Udaipur-Mumbai train?

#1 Oct 21st, 2008, 22:20
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Hello!

We are new here, but have been reading lots of posts which have been great. But now we have some specific questions we hope someone can help us with! This will be or first time to India, so don't know how things work.

We were originally planning to fly from Delhi to Goa on 21st December but the flight prices are coming out at 19,048rs which is far too much for us considering the normal price is around 9,000rs for two people! So we have been looking into the alternatives.

The most likely one is the Udaipur to Mumbai 2AC sleeper train on 18th December (train #2996A to Bandra Terminal) and then the #2051 Jan Shatabi AC Chair train to Madgaon. Now when we look on www.irctc.co.in and we check the fare on the pop-up window the destination station comes up as BVI which we assume means Borivali. Now we are confused! Which station does this train terminate...Bandra or Borivali?

Can anyone give advice on how to get from these stations to Colaba? We understand we can use the local railway, will this be crowded at 14:30 and how much would it cost? If the train gets into Bandra how much is a taxi to Colaba?

Or would it be easier to just get a sleeper bus from Udaipur to Mumbai?

We hope someone can help with our questions and thank you...this is a great site!

Donna and Neil
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#2 Oct 22nd, 2008, 00:54
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Hello D & N and welcome to indiamike.com

The train terminates at Bandra Terminus.

You could get a local train from Bandra (different station) to Churchgate, then a taxi from theer to Colaba, the local trains are fun and extremely cheap (just a few rupees), and you'll be travelling the opposite way to the rush trafic exiting central Mumbai.

Churchgate is close to Colaba, but you'll probibly still need a taxi, although I'm not too sure of the taxi fares, you shouldn't pay more than rs50 from Churchgate to Colaba.

From Bandra terminus to Colaba will cost more, maybe about Rs130 ish.
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Thank you!

Steven_ber...thanks very much for your reply. Veyr helpful!
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Hi, Donna and Neil!

Keep checking ait fares... they fluctuate quite a bit, and you may just get a good deal.

For instance, right this minute Jetlite has Delhi-Goa with one stopover for 7650 rupees per person, and Spicejet has flights, also with one stopover, for 8798 rupees and 9199 rupees. That second flight is quite quick, as far as layover is concerned, and will involve a total journey of less than 5 hours.

This info from www.ixigo.com, which I always find very convenient for comparing prices.
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Udaipur two routes by train

Why go through the hassle if there's a train and it will make your introduction to the country that much more easier. The Udaipur train from Bombay [or Bandra] was introduced more as an after thought. They did not think it was very remunerative to run a dedicated train to Udaipur. Steven and others could chip in with the rest of the details. It is direct and not daily. But it leaves from Bandra. You could make a ticket from Mumbai central[check erail] to a place like Surat and get down at BDTS[remember it is quite a walk from the local train terminal to the main station] . Make sure the train stops there or take a train from Mumbai central that precedes this one and get down at Surat and take this train.
The option given below makes most sense to me. It will avoid all the hassle of layovers and the tension of having to face sudden platform changes in Surat, carrying luggage.
The other route to Udaipur is to take a train from Bombay Central[located at the heart of the city] to Ahmedabad any train that leaves Dadar or Bombay central like the afternoon Karnavati and change over to the overnight express from Ahemadabad which is metre gauge and has 2AC. A train like the Karnavati is quite a decent train and AC chair car is available. Head to the comensum restaurant in Ahemedabad. They have a decent establishment which is air conditioned. Have your dinner and sleep away the night The Ahemedabad Udaipur train leaves at a comfortable time of 23.00hrs and has 2AC. Why do you have to take local trains when you could avoid all the hassle of buying local train tickets and wasting time looking for the right local train and probably end up with a bad experience that will ruin your holiday. Avoid far away terminals if you are new to Bombay, like Bandra. My suggestion would be to stick to VT, Dadar and Mumbai Central and possibly Lokamanya Tilak terminal.
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Thanks

Thanks all for the advice!

First of all we aren't on holiday we have been travelling for 2 years now, so although we don't have any real time constraints we don't want to waste our time in India either!

As for the flights we just simply refuse to pay those prices when the 'proper' price should be around Rs9,000 for the two of us.

So we have come to a decision to use a night bus to get to Mumbai instead of the train. It seems a lot of hassle with the train only running 3 days a week would mean cutting a day off our Northern India itinerary which we really don't want to do...and this train journey seems expensive compared to others we have priced up! Instead of doing the above, we will get the night bus from Udaipur (any idea what time it leaves?) to Mumbai, stay one night and then head down south on an early morning train.

This seems to make more sense to us.

So thanks all of you for your responses, they were really helpful to us.
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Train To Udaipur

As far as the train goes it takes around the same time. The direct one and the one with one change The Karnavati and the overnighter from Ahemedabad]. You'll need to start in the afternoon anyway for the direct one. Besides Indian trains are really cheap compared to the UK for instance!
AC chair car is not expensive. If you are willing to travel like a commoner, 2Sitting is very very economical but only for exceptional folks who either like trains or do not mind the strain and will not complain about the ride like steven, myself etal will not mind [many indians who live and work in oxford or cornell or have good well paying jobs etc do use 2Sitting.It is not that bad. The 2s of karnavati is crowded during weekends. I did Miraj Pandhrapur which was one of the most magical NG rides I have been by recently before it became history] There is ample time at ahmedabad to walk over to the small train and a porter should be willing to help.The MG overnight sleeper has SL and 2AC and reaches early next morning. It would not be expensive either. A bus ride to Udaipur, is I feel quite strenuous considering the distance and the road conditions, if Udaipur is away from the national highway?

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