Seven hours in mumbai

#1 Jun 22nd, 2007, 07:10
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Hi,
i was wondering if anyone can help me at all i fly into mumbai at about 1300 and my train departs around 2100 from the main train station - can anyone suggest something, i do have the lonely planet book, but its narrowing it down.
also, is there anywhere i can chuck my bag for a couple of hours, nothing says tourist quite like a big ol' rucksack on your back!
thanks in advance for any help!
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#2 Jun 22nd, 2007, 07:33
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You'll normally find a "cloak room" (left luggage room) at any station, so certainly at that one I'd say. Costs peanuts, it's usually required that your bag is locked, presumably to stop you from whining that anything was nicked from it later. So make sure it's lockable, backpacks can be fixed up with a light chain and padlock.

I'd get there first and stash your gear then do some looking around, what with getting out of the airport and to the station and having to return there you probably won't have all that much time left anyway.
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thanks - that helps alot.

I was also wondering about a salwar kameez - would there be any particualr bazaars that anyone would recommend?
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If your train departs from VT (Victoria Terminuis, also called CST) and you have 2-3-4hrs time, you mignt want to walk down D.N. Rd .... past Flora Fountain ... and go upto Gateway of India and see Taj Mahal Hotel too there. Youc ould see Prince of Wales Museum. You can also take a taxi ...its only 3-4Kms away.

If not VT then above will not work.
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Originally Posted by she_who_is_lost View Post my train departs around 2100 from the main train station
My gut feeling tells me you're train doesn't depart from CST, more likely Mumbai Central, but could just as easily be Bandra, Dadar or Lokmanya Tilak.

This information is vital if you want a useful reply, these stations are not close to each other and you will likely only have about 4 hours to play with.

If your train departs from Mumbai Central, you could put your luggage in a cloak room at the station (all luggage has to be locked) then go to Chowpatty beach for a couple of hours, make sure you leave the beach about 90 minutes before your train is due to depart.
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Originally Posted by she_who_is_lost View Post I was also wondering about a salwar kameez - would there be any particualr bazaars that anyone would recommend?
I have a feeling this is your first trip? I wouldn't go running around hunting for a salwar in a few hours just after landing. Better to do it at your leisure at whatever next place you settle into.
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All depends on when you land in Mumbai. If the flight is on time then it may not be a problem or else it may work out too short a time to look for a salwar kameez or even do some sight seeing. There are some shops on DN Road at Fort near CST for shopping for the clothes you want and I would not recommend something from Fashion Street as you never know what you end up with unless you are with an experienced local shopper. I always recommend one should spend a couple of days in Mumbai before heading out anywhere. Anyway, I hope the rains won't dampen your plans to see things in India!!! The "cloak rooms" are the Indian equivalent of the Left Luggage counters at the CST as well as Mumbai Central train stations so it should not be a problem to find them. They charge Rs10 per piece of luggage and it should be lockable or else they will not accept it. Hope this helps.

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steven-ber- having looked through all my many bits of paper - you're right its bandra station i'll be departing from.

And yes, machadinha, i'ma newbie to india

I just would rather see a few things, even if its only walking through a bazaar or two (and grabbing a bite to eat) after a long plane journey before i get on a long train journey and its hard to narrow it down when i have to consider dropping bags off, where the station is, whats near to it - is it worth getting a prepaid autorickshaw straight to bandra?
thanks for everyones replies
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Question You have six hours to play with

1. Alight at 1300 hrs at airport. Say it is 1330 by the time you are out of the airport.

2. Take a prepaid rickshaw straight to Bandra terminus train station.[30 mins] [Bandra TERMINUS is different from plain ol jus' Bandra, so say it three times to make yourself heard loud and clear] Deposit your padlocked luggage at the "cloak room" and reconfirm the departure time of your train [every 1st July the timings of some trains are changed a little bit].

3. Take another rickshaw to Bandra Linking Road. This is the shopping cum eating cum movie-going area. Estimate the time taken to reach [should take at least 20 mins][return will be thru heavy traffic so double this time]

4. You have roughly 4.5 hours [15:00 to 19:30] to to doodle around, shop around, its a lovely crowded shopping area with all kinds of eastern and western cuisine at your call.

It goes without saying.... bargain hard, or rather very hard. Womens' shoes and clothes are a dizzying variety at Linking Road.

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It will take at least 45minutes to get out of the airport at that time. If you have only a backpack then take an autorickshaw from the stand outside the terminal 2A and ask the driver to use the meter which will show approximately Rs7 meaning that it should be around Rs70 for the whole journey. There will be a traffic police man on duty near the rickshaws so just confirm with him about the fare to be paid in front of the driver so that he does not cheat you later on. You could go to Bandra Bandstand after that for a cup of coffee at Baristas or Cafe Coffee Day or Mocha. Stroll down the Bandstand area or go shopping in the Elco Arcade and Linking Road area of Bandra (West) before you go back for the Bandra train terminus in the East. You could have dinner in one of the hundreds of restaurants that Bandra is famous for!!! Hope this helps.

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Originally Posted by she_who_is_lost View Post And yes, machadinha, i'ma newbie to india
btw Just to clarify , I wasn't suggesting you shouldn't be, we all have to be a newbie somewhere sometime. It was a gentle reminder that you may find yourself overwhelmed enough by your new surroundings and just observing and getting acquainted with it at first not to engage in something serious like shopping for a favorite clothing item which presumably is to accompany you on your further way. I found buying my first pair of plastic slippers rather a daunting task (am I being ripped off for 3 rupees [0.04 pounds] like everyone warned me?! etc. etc.)

But just see what takes your fancy once you're there, you'll figure it out. Some dive right in. But generally speaking I think your idea of strolling around some bazaar and grabbing a snack will make for a pleasant intro.

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