Mumbai Dilemma

#1 Aug 1st, 2005, 09:53
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Hi Everyone

OK, on the horns of something of a dilemma right now and would really appreciate any IMers' thoughts, advice or constructive comments...

After months of anticipation, my wife and I are due to leave for India tomorrow, flying on Malaysian from Tokyo via KL to Mumbai. As we all know, the situation on the ground in Mumbai is pretty awful and, according to the media, there was more heavy rain there yesterday (Sunday) which has only made things worse.

Whilst the media reports are all doom and gloom, the airline reports that Shivaji Airport is operating normally - who to believe? Are the BBC etc over-exaggerating the gravity of the situation or are the airlines not being straight up with us?

Our original plan was to spend three nights in Mumbai (Shelley's Hotel) before heading for Aurangabad, Ellora and Ajanta and onwards to Varanasi, Amritsar and the Himalaya, although sticking to that itinerary is now looking highly unlikely - not that we've ever managed to stick to an itinerary in India before!

I guess my major concern is if we do manage to get to Mumbai, will we be able to get out again? Again, according to the media (which I take with large pinch of salt) long-distance rail links are badly affected and flight schedules are backed way up, so onward travel may not be the easiest of things. If things are as bad as the reports suggest, I also have serious reservations about wandering around the city sightseeing whilst people are busy trying to rebuild their lives - would really appreciate feedback from anyone in Mumbai right now about this.

Hopefully by the time we get to KL tomorrow afternoon, the picture should be a little clearer, but any advice or suggestions in the meantime would be great.

Well, this is the first time that the challenge of travelling in India has actually affected us before we've even left home - looks like it's shaping up to be quite the adventure as always.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts or advice.

All the best

M
#2 Aug 1st, 2005, 10:49
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Hi Martin Asia,

Avoid Mumbai right now. There are more rains, and a flood alert.
Fly into Chennai and Delhi, and move on accordingly.

Pls. avoid Mumbai....
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Thanks a lot, Aztec, appreciate the advice - am hoping to be able to get a flight from KL into Chennai or Calcutta instead of Mumbai if the airline will allow us to do that without purchasing another ticket.

M
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lots of flights from KL to Chennai, but no idea what the airline will say . . . .
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As per TV reports pouring in as I rite this mail, Heavy rains are anticipated in Mumbai in the coming hours. The airports are in a mess. Flights are being cancelled/rescheduled on and off. Floods are everyehere in Maharastra, so just avoid those places alltogether.

As already suggested, fly into Chennai/Cal/Delhi...
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#6 Aug 1st, 2005, 13:56
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Martin
I am in Mumbai and I DO NOT RECOMMEND you flying in for at least 7-10 days.
Firstly the airport is NOT functioning well yet and the rains have not stopped. There are still flood warnings and rain warnings. There are also many cases of vomiting and diarrea and there could be an outbreak of some kind.

I think you should fly to Delhi instead or down south but aviod Mumbai.

Ravi in Mumbai (might head to Goa soon to avoid the chaos in Mumbai)
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Exclamation

Thanks a lot Ravi and the rest of you kind folk who have responded. Hope the situation in Mumbai doesn't get as desperate for you this week as it was last. Hoping that we can change our flight when we get to KL and fly into Calcutta or Chennai instead.

Hang in there!

M
#8 Aug 1st, 2005, 16:03
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Martin
Good luck with your plans and have a safe trip.

Ravi
#9 Aug 1st, 2005, 17:12
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Dear all,

we have the same problem as Martin, we are going to arrive in Mumbai on Friday with two kids! and can not change the flight. We want to go on as quick as possible. Is it very difficult to reach the city from the airport? Or should we try to get a flight somewhere like Aurangabad or Hyderabad and stay near the airport? Puh, what a mess! We were ready for adventure, but this is too much. I hope you residents are all well and stay so!
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Please fly elswhere especially since you have kids with you. You can refer to previous posts to Marting so you can get a better idea. Also I recommend keeping up to date by reading the Times Of India Epaper which is free after a quick registration. Below is the link.
http://epaperdaily.timesofindia.com/

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travel to mumbai

Stay clear of Mumbai is today's news, trains are disrupted,buses too whilst at the moment planes are running but more heavy rain expected in next 48hrs 403 people dead in mumbai and 931 in maharashtra pretty bad all round.
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Looks pretty clear then - avoid Mumbai!
#13 Aug 1st, 2005, 21:41
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I'm in a real dilemma too. I've got a flight booked for the early hours of the 12th and I'm currently in Udaipur with no possibility of cancelling here. I also really do have to be home for the 13th and I expect at this point that getting a Delhi flight on the 12th just isn't going to happen.

Do I just close my eyes and hope?
#14 Aug 1st, 2005, 22:34
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Guys
I just hear thru a friend who works with an airline that most Int'l airlines and AI are waiving all restrictions and fees on restricted tickets. This means you can extend /reroute your tickets to fly out of another city. I met a British guy today who said that he saw something on the local news confirming this. You might want to look into this as the situation here is still quite a mess. Be safe!
Ravi
#15 Aug 1st, 2005, 23:05
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Not to be too cheesy, but after all the complaints about how vicious people in these forums are getting, I have to say that everyone has been very supportive and just nicer in general. I guess tragedy does draw people closer together. Still praying for the people of Mumbai...

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