Back in Mumbai again, Cindy asked me if I wanted to go with her and a new teacher downtown for the day. As we were driving over the Sealink she looked off to the left and asked about the Worli Fishing Village. I think I was the only one who had been there - so we decided to make this our first stop.
Cindy did an amazing job of driving through the narrow streets and eventually finding us somewhere to park the car. We wandered through the small lanes, coming across many interesting people.
Mumbai used to be made up of 7 separate islands, one of these being Worli. The island was inhabited by the Kolis, a community of fisherfolk, who first came to the island around 1100 AD. The name of Mumbai is derived from the Goddess Mumba, the Deity of the Kolis.
The Koli families are still involved in fishing - they go out to sea in the early morning and sometimes late at night using the Mahim Creek and the beach. Their fishing boats moored up around the Sealink are quite picturesque.
A couple of years Chris Martin and Coldplay used the Worli Fishing Village as a location for their video.
After some time in the village we set off for Dhobi Ghat - the outdoor washing area of Mumbai. Known as the world's largest open-air laundry, the washers (dhobis) work in the open to wash the clothes and linen from Mumbai's hotels and hospitals. There are rows and rows of concrete wash pens, each with a "flogging stone" and rows and rows of washing lines where the clothes are hung to dry.
We carried on downtown for lunch to the Kala Ghoda area of town - here we ran into a child walking a tightrope. We also visited the Gateway of India, the Prince of Wales museum and looked at the lovely architecture of Mumbai University.