Myles Harrington

Posts Tagged ‘Maharashtra’

I’m a Bombay Badboy Extra

In India on June 27, 2010 at 3:26 pm
Sometimes when you arrive somewhere you can get an instantly good feeling for a place. For example when I got to Agra I knew it was rubbish, when I got to Manali I knew I’d enjoy it and when I cruised in to Mumbai at 6am last Monday morning I got a rush of excitement. I was back in a big city I’d heard mixed reviews of. Some loved the western style apartment complexes and AC cinemas, others hated the non-Indianness of the place and the street hassle. I thought it would be a combination of the hecticness of Delhi and the coolness of Kolkata.

The Gateway of India welcomes you to Mumbai

I checked into Lonely Planet’s cheapest recommendation, the Salvation Army Red Shield House, which for a dorm room was very expensive compared to the rest of India. As soon as I arrived I met a fellow English Indian explorer named Ollie and we were asked if we wanted to be Bollywood extras that afternoon. Who could refuse such an offer? Read the rest of this entry »

Gone Caving

In India on June 24, 2010 at 8:46 pm

One of India’s most exquisite anthropogenic sites is based 60km from a crappy town called Jalgaon in Maharashtra state. This was a good 16 hour train ride from Agra and on the way south where I need to be heading for my July 8th departure out of India. It seemed like a logical stepping stone on the tourist trail and a way of escaping the hustlers of Agra.

The entrance to the Ajanta Caves

After an average train sleep on the top bunk, I stepped off in the one street town of Jalgaon pretty weary. After surveying the scene I decided not to stay a night but checked in to a dorm anyway so I could use the facilities for the day and catch up on some sleep in the afternoon. I bought my bus ticket out of there for that evening to Mumbai, had a cold water bucket shower and started the mission to get to the Ajanta caves. A rickshaw, a local bus for an hour and a half and then after walking through a crappy tourist shopping complex, another bus for the last 4km.

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