Monday, May 21
The visit to Mumbai began by being treated to a lavish dinner at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai by Sukanti Ghosh. Not only did we eat great food, but we also learned a great deal about India’s history, political and economic climate. The managing director of APCO India, he was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating.
Tuesday, May 22nd
After our late arrival and dinner the night before, our day in Mumbai was warmly welcomed. Half of the day was spent on a tour while we had the rest of it to ourselves. Mumbai is a hustling and bustling city. While New Delhi is India’s political center, Mumbai is the economic and cultural capital. Home to the world famous Bollywood, it was energetic and non-stop.
Our first stop on the tour was at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. Known as the Prince of Wales Museum, it houses many of India’s national treasures and historical artifacts. These ranged from modern art to rare pieces such as Emperor Akbar’s personal armor. We also saw the Gateway of India, Victoria Terminus, walked in the Mumbai Gardens and visited where Ghandi stayed during his time in the city.
In the evening we all went our separate ways. The the girls had an exciting night on the town as well. After first shopping for scarves and other accessories, someone bought a drum, later traded it for other merchandise and finally concluded the night by learning on the "elephant god," Ganesha.
We left Fariyas Hotel at 2 a.m. for our 6 a.m. flight to Istanbul sleepy but excited about the next part of our journey.