Short range trips around Mumbai

#1 Jun 24th, 2004, 19:38
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Every time I see India on TV I miss it. I saw a programme on SBS on the weekend and had a little look online, and found that Qantas is offering a very good fare to Mumbai in September of A$827, which I'm finding a little hard to resist. It'll be my first time there as previously I've flown into Delhi.

For a two week trip, I'm looking for a few places to visit in that part of the country. I can't afford to fly within India, so I'm looking at places that can be reached by overnight train or shorter bus journey. Last time, I spent 24 hours on a train from Varanasi to Jaipur and there's no way I want to repeat that experience.

I'm not looking specifically for anything like adventure or shopping, but am happy just to wander around and explore, experience and soak up the local atmosphere when I travel. However, I would like a beach town to be among the places I go.

Suggestions?
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Mini tour western Maharashtra!!

How about the Konkan coast in Southern Maharashtra. A overnight train (should take about 10 hours I reckon) get down at Ratnagiri, 40 Kms and your at Ganpatipul, nice beach, temple.
Continue down with a local passenger to Sawantwadi Road (about 4 hours) and explore the Malvan coast the beach resort at Tarkali, old sea forts and temples!! Malvan cuisine is I believe quite special!!
From here you can bus it up to the Hill station of Amboli for a cooler greener atmosphere, do some jungle walking or catch the views of the coast! To get back just catch the bus or taxi back to Sawantwadi Road and the train back to Mumbai.
What with temples, coastline, beaches, little fishing villages, a bit of culture and a walk in the hills along the river, this is I think a nice little mini tour out of Mumbai!! And it' doesn't involve too much traveling!!
Oh by the way this is a trip I hope to do sometime, so if you go send me some info photos!!!

Happy Traveling

And to wet your appetite

malvan coast

Ganpatipule

Amboli
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Monsoon and post-monsoon are very special seasons to go hiking outside Mumbai. There will be a green carpet over everything. It won't rain cats and dogs in Sept. but it may rain a little. If you want any trekking ideas for 1/2/3 days outsde Mumbai, just tell me ..... 'll be happy to let you know.
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If you are up for about 8 hours on a train (overnight), you can get to Aurangabad and see the nearby Ellora caves and sculpture, as well as the wonderful Dalautabad Fort.

There's plenty of stuff to do in greater Mumbai, including Aksa Beach, where you won't be constantly hassled by touts. It's not for swimming, but it's a pleasant place to be, with couple walking, families picnicking, and kids playing cricket.

There are also the Elephanta Caves, accessed by boat from the Gateway to India in downtown Mumbai.
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Apart from the beaches mentioned above, you may also visit Gholvad, north of Mumbai. The hills at Khandala, Matheran, Mahabaleshwar, Panchagani or Igatpuri will be just great in September. For a bit of Maratha history visit the interesting Pune and for some old temples and caves head for Nashik.
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Thanks for all your suggestions, they should get my itinerary off to a good start.
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I can't believe it! Yesterday there seemed to be seats available on this fare for just about any dates I chose... today they're all full.

I checked with my local agent but she could find me only a seat out, but not return. Next best price was $1127, $300 more.

Luckily, armed with the date of the available departure, I checked online and eventually found a return seat, which I've now booked. turns out it was the last seat at that price!

I was surprised these seats filled up so quickly... I think maybe I shouldn't have mentioned it here in the first place! (I have visions of my post doing the email rounds in Sydney's Indian community).

**I'm feeling lucky!***
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lots of prices are going up as of july- fuel surcharge, I was told

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