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    navigating the streets of mumbai by "THE RICKSHAW"

    by navinkurian2002 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The rickshaw is a 3 wheeler vehicle .It carries 3 passengers and one drivers. But in mumjbai where the rules are meant to be broken it can carry 10 passengers .The rules I follow is to inspect the rickshaw before i get in, unless I am in a real hurry. 1)Is the rickshaw old or new? 2) Is the driver young or old 3) Is there blaring music in the rickshaw? 4) Are the seats in the rickshaw comfortable .5)Does the meter looks new or old?Does it look like its been tampered with? Theses rules usually give a better riding experience in the rickshaw but there have been times when theses rules have failed too .

    If you have the rickshaw card in mumbai you can never be cheated by the driver .
    The original card which was scanned and uploaded is posted here
    http://www.geocities.com/sue20001au/images/tariffcard.html

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    Foreign Tourist Quota - Churchgate Station

    by mariocibelli Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Foreign Tourist Counter

    Across the street from Chrichgate is the booking/resevation office, one staircase beyond the tourist office. Very nice, competent, patient staff make life easy to get the reservations to your dream destinations. They can also help with changes to tickets booked on the internet.

    Always convenient to book one's tickets on Indian Railways website:

    www.irctc.co.in

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    Net Bookings on Indian Railways from Mumbai!!!

    by aadil Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You may now book online for tickets from any place to any destination on the internet from Mumbai and most major cities and get your tickets home (or hotel) delivered by courier. This facility is available at present in Mumbai and many other major cities and is a very easy way to book tickets for journeys inbetween any two places on the whole Indian Railways network. The website is www.irctc.co.in and you can pay by credit card!!! So happy bookings and safe journeys on the Indian Rails!!!

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    Rail trips from Mumbai

    by PeterVancouver Updated Sep 27, 2010

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    Three of the popular tourist destinations out of Mumbai stations are to Poona, Goa or Delhi.
    Mumbai is a prominent railway hub of the country. It is the headquarters to two railway zones, central and western. While Central Railways handles services to the East and South, Western Railways caters to the North from Churchgate and Mumbai Central stations. The main railway station Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) formerly known as Victoria Terminus (VT) is located in the heart of the city. Local and outstation trains ply from here. Dadar, Lokmanyatilak and Kurla are other major railway stations.

    If travelling down south to Trandrum via Goa, then almost certainly you will be on the Konkan line http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konkan_Railway

    It departs currently from Lokmanyatilak so ensure you allow up to an hour to get from areas like the Gatway to India in the city to the station as it is quite some way out by taxi

    Chaos at Mumbai's Lokmanyatilak stn for Goa Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) CST was originally Victoria Terminus (VT) Not and unusual site especially in the monsoon per Typical 2nd class A/c for four people overnight
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    bombay airport with direct...

    by fabrice Updated Jan 7, 2008

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    bombay airport with direct planes to everywhere in the world and everywhere in india;
    warning!who has seen the french movie:nocturne indien?it happens all the time,you ask a taxi-driver to go to such place;then ,the driver will go to another place where he will get a commission if you buy souvenirs,clothes,eat in a restaurant,or sleep in a hotel where one of his friend is the manager

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  • Taxis are great here

    by frangelico Written Dec 28, 2005

    We booked a pre-paid taxi from the international airport arrival hall. Thankfully got there first. The rates are fixed so no haggling. We were given a taxi number and told to find it outside in the que. There was no que but a sea of taxis. We managed to find it. It was rickety old and our luggage wouldnt fit in the boot so he had to tie ropes around the boot to make sure it didnt fall out. Anyway at the end of the trip, the cabbie was expecting a tip. I told him i booked the pre-paid so I won't have to deal with all this......but he just smiled and persisted. So I told him I had no more cash on me, he left disappointed. The cabs around Mumbai are a mixed variety of old and good. They mostly have fixed prices (one should preferably have change). The cab driver for our trip to the domestic airport was a nice chap who got us there in time, so we did end upp tipping him.

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    Immigration

    by CathL Written Dec 2, 2005

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    Before landing in Mumbai you will be given an immigration form . The form consists of 3 parts, Immigration, Departure and customs.
    Fill in the immigration form and hand it in to passport control. The customs part of the form needs to be completed and given in just after you have gone through customs. Ensure the departure part is filled in before you reach the airport to leave to save time.

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    The art of getting in an mumbai local train

    by navinkurian2002 Updated Nov 7, 2005

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    To board a local train is an art. Trains moving between churchgate(C) and virar (V) or trains to CST (Victoria terminus).I usually travel between Andheri station and churchgate .Trains are the most cost effective way to travel long distances in Mumbai .. A train ticket from Andheri to churchgate costs 8 Rupees. But the train you catch and the time you catch the train, will decide the state you reach your destination .IF you catch a fast train which has started from Borivali at Andheri during the rush hours and its all full with people, you are going to reach your destination fast that’s for sure but with the sweat of 10 other people on your shirt as in 1 square meter there would be 10 guys standing!.IF you catch a slow train starting from Borivali (BO) at Andheri then its easier to stand all the way but would take longer as it would stop at all stations. If you care not in a hurry catch a local train starting to churchgate where you could get a window seat so you can breath in peace and also get enough ventilation so you don’t sweat so much .You also need to see the sun directions so you don’t sit on the side the sun is entering the compartment or you would be scorched if you make the trip in the afternoon.

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    Mumbai taxis

    by VivienneC Written Jul 15, 2005

    India is a very poor country and some of the taxi drivers actually live in their taxis, literally. It is a good idea not to show your purse when in the taxi, my husband who is Indian made one taxi driver stop and let us out when he was paying too much attention to me as I was delving into my handbag.

    Also watch the meter, they have a cardboard converter which converts the amount of money charged on the meter to a current price, make sure you check it.

    If you pick up a taxi at one of the big hotels, we stayed at the Taj Mahal in Bombay, the tourist police take a note of the taxi number when you depart, so if you encounter a problem they can pinpoint the culprit.

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    Cheap Rail

    by ismailb Written Jun 17, 2005

    If you plan to stay in mumbai for long ( > 15-18 days ) you should take a rail pass which costs 106 Rs ~ 2.5$ . This allows you to travel freely over long distances . Although it gets very crowded trains are the fastest way to get around mumbai. Avoid peak hours ( 8 am - 10:30 am & 4pm - 6:30 pm ) if you can other wise take the first class ( which is much costlier ). There are two main lines the central and western. They both meet at Dadar . The central line runs from vt - kalyan , western from churchgate- virar. there is also a harbour line which runs to new bombay!!

    Also outbound trains are p good , ie the madgaon express takes a scenic route to goa and gets you there in 5 hrs for only 200rs ~ 4.5 $

    for more info contact railway offices at vt n churchgate resp.

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    Landing at Mumbai domestic

    by two_wombles Written Apr 29, 2005

    When you walk out of Mumbai domestic airport, you get swarmed by touts, offering to take you by either Taxi or Tuks, which is normal. What a person should be wary of is that the prices they ask are ridiculous overpriced. If you do not have too much baggage, then you should try and get to the "Ville Parle" train station, which is just over a kilometre (5 - 10 minutes walk), so you should pay very little for the trip. Though you need to be prepared to bargin hard, because the drivers are use to people paying the overinflated price. Once at the station, you can catch a very crowded train on the "Harbour Line", from platforms 1 & 2, which runs all the way to "ChurchGate" train station.

    If you need to get to Mumbai CST station or places in the Fort Area or Colba (Gateway to India is in this area), then it is a very quick and cheap taxi ride from ChurchGate station.

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    Bombay Electric Supply and Transport [BEST]

    by indntrvlr Written Mar 26, 2005

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    If the lonely planet guide does not give you this, I will attempt to bring in here the list of local bus routes operated by the BEST that gets you from one end of the city to another through it's myraid of inner roads and gullies and gives you a sneak view of what this city is all about.
    The red color of these buses, a gift to India from the British, used to be in one other shape than the ones currently seen - the trailer bus type that I used to ride way back in the early 90s. They were phased out in the mid 90s as they were behemoths on the small roads.
    But this is just the beginning. I will update here, the routes and how the tickets are charged.
    For starters - my fav routes that I regularly travel on are - 312, 39, 533 Ltd, 424, 425 [to work] and otherwise - 241, 33, 79, 38, 4 Ltd
    most of these except the 424, 425, and 533 run from the most popular central suburb - Dadar up north to Andheri and beyond to either the northern suburb of Goraygaon or further north west to Maalwani.

    Symbol of BEST
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    flying...

    by pollon Updated Mar 2, 2005

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    The Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport has two terminals:
    the International one, formerly known as Sahar Airport, at about 30 km (20 miles) north of the town and
    the Domestic terminal, formerly known as Santa Cruz Airport, at about 26 km (17 miles) from the heart of the city.

    When you get out of the International terminal building, look at your right for the prepaid taxi counter, they offer the fairest prices to reach the centre.

    While when you take a flight, don't forget to fill in the tag which must be fasten to your hand luggage: a stamp is put on this tag when your luggage get checked and it's absolutely necessary for passing the custom.

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    horning...

    by pollon Updated Mar 2, 2005

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    Taxi drivers and all drivers in Mumbai like their car's horn, its use must be taught at the driving school ;-)... personally I wasn't bothered at all but I heard not exactly compliments about it...

    Taxis in Mumbai use a taximeter - or did they do as I was guided by a Mumbai friend? - anyway if they don't, ask for it and remember to get a tariff card - I saw one in the last page of a city guide booklet - to convert the meter reading into rupees.

    At the airport, don't miss the counter of the prepaid taxi, the fares of which are at least the fairest.
    At the international terminal is just outside the building.

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    busses, taxis, and carts

    by pollon Written Mar 2, 2005

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    Busses, taxis, and carts are three of the means of transport not only of Mimbai but of the whole India.

    Busses have conductors selling you the tickets aboard, but you have to know where you want to get off as the price hangs from the distance you travel.

    Taxi are worth a whole single tip ;-)

    The only use we tourist do of carts ;-) is taking pics, aren't choreographic the long horns of the oxes pulling it?! But I would also like to make an appreciation of the manual skilfullness of this nation, a mastery in manual jobs which most of the countries don't practice any more.

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