My husband & I recently retired in Thailand. One of the reason we chose Thailand is our ability to visit other Asian countries easily.
We are now ready for our first visit to India. We're sure we will have other opportunities to come back to India & after some research, we've decided to come only for 6-8 days & mostly stay in the Mumbai area. We've already planned 3 other months at other times of the year to visit other countries/areas of Asia that is why we're only doing a short visit to India at this time.
We know we want to stay at least 3-4 days in the Colaba area. We're not sure if we should stay the whole time in that area, split our stay in Colaba & another neighborhood of Mumbai or split our stay between Mumbai & the Lonavala area. The exact length of our visit will depend on what we decide to do.
We're in our late 50ties. We mostly like to explore places on our own, take our time & keep our itinerary flexible. We're not into museums but more into experiencing the culture, the food, people watching & soaking in the atmosphere. We love Indian food. We are not into fine dining but would rather try street food & favorite casual places frequented by locals. We don't mind guided tours as long as they are less than 3 hour long. We don't like long tours & day trips that are hectic & keep us away for long periods of time without any flexibility for us to abort the tour if we don't enjoy it. We don't mind traveling for a while to experience other areas/food as long as we can easily do it ourselves (or with a hired driver).
If the seas are not too choppy (unfortunately I tend to be seasick), we might want to go to Elephanta Island for a day. We're interested in Lonavala because it looks so different than the big city feel of Mumbai. We like big cities but we also like nature & hiking.
In our past travels, our favorite experiences have always been when we mix in with the locals. We can easily adjust ourselves to different cultures/customs.
I have not booked our flights yet but we will leave from Bangkok & our trip will be sometime between the end of October & the middle of November. Time is starting to run out before the price of the flights start going up. So based on the information I have given here what would you recommend?