Hi! Sorry i know it's been a while, but i've been very busy doing nothing for the last week or so! So, the train from Udaipur was fine, we both slept most of the way, and it was comfortable! The train took a few hours longer than expected though and we got into mumbai at about 2.00pm. Mumbai is a city of madness and people ripping you off! When we got to the train station we still needed to take a taxi to find a hotel, so we argued with taxi drivers for about half an hour before getting a semi reasonable price. We agreed the price with one and then when we put our bags in the car, and got inside he doubled the price so we got out and looked elsewhere! it took a while to get into the city, and the traffic is incredible - not quite as incredible as the driving though! On a 3 lane road, they manage to make 5 lanes... all good fun though!
We didn't have a hotel booked which was a mistake, and we looked at about 4 hotels that were full, before settling on this absolute dive that was a room with temporary walls and a shared bathroom. We only stayed one night though, so we stayed out as long as we could! The next day we went to the train station to try and book our tickets to Goa for that evening. We queued for 4 hours, to get to the front to be told that the train was full! We were hungry, tired and annoyed that we would have to stay in Mumbai for another 2 days. We went back to find a new hotel, and got messed around by people putting their prices up and down, and not being honest. Jack got really annoyed at one guy who told us the room was 1000 then tried to charge 1500 when we said we'd take it, then tried to put us in a worse room for 1200!! Jack told him to stick his hotel room up his arse, then his jacksie (don't know where that came from!) then that he wouldn't have the room even if the price was zero because he was a dishonest guy! If it wasn't so funny, i would've cried at that point, but we managed eventually to get a half reasonable hotel for a half reasonable price. We'll know to book in advance next time!
So we ended up staying here for longer than we wanted to, but now we know how to get around and where to go when we go back next month. We spent the days looking at the shops and a few sights before we got the next night train... see the blog for Arambol!