We have now left Dubai and have arrived in Mumbai. Immediately I felt a sense of relief to be back somewhere I was familiar with and did not feel like Disney World. It was great to be back, it has been two years since we were last here but it seemed like only yesterday that we had left. Our taxi journey took about an hour from the airport to the hotel, and I noticed many new additions to the city, first of which was the very swish new airport. On our journey it was good to see some old familiar favourites too like Chowpatty beach, Marine Drive, driving through Dada district we also passed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai’s magnificent railway station, somehow it felt like we had arrived home, and our holiday was just beginning. So with bags duly dropped at hotel it was off for a nice cold glass of Kingfisher at a fraction of the cost of the one in Dubai.
Well our next trip is rapidly approaching, and after booking our flights way back in January and spending endless pleasurable hours planning we have just three weeks to go before our grand tour of India. This is not our first trip to this amazing country, in fact its our third, but it is our first in which we are embarking on such a large-scale tour. It all started like I said way back in January 2014 when me and my travelling companions decided that we should visit India again. initially we were looking into first visiting Nepal then onto India but the flight costs from India into Nepal were almost as much as from the UK, so it was decided to just stick to India “We do get carried away on our initial planning stages, the countries always seem very close when you look at a map”. We are flying with Emirates, and as we are changing flights in Dubai before our onward journey to Mumbai we thought it we would take the opportunity to stop over, so our itinery is as follows. Dubai, Mumbai, Jaipur Ranthambore National Park, Agra, Delhi, Cochin in Kerala, Bangalore, Mysore, Hospet to visit the Hampi temple complex then back to Mumbai for a couple of nights before our flight back home. We are away for 32 days so it should be a good trip.