My first journey to South Asia started in Singapore on-board Jet Airways flight to Mumbai in the incredible country of India. The flight took over five hours under bad weather condition and my most worrisome flight ever. Luckily, the weather in Mumbai is as gloriously fine when we landed.
Experience in Mumbai India
We stayed in a Hotel near the ‘Gateway of India’ which is really a surprising and unexpected architecture to see in this country. First, I didn’t have any Idea that Mumbai is so Westernized and really influenced by the British in terms of structural design. Not only the old buildings but also the newly built ones were based on the traditional British structures and the ambiance feels like in Europe. You can even feed the pigeons around which is something that I cannot do in my hometown as they are considered pets and people put them in the cage.
Going around Mumbai is not so difficult. You can stroll for sightseeing, take their black and yellow ‘Mr. Bean’ taxi which will only cost you less than 50 Rupees or take their famous train which I didn’t do. First of all when you arrived in the station, you don’t need to walk inside the train. You can be inside in a snap because the crowd will just push you in. The architecture of the station itself is amazing though. They call it VT Station or Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
Well it was not easy to find a shopping mall in the hotel where I stayed. The closes shopping area is Colaba where you can shop just along the street with great bargains and really cheap items. I was able to buy lots of souvenirs worth Rs. 1,000 which is around USD 20 only. If you are looking for a shopping mall then you need to take a taxi and go to Inorbit Mall, High Street Phoenix, Atria Mall and Oberoi Mall just to name a few.
In terms of food, you will be able to find Western food around Mumbai as well. But if you want to experience the real India, then you should try some Indian food. Their curry looks scary but it is really tasty. If you don’t like spices then you can dine in McDonald’s that serves McChicken, the only food which has no curry in their menu.
All in all, this Mumbai trip was really fun. The architecture, food, shopping and before I forget, the MEDICINES. Yes you are right! You can buy cheap medications in Mumbai, prescription and non-prescription ones. So if you are in maintenance medicine, better check out their pharmacy and grab it from there.