the Marriott Mumbai
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oh yes. Living the dream. So we finsihed the tour in Goa - moving from the last hotel on the tour to a small beach resort of about 10 rooms which had opened that day. We were the first customers - so we got the twin rooms for only 250 a room (3 pounds) split between us!! nice.
these were right on the beach and that was great - with the best continental style food we had eaten in India and the cheapest drinks at about 40pence. But it started to rain - unfortunately when u finally get on the beach - and so we were a bit disappointed. Stories on Goa and the weird hippies we met there (mainly ex-cons from Basildon) will follow under a seperate entry.
but anyway i got sick of sitting in the monsoon drinking rum and coke - so me and the other 3 remainders from the tour - two irish guys and an australian girl - headed up to mumbai on the plane.
need to get my flight to kashmir at 5am - and i have seen rush hour in india back in bangalore. it is literally a stand still. madness. so we decided to pick a hotel really near the airport - 3miles away. but this is india - and that took us an hour to get to. it is the Ganesh festical at the moment - which made it even slower - with masses of parades celebrating the God. the festical has been on 5 days now and lasts another 6 and has been terrorising us with closed facilities - traffic and masses of anarchist indians throwing fire crackers and fireworks everywhere.
so we pulled up at the marriott - which was in the lonely planet as about 160dollars a night. uh uh. we get here and it looks pretty imposing. the taxi is stopped for sniffer dogs to check for bombs! nice. and the drive way is elaborately decorated with fountains and garden features which made us in our tacky travellers ware look so so out of place. We got a room for about 250pounds. and the night before i was paying 1pound 50! this is an ideal example of the contrast in India. its mad. and the room was an executive room - so we get the most luxurious room i have ever seen in my life - with full windows overlooking the three heated lit pools arranged with in pool seating overlooking the beach.
i had had bad reports of mumbai - but from the little i saw of the city - it looked like all other ones but actually a lot better than Chennai.
Well - tomorrow its back to the cockroach infested pound a night rooms. but i have had good reports on Kashmir and am really looking forward to it. Will fill you in soon! x