Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai – a unique experience

A wonderful experience!

Fine Eating

IMG_0061_2IMG_0015

A night at the Taj Mahal Palace heritage hotel, is more like a themed experience than just a night’s nice accommodation.  From the hope of a possible upgrade, to the showmanship of Viren, on the heritage tour of the hotel’s history, to just enjoying the ambiance of  a hotel with such an iconic place in Mumbai’s identity, it’s all great fun.

IMG_0034_2IMG_0035_2

IMG_0028_2IMG_0027_2

Also, the longer spent there, the more you find a genuine commitment to the personal needs of guests, which is truly lovely.

IMG_0055_2IMG_0054_2

The downsides are the significant cost and also a reluctance to leave the hotel and miss out on anything. It deserves full attention, so best timed after major sightseeing.

Rooms start at about $AUS 254 (Sat/Sun) for a city view in the newer Tower Wing.

IMG_0036_2IMG_0025_2

While this might miss out on some of the atmosphere of the older historic Palace Wing (Luxury Grande Rooms start at $AUS 396 (Sat/Sun)for…

View original post 316 more words

Advertisements
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mumbai’s morning street scenes and markets by bike

Fine Eating

IMG_0020IMG_0002

It is a very special and peaceful feeling to cruise Mumbai’s early morning street scenes and markets, by bike on a Reality Tours and Travel’s bike tour. Sadly Sassoon Dock is closed in monsoon season, but a few fish sellers still conduct business outside the gate. For about $Aus 22 per person, it includes a delicious breakfast at Kailash Prabat Restaurant at the end of the tour. The dal pakwan is fantastic !!(Chick pea dal with crispy chapatis).

IMG_0022IMG_0004IMG_0005IMG_0006IMG_0027IMG_0028IMG_0029IMG_0031IMG_0011IMG_0033IMG_0013IMG_0035IMG_0015IMG_0037IMG_0017IMG_0039IMG_0019IMG_0042

View original post

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mumbai Street Food Tour – Reality Tours and Travel

The kulfi at Chowpatty beach is amazing!

Fine Eating

IMG_0006_2IMG_0024_2Chowpatty Beach

IMG_0003_2 Sev Puri

Sev Puri has an interesting balance of sweet, salty, tart and spicy flavors, and different textures as well, including crispy and crunchy from the fried sev thin noodles. It also s includes tomatoes, onions, chillis as well as tamarind.

IMG_0004_2IMG_0002_2

Pani Puri has similar sweet, tart, salty and spicy flavours but in a liquid form in a crisp shell.

IMG_0005_2IMG_0007_2

Pao Bahji at Chowpatty Beach (mashed vegetables, red chilli and spices cooked with plenty of butter, scooped up and eaten with the fresh Pao bread bun)

IMG_0025_2IMG_0008_2

Kulfi at Chowpatty Beach (an ‘ice cream’ made with condensed milk, delicious!)

IMG_0009_2IMG_0021_2            Bendi Bazaar

IMG_0010_2IMG_0011_2  IMG_0013_2IMG_0014_2 Chicken sandwich and Chicken and Cheese Rolls on Mohamed Ali Road

IMG_0017_2 IMG_0018_2  Jalebi sweets on Mohamed Ali Road (made by deep frying wheat flour batter shapes, which are then soaked in sugar syrup.)

IMG_0020_2  IMG_0019_2

Taj Icc Cream on Mohamed Ali Road ( fantastic Alphonso Mango Ice…

View original post 221 more words

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Travelling by train in Asia can be a great way to get around

Fine Eating

20140414-071852.jpg

Travelling on local trains is a wonderful way to interact with locals and travelling sellers and to experience a bit of everyday Indian life. You could be lucky enough to have a good chat, but even a few lovely smiles and the chance to sit back, sip a chai in a paper cup and watch families travelling together, is good fun.

20140421-132737.jpg

20140421-132801.jpg

20140421-132809.jpg

20140421-132829.jpg

20140421-132849.jpg

20140421-132934.jpg

20140421-132954.jpg

20140421-133031.jpg

20140421-133056.jpg

20140421-133109.jpg

20140421-133121.jpg

20140421-133125.jpg

20140421-133131.jpg

View original post

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mumbai Public Transport Tour – Dabbawallahs, local food markets, and more

Fine Eating

20140817-160008-57608796.jpg

20140817-160006-57606718.jpg

20140817-160007-57607104.jpg

20140817-160007-57607890.jpg

20140817-160007-57607496.jpg

20140817-160009-57609200.jpg

20140817-160008-57608317.jpg

20140817-160010-57610807.jpg

IMG_0002IMG_0003IMG_0004

20140817-160011-57611639.jpg

20140817-160009-57609645.jpg
Reality Tours and Travel’s Public Transport Tour offers a range of unique and interesting experiences including the dabbawalla lunch delivery system, Victorian Station (the last scene of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’) at rush hour, the Dadar flower market, Null Bazaar fresh food market and the Dohbi Ghat (vast laundry service). Highly recommended at just $16 per person, for 3.5 hours.

View original post

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mumbai by Night Tour – Mumbai in a whole new light!

20140818-140056-50456219.jpg

The Mumbai By Night tour that Reality Tours and Travel runs is a good way to see lots of scenic spots that are particularly lovely at night. It includes Marine Drive at dusk, very popular with couples, Chowpatty Beach if you missed Reality’s Street Food Tour, as well as the great view from the Hanging Gardens, wealthy Malabar Hill ( with its 27 floor 2 billion dollar house, for just five people… and their 200 staff), busy Bendhi Bazaar and Mohammed Ali Road and Victoria Station.

About $Aus 18 per person, travelling from point to point by car (nice at the end of a full day), for around 2.5 hours.

20140818-140054-50454315.jpg

20140818-140055-50455028.jpg

 

 

20140818-140054-50454681.jpg

20140818-140056-50456622.jpg

20140818-140055-50455812.jpg

 

20140818-140055-50455406.jpg

IMG_0022_2

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Good ideas for visiting Delhi with lots of links

http://goindia.about.com/od/wheretoeatdrink/tp/Top-5-Indian-Fine-Dining-Restaurants-In-Delhi.htm

Link | Posted on by | Leave a comment