4: Mumbai to Aurangabad

by - January 11, 2014

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Our train from Mumbai to Aurangabad was to leave in the afternoon, leaving us with one last morning in the city.  We had seen a lot of the major tourist sights in the city already so decided to visit the main museum, formally called the ‘Prince of Wales Museum’ but now called the significantly less catchy (and less British) Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vatsu Sanrahalaya.  This museum is one of the best in India and we had far too little time to do it justice, but still got to see some interesting exhibitions about Ancient India as well as a visiting exhibition from the British Museum containing the Cyrus Scrolls from Persia.  We grabbed some food for the train from an excellent French patisserie and then made our way over to Dadar Station, one of the many suburban stations in Mumbai, for the six hour journey to Aurangabad.  This journey wasn’t too bad, though the carriage was full of noisy kids and pretty lax parents (amusingly I even saw one mum give her kids a box of matches to entertain themselves with).  We were picked up at the station by a driver from our hotel, the Athiti, where we would be spending three nights.

Inside the museum

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