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Having been to Mumbai so many times, this scenery was an instant buy for me. I only hope that the developers will one day also add Dehli, because this part of the world desperately needs more quality coverage.

 

Like in the good old days, I arrived at my destination by boat. But of course I did not expect to get the royal welcome treatment :)

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Instead nobody bothered, which was fine of course

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My preferred stay in Mumbai was the Taj, and if possible a room in the old wing. It gives you the feeling that the days of the Raj are back. Maybe Gerold, who must have been to Mumbai as often as me, likes this hotel too  

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The view from the hotel’s roof is quite nice

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The swimming pool looks a bit better in reality, but that's alright :)

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Of course the adjacent newer hotel complex offers from its top an even better view

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An Indian business associate of mine invited me one day for lunch at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club (they never changed the name to Mumbai Yacht Club and dress code is still today strictly observed). But before we went there, he showed me a photo, quite similar to this one and asked me, which of these two buildings would I think to be the Yacht Club. I have been to the Karachi Yacht Club for lunch, so I pointed to the right building, as it looked very similar. Of course I was wrong, it is the red building to the left. The right one in this case is a hospital. A bit of trivia: when you enter the Yacht Club, it gives you the impression that the British Raj has actually never left India.

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The beauty of virtual travel is that you have the place you visit all to yourself. No pigeons, no vendors, no huge crowds and no one tries to steel your wallet

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Thanks for viewing

 

 

 

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Only our forum friend Gerold gets the VIP welcome in India ; for the rest of we can only dream . B):D

 

BTW - What a great post Bernd , loved the shots and the back stories. 

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Great post Bernd. Fantastic shots & narration! Nevertheless, I miss the people around, India does not look like India without masses of people.

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6 hours ago, bernd1151 said:

Maybe Gerold, who must have been to Mumbai as often as me, likes this hotel too  

Oh yes Bernd, I once visited this impressive hotel and it is as great an attraction as the Gateway (and the historical buildings around) are. Nevertheless I tend to stay at the airport, as one always arrives or leaves in the night and I want to stay clear from the notorious traffic.

 

6 hours ago, BradB said:

Only our forum friend Gerold gets the VIP welcome in India

The biggest VIP welcome I would dream of would be a quick immigration. I am always guided to the slowest queue, where the fingerprint scanner does not work :banghead:

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6 hours ago, BradB said:

BTW - What a great post Bernd , loved the shots and the back stories. 

Many thanks, John

 

6 hours ago, gregmorin said:

Bernd

 

Simply fantastic post. Great shots and story!

 

Greg

Thanks a lot, Greg

 

3 hours ago, TigerTigerM said:

Very interesting back story to a great set of shots.

The luxury launch, did that come with the Cityscape?

TTM

Thanks, buddy. The yacht is the FSX one from Deltasim

 

3 hours ago, Iain Emms said:

Great post.

cheers

Iain

Thank you very much

 

1 hour ago, carlosqr said:

Loved it, all of it

Nice style

I've been touring myself too but have not descended that low yet

Thanks for sharing

Cheers

Carlos

 

I'm happy you like them Carlos

 

36 minutes ago, Stillwater said:

Great post Bernd. Fantastic shots & narration! Nevertheless, I miss the people around, India does not look like India without masses of people.

Many thanks, Gerold. I knew you would like them :) And of course you are correct re the people, even the noise, pigeons, even cows etc are part of the unique Indian experience. The only thing I can easily do without are stomach cramps from some of the dinners I had there, even in good restaurants.

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