Hampi to Mumbai

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Looking to get back to Mumbai in Jan on a thursday the 31st. going down vis Hubli but that train does not run on a thusday and the Hubli alternative train 1036? (15.15 Hrs)the connections from Hospet are poor ( too early I Think) Any other way.

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Hi Many thanks for the leads will have a good read. First time in India and on here.
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After reading the notes here go's
Mumbai/Hospet/Hampi 25 Jan Return 31 Jan, 2 50 something blokes fist time in India with no budget and want to travel by train. I think the 1017 Chalukya Express outbound to catch a connection to Hospet. Return the 1036 Sharavati Express. Unless you can see something better. I take it I can buy the tickets after the 25 Nov online. E ticket is best?. Don'T want too many creature conforts so Sleeper class to get a feel for it all? and then let it happen. Chose Hampi over Ellora/Ajanta right decision?
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Book ASAP. There appears to be only 10 SL (2nd sleeper) berths on Chalukya for Mumbai- Hubli (and I presume for Hubli-Mumbai as well). Presumably this is because Hubli is an intermediate station.
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Thanks now I am worried only that many left with two and a half months to go. How do you get that info. What if I pay to the end of the line and just get off in Hubli will that improve the chances or try to get another train as Steven Ber suggests but do not really want to get a bus for five hours. Can I go via Guntakal or will that be as bad.
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A taxi should get you from Hampi to Raichur in 3 hours.
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I did say no budget but a Taxi . I take It there cheap in India. I shall try to look at the Train to Raichur bus option. I take it its not a good idea to go along to the station on one of our first days in Mumbai and try to do it there. Many Thanks for the help
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Originally Posted by Bradwellboy View Post I did say no budget but a Taxi . I take It there cheap in India. I shall try to look at the Train to Raichur bus option. I take it its not a good idea to go along to the station on one of our first days in Mumbai and try to do it there. Many Thanks for the help
A taxi would cost about 18-20.

I should be taking a bus from Raichur to Hampi (or the other way, not sure yet) in 2-3 weeks, so can then give more details.

Book your train tickets on the net a good month in advance, the trains between Mumbai and Raipur are on the busy Mumbai-Chennai route, so they will be busy.
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Thanks for that. I intend to get the tickets as soon as poss after the 25th Nov. So will try the Raichur route. The bus will add to the journey experience.
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I looked on 'Google Earth' and the 'bus stand' apears to be about 1km NNE from the train station in Raichur, it seems like a smallish town.
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The numbers that I quoted as the quotas are the number of berths I see available 60 days ahead. (Because of the time difference between India and US, I can easily check availability at night in US when bookings are opened in India first thing in the morning).

Just to provide options, the airfare from Mumbai to Hubli is about 4,000 rupees round trip (only 50 pounds) so if you just want a feel of the train you can fly to Hubli and 2nd class to Hospet in 2nd class for less than 1 pound (3-4 hour journey). I know you say you have no budget but I am not sure what that means in India.

Trains in 2SL are always cheaper than flying in India, and sometimes are more convenient (save time). The journey Mumbai - Hospet by train unfortunately is not very convenient.
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Hi I looked on Google I think I saw the bus station to the right of the Stadium Possibly!!!!!. Anyway If we go that way then we always ask

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I will go on the website in a few weeks and try to book the tickets as we do not want to fly. When I say no budget it just seems everything is so much cheaper then the UK (most places are)
and we are over for the Marathon in Mumbai have 8 days wandering the city and then chose Hampi as I read about it here in a travel section of a broadsheet and the train journey justs sets it all up.
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Hi Steven Ber After having a good look at the raichur option I think I can now see the logic as there are (I Think) 7 trains with the options of overnight/ arr afternoon, overnight arrive early morning, daytime arr late at night (stay in Raichur) If I am right thank you. As I said its going to be my first time in India and this is taking a bit of sorting. Now I only have to get around the booking and its a go.
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Raichur seems like a great option because of the number of trains, but there's always the chance that the locals may have a massive pan of boiling water on the platform waiting for a foreign tourist to foolishly get of the train, I'll take the chance, but will carry some salt & pepper just in case.

I've got off trains in many places where tourists are unlikely to go, I've always had a great experience, I may just be lucky, but it's always nice to not have a load of touts waiting to persuade you to use their hotels.

I'm looking forward to Raipur and will hopefully go for a good wander around town, have some breakfast, a few cups of chai (sweet tea), and look for something amazing in the town, and maybe find a pool table and have a few games before heading off to Hampi.

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