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June 30, 2011

Gateway of India

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The Gateway of India is right across the street from the Royal Taj Mahal Hotel and Taj Towers so it was worth a look.  As a monument it is impressive, but the history of it is lacking.  According to Wikipedia, the Gateway of India was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay, prior to the Delhi Durbar, in December 1911.  Also the last British troops to leave India, passed through the Gateway in a ceremony on 28 February 1948 which is sort of cool.

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June 30, 2011

Bombay Baby

No one calls it Mumbai.  Entering this modern gateway to the west, with its skyscrapers, somewhat organized transportation, and an increased hustle was a welcome change. We met up with some friends and close family and tried to get into as much trouble as possible at night.  During the day we explored Colaba and enjoyed the sight–not the smell–of the Arabian Sea.

One of the highlights of this leg was riding the train from West Bandra, the suburb where we stayed, into Churchgate–the train station from Slum Dog Millionaire and entry to Colaba–in the center of downtown.

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