Posts Tagged "India"

Mumbai at Night

On the evening of March 18, 2017, we went into the city at night in order to see some of Mumbai’s major attractions. We first went to the Gateway to India, a monument built in 1911, to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai.  Then once again we saw Victoria Station which was now totally illuminated. Meandering through the busy streets there were many sights to be seen. We even came upon a large cricket field completely decorated for a wedding reception, that was to be held later that night. After we returned to the ship, we were entertained by a local Bollywood...

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Mumbai India

We docked in Mumbai, India on March 18, 2017, for another overnight stay. We started the day by traveling through the city passing by Victoria Station and the Town Hall on our way to the neighborhood of Khotachiwadi to view a cluster of Portuguese-style homes that have stood here since the late 17th century or early 18th century. Some of them have been restored to their original style. From there we went to the temple complex of Banganga—one of Mumbai’s holiest sites and the oldest surviving structure in the city. While we were there several ceremonies were taking place in the small temples...

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Mumbai, India (Day 2)

Our second day, March 20, 2015, we spent exploring some of the temples and walking the streets in the city. Flowers are an important part of the offerings in the temples, so outside of each were flower sellers and garland  makers. Our first temple was a Shiva temple called Babulnath and is one of the oldest temples in the city. Around the temple were old Victorian apartments with their cupola style chimneys. We then walked the streets to the Radha Gopinath Temple, a Krishna temple. Here the devotees were making their own flower garlands for their offerings.  While in the streets we saw many...

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Mumbai, India (Day 1)

We stopped in Mumbai, India, formally known as Bombay, on March 19, 2015, for an overnight stay. We were moored in Downtown Mumbai in Bombay Bay. We took a general tour of the city with our first stop being the  Gateway of India, the original doorway to Bombay. The famous Taj Mahal Hotel is located next to the gate on the same large square. Our tour took us past many of Mumbai’s important buildings including the Town Hall and the Victoria Terminus, the train station which is an example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture. Our next stop was at the Churchgate Railway station, where...

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Cochin, India

We arrived in India at the port of Cochin, in the state of Kerala, on March 17, 2015. The state of Kerala is known for its backwaters, so we decided to take a tour to see the local life on the waters. As we left the port area there were many cargo trucks that were highly decorated, seems that this is a tradition in this area. We drove for about hour to the town of Alleppey to board a wooden tour boat for a two and half hour trip around the backwaters of the area. There are lots of bamboo mat covered houseboats that can be rented for an overnight trip that included a captain, chef and a...

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