Those that haven't been to India before will not be prepared for the contraction that is India. It is unbelievable huge country with a range of temperatures. Its dry and hot and cold and wet. Its rich and poor. Dirty and clean. It's old and new. It's traditional and its innovative.
A quick to trip to India for a girls weekend blew my mind open to Mumbai. A city that wasn't on my horizon to visit - it was always going to be Delhi. Yet on a long weekend in late November I find myself lining up at Immigration for my e-visa at Mumbai International Airport. Don't expect the process to be fast and you will already be starting off your adventure on the right food. The first thing that strikes me as you eventually get out of the airport and on the road for the 30 minute ride to down town Mumbai is how very green it is. If you have any spinal problems any road trips in India will be challenging as some of the roads are very bumpy. Just a warning.
Day 1 of our three day long weekend started with a lovely breakfast in the garden. Then it was straight out to meet our driver and head off to explore Mumbai. First stop of the day was to check out the amazing Tiffin delivery service that is unique to Mumbai. The Tiffin contains a homemade lunch lunch which is then collected and transported through a maze of amazing systems to get in to the hands and belly's of those intended for it. These guys deliver around 17,500 lunchboxes a day and they success rate is staggering; they make a mistake 1 in 16th million!! This ingenious system uses a unique ID number which somehow makes it to the recipient. The service costs 900 rupees a month which is about $12 US dollars or 10 pounds.
Next stop of the day were to see some of the beautiful temples in Mumbai. Religion is an important part of the many people lives in India. It so diverse with Hindis, Muslims. sheiks, Christian and others all living together. Hinduism claims to be the oldest religion in the world going back 4,000 years. While there are three main gods there are also over ... Around the temples we visited, and which I believe is comon, is the thrive of activity with many stalls and shops selling offerings. Offerings come in the shape of flowers, fruit, candy or postcards. When you leave an offering you are leaving ...