I took three wonderful tours with Raconteur – Heritage (Omkar), Apollo Gate (Nihar), and Bandra (Sunita). Omkar is a Mumbai University student who is studying history, and hopes to become a professor, which is fitting, because his knowledge of Mumbai history and Mumbai today seemed to be comprehensive. Nihar shared a number of stories related to the Apollo Gate area, which is an area that more people should see. There is a lot of interesting history (which Nihar brought to life) and while it’s just a few blocks from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai, when we were there, it was quite peaceful. And Bandra, while some distance from South Mumbai (30 minutes, in the morning), is worth the trip. The area is rich in history (more than 100 churches) and Sunita covered the highlights as we traversed a number of different neighborhoods. The tour concluded at the Bandra Fort, which is a beautiful setting (I hung around after and read newspapers in a nearby garden). All three tours contained so much information I was glad I had a pen and paper handy for taking notes!
At the conclusion of each tour, the guides gave out a set of postcards that contain historic old photos of Mumbai. A very nice touch.
A special shout-out to Ashkay, who very patiently replied to my countless emails about logistics.
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