Not so comfortable!
But, it will be less than 10 minutes ride anyway.
We went out with Rene and Renee here in Mumbai.
There were desperate looking taxi drivers waiting for a big fare of day tour at the cruise terminal.
These taxis somewhat came inside the pier through the security gate.
They are usually more expensive than the taxis we get from outside of the security gate.
And we all knew it from our previous experience.
It only takes about 5 minute walk to the gate for us but it could be challenge for some elderly passengers with canes and walkers in heat of Mumbai.
Our first destination is the Taj Mahal Hotel and so is for many other cruise passengers who are not on ship’s tours.
It is usually for a shopping or dinning as well as short break with cool A/C of the hotel lobby.
We attracted lots of street venders selling huge balloons, fans made out of peacock feathers and post cards when we got off the taxi.
Greg wanted to pamper himself in hotel spa and two ladies wanted to go for shopping in Colaba market behind the hotel.
Meanwhile, I decided to update my Facebook and blog.
It is hard to find any place for Wi-Fi so I had to settle with small dodgy internet café in the market.
We all met again at the hotel lobby after few hours.
Greg was so refreshed with services he got for the last few hours as well as two ladies with their shoes.
Fellow foodie passenger has been raving about this restaurant for great crab dish where we wanted to try for lunch.
It is called Trishna and it is very close to our favorite restaurant the Khyber.
We found few other fellow passengers in the Trishna already.
It is rather small and casual place with over staff.
Chili crab, prawn masala, lamb saag and prawn biryani were all good but we must have ordered too much.
We decided to check out the biggest local market in Mumbai, the Crawford market.
Taxi driver was running late to returning to the ship yesterday in Goa and we all screamed out the way he drove like lunatic.
But we soon realized that the way of Mumbai taxi drivers maneuvering their tiny match box size taxi is absolutely insane and miraculous.
There are no road rules and lines in this mega city.
There were horns blowing constantly from every corners but nobody seemed to listen.
It is absolutely miracle that we have not witnessed any road accident.
All, four of us were screaming, laughing and giggling like we were out of our mind whenever we were pushed aside or found ourselves in opposite lane facing big buses and trucks.
As we got off the taxi at one of entrances of the market, we were soon surrounded by swarm of local street venders who were persistent.
It was hard to walk through the crowd on the busy street alone.
We were also mesmerized and overwhelmed by the scene in front of us.
The market was full of shops, street venders and local shoppers in different Indian outfits, apart from their traditional saree, women in burqa, Catholic nuns, Buddhist monks…
People were pulling overloaded carts, carrying huge baskets on their heads, loud horns from taxis and cars, donkeys, scooters, push bikes, stray dogs…
We were all looking at each other and shouted the same with big smile “we love this crazy place!’’
At no time, we spotted one of the market alley with full of wholesale Indian jewelry shops.
Two ladies just could not resist the unbelievable prices and its designs!
They were so excited like kids in a candy shop and surely enjoyed the real bargain.
We were taking lots of photos in other section of the market for Indian spices, tropical fruits, vegetable and pets include birds.
What an incredible place!
We were all exhausted after so many giggles and fun we had today from both taxis and shopping.
It was about 4 pm when we got back to the ship for a quick change.
Our usual table mates were going to join the dinner at the Khyber.
I have sent an e mail to the restaurant for reservation and did not get the reply until this morning.
I had to drop by at the Khyber to confirm the dinner booking when we finished lunch at the Trishna.
Our table mates needed to be advised for the details before dinner time.
We all seated in the restaurant that reminds us caves.
It was cozy and nice with candle lights.
Nine of us tried to let the waiter to recommend and ordered dishes for us.
With bit of success of our try, we managed to order 11 dishes includes garlic naan, cheese naan, papadum, samosa, two biryani rice, Khyber lamb, mutton masala, prawn curry, chicken Tikka, chicken skewer and some yoghurt dips.
They were all nice as expected.
There were so much of foods even for 9 adults.
Some of us are not so familiar with spicy food and tried only a little.
While some of us ended up having more than two portions of dish and enjoyed them. ^^
We always start of a day from Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai
Recommended by fellow passengers, we visited Indian Restaurant Trishna for lunch.
Trishna is specialized in crab dish. We ordered crab, fish curry, prawn saag, garlic naan, cheese naan and bryani rice. Not bad at all! ^^
We were joined by two fabulous Renee and Rene
Greg in front of Jewish synagogue
Crawford market is awesome and so unreal. Lots of bargain and fun place.
Enjoying forty winks in the middle of market. zzz
Victoria railway station. One of the most beautiful architects in Mumbai.
Dinner time already? hhh
We were waiting for our table mates to arrive.
Our usual table mates decided to join four of us, too.
Nine of us at the table.
Of course the Khyber restaurant again. ^^
Cave like interior. Cozy.
Assorted Naan breads were so fresh and yumm!
Chicken Tika Masala, Khyber Lamb, Mutton curry, prawn, samosa, naan breads almost everything except beef!
All of these are so delicious!!!
9.5 out of 10!
Another happy ending with my palates in this unbelievable and marvelous city.