My brother lived in Mumbai, India for 3 years so I went to visit him. I have so many stories and facts about India which I found out and I will never get over the culture shock! I have tried to get some interesting pictures together, each with their own story. Below is the Taj Mahal Hotel right next to the Gateway of India. We had afternoon tea there and it was amazing! I love this shot, we went on a magical mystery tour around the city and down a back alley, away from any tourists I saw the every day life of the people of Mumbai. This was right next to a huge slum which was just fascinating to see!The Victoria Terminus (VT) station – you may have seen this in Slumdog Millionaire – one of my favourite films of all time! Click here to see the advert. This picture is not very clear which upsets me as it is the same platform they perform the final scene to the film on. The dancing at the end makes me so happy, the final scene is just amazing. See it here – this shows the dancing on the platform pictured too.
The soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire is simply phenomenal. I have so much love for this film – sorry, rant over!
A rather ironic name…An ex-pat bar by the beach. We were there from mid afternoon until well into the night – and the bar tab at the end was soooooo cheap! I forgot about the exchange rate and on an inital look I nearly had a heart attack!
Inside the Taj Mahal hotel for afternoon tea – out of this world!This was a sunday Expat day which they hold in a bar near my brother’s house. Basically every sunday you arrive for lunch and pay £15 per head for all you can eat, all you can drink for the whole day. We all had an amazing time apart from my other brother who had food poisoning – they did however go out and buy tablets for him as part of the service.
Speaking of service, their taxi service puts England to shame! The taxi driver picked us us from our house in the morning and drove us to the restaurant, he waited outside for 6 hours and then took us home again. All for £15 or something ridiculous! Another Expat bar on the beach…The main beach by my brother’s house. Not really a beach for sunbathing or for women but they all go there for a wash and to go to the toilet (!) from the local slums. Such an amazing sight though!Here is our lovely waiter – it was my brother’s Birthday while we were there so we went out for an amazing dinner – of course it was super cheap! I loved every minute and seeing the slums in real life was an experience I will never forget. They don’t have ‘rich’ and ‘poor’ areas in Mumbai, it is all mixed up so the slums are dotted all around. The biggest Slum in India was near to my brother and I saw some of the outskirts.
Amazing facts about this slum:
- 78% of Mumbai population lives in the slum
- there are 20,925 people per sq km in the slum