Mumbai Airport to Colaba at 2pm? + Good Hostel?

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I am planning a trip to India for 2 months from 30th of Nov 2009 till 5th Feb 2010. This is my first time to India but have backpacked around South East Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam) for 3 months last year.

I am arriving on the 30th of Nov at 2:15pm in Mumbai and I was wondering what the best, cheapest and safest way to get to Colaba is?

Should I get a pre paid taxi? and if so how?

I have heard that the "Sea Shore Hotel in Colaba is a good place to Stay for backpackers looking for a budget hostel, is this true?
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Theres a pre-paid taxi window before you leave the customs doors at the airport. If you end up where the general public is waiting for people then you've gone to far. It costs around 350 rupees to Colaba and should take about 1 1/2 hours during that time with all the traffic.

Many people stay at the Red Shield Salvation Army Hostel. Your sure to meet other travelers there.

http://www1.salvationarmy.org/ind%5C...5?openDocument
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Megacab

you can book radio taxi on arrival at the airport.

one is Megacab } and their hotline nos are 42424242, 09004000197/198

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Great thanks! My friend is arriving at 10:40pm that night at the International Airport and I was thinking of going back to pick him up after i had gone and got a hotel during the day in Colaba, is this a good idea? and how long will it take?
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Originally Posted by Jack Hall View Post Great thanks! My friend is arriving at 10:40pm that night at the International Airport and I was thinking of going back to pick him up after i had gone and got a hotel during the day in Colaba, is this a good idea? and how long will it take?
If he arrives at 10.40 pm, he will be out by 11.30.

It will take you an hour minimum to go at that time (10 pm) and an hour to come back. Plus waiting time at the airport.

The fare for going to the airport will be similar but not prepaid.

About sea shore,
A friend of mine was in town late last month and she stayed at the "india guest house" below sea shore. Sea shore was under renovation. (I know for sure the building was under renovation, i saw it)

From what I understand, i did not go into the hotel, it is a 'box' hotel, a cubicle for your bed and a common bath but neat and clean. It is right next to the Radio Club.
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Originally Posted by Jack Hall View Post Great thanks! My friend is arriving at 10:40pm that night at the International Airport and I was thinking of going back to pick him up after i had gone and got a hotel during the day in Colaba, is this a good idea? and how long will it take?
You get in at 2:30, after customs maybe 3:30, taxi to Colaba hopefully 5 pm. at that time, get room 5:30, then another taxi to airport, maybe 7pm. if lucky. It's surely possible, but don't count on a fair fare from Colaba. You'll probably be asked for outrageous prices. It's up to you.

One thing is to say that I've been to India before and I know the prices and it's 350 to the airport, and stand firm. If they refuse wait for another taxi. Or else tell your friend to meet you someplace.
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Do you think its probably the best Idea for me to meet up with him after i have got a room somewhere near radio club at around 11:40pm? I'm just a bit concerned that its not very safe for him travelling at that time with all his baggage? that's why I thought i might go and pick him up at the airport?

thanks for all your help (the renovations tip esp haha)

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Originally Posted by Jack Hall View Post Do you think its probably the best Idea for me to meet up with him after i have got a room somewhere near radio club at around 11:40pm? I'm just a bit concerned that its not very safe for him travelling at that time with all his baggage? that's why I thought i might go and pick him up at the airport?

thanks for all your help (the renovations tip esp haha)

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If you mean, you wont go to the airport and meet him near the radio club then it is fine. That area is still busy at that time and definitely not deserted.
Really, as long as you follow basic mantra's of not being clueless, it is pretty safe. If his intent is to find another hotel at that time then it becomes a bit tight because your bargaining power is less.
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Originally Posted by Jack Hall View Post Do you think its probably the best Idea for me to meet up with him after i have got a room somewhere near radio club at around 11:40pm? I'm just a bit concerned that its not very safe for him travelling at that time with all his baggage? that's why I thought i might go and pick him up at the airport?

lew
If your friend arrives, takes a pre-paid from the POLICE taxi counter (there are other more pricey ones), has the address and a street map showing the hotel location in case the driver is unsure (its at the southern end of the short esplande that runs along the front of the famous Taj Hotel - think terrorist siege) he should be fine. In fact, as with all first timers the journey will blow his mind. I wouldn't say danger was an issue though.

Sea Shore is one of a vertical nest of cheap guesthouses across from Radio Club - most experienced taxi drivers doing the airport run would know the location. Some of the cheapest accom in Mumbai, but the rooms are just big enough to swing a very short cat - fine for sleeping but not for anything else.

With luck, your friend will be able meet other travellers going to Colaba and be able to share a cab. Get him to Google Earth the location so he knows roughly where he is - use the Taj as a landmark.

PS. Don't assume a room will be available - you may have to look around and pay more otherwise.
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Thanks alot everyone,

so the plan is get into the airport at around 2pm then go to the police taxi counter and get a pre paid taxi to The sea shore hotel (ill have the address written down) then get a room for 2 for the night then wait for my friend as i dont think its a good idea wasting alot of time to go back and get him.

I'll tell him to do the same thing but where is a good place to meet him just in case i cant get a room at the sea shore? Radio Club? and at what time if his plane gets in at the international airport at 1040pm?
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Good question - the famous (touristy/overpriced) Leopolds Cafe is a couple of blocks away and there are other restaurants nearby. You could catch up with other tourists and meet him there, but don't know what time it shuts - assume late.
Either way, its not dangerous to be on the street in Colaba at night for a bloke, and there will still be folks incuding other tourists around. I'm guessing your friend will be there just before midnight.

You could post in the Mumbai forum with this question and a local will answer.

Tell your friend to make sure he is at Leopold before getting out - a lazy or unsure driver may drop him vaguely within the vicinity say a block or two away. Leopolds is well known - anyone on the street will be able to point him in the right direction.

Good luck and don't stress it - I've done exactly the same gig - it will be fine.
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not on the subject but does anyone know what electrical plug they use in india? is it European, the one with the 2 cylindrical spokes next to each other? im guessing as it was a british colony but im not sure

thanks,
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Originally Posted by Jack Hall View Post not on the subject but does anyone know what electrical plug they use in india? is it European, the one with the 2 cylindrical spokes next to each other? im guessing as it was a british colony but im not sure

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Yes it is.
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Originally Posted by Jack Hall View Post not on the subject but does anyone know what electrical plug they use in india? is it European, the one with the 2 cylindrical spokes next to each other? im guessing as it was a british colony but im not sure

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http://users.telenet.be/worldstandards/electricity.htm

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