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johnuyeno loves Bombay because 7/10. +decent for a big town, +many conveniences, +modern, +bookstores, airport, food, a/c, -terroristy, -minimal budget accom.
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jjlaine hates Bombay because The beggars are more aggressive than in Africa!
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What is Bombay
Mumbai, earlier known as Bombay, is the largest city in India and the capital of Maharashtra state. Mumbai was originally a conglomeration of 7 islands on the Konkan coastline which over time were joined to form the island city of Bombay. The island was in turn joined with the neighbouring island of Salsette to form Greater Bombay. The city has an estimated metropolitan population of 17 million (2005), making it one of the largest cities in the world. Mumbai is also one of India's largest port cities and looms large as the commercial capital of India. Mumbai's nature as the most eclectic and cosmopolitan Indian city is symbolised in the presence of Bollywood within the city, the centre of the globally-influential Hindi film and TV industries.
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About Bombay elsewhere
"An approval for the reclamation was sought from the directors of the East India Company in England and Hornby expected it to be approved and proceeded on with the reclamation without official permission."
"Within 20 years, the presidency of the East India Company was transferred to Bombay from Surat, and the town soon became the trading headquarters for the whole west coast of India."
"In 1857 a rebellion in north India led by mutinous Indian soldiers caused the British parliament to transfer all political power from the East India Company to the Crown."
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"They handed over the largest island to the English in 1661, as part of the dowry when the Portuguese infanta Catherine of Braganza married Charles II; four years later Charles received the remaining islands and the port, and the town took on the anglicized name of Bombay from the Portuguese "Buan Bahia" or Good Bay."
"The Portuguese took the area over from the Sultan of Gujarat in 1534, and then gave it away as a wedding present to Charles II of England in 1661 when he married Catherine of Braganza."
"The Portuguese did little to develop them before the major island of the group was included in Catherine of Braganza's dowry when she married England's Charles II in 1661."
The best way to get by in suburban Bombay on the roads is to hop onto a rickshaw or a tuk tuk. Although these three wheelers look unsafe they are the fastest way of commuting via road. However they are not allowed towards the southern part of Bombay or the old Bombay as it stands. There you have to either get used to rickety looking taxis that move surprisingly fast .
About places near Bombay
pawan1981 from India wrote about Sagar Vihar 5 years, one month ago
This place is filled with youngsters in the evenings... It opens up in Vashi Creek. Earlier there were hovercrafts plying between Sagar Vihar and Gateway of India.
About food, there are these great chaat-walas that stand on the pavement right outside the garden, you get yummy bhel puri, sev puri, pani puri and ice creams, sandwitches etc.
There is restaurant by the name of Chenab which over looks the garden with lovely terrace. Its a punjabi joint and the food is just awesome. A little expensinve but worth the price. Make you make a reservation before going there. There there is Kobe's Sizzlers in on the ground floor, expensive but again great
But my pick is still the super spicy sev puri...
jjlaine from Finland wrote about Mumbai Cst 3 years, 5 months ago
The Konkan Express train from Mumbai to Madgaon, Goa leaves from CST. Don't mess the CST with Central Station like we did. :P
The train no. 0111 starts its huge V12 engine every evening about 11pm. The journey takes about 12 hours (was 1 hrs late when leaving, 3 hrs when arriving) and scenery through a small window is pretty enjoyable as soon as the sun rises. If you don't mind staying in a 2nd class 3-tier AC sleeper, you can book tickets online one week before!
tripsay from Finland wrote about Leopold Cafe 3 years, 5 months ago
Like a local taxi driver puts it: "LOL! It's where all travelers go. Very popular!" That's exactly what Leopold Cafe is. Packed with people, mostly travelers. Even when full, the customer flow in and out is very smooth. You can walk through windows as there are no doors.
The atmosphere is somewhat exotic yet simultanelously reminds you of some Southern European beach resort with fillable beer taps on your table. The menu has no big surprises. It's basic food from all over the world. The idea of this institution is to meet fellow travelers. Have a piece of calm and easy western lifestyle in the middle of the Mumbai Chaos. Go there for the feeling itself - not for the food!
If you want to see a stupid grin on a local's face, just ask anybody who this famous Leopold was. They have absolutely no idea.
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