Selected to present at a conference in Mumbai!
I mean could things get any better?!
If you like traveling, then this was golden! Atleast, it was for me!
This trip had 'First ever solo trip' written all over it!
I booked my flights well in advance. Ibibo had some crazy deals going on. I booked my bunk at Zostel, Mumbai for 1.3k for three nights. And, I was set.
Midnight flights are fairly cheaper than the morning ones, so if you have anyone to pick you up, book these. If you're willing to doze off at the airport, book these again.
I landed in Mumbai at 4am on a cold Thursday morning. I slept for a bit till I got uncomfortable and then decided to head to Zostel. (I wanted an early start to the day, you see)
Zostel generally let's you stash your luggage, use the washroom and be on your way. 5:30 am I was on a tuktuk to Andheri, and the city was already awake. I was checked in at 5:50am (They were just so sweet!) And after a little freshening up, I was on my way.
I was adviced to take the Metro to the local and head to Colaba from there. Not being too sure about going on a local, I took a bus.
Do. Not. I mean, just do not, even in your wildest of dreams take the bus from Andheri to Colaba. It took me three hours to get there. (I won't complain here because I met the sweetest old lady who became my tour guide and told me how to brave my way around the city)
If you're in Andheri, or elsewhere take a can or a local. The autos don't operate here. The region from Sion onwards, doesn't allow tuk-tuks. My roommate at Zostel belived that it was because Mumbai was reclaimed land. It wouldn't be able to best the brunt of additional vehicles.
Reports online claim that the reason could be political. A dude on Quora said that roads in South Mumbai are narrow and curvy and tuk-tuks wouldn't be able to navigate (Have you ever been in a rickshaw? They'd balance on two wheels if they had to)
One article sounded more down to Earth, it said that the traffic was already bad with vehicles taking far too long to move an inch. Adding rickshaws would only make things worse and harder.
That apart, once I was at Colaba. I was awed. I was flattered. The place and the architecture was everything that I imagined and more.