After an early start we landed in Mumbai at 8.10am ready for an action packed 4 days of wedding Celebrations for Ollie and Neem.
The wedding party gathered at the Ramada and headed on rickshaws to Neem’s house for the exciting part…choosing our Sarees and jewellery.
Neem and her family were fantastic hosts, explaining the Indian wedding traditions and how the saree is worn.
We had such fun looking thru all the colour outfits and trying them on. Most of us were lucky to find 1 which fitted perfectly. How would we manage to wrap the Sarees on Saturday? Never fear, like everything else Neem had this covered, a stylist had been organised to dress us all the morning of the wedding. Very flash for a backpacker.
As most of you know I love jewellery so when Neem started showing us the bling worn at Indian weddings I was like a magpie. Nothing is to over the top for an Indian wedding. The perfect excuse to go shopping for some huge earrings.
It was now the lads turn…quickly the living room was a catwalk of Irish lads strutting their stuff in their kurtas. The biggest giggle was the elastic waist pants worn under the kurtas. They were huge a family could fit inside.
Outfits sorted, we sampled some amazing Indian potato sandwiches made by Neem’s mum. Now it was time to experience real Bombay…Neem guided all of us thru the mean streets to the local train station to catch the service into the city centre. I’m not sure who was more shocked the locals to witness 18 white people in a pack or us with the packed train and the locals jumping off and on while the train moving.
Arriving in the centre we meet Haresh, who was our trusted guide to show us the sights and keep us together. A big challenge!
He showed us the sights of Colbata including the Taj Mahal Hotel, CST ( Victoria Terminus) – Asia’s busiest Railway Station and an extravaganza of Gothic Architecture, and some Portuguese Churches.
You could still see collateral damage from the Terrorist attack in 2008 on some of the buildings nearby.
The Portuguese owned Bombay until Catherine of Braganza married the English Charles II in 1661 and the whole city was gifted as a dowry.
After all that ‘Culture’ it was time for a king fisher, local food and some shopping.
This was shaping up to be a great wedding.