Aug 8th, 2005, 01:04 PM
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Cram - I checked out your trip report and was happy to 'reminisce' reading about Rajasthan - I did a similar trip in 2003. The trip to Goa apart from a side trip to Mumbai and Hampi is intended for relaxation - i've had a very busy year. Thanks again.
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Aug 8th, 2005, 02:17 PM
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There is an Express train to Hampi twice weekly from Margao (Madgaon) - Rs 690 for 2AC. Ex. Leaves Margao 7:30am - arrives Hospet 4pm.

I know there is a return on Friday - don't know the rest of the schedule.
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Aug 9th, 2005, 08:21 AM
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Hi Again Lyall, Taj in Mumbai is an experience. Here is a little history, the building was designed by a French architect and built by a British contractor. Unfortunately due to French/English communications the Taj is built backwards i.e. the main awe inspiring facade is at the back. So if you go to the pool area and look back you will see the Grand Entrance as it was supposed to be, what you see now is the back of the Taj. But its one of the best hotels in India. Dont forget to grab a tea in the sea view pavillion on first floor - unforgetable. Also check out for the Khadi Bhandar near Taj (ask reception to guide you there) for the best Linen at very cheap prices. My grandfather, a Gandhian, used to buy shirts by the dozen here. The white shirt with a little starch and iron is the smartest thing I have in my wardrobe. If you do have time go to the Elephanta Caves, a short boat ride from Gateway of India. Have fun!!
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Aug 9th, 2005, 08:30 AM
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Hi Again, didnt see the apparell suggestions. If you want smart shirts Van Huesen is at fraction of its cost in the UK £35 in UK £15 in India from their own shops - mad huh. But the best move would be to buy cloth from Raymonds and get it stiched in the Taj, ultimate made to measure shirt at fraction of the price. Plus Raymonds supplies cloth to most haute coutre (excuse moi french) brands anyways. There is a Raymonds not far from Taj. Other things to do near and around the Taj 1. go for a walk on Marine Drive - late afternoon, 2. spend a hot afternoon inside Cafe Mondegar or Leopold, 3. Visit the Oval maidan - watch 100's of people playing cricket we are cricket mad nation afterall and along with Hinduism, Christianity and Islam, Cricket is high up there as a religion, 4. Eat dinner at the revolving restaurant at Hotel Ambassador, 5. Go for a horse and cart ride along Marine Drive, 6. Walk around the Taj area taking in the old victorian architecture (University of Mumbai/Victoria Terminus). again hope you enjoy Mumbai
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Aug 11th, 2005, 12:34 PM
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K’hou – thanks for this. My main concern is getting back to Goa on Friday as my husband joins me on Saturday - looks as tho this will be possible.
LOTJ – this is brilliant stuff. I aim to pack a lot into our 2 days in Mumbai – not sure if we will have time to cover all your suggestions but will certainly give it a try. My husband is a huge cricket fan so will def visit the OM. Thanks again.
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