Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Mumbai, India

Hi, We docked in Mumbai about noon and had an afternoon shore excursion called Mumbai on the Move.  I was a little under the weather and wanted to be in good shape when we left the ship the next day for our 5 day land extension so I stayed behind.  Ruthe took these photos.

This scene was recorded on the way to the Gateway Arch.

The arch was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911.

From the arch the tour visited the railway station.  Indian Railways carried just over 6.2 billion passengers in 2007 with a total route mileage of a little more than 39,000.  The main railway station is shown below.

In India you can buy virtually any service.  The providers and sales people are called Wallahs.  One of the services is the delivery of a fresh lunch from your home to your place of business.  The excellent,  inexpensive and frequent train service allows this.  Each Wallah has a pickup and delivery route.  They all arrive at the main railway station about the same time, sort the lunches by delivery route, and they are on their way.  Think of it as an airline hub and spoke system for lunches.  This Wallah is engaged in sorting.

An then its off to deliver lunches.

The group took a quick ride on a commuter train.

Next they visited an outdoor laundry.

On the way to their next stop they photographed this Mosque which only is accessible during low tide.

The final stop of the tour was the home Ghandi used when he was in Mumbai.

The beach sure looks pretty but the water is highly polluted.

Thanks for looking.

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