Day 1 (27-9-2011), Tuesday
Day 2 (28-9-2011), Wednesday
It was Ghatasthapana day, which did not lure us much, which would have if we were back at home. We took rikshaw up to Sunauli and crossed the NEPAL-INDIA border on foot. Had thought many evils about border security guards but I did not experience any such incidents nor I saw any traces of fear and insecurity.
We hired a TATA Indica upto Gorakhpur Railway Station. It took us about 3 and ½ an hour to reach Gorakhpur. We happened to meet two interesting characters on the way to Gorakhpur. A man and his wife, man worked for Nepal Police and was sending his wife on working visa to Saudi Arabia through illegal way from India.
Our train arrived the station, we walked up to our compartment i.e., AC Tire 3, B2-25, 28. I must say Train was so neat and clean. I liked it inside train. Luckily two Nepali faces entered our compartment. Two ladies-I felt nice to have companion from my country. So did him. But contrary to our expectation, the taller looking lady was rude and from her telephone conversation I doubt if she was taking the other lady, Kanchi (she screamed at her saying this name) to Mumbai to the red light area. I was not sure but I sensed smell of human-trafficking there. She did not allow Kanchi to interact with us, nor did she allow her to stay in her berth without curtain on. So we could not find much about them.
The railway staff brought dinner for us, which we ordered for half an hour earlier, we ate dinner and slept. As we woke up early morning at 5 AM, we were on a bridge over the GANGA, in Kanpur. We bowed our head to Ganga.
Day 3 (29-9-2011), Thursday
|Enjoying outside view from Train|
|Mumbai in early morning|
|Gateway of India, Mumbai|
Mumbai- I found it huge, rich and lavish. It was early morning about 6:30AM; Mumbai had not waked up yet, when we reached Central Mumbai. We decided to go to see the Gateway of India directly. The walking distance from CST to the Gateway of India was just 30 minutes. The Gateway of India and The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel face each other on the bank of the huge Arabian Sea. The Gateway of India was built on 1911 and The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel was built 21 years before the Gateway of India. Colourful ferries in Arabian Sea in the early morning looked beautiful.
|Hotel Taj and Gateway of India|
|Street which took to our hotel|
|'Jalsa', Mr. Bachchan's house|
|'Mannat' King Khan's House|
We reached Bandra Stand, and Mr. King Khan’s House stood just infront of us as I got off the bus. Written ‘Mannat, Lands End’ on the wall. Many fans were already there. They were taking snaps infront of the house. I thought to talk to SRK’s guard first. I peek inside from the window of Guard’s House. There were SRK’s posters all over the wall. I talked to his guard and told him to convey my message to SRK. The guard was very friendly, he suggested me to write a letter to him and he would give that to SRK. I was very happy just to think that SRK would read my letter, I wrote a letter and gave it to him. We found that nearby there was a Bandra Fort. We went there; found that it might be the most popular dating spot in Mumbai. We saw couple everywhere. Busy and lost in their world. We enjoyed the scenery and the sea.
We took bus back to Bandra and a train to Mahalaxmi Station. We were now heading towards Haji Ali Darga and Mahalaxmi Temple. It was about 1 hour walk from railway station to Haji Ali. We bowed our head from outside to Haji Ali Darga and move towards Mahalaxmi Temple. It was 7 PM when we took back bus to Colaba, where our hotel was. We went to hotel, freshened up and again came out for dinner. As I explained earlier, Mumbai was glittering at night. I simply loved it. I almost fell in love with Mumbai. Mumbai is best for street shoppers. You can find everything on the street, clothes, shoes, bags, jewelleries and accessories, souvenirs etc. Chinese products were also commonly seen on street shops, similar to Kathmandu.
We had dinner and for the last time we went to watch the Gateway of India, The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. They seemed beautiful at night on the electric light.
|Street Market in Colaba|
That was the last evening in Mumbai, next day we had early morning train to GOA. We talked to ourselves that the two days and two nights were not enough to explore this beautiful city. We missed many things, but also were happy because we lived two beautiful days in Mumbai. Thank you Mumbai for adding such a memorable days in our lives.