Girl at night in Mumbai

#1 Jan 15th, 2010, 03:04
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Hi,

I've been reading lots of helpfull posts, but nothing quite addresses my particular worry. I'm going to India for 9 weeks from the end of march to end of may. Spending most of that time on a placement in a hospital in Trivandrum, but I have a week to get there! I've decided I'll fly in to Mumbai and then take a train down the west coast to somewhere in Goa, have a few days in the touristy part of India and then head down to Trivandrum.

My problem is this: Do I get a flight that gets me in to Mumbai during the day time -the next major train to goa is 11pm, so this gives me time to get across Mumbai, try to buy a ticket and hang around (late evening in CST), or should I get a flight that gets me in at midnight, hang around (somewhere) and try to get across mumbai in th early hours of the morning, for a 5.55am train. (Or get the daytime flight, a hotel room for a night, then the early train)

Really I'm worried about being a short(ish) forgein girl travelling alone with a backpack round Mumbai at night. (First time to india) Worried I wont find a safe taxi, and that I'll be massively hassled if its night time. Could anyone give me any advice on which option to take?

Thanks!
#2 Jan 15th, 2010, 06:20
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I suggest take the flight landing in the morning.

Safer, and easier to kill time in the daytime in Mumbai anyway.
(Gateway of India, Colaba, the Museum are all reasonably close to CST- though the backpack may be cumbersome in general and problematic at the museum.)
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You could leave your bag at left luggage at CST, and collect before boarding the train.
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Whatever you do, buy the train ticket ahead of time at irctc.com. One less worry.
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Forget the train and take the first flight to Goa. The airfare to Goa is less than 30 pounds sterling.
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I agree, take the first flight out to Goa, you will not see any "view" from the night train, and you have plenty of time in India if you merely want to experience a train ride.
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My problem is this: Do I get a flight that gets me in to Mumbai during the day time -the next major train to goa is 11pm, so this gives me time to get across Mumbai, try to buy a ticket and hang around
You'll be hanging around for days waiting for availability, you should either fly, or book a train, either way, you need to book a train ticket to Kerala, and it needs to be booked a few weeks in advance.

How to book train tickets online - consolidated advice

You also need to be confident when in India, and if I had to give just one bit of advice.....worry more about Goa than Mumbai, not that Goa is unsafe, just a lot more people used to dealing with (or conning) tourists.
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Cheers for the advice. I've booked a flight to get in for the morning, and going to see how it goes from there. I'll have a look at flights, but not a fan in flying more than I have to...environmentally and all that.

Yeh, I did write worry a few too many tmes there, I've travelled before, just trying to think about what I'll do while I'm here, so when I get there I'll have all the confidence in the world! I'll watch out in Goa.
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first a question - how short? [:P]

second, i support you on that not flying for environment thing. take a train, go to irctc.co.in
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Haha, not tiny, just not imposing!
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Try getting AC two tier or three tier. Lots to do in your free time you can look at my other posts for the suggestions.
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why are you taking a flight to Mumbai. Travel to Goa by train from Thiruvanathapuram. You will save MONEY and Time.

The day time travel through KERALA is amazing MUMBAI to Goa is not That pleasant. Kerala have coconut palms rice fields waterways and all give You a refreshing feel.
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I'm flying to mumbai from the Uk, then going TO kerala via goa for a few days. Then I spend 6 weeks in Kerala, then two weeks ....? who knows.

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