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First time to India; Going to Mumbai and Aurangabad

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First time to India; Going to Mumbai and Aurangabad

Hi,

First timer going to Mumbai and Aurangabad. Travel dates: arrive late night May 11th. Leave late night Friday May 16.

Got great info from Tripadvisor folks, much thanks! This is a list of places that made it to the list although I haven't planned out to see if it can all be seen or prioritized them.

-Chowpatty Beach (visit at night for nightmarket/night life)

-Chor Bazaar

-Elephanta Caves

-Chhatrapati Shivaju Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

-Bandra-Worli Sea Link (visit at night)

-Kanheri Caves

-Gateway of India

-Shree Siddhivinayak

-Iskcon Temple-Mumbai

-Tarot, Angel and you! By Payal

Does anyone have any opinions/inputs on the above places or suggest another place that is a must before leaving India?

I believe Kanheri caves is the only site that seems further out. What's best route of transportation here?

Will be flying to Aurangabad also to check out the Ajanta and Ellora Caves. Is it highly recommened to have a tour guide? If so, does anyone have a good recommendation?

Thank you everyone so much ahead of time!

Cindy

1. Re: First time to India; Going to Mumbai and Aurangabad

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2. Re: First time to India; Going to Mumbai and Aurangabad

Hi,

Well i'm traveling with my boyfriend if that helps any? Flight's already booked! I've heard of the rapings and such but I feel everywhere, any place has its risks. If we were to hide from it all, we would be living under a rock. ; /

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Hi Cindy L,

Every place on the earth has it's pluses and minuses. The opinion expressed by midnightinpari s is like making mountain out of a mole. There is not an iota of truth and utterly prejudiced. The reality in India is totally different. Women is respected in India. Few anti-social elements, which exists in every society, does not make the whole society of rapists.

India is a great place to be in. You may independently verify by going through the reviews on India forum. People from world-over visit India and write their experiences.

Pease do not enter India with prejudiced mind. Have a great trip to India.

CarLink.

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4. Re: First time to India; Going to Mumbai and Aurangabad

Hi Cindy, I am not agree with midnightinpari about the safety. India is the safe country for tourists and you don't need to be afraid. You will get good, loving and modest people in India.

A quote "Ateethi Devo Bhavah" is the slogan of Indian Tourism, it means Guests are our God. An incident, which happened in past is an exception and it can be happen in your country also. So don't worry about safety in India.

Visit my country fearlessly, you have selected great places to visit in Mumbai. But in Aurangabad you should visit Daulatabad Forte as well with Ajintha and Ellora caves. One historic place is also there in Aurangabad and it is 'Bibi ka Makbara', this is considered as the another Taj Mahal.

Wel Come to India and happy journey.

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5. Re: First time to India; Going to Mumbai and Aurangabad

Hello midnightinpari s,

There is no point in connecting recent Devayani Khobragada & incite revenge against foreign women and that from Western World. Where have you found such a connection which is completely false and baseless.No doubt there are incidences against women both local Indians as well as few foreigners which is really bad for any society where ever one lives in.This does not stop any day to day work or any travel by any women folks in such a large populated India.This should not happen but where on earth there is so called safety ?. One needs to take the most sensible precaution as one does when travelling in any part of the world. So please refrain from such unrelated stories on travel forums which will be discouraging to travelers who are already here or will shortly be here. If one has fear should not move out of the four walls of one's house but that even is it safe ?

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Come to india, don't worry too much about the negative things said on a post here, just keep your wits about you at all times though as you would in any other place in the world.

About Kanheri caves, I'd drop them from my agenda, because you are doing enough number of caves, and yes, it's further out.

Which night Bazar at Chowpatty are you talking about? I haven't heard about it...but, I'd recommend an evening walk, not night, at Chowpatty which wraps up no later than 9.00 pm.

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Hi Cindy,

I am a woman and have lived my life in Mumbai. Do not pay heed to people ranting about the lack of safety here. I have walked around its streets at 3 in the morning and am still safe.

As regards to your itinerary, you have made a good list. However, I would agree with Sandy, you do not need to do Kanheri Caves if Elephanta, Ajanta and Ellora are already in your list. Separate your list to two parts: Town and Suberbs. You need to visit Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Prince of Wales Museum and Colaba Causeway along with Crawford and Chor Bazaar. Leopold Cafe and Cafe Mondegar will give you a feel of the past. Among religious sites...you need to see the Haji Ali Mosque and Siddhivinayak Temple. Once you reach the suberbs, you have Juhu Beach and Bandstand. You can also visit Mount Mary and visit Hill Road and linking Road in Bandra.

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8. Re: First time to India; Going to Mumbai and Aurangabad

Hi Cindy

You are practically visiting all the key places in Mumbai. I would add a few more to add to your experience. Since you are there for 3 days, you will have enough time in your hand. Do try and visit Banganga at Malabar Hill (said to be centre of the universe in Hindu mythology): it is a water tank surrounded by 100+ temples. Also, I would add 2 more museums to your list: Mani Bhavan (residence cum office of MK Gandhi) and Bhau Daji Lad (architecture and exhibits are stunning). Both these museums are very different from the one in your list and will add to your experience of the city. Kanheri is also a must visit : it is one of the largest cave systems in the world! The best way to do Kanheri would be to take a cab all the way back and forth and keep the cab waiting for you while you are at the caves. This will save you a lot of time. Try and schedule Kanheri 1st thing in the morning as the it gets very hot there. And perhaps you could also explore the option of signing up for one of the city walks in Mumbai as that will give you a great perspective of Mumbai. And while there, do immerse yourself in the local flavour: try the local cuisine and travel in the 'local train' (in the lean hour)! And do explore the city at night: whether its the clubs or walking around the heritage precinct.

At Aurangabad, it is best if you go with a guide to show you around. You could inbox me incase you have any further queries.

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9. Re: First time to India; Going to Mumbai and Aurangabad

You are most welcome to Mumbai Cindy and appreciate you demonstrating a bold and sporty attitude.

Apart from your decent list of places to visit - you may consider below which are some spontaneous places in my mind now

1. Nariman Point & the queen's necklace (esp at or after sunset)

2. Haji Ali Mosque for its strategic location and walking on a reasonably narrow ramp in Arabian Sea

3. Dhobi ghat at Mahalaxmi

4. Dharavi (Asia's biggest slum)

Feel free to share if you are interested in specific cuisines here as Mumbai can offer you anything and everything that you wish for but same thing at varied taste and price - depending on where you are. Ha ha

welcome again.

Cheers

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Cindy, if you are super keen and literally have the 'stomach' for it, you should check out Kalyan's food walks in Bombay. You can check his website here - http://www.finelychopped.net/ for more. I am not in anyway associated with him but he sure makes food walking interesting.

Are you going to be using guides during the trip? Or doing it all on your own? If you are using guides, found these for you - …about.com/od/…India-Walks-Guide_3.htm and www.tourhq.com/india/bombay-tours-guide.

And yes India is safe. So kindly ignore that first post that suggested otherwise. Hope you have a brilliant time there.