I'm a 55 years old swiss guy and I've staid 4 nights at Sachin's apartment. It was a great experience for me as I've always been travelling in India in hotels or guest-houses in tourist areas (this was my 6th time in 30 years).
My first very good surprise was the Mulund location of the apartment. It is a very interesting real indian (hindu) area, safe and quite clean, with lots of mid-class and family people (and without any tourists). You have markets, many shops, bars, restaurants (veg and non-veg), alcohols shops, ... even a peaceful garden, in fact everything you can need when you are staying in one place. You also can, without any problem, walk around at night and talk with locals. It's also nearby a train station, very convenient to go south Mumbai. Nevertheless you must be aware that Mulund is about 30 km from south Mumbai and it can take quite a long time to go there (only 40' to 60' by train, but you must leave before 7 am if you want to be sure to get inside). It also means that if you want to experiment some night life spots in south Mumbai, you better stay there for one night and then come back to Mulund.
The independent apartment itself is exactly as described, clean, western toilet and hot shower, a very powerful fan. It is a very good quality/price (Mumbai is indeed a very expensive city for lodging). All the needed facilities are in 1 to 10 minutes walking distant, so this is very convenient. It is also 10 minutes walk to Sachin's home where you can use any time of the day his computer to surf on internet (it is not a very fast connection, but sufficient enough to surf without getting mad).
I've spend 5 all days with Sachin and I must say he is a very nice, helpful and trustily guy that knows very well Mumbai. In fact, he is a real professional guide and don't hesitate to go with him around, he will show you many things that you will not be able to discover by yourself (from the use of the marvelous and useful Mumbai's trains, quite impossible to do it alone if you only stay in Mumbai a few days, to a perfect breakfast that you didn't even know it could exist). If you are interested about bollywood, Sachin has some connection that may help to see some shooting movies. If you go around with Sachin, don't forget that it is his job and naturally he must be paid for that, and believe me, it's quite cheap for such a helpful guiding and very worthily.
Thanks to Sachin, I experienced something new, authentic and, as I was alone this time, I really want to come back with my wife one day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One room Kitchen Condo Unit(Air-Conditioned) In northeast Mumbai in suburb name mulund East. This is very calm and very much residence area, away from traffic of Mumbai. There is one beautiful garden of 6 Acre Land hardly 5 mins walk from the homestay. All public transport stations are within 5-8 mins walking distance and its very well connected to all cities in India. It has cooking gas and utensils. Also prepared meals will be supplied. Its on 4th floor where one can go by an elevator. We also provide travel desk where assistance to travel all over India is provided. ... more less
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