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      05-15-2010, 10:08 AM   #27
Second Lieutenant

Drives: '07 e92 335, TiAg
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Dubai, UAE

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I got to Bombay (Mumbai's old name) quite often and I love it.

There is some truth to what the guys are saying but there is a lot of exaggeration.

Here are my tips:

- DO NOT give the beggars any money. They are all part of gangs/mafias. If you give one of them some money be prepared to be surrounded. My tip is to not even make eye contact. Just look away.

- Street food in Bombay is awesome. But you must have the stomach for it. Otherwise stick to the mid to high end places.

- Rent a car with a driver if you can. It will run you about $50 a day for a decent car.

- Take some toilet paper with you from the U.S. The stuff in Bombay is really bad quality and will scrape your skin off.

- DO NOT enter the poorer/slum areas. Being of Indian descent I can get away with it but they will eat you alive.

- DO NOT buy Gold there. Indian gold shops are notorious for their adulterating ways.

Things To Do:

- Hit the night spots. Bombay has some good nightlife and some really hot girls who can be gotten - they are very western in their outlook and 1 night stands are becoming more and more common.

- Hit the tourist traps - it is fun and they are all safe.

- If you realise you can handle it, then try out the following foods:
- Bhel Puri @ Elco Arcade
- Kebabs @ Bade Miyaas
- Frankies (basically a roll) from Quality frankies on Linking road
- Tandoori Crab @ Khyber
- Pav Bhaji @ Juhu Beach

Oh yeah, if you enjoy smokes, some good quality stuff can be found.