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Old 11-27-2008, 08:06 AM   #1
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Default SAFETY: Mumbai to avoid

You've probably heard of this already, 100 travelers were killed in Mumbai and 200 more are currently held hostage. Britains and Americans are targeted, but they are holding tourists from other countries, including Canada.

The following article give the exact spots where the events are taking place.

Terror attacks in Mumbai: The sites singled out by extremists

Published Date: 27 November 2008
THE sites targeted by gunmen in Mumbai include luxury hotels, a busy station, a restaurant, a cinema, a Jewish centre and a hospital.
Here is a look at the main locations:
  • The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel has played host to everyone from Maharajas to heads of state and rock stars. The guest list includes the Prince of Wales, Duke of Edinburgh, Bill Clinton, Sir Mick Jagger and The Beatles. The elaborate building with onyx columns, high alabaster ceilings and crystal chandeliers opened in 1903 and is one of Mumbai's best-known destinations.
  • The Oberoi hotel is located at the heart of the commercial district, with the Bombay Stock Exchange and the legislative assembly less than a mile away. It overlooks the Arabian Sea. Former guests include Bill Gates and Rupert Murdoch. The hotel was voted among the best in the world in the Forbes Traveler 400 list for 2008.
  • The Leopold Cafe opened in 1871 and is a popular place for tourists and foreigners to share stories over food and a beer. Casting agents sometimes hang out in the noisy and smoky cafe looking for foreigners to work as extras on Bollywood films. It is also popular with the city's art crowd, attracting writers, poets and painters.
  • The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, is a World Heritage site and the headquarters of the Central Railways of India. It is one of the busiest railway stations in the country, handling thousands of passengers a day. The station was finished in 1888, fusing British and Indian architecture. It boasts a spectacular stone dome, turrets and pointed arches.
  • Nariman House is a five-storey residential building in south Mumbai. It contains the city headquarters of the ultra-orthodox Jewish outreach group Chabad Lubavitch. Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg, the group's main emissary, and his family live in the building with other families. The house is an educational centre, a synagogue and offers drug counselling services. It attracts hundreds of Israeli and Jewish visitors.
  • The Metro cinema is another popular destination for foreigners, showing both English language and Bollywood films. It was built by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and opened in 1938. The art deco building initially showed only MGM films but it was taken over by an Indian business in the 1970s and became a popular venue for star-studded Bollywood premieres. In 2006 it was reinvented as a six-screen multiplex, Metro Adlabs. It maintained its grandeur and was known for its specially designed seats.
  • The Cama hospital in south Mumbai, near the police headquarters, was built in the late 1880s by a wealthy businessman belonging to India's tiny Parsi community to cater to women and the poor.
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Old 11-27-2008, 03:09 PM   #2
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what?! I need to watch the news more often....thanks for the tip atchoum

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