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Train travel Mumbai to Panaji (Karmali), Goa

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Train travel Mumbai to Panaji (Karmali), Goa

In October we will be taking the train from Aurangabad, arrives Mumbai at 2205hrs - will it be cutting it too fine to expect to catch the 23.55hr train to Karmali - both arrive and leave at the CST. Would the all day train be better - is there nice countryside to see? Doreen       

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1. Re: Train travel Mumbai to Panaji (Karmali), Goa

CST is a small place; this sounds fine to me. You have a 2 hour gap almost. If your train is on time, you'll have time for a quite bite - there's a McDonalds opposite CST, ask someone for directions. Budget 30 minutes to walk to McDonalds, get your food, and walk back to the train.

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2. Re: Train travel Mumbai to Panaji (Karmali), Goa

OK let me rephrase, CST is not a small place :) but the place where the trains come and go is a series of parallel platforms, and you can pretty much easily get from one platform to another without climbing up and down anything.

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3. Re: Train travel Mumbai to Panaji (Karmali), Goa

Hmm. The day train is more interesting than the night train, both for people watching as well as for the scenery. It is a good way of getting to see the "real India", the one that lives in the countryside. Also some parts of the journey are very beautiful. Another point to consider is that the rains would have ended in mid-September, and in October things will still be quite green and pleasant.

The overnight train on the other hand, allows you to save the cost of the hotel.

If you haven't done any sightseeing, you could spend an additional day in Mumbai. CST itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site; it would be a pity to not see it from the outside. CST is in South Mumbai, which is the Fort Heritage District, and there is lots to see and do.

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4. Re: Train travel Mumbai to Panaji (Karmali), Goa

Thankyou, Deepa - We hope to arrive Mumbai Oct 1st by train from Jaipur. I see the 2nd is Ghandi's birthday - will everything be closed,? markets open? We are thinking of staying in a hotel you reccommended - the Hotel Residency in the Fort district. Would it be safe to leave our main luggage there while we went to Ellora caves for one day and a night, return for the night of Oct 6th and then catch the early train to Karmali the next morning?

We have been told that travelling in an A/C carriage, it is difficult to see out because of the dirty windows, is this true? Are the trains usually on time? Thanks again, Doreen

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If you think you are running short of time then get off at Dadar and then take the train from Dadar so that you will get off earlier than your scheduled arrival at CST and also have more time for the train to come to Dadar from CST. A savings of atleast 15 minutes each way so you have a total of 30 minutes more to catch your train to Goa. Your train from Aurangabad will usually be late so I would suggest taking the train in the morning. You would be seeing scenery with the night train too as it reaches Goa countryside only in the morning. The rest is not so good.

The Residency Hotel is a nice hotel at Fort and you should enjoy your stay there.

You could leave your luggage at the Cloakroom (Left Luggage) at CST station (just behind platform#13) for Rs10 per bag and it has to be locked with a lock or they will not accept it. It is open 24 hours with a short break of 30 minutes for three times during the whole day.

Cheers,

Aadil.

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6. Re: Train travel Mumbai to Panaji (Karmali), Goa

Thankyou,Aadil - all great suggestions and duly noted! Doreen

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