As I was sat in McDonald's garden waiting for my guide for the Church Gate and Heritage Mile Walk I suddenly realised that the sugar cane store holder lived under a tarpaulin attached to the back of the stall. Welcome to raw Mumbai.
There were three of us on the tour and our guide Viraat. Who was also the CEO. He had a bottle of water for each of us.
I then spent a very enjoyable and informative morning wandering through that part of Mumbai soaking up the history. We passed the Oval where the local authority is vandalising the lovely common open space to build a metro station for rich people.
As a bonus Viraat stopped at a street food vendor and we tried a selection of local snacks.
The tour ended at Marine Drive just by Churchgate station.
My second tour was to have been the Bandra, The Queen of Suburbs Walk but that was cancelled at short notice and I was transferred from a 0830 start to a 1600 start. The afternoon I had already got booked elsewhere. I got a refund but was very disappointed.
My tip; McDonald’s opens at 0700. You can sit safely in the garden enjoying a clean, cool environment and coffee
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