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Dispatches from the Front: On My Own in Mumbai

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A May 2007 trip to Mumbai by phileasfogg

Afghan Church (Church of St. John the Evangelist) Photo, Mumbai, India More Photos
Quote: A company that cuts costs. A fortnight’s work in Mumbai. And I'm wondering whether this is business trip or adventure - but the weekends are mine.

Hotel Highway Residency

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Hotel Highway Residency Photo, Mumbai, India
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My hotel cubbyhole has a little sign on the inside of the door, with a list of do's and don'ts for guests. Second on the list is something puzzling: Lady guest not allowed in the room. Okay, so what am I? Do I not count as a lady? (How insulting!) Or did I have them fooled with my jeans and shirt? Will the day I wear something more feminine result in me being asked to leave? Some deep thought, and I'm guessing it means that if you're male, you can't get in someone (don't know if you'd call that someone a lady, really) for a tumble. Which, since there are no instructions to the contrary, means that I am free to invite gentlemen to my cubbyhole. Where I'd accommodate the gentle...Read More

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Hotel Highway Residency
Lane of Chakala Cigarette Factory
Bamanwada, Mumbai, India 400099
91 2228242662

Cafe Churchill

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Restaurant | "Café Churchill"

Cafe Churchill Photo, Mumbai, India
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A colleague of mine had recommended Café Churchill, but truth to tell, I’d forgotten where she’d said it was. It’s therefore a stroke of sheer good luck that, wandering around Colaba looking for a place for lunch, I glance left – and look straight at a striking black and white portrait of Winston Churchill. Even though I end up waiting half an hour for a table (Café Churchill seats only about 35 – a tight squeeze!), I am finally forced to share a table with two young men who look vaguely leery. We studiously ignore each other, and I get down to ordering my meal. The fare at Churchill is meat-heavy. Lots of lamb, chicken, seafood – even beef. The menu (which forms a major part of the nondescript d...Read More

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Cafe Churchill
103-B, East-West Court Building, Opposite Cusrow Buag
Mumbai, India 400 001
+91 22 2284 4689

Afghan Church (Church of St. John the Evangelist)

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Attraction | "Afghan Church"

Afghan Church (Church of St. John the Evangelist) Photo, Mumbai, India
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My luck, never good at the best of times, peters out by the time I get to the Afghan Church. The map I’ve been using shows the church as being a hop, skip and jump from the Gateway of India, but after having walked a couple of kilometers, I’m sweaty, tired, fed up with the traffic, and can’t see the church anywhere in sight. Finally, at the quaint entrance to the Sassoon Docks, deep into the green, uncrowded, and military-precise environs of Navy Nagar, I hail a taxi. The cabbie, knowing only that I need to get to a church, drops me off at the Roman Catholic Church, half a kilometer or so from the Afghan Church. By the time I walk to the Afghan Church, the sky’s grey, swollen, and angry, and the churc...Read More

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Afghan Church (Church of St. John the Evangelist)
Navy Nagar, Colaba Area
South Mumbai, India

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya-Prince of Wales Museum

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Attraction | "Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya"

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya-Prince of Wales Museum Photo, Mumbai, India
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Thankfully still known as the Prince of Wales Museum, this museum dates to 1914, and is an opulently domed Indo-Saracenic building. I arrived in time for the museum’s opening (10:30am; it’s open till 6pm, closed Mondays. Tickets are Rs 15 per Indian, Rs 300 per foreigner; for foreigners, the price includes an audio guide. Camera charges are extra). Sunday, I realise soon, isn’t a good day to visit; the museum’s inundated with families, mostly with noisy toddlers in squeaky shoes. The exhibits are often poorly labelled, badly lit and ill-maintained. The Indian and Burmese silverware around the central foyer on the first floor is badly tarnished. But, despite that, there’s a lot to admire here: ...Read More

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya-Prince of Wales Museum
159/61 Mahatma Gandhi Road
Mumbai, India 400023
022 22844484

Elephanta Caves

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Attraction | "A Trip Back in Time: Elephanta Caves"

Elephanta Caves Photo, Mumbai, India
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I’ve been in Mumbai before (admittedly always with no time to spare), but visiting the Elephanta Caves has never been top priority. I’ve always been rather put off by the name; there’s something so corny about it that’s the temptation to see for myself is easily avoided. This time in Mumbai, I have a weekend all to myself, and the seedy little Mumbai City brochure in my hotel room bills it (Elephanta, not the hotel) as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hmm. Something there? So I decide to check it out for myself – in the nick of time, as it happens, since today is June 2, the monsoon is expected to arrive on June 7, and you can’t get to Elephanta all through the monsoon. I arrive at the Gate...Read More

Elephanta Caves
Gharapuri Island (Elephanta Island, Mumbai Harbor)
Mumbai, India