Mumbai is connected by good connecting roads with all major tourist centres. It is an important junction for several highways (3,4,6,8,9 and 17) which link to all parts of the country.
Delhi – 1,460km
Bangalore – 998km
Chennai – 1,329km
Calcutta – 2,236km
There is a regular shipping service between Mumbai, Goa and Ratnagiri. This is primarily by catamaran but the service is suspended during the monsoon season. The duration of the voyage takes around 8 hours. The Princess Cruises also call at Mumbai port.
The airplane arrived at the noon time in Mumbai. Since I am on budget, I took the rickshaw to Adheri station. After I bought the ticket and went to the platform, I realized myself looked like an alien there.
However, when train arrived, when I saw thousands of Indians(men mainly) are packed on the train, I was shocked and lost the mind. Because I can't see any space to get inside (even later I realized there was the lady compartment). I am the only "white" among thousands of Indian people.
In one moment, I changed my mind by running out of the station and took the taxi to the hotel.
It's probably that I am not very prepared. However, if I am with another person, I am sure I can try this adventure.
Taxi cost from Airport to Columba area is around 300Rs in day time. In the night time, they may raise to 400Rs. But you can still neogotiate it.
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.
Well, not exactly about train travel but just about using the left luggage counter in the train station at Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus for anyone who wishes to keep their luggage for a day or more too!!! The rates are Rs10/- per piece of baggage for a day and the same amount extra for each day. The left luggage counter is known as the Cloak Room in this place. It is located at the corner of the Platform No 13 on the main line terminus. Foreign tourists have to show their passports for verification and the place is quite safe and secure. It is closed for a small break of half an hour each at three times during the day so be careful of the closing times and do not lose your receipt for claiming your luggage!!! You do not have to have a train ticket to leave your luggage here.
This is Luxury launch returning from Elephenta caves,while am going towards to cave,
i took this photo.I got Ticket Rs 100/but does it look like Luxury launch heh.its just ordinary one :)If you get Rs 40/ticket you can have 30min boat cruise at sea.they will took you one round.
There are boat service availble for Harbour cruishing,and near by places like Mandwa,Alibaug.
I dint try,they said for this trip have to book first.
Tickets timing:9am to 2pm.
If you waana go caves,have to catch before 2pm,after that no boat service.
Best way to reach Mahableshwar is by car, best time is between july and sep(rainy season,india's second higest rain fall!)
notice my car with the grafitti on the side fenders and doors.....i guess thats called 'Rally Art'!! :)
Jawahar is around 180 kms by road from Mumbai and it is the best way to reach.There are regular state transport buses plying to Jawhar from Thane Main Bus Stand.The first bus from Thane leaves at 6.15 am to Jawhar and from Jawhar the last bus is at 6.15 pm.It is also close to Nashik and Trimabakeshwar , two of the the holy places in Maharashtra.
Get a map and find the nearest train station or use an auto-rickshaw for short distance areas. Taxis are also good just make sure the meter is working.
When driving around Mumbai in your airconditioned hotel taxi, you realise how privileged you are The ordinary Mumbai-ite has to struggle to get around on far les comfortable means of transport.
There are boats to Elephanta Islands from the Gate of India.
They cost 85 Rs (1,8 USD) and take 1 hour to get there. Buy the tickets just there, by the boat, and don't pay more than 85 Rs!!
I kid you not! This was a protest march supporting safer driving that went by our hotel in New Delhi. One of the banners says, "Lane Driving is Sane Driving."
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