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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

IF you want a fun, in­for­ma­tive tour of Mum­bai in a pri­vate ve­hi­cle, Kishore Khare is your chap. He of­fers ex­cur­sions fea­tur­ing the land­marks of Gre­gory David Roberts’s 2003 novel Shan­taram, but itin­er­ar­ies can be tai­lored to suit, whether your pri­mary in­ter­est is shop­ping, his­tory, cul­ture or cricket. Khare pro­pels me around south Mum­bai, slic­ing ef­fort­lessly through the surg­ing traf­fic and point­ing out places of in­ter­est, from a laun­dry ghat to a Jain tem­ple. He is full of lively pat­ter, in­clud­ing in­sights that can be gained only from lo­cals. At the tur­reted Craw­ford Mar­ket, we trawl labyrinthine laneways for Bol­ly­wood-bling rib­bons; at the Taj Ma­hal Palace ho­tel, we stop for iced drinks and the prom­ise of a sparkling lava­tory. About $45 for a half-day tour in a ve­hi­cle for up to four pas­sen­gers. More: + 91 46 112 289; kishorekhare@ya­hoo.com.

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