This is a great budget option and Sachin is an honest, reliable and good guide/landlord. Don't be put off by the entrance to the block which is a little dirty, once inside, the apartment is clean and comfortable.
We stayed for a week and we enjoyed taking the train into various places to explore. It takes about 50 mins on the train to CST. Can get crowded but it's all part of the fun. There are ladies only carriages and first class is not too expensive.
Lively, clean suburb with great shopping & street good. Shopping mall at R Mall only 10 mins in a Rickshaw.
We had a great time and experience staying at this homestay and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. Sachin was a great host and guide. We experienced a side of Mumbai that you would not see yourself if you stayed in the normal Colaba hotel. It is also great value for money.
Sachin answered any pre trip questions and picked us up from the airport. He can tailor your stay to your needs, budget and desires.
We really enjoyed staying in a local suburb, it was safe and the people were friendly and mainly interesting sight. Sachin guided us around and I'm still dreaming of the Chai stall which was maybe the best tea I've ever drank! Other local highlights included buying some mutton from the butcher and Sachin invited eat with his lovely family and we watched him make an amazing mutton curry with a special side dish!
On our other day Sachin guided us around Mumabi using the local trains and the highlight was an early visit to the fish market and buying and cooking some fresh fish for breakfast.
The flat was fine, clean and comfortable as it is on the pictures but please don't go expecting a 5 star hotel. The flat is fine but it is more about the local experience and
Sachin's ability to show you a different side of Mumbai.
For those that need help with onward India travels he can also organize or even take your on bespoke organized tours of the Himalayas and Kerela and he has contacts of other homestay's in India.
Next time I stay in Mumbai I give Sachin a call, it will be like returning to visit a friend. I him and his family all the best until then.
We came to India to fully experience the people,sights and the atmosphere. Sachin was the best person as he met us at the airport and for a very reasonable rate guided us all round Mumbai using Uba taxis,trains and by foot. He also assisted in some shopping and obtaining an Indian sim. A very memorable experience. Paul and Phyl Australia
This is a self-contained one room kitchen bath fully-furnished apartment which is what I liked most about it. I had the keys to the apartment and didnt have to share it with anyone. That gave me the independence and privacy I desired. The room has 2 beds which is ideal for 2 persons, though I felt the second bed took up extra space since I was alone. Theres also a long-ish sofa on one side good for entertaining a few people in the room.
My bed was comfortable, so I had undisturbed sleep. Since it was October, the fan made the room cool enough for me and I didnt need to use the air-conditioner. There is a sort of lightweight collapsible table which is the only drawback of this homestay. I was afraid that the collapsible table wouldnt take the weight of my laptop while I worked. The room needs an independent study table. However, the Wi-Fi in the room is a blessing for constant internet users like me.
The kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, a gas stove for cooking, various pots and pans, some cutlery, and coffee mugs. The refrigerator came in handy for storing my breakfast milk and cheese, and I didnt need to use the gas stove as I had my own electric kettle for making tea. I dined out the entire week I stayed there since I was out on work during the day. I bought bottles of drinking water when I needed them.
The bathroom has a western commode, tap and shower fittings, and a small basin; plus extra buckets for washing clothes, etc. Theres a clothes-line high up in the kitchen which was useful for drying clothes. And an ironing shop downstairs in the building next door where you can get your clothes ironed quickly. There are a couple of restaurants nearby serving Indian Mumbai-style food and a pretty good dining place called Bansuri not too far away.
The homestay is located in Mulund East in suburban Mumbai which suited me just fine, although Mulund is 30-odd kms away from downtown South Mumbai. The Mulund local railway station is 15 minutes walk from the homestay which is fairly convenient by Mumbai standards and there are buses and auto rickshaws available from morning till night. I know Mulund to be a pretty safe middle-class locality to stay in even for foreigners in India.
Sachin Chaudhuri, who owns and manages the homestay, is a friendly person. He used to call now and then to check with me if I needed anything; and even volunteered to buy and store bottles of drinking water for my benefit. On a couple of occasions we had sat and talked about travel, ayurveda and Hindu religion. So, hes good company too. Needless to say, this is a good choice for a budget homestay in suburban Mumbai.
You can spend lots of money seeing all the tourist attractions, but we wanted to experience what Mumbai was all about. Yes we did see those must see tourist areas and we did tick those of our
Iist. To really experience Mumbai you need to eat the local food, mix with the people, catch the Indian railway train, talk about life in Mumbai, visit a suburban family and go to places where tourists don't generally go. Sachinc did this for us without having to spend a fortune on guides and air conditioned cars. Sachinc has a wealth of knowledge about his home city. He spent a long time with us over 2 days. He takes time to explain and shares this knowledge and experience with you. We didn't mind using Uber, trains, tuk tuks or our feet to get around. We visited the apartment he offers and if your on a budget and don't need to stay in a fancy hotel, this is just the ticket. It has clean beds, kitchen, toilet, wifi etc. He has organized home stays all over India, not just in Mumbai, in some of India's remotest places. I wish we had more time to spend in Mumbai.