Thursday 7th January: Bus, slightly off the tourist trail, to the holy city of Nasik in the heart of Maharashtra State's grape producing area. Based on the California model Sula Vineyards produce fine reds as well as a late harvest Chenin blanc desert wine. Jammy with blackberry and honeysuckle overtones the Zinfandel red particularly suited my palate - cheers!
Friday 8: Mahangari Express to Bombay, officially named Mumbai, and Fredrick Stevens's magnificent Victorian CST station, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. He also designed the Gothic London St Pancras station where, in June 2009, my journey began . As dusk fell I took a quick walk around central Mumbai - Gateway of India, St Thomas' Cathedral, High Court and University before boarding the Konkan Kanya Express sleeper to Margoa and the beach scenes of southern Goa.