What Tom Was Excited To See
– Mumbai: Tom had heard so much about Mumbai and was eager to experience its vibrant energy firsthand. The city is an eclectic blend of old and new, where traditional street markets exist alongside towering skyscrapers. For Tom, Mumbai was a place of organised chaos, where people hustled to make a living (a tangible glimpse of a micro-economy the scale of which we don’t have in the West) and the city’s pulse never slowed down. It was utterly mesmerising.
– Kahani Paradise: Tom was captivated by the potential of this beautiful boutique hotel owned by a friend of nemo’s. Kahani promised luxury, exclusivity, and a stunning view of the ocean. After the hustle and bustle of Mumbai, it was the perfect place to unwind and recharge.
– Hampi: This hidden gem is second only to the pyramids in terms of its historical significance. Tom was excited to explore the ruins, which offered a glimpse into India’s rich past. The long drives to Hampi were a sensory wonder in themselves, where Tom could witness the countryside’s beauty and diversity.
– Kabini and Southern India’s safari scene: Tom has watched The Jungle Book a shameful number of times and was filled with anticipation at the prospect of bringing his childhood dreams of India’s exotic safari scene to life. The Kabini River promised sightings of tigers and leopards and Tom couldn’t wait to see how it compared to his years living and working on safari in Kenya.