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Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Colaba November 16th 2014

Another v busy day. Took a ferry to Alibag which cut a 3 hour road journey to 45 mins boat ride. At the end of the jetty on arrival were lots of 'tuktuks' to take visitors onwards. It makes sense as most people don't have cars and are v cheap. Motorcycles are everywhere and we have seen whole families on one motorbike! We travelled through some villages and were able to see that the old ways still thrive. The Benei Yisrael Jews left Israel 2000 years ago after the 2nd temple was destroyed. They were shipwrecked and lost everything except for 7 couples who survived. Because they had no sefer Torah or religious books, they began to lose their Judaism. But about 1000 years ago Eliyahu Hanavi returned to earth to tell them to improve their ... read more
Magenta about synagogue in Alibag

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Colaba November 15th 2014

Mumbai is a fascinating city. A real mix of new and old, busy roads, large open spaces for leisure, nice shops and street sellers. Roads are v congested, mainly with little black and yellow cabs, motor cycles and bikes all jostling to keep moving. pedestrian crossing points are far and few between so people just walk in the road and cross whenever... Somehow it works and at least traffic keeps moving instead of having to stop at crossings! Friday we visited Elephanta Island, on the way our boat was stopped by the police twice for security checks. The island which is full of monkeys, has man made caves containing enormous carvings of Hindu gods. Made centuries ago and very impressive. On the way back we visited the magnificent Taj hotel and the Gateway to India in ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Colaba November 13th 2014

Our 9 hour BA flight passed quite pleasantly with two decent kosher meals and unlimited films. We landed at 12.20am and were at our hotel around 2am, passing the new city buildings, the shanty towns and finally those sleeping on the streets. At breakfast we came across the vegetarian green dot system which helped decide what we could eat. Then we met our guide Chitra who turns out to be a most wonderful, energetic and informative young lady who has made it a mission in her life, for reasons she doesn't understand, to specialise in jewish India tours. So today, after only 4 hours sleep and 5:30 hours lost in time zones, we were introduced to the diverse, busy, exciting city of Mumbai. We saw 4 shuls, saw how workers get their homemade lunches delivered to ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Raigad November 8th 2014

Murud, maharashtra For The Lord Ganesh holiday ( long weekend) of September 6-8 a group of teachers decided to rent a bus and head out to Murud off the western coast of India about four hours outside of Mumbai. We left Saturday morning at around 7 AM after several pickup locations ( first satellite towers then Oberoi woods and finally Elanza, my building!) The morning was chilly and wet as it had rained the night before. We rode on the highway towards South West Mumbai. The bus ride was smooth and uneventful some people slept while others were goofing around and listening to music. We stop for breakfast at McDonalds (yuk) I guess working with American teachers I have to accept their choice of food:-( they ate there while I drank coffee and took some photos ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai November 3rd 2014

This is going to be a short one, as the title suggests, I only stopped one night. Mumbai is basically fucking London's buildings with Indian roads Inbetween, not really too much to do either apart from sit in coffee shops, if I wanted to sit in a western coffee shop in a western city I'd still be at home! Fuck Mumbai. Not only this, but nowhere has wifi! For a city so western it's ridiculous that you can't get wifi! The fuck. I stop in the red salvation hostel, dorm room 350rs, welcome to Mumbai. The hostel is near the Taj Mahal hotel where the 2008 Mumbai attacks were, and a restaurant nearby "Leopolds" is also where people got shot, I'm staying away from there, apparently they sell the fact that there are bullet holes there ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Pune » Bhimashankar October 14th 2014

It was my Birthday; and both, me and Rahul - my husband were on leave. Rahul had his secret plans ready for the Day. So we all set from Home on bike, me being unaware where we were travelling that day. We traveled our way through Nashik Highway, so I thought whether he is taking me to my Mother’s home in Nashik….??? But, at Rajgurunagar we turned towards Left, and here I came to know we are going to some other place. We traveled through the small villages & Chas Kaman Dam towards Bhimashankar. Route to Bhimasankar is a diversion from Pune-Nashik highway. Till rajgurunagar (from Pune) the road will be good after that you can't expect a smooth ride. The route was very beautiful;... The drive to Bhimashankar is splendid. You are greeted with various ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Aurangabad September 19th 2014

Aurangabad had been on my mind since quite some time as I wanted to explore Ajanta - Ellora caves (World Heritage Sites). Had always only heard about it but never got a chance to visit it. So, with help of some travel blogs and trip advisor reviews, we planned for our Aurangabad Visit from 22nd - 23rd - 24th February 2014. It takes about 5 hours travel to reach from Pune , so we decided to catch a overnight bus from Nigdi (Located about 20Kms away from Pune) . After booking AC sleeper bus tickets from Redbus, we caught a bus at 10:30 PM from Nigdi. After a comfortable ride, we reached Aurangabad city around 6:30 AM and checked in Hotel Oberoi near Osmanpur Circle. Hotel Oberoi is a very basic clean hotel which seems to ... read more
Ellora Caves
Ellora Caves
Ellora Caves

Asia » India » Maharashtra August 14th 2014

Day 27 exploring Mumbai We ventured out into Chembur this morning. We agreed we should go for an Indian breakfast as we haven't had one for a while! We settled for Dosa. I had cheese dosa, and Jude masala dosa. A coffee each.. And all was well! We set off in a taxi to explore Colaba area of Mumbai. We got dropped off at The Gate of India. It was built for King George and Queen Mary. It was such a busy area, with so any sights to see, we decided to get a guide and taxi to take us round. The next stop was the Dhobi Ghat, Washing Laundry, the biggest open laundry in Asia. I have to say, a real eye opener! So much laundry in one place is pretty amazing! My thought were, ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Bandra August 13th 2014

Things I Did In Mumbai (Please scroll down to see all the photos) Go see a Bollywood movie: Check Smoke out with The Baba: Check Star in a Bollywood Movie: Check It was nice seeing you Mumbai, but now I'm moving on. Or maybe a little more explanation is in order, here it goes. 1) Go See a Bollywood Movie So I'm hanging out in Mumbai with 2 girls, Belgium and Dutch on a Saturday and they are looking to shop a bit so then we stop in an upscale restaurant to eat. They have an expansive menu, American food, Chinese food, Indian food, Lebanese food, and one other kind I can't recall right now. Trinh, the Dutch girl brings up a fact from Kitchen Nightmares that a place that has everything probably can't do anything ... read more
Trinh getting ready for her Bollywood debut.
Trinh & Thali out for drinks.
On the way to the temple

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Pune August 11th 2014

I have a contact in Pune. Well, my mother has a contact in Pune. Well my mother has a friend who has a sister in Pune. Her name is Pushpa. And this Sunday Pushpa had arrange for me to have lunch with her and her family at the Phoenix Mall, one of the biggest flashest malls in Pune, so big and flash you could forget you were in Pune, and perhaps that was its attraction, as no one seemed to do any buying there, just lots of walking around imbibing the alternate reality of malldom. Kiran was Pushpa’s daughter and she and her friend Shinie had come to pick me up to meet her parents at the mall. We made pleasant chit chat in the car but once out of her brick red Ford Ecosport I ... read more
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