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can i visit the Taj&citys ie mumbai frm candolim?how?guide?

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can i visit the Taj&citys ie mumbai frm candolim?how?guide?

me and my boyfriend are going to candolim for 2 weeks in november. we would really love to see more of india like the Taj Mahal and citys like mumbai and delhi, see the "real" india, we dont mind traveling and are willing to spend a few days away from ou resort to do this, i am concerned for our safety if we did his alone, we would stick out like sore thumbs wandering the streets of mumbai alone??!? is anyone aware of any organised trips in candolim or nearby with a guide?

i would appreciate some guidance as i am struggling to find any info myself and want to make the most of our trip. I have seen a trip called the golden triangle, is this available in candolim?? has anyone done this trip before?

thanks everyone! x x :-)

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1. Re: can i visit the Taj&citys ie mumbai frm candolim?how?guide?

Hi

There is an agent in Calangute called Daytripper, they do organised trips

http://www.daytrippergoa.com/index.html

Run by an English chap called Eddie

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2. Re: can i visit the Taj&citys ie mumbai frm candolim?how?guide?

Your wishlist seems very ambitious! Delhi is about 3 hours flying time away - the equivalent of flying from London to Marrakesh, Bombay is an hour's flying time. The Taj Mahal is just over 4 hours drive from Delhi so is easily do-able as a side trip if you decide to go to Delhi.

As you say that you have had difficulties finding any information yourself, I think that a good start point might be a travel guide such as the Lonely Planet or Rough Guide - your local library will probably have guide books for loan if you don't want to buy. A guide book will give you a sample of the different places and things to do there and you can see which places fuel your interests.

Check out the different forums such as Delhi, Mumbai, Agra, Rajasthan for information aboutt those places.

If you don't want to travel quite so far during your fortnight, but fancy an adventure out of Goa, think about going to Hampi - UNESCO listed site, amazing temples, decent length train journey to get there and watch the Indian scenery rolling by. There is plenty to do and see in Goa - the 16th century UNESCO listed churches in Old Goa are stunning, it's very interesting just to wander around and experience Panaji (the capital), which is a very small city by Indian standards, with some beautiful old buildings. Take a trip to the very south of Goa to one of the quieter less developed beaches than you will find surrounding Candolim. Take a day trip to Vasco da Gama, a main town close to he airport, almost devoid of any tourists and therefore feeling very Goan. I'm not sure that you will stick out like sore thumbs anywhere (although you might be the only non-locals in Vasco!). If you do, so what?! I always dress appropriately to local sensitivities away from the beach, enjoy asking locals for information about the place I'm visiting as most people are very generous with their knowledge and time and, especially away from the tourist resorts, are quite keen to get into conversations about our homes jobs and domestic arrangements! Be warned though that you will often be asked quite direct questions with little beating around the bush!

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3. Re: can i visit the Taj&citys ie mumbai frm candolim?how?guide?

Very good advise from Londonraffles

If this is your first time to India and you only have two weeks, I would say enjoy Goa and maybe the three day trip to Hampi and don't waste your time travelling miles this time but do you homework while you are here and look into staying longer and doing long distants trips next time.

India is a very safe place to travel in but as with anywhere you must be carefully with your things and baggage particularly on a sleeper train

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4. Re: can i visit the Taj&citys ie mumbai frm candolim?how?guide?

If you would like to book up any trips before you go to save time then I recomend SD Enterprises in Wembley. HIs website is

http://www.indiarail.co.uk/. We have used him several times for ourselves or friends coming out to meet up with us in India.

He will organise tailor made trips and his prices are very reasonable.

I have no connection with yhe company what so ever I am only a satisfied customer

Edited: 05 May 2010, 09:14
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5. Re: can i visit the Taj&citys ie mumbai frm candolim?how?guide?

Good info from all the folks above.

First of all caste away this idea of "real India" it's all real, from hip metro culture of Mumbai, to the Dargah at Nizzamudin, from the beaches of Goa to Ancient Hampi..

I agree with others about not going so far on this trip. India is tough at times and there's no knowing how you will react to it all, many love it but a few hate it. As Such going all the way to Delhi might be a bit much for the new visitor.

Delhi and Agra aren't the easiest of destinations for Newbies. Though Mumbai is really very easy on the senses.

There are plenty destinations around Goa that offer a completely different look at India. Hampi, Badami, Dandeli, Gokarne, Murudeshwar.

Take a look at these (and perhaps Mumba) in order to see how you cope with it all. if you like India/Goa you'll be back again anyway.

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6. Re: can i visit the Taj&citys ie mumbai frm candolim?how?guide?

As Badgerlad and Welloutofit say, don;t travel too far. Daytripper is excellent value and well escorted trips (been with Eddie many times). Hampi is a definate must - its absolutely amazing. Just enjoy - Goa is fabulous and has lots to offer

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thanks to you all, i definitley want to see mumbai, and the bombay dreams tour on daytripper looks good, and maybe a trip to the city and try to see the south too.. if we get time!lol.. any suggestions for south goa?

were very excited about our trip, gearing ourselves up for the "culture shock" im a bit dubious of our accomodation, the highland beach, i think its the luck of the draw with the rooms so im going to fax a request to be in the new block, do you think they could be bribed with a few rupees to put us in a nice room?!!haha.. but seriously!!

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8. Re: can i visit the Taj&citys ie mumbai frm candolim?how?guide?

Only been to Highland Beach for a cuppa and use of the "facilities" but it looked OK - the "facilities" ie the loos were very clean and modern - I don't think you will have anything to worry about. You might like to take a taxi to Ponda which is only about 1-1 1/2 hr away as there are some lovely Hindu temples there to see and have a different Indian feel to the Catholic Churches of Old Goa which you can see on the way back - a nice day out. You could even do one trip in a morning, laze about when its gets hotter in the afternoon and do the same for the other another day. Also worth a visit is Mapusa just to see the local market - only about 15-20mins away in a taxi - best to go early after breakfast as it is (comparitavley)cooler for walking round. Panjim ( about 30 mins away) is a nice few hours for looking round the old part, shopping, visiting museum if that takes your fancy. Plenty to do! You can then come back another year to do the Golden Triangle trip which can also be booked in UK as part of your package( if that's how you book).

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9. Re: can i visit the Taj&citys ie mumbai frm candolim?how?guide?

Mumbai Magic has very good reviews for Mumbai city tours. You might want to google that. It's run by TA member Deepa.

Organising the train or flight to Mumbai on your own is easy peasy. The Let Deepa do her magic

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10. Re: can i visit the Taj&citys ie mumbai frm candolim?how?guide?

Becki2485

I agree with all the other posts about not planning to do too much.

Don't underestimate the effect of a 10 or so hour flight.

Once you arrive in Candolim, you might decide you just want to chill out and go for odd day trips rather than a 3 or 4 day one - that will eat up a big chunk of your 2 week holiday.

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