Posted by: Gary Guertin | March 28, 2017

27. World Cruise–Mumbai (Bombay), India–Mar. 18-19, 2017

I’m posting several in the same day, so start with Singapore 2 – 2nd Day below.

Hi All, (Written Mar. 20, 2017)

Several of you have heard of our view of Mumbai, since we spent five days there in March of 2010 after a cruise from Buenos Aires, around Africa and ending in Mumbai, flying home from there after our stay.  I will only say it was/is not our favorite port in the world and in no way where we going to get off the ship and visit it again.  But knowing that some of you would be interested anyway in seeing/hearing a little bit about one of the largest cities in the world, I dug out some of my comments and photos from our 2010 visit.

Here’s a few of the photos from today, taken from the ship:

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To top thinks off, even though we has a shuttle bus to the main gate, look where they docked the ship:

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As in 2010, my photos are not hazy, it’s the smog that covers the city although it does not appear as bad as it was years ago.

Now here is my opening to my blog in 2010:

" Let’s start out by understanding the history and geography of Mumbai (Bombay). First India is only about 1/3 the size of Europe, yet its more than one billion people represent fully 1/6 of the world’s population. Mumbai is the most populous Indian city with about 17 million people, making it the sixth largest metropolitan area in the world (today my port history says it’s the world’s fourth most populous with nearly 12 million people???). Its history stems from Hindu/Muslim rulers until the 16th century when the Portuguese sailors established trading centers along the coast. Of course later it came under centuries of British colonial rule, until its independence. Mumbai got its colonial name" Bombay" from the Portuguese "Bom Bahia", meaning Good Bay. The Portuguese later changed it to Bombaim, but the British anglicized it to Bombay when they gained possession. The name was officially changed from Bombay to Mumbai in 1995. The name Mumbai is a mixture of Hindu words. Hinduism is the main faith, but you can find almost every other among its people. Mumbai was built upon 7 islands, which today form the cities seven districts. An extended land reclamation program has linked the seven islands together to form a peninsula. It has the largest port in Western India and is 14 miles long by about 5 miles wide."

The "Gateway to India" was built to commemorate the visit of King George to India in 1911. This waterfront monument sits on a large plaza in front one of the most famous hotels in the world, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower. This is the hotel we stayed in on our 2010 visit:

11. Taj Mahal Palace Hotel & Gateway to India

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The contrast between beautiful buildings:

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and the slums:

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The cities central laundry:

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Susy shopping in 2010:

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and Susy with our Hostess at the hotel:

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Some people love India, but Susy and I only have experienced Mumbai and for us once was enough.

From India we sail for our next port, Muscat, Oman, Mar. 22, 2017.  Until then:

Love You All,

Gary (alias Gagu)

P.S. Ship’s Port Signs:

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