy and crowded street, was small. The double bed...Read More

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Hotel Blue Diamond
Sector 28, Vashi, Navi Mumbai
Mumbai, India
022 27897611

Café Mondegar

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Restaurant

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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I’d been to Café Mondegar (or Mondy’s, as those in the know refer to it) 13 years ago, when I’d been in college. A bunch of college pals dragged me off to Mondy’s, to an evening consisting largely of beer, wet coasters and great Irish coffee. Finding myself in Mumbai—even though I was 2 hours away from Colaba Causeway—I couldn’t resist the temptation to make my way to Mondy’s again. No friends, no beer (I have to admit, I’m not a beer fan), but perhaps a bit of nostalgia, at any rate.I entered just past 8 in the evening, and blinked in dismay when I saw the inside: people were packed like sardines. The jukebox, which I’d forgotten, was belting out everything from The House of the Rising Sun ...Read More

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Café Mondegar
Colaba Causeway
Mumbai, India
+91 (22) 020591

Gateway of India

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Attraction

Gateway of India Photo, Mumbai, India
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If there’s one sight that’s almost representative of Mumbai, it’s the Gateway of India. Not the prettiest or the most impressive of monuments in India, but definitely one of the best-known. The Gateway of India stands sentinel, perched at an awkward angle on the edge of the land. A low parapet—with uncomfortable narrow stone benches built all along it—surrounds the basalt Gateway on three sides, with a wide gap on the seaward side, where a flight of broad steps leads down to where the murky waters of the Arabian Sea wash the lowest stairs. This is where large and shabby boats offer cruises around the harbour; and this is where families from all across India, babies, and grandparents and toddlers in to...Read More

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Gateway of India
Waterfront At Wellington Pier
South Mumbai, India

Mumbai by Myself

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Story/Tip

The colonial buildings in the heart of Mumbai Photo, Mumbai, India
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It’s just a little past 6.30pm. The sun’s setting, and I, after a 20-minute autorickshaw ride from my client’s plush office, have managed to make it to Vashi station. It’s been raining during the day, and the station is dark, muddy, and wet. Involuntarily, I find myself comparing it to the Metro stations, clean and uncrowded, in Delhi. This place looks, in comparison, horrendous. There are no signs to indicate which trains come and go from which platforms. There don’t seem to be any helpful employees I can ask. And all around me there’s a madly rushing crowd of people, racing towards the trains. It’s rush hour. And rush hour, on the Mumbai Local, isn’t a nice time. But my guardian angel ...Read More