Monday, February 2, 2009

February 2, 2008

Steven met Angela Friday February 1st in the Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) airport. After searching through hundreds of people we finally found our hotel taxi.

Fifteen million people live in Mumbai. "Mumbai is the world's most populous metropolis. The city is located on an island with a deep natural harbour and is the nation's commercial capital. It is located on the west coast of India and is the capital of the state of Maharashtra.The name was officially changed from Bombay to Mumbai in 1995, but the former name is still popularly used."

We've constructed the highlights of our 2 day tour below:

Steven at Guhu Beach. Gateway of India which is Mumbai's most prominnet ladmark. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911.

Steven at the "Hanging Gardens" named because it is laid on a slope of a hill, placed above a water reservoir. The terrace garden provides a panoramic view of the city and and breathtaking sunsets. The Haji Ali Shrine is located along the coast in the middle of the sea. The mosque is only approachable during low tide because during high tide, especially in the monsoon season, the entire pathway leading to the mosque gets covered by the sea. The mosque is dedicated to the saint Haji Ali.

Dhobi Ghaat is known as the "common man's laundry". The traditional method in of hand washing clothes still widely accepted in Mumbai today for the middle class man. This age old system still persists in thisday and age where new age technolody has embraced the whole world.

Angela and the statue or head of Gandhi. Mani Bhavan is where Gandhi resided between the year 1917 until 1934. Now a museum, possess all his belongings.

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