Mumbai to Old Goa (Karmali)
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Oct 9, 2012 11:01 AM Last Post By: Donkeystone
Oct 8, 2012 1:43 PM
I am looking at Cleartrip`s website for the first time and, as I arrive at the airport in Mumbai at 11.45 on the 22nd December and want to immediately get going and catch a train to Karmali Station my best option is the Diva Mao Special (at 16,40) and already I am lost - it appears Diva is a suburban station in Mumbai - how do I get there from Mumbai Airport?
Also, can I register on Cleartrip without making a booking or does one have to first make a booking and then the requirement to register comes up?
Thanks for all the help received, I am so grateful.
Edited by: patriciatbrogan
Oct 8, 2012 5:43 PM
1Currently booking train tickets from outside India is a big hassle and you can read the site below to get some idea of the complication of the registration process.
I would recommend that you book a flight from Mumbai to Goa and for further train travel in India you can get help from your hotel or a local travel agent in India when you are in India.
Oct 9, 2012 12:39 AM
Oct 9, 2012 2:35 AM
3Going to Goa on Dec. 22nd??. You are asking for all kinds of headaches.Almost impossible to get a decent room at this time(X-mas)The trains will be packed Full...The planes will be packed Full.And,you guessed it,the buses will be packed Full..If you have been here before,maybe you can luck out,but if you are a virgin to Goa...expect to pay 2-3 times for tickets;;air,train,who cares...You will pay 2-3 times for a room IF you can find one.Your taxi driver will be able to find you a room,it will cost you...Skip cleartrip,they are nothing but trouble and headaches.People are on this site all of the time complaining about them......
Oct 9, 2012 3:16 AM
Phew, I realise this suddenly, I was looking online at hotels in Panjim last night and they were all full - so it'll have to be plan B. I fancy further north on the Konkan coast Southern Maharashtra, looking at the guidebook, mention of Murud, Kashid, Ganpatipule - would these be safe places for 2 women. Otherwise, maybe Kolhapur, any experience of that, maybe Pune to start with?
I spent months in Goa, by the way, years ago, in the `70`s - but I do need much more comfort now, Haha!
Oct 9, 2012 6:33 AM
5Quite frankly - if you haven't paid for your tickets yet, then plan elsewhere.
If you have bought your Indian tickets, then there may be better chances in Kerala (Varkala or Kochin) as the places nearer to Mumbai will be packed.
Dont rely too much on TripAdviser-type sites (which incidentally is owned by Expedia and extracts a substantial commission from the hotel). try phoning directly and confirm by email.
Oct 9, 2012 6:49 AM
do you mean, don't go to India at this point in time, or do you mean go elsewhere in India?
Oct 9, 2012 8:27 AM
Oct 9, 2012 9:37 AM
I am probably stating the obvious, sorry, Goa is heavily booked around Christmas and New Year as you have found out, not least because it is becoming increasingly popular with the Mumbai & Bangalore middle classes.
Try making calls directly to a hotel, alternatively try Kerala, transiting thru' the Gulf on Etihad, Emirates or Qatar.
#7 True, Tripadvisor does not charge a commission but if you try to book from that website, one is directed initially onto the Expedia booking service as opposed directly to the hotel's own site, and that is where the commission is charged.
Oct 9, 2012 9:47 AM
Oct 9, 2012 10:07 AM
10No, the guest is not charged directly but is unable to negotiate a discount off the rack rate if using the services of Expedia (the largest on-line travel agent).
The hotel is clearly charged and many in the UK were objecting - there were reports in the Sunday papers of excessive commissions during the recent Olympics.
I have certainly had problems trying to access hotel sites after finding them on TripAdvisor, eventually using the phone. The most recent was in March this year.
Edited by: Grahamapoole
Oct 9, 2012 10:53 AM
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