About Mumbai

Mumbai city is a modern metropolis whose history is now fast fading into obscurity. Although many may not know the story behind the birth of this beautiful city, Mumbaikars are passionate about their rich past and heritage. The name Mumbai was derived from the name of a local Goddess called Mumbadevi. Mumbai is the business capital of India and is also one of the largest cities in the country.  Mumbai is the place where dreams of fame, money, and glory find a home in almost every  locals' mind. The cosmopolitan atmosphere of the city instantly makes you feel one with the people. Locals say that this is the best part about living in Mumbai. With a rich colonial past, and a diverse cultural ethos made up from the kaleidoscope of nationalities and ethnicities all calling Mumbai their home, this bustling city blends ithe epicentre of commercial India with the concept of modern India.

Public Transport System

Bus, Train, Taxi, Metro, Auto-rickshaw

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness: High, Effeciency: Very High

Mode & Cost of Transports

  • Taxi- Minimum Mumbai Taxi Fare is Rs 22.00 Approx. for the first 1.5 Kms.Taxi Fare for every additional Km is Rs 14.84 per Km Approx. (rounded to nearest Rupee). Waiting Charge is more or less Rs 1.5 per minute. 
  • Auto Rickshaw- Minimum Mumbai Auto Rickshaw Fare is Rs 18.00 Approx. for the first 1.5 Kms. For every additional Km, the price is increased to Rs 12.19 per Km (rounded to nearest Rupee). Waiting Charge is more or less Rs 1.2 per minute. Night Charge is applicable from 12:00 midnight to 5:00 am.
  • Monorail- Commuters on Mumbai’s Monorail can buy either a Ticket or a Token.The base fare starting from Rs 5. No return journey ticket and token is issued. There is no Monthly Pass for Mumbai Monorail, but one can buy Rs 150 Smart Card with the refundable amount of Rs 100 deposit and Rs 50 for travel.
  • Buses- For journeying outside Mumbai Municipal Limit, add Rs 1 to the fare. Physically challenged commuters can pay Rs 2 for a ticket, irrespective of the distance. This is valid only for Non-AC BEST buses. A number of AC buses run in the city daily.

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 0.28
Cup of Coffee USD 2.04
Milk Carton Pack USD 0.73
Rice/Kg USD 0.77
White Bread USD 0.38
Eggs (12) USD 0.88
Combo Meal USD 3.37
Fine Dining USD 16.20
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 0.45
Domestic Beer USD 2.43
Imported Beer USD 4.05
Bottle of Wine USD 8.10
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 4.05
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 0.27
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 0.20
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 539.90

Dos/Donts

•    Always carry an umbrella when visiting in monsoon season. 
•    Download the M-indicator application on your smartphone. It will prove to be a life-saver.
•    Try the street food. It comes with a variety of dishes. Most of them are hygienic.
•    Research some good places according to your interests. There are a tremendous amount of options for sight-seeing.
•    Go for a night-walk on Marine drive with your companion. The setting is ideal for a romantic rendezvous.
•    Don’t drive yourself in Mumbai. Traffic is chaotic and accident rates are high. 
•    Always insist with Taxi or Auto drivers to use a meter, as it is required by law and make sure that has been cleared from the previous fare.
•    Don’t drink tap water. It is better to buy bottled water for sanitary reasons. 
•    No vaccinations are required to visit India, but make sure your boosters for tetanus, measles, and polio are up-to-date. 
•    Beware of pickpocketers as they are common crowded places.
•    Don’t attempt to travel by local trains without a proper ticket. The system is quite strict here.
•    At some railway stations, littering is prohibited, you may be fined with Rs. 200 for throwing a cigarette butt.
 

Night Life

If you are in Mumbai you must experience the Mumbai Nightlife/ There's a saying here in Mumbai, that this city never sleeps. It is quite safe at night to travel around. You will feel the vibes when the city parties all night within popular pubs, clubs, and restaurants with dance floors towards the south of Mumbai. The city will dazzle you at night, whether you are a party animal or are seeking a quiet stroll.  Walk by the bay and observe the starry sky around the Gateway of India. With trendy nightclubs to romantic restaurants, classic hangouts, you will find that this city has it all. You will engage with many different locals, where some prefer hitting the dance floor, others like to sing away at a karaoke bar with friends and lounge and unwind. There are an infinite amount of ways to spend your night in Mumbai; all you need is the appetite for fun!

Must See

• Gateway of India
• Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
• Haji Ali Dargah
• Mount Mary Church, Bandra
• Taj Mahal Palace
• Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum
• Elephanta Island
• Chor Bazaar
• The Sanjay Gandhi National Park
• Colaba Causeway
• Juhu Beach
• Babulnath Temple
• Shree Siddhivinayak Temple
• Marine Drive
 Global Vipassana Pagoda
• Bandra–Worli Sea Link  
• Essel World
• Girgaum Chowpatty
• Kamala Nehru Park
• Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai
• Flora Fountain
•  The Hanging Gardens

Experiences

You may have spotted this location in a number of Bollywood movies. Those gigantic steps following a parliament – like structure its actually a library, and a very old one indeed.

CATCH A LIVE PLAY IN PRITHVI THEATRE

For all those who love watching plays, this one is a treat. Try watching a live play in Prithvi theatre the next time you’re in Mumbai. Some of the leading and talented Bollywood actors once started their career by performing in plays at Prithvi.

 

WATCH OPERA AT NCPA

NCPA or the National Centre for Performing Arts consistently conducts workshops, shows and operas for the interest of the public. Watch an opera at NCPA during one of these evenings.

 

GRAB GOODIES AT CHOR BAZAAR

Chor Bazaar is a market wherein you get all high – branded products at a very cheap price. You can buy antique furniture, motorcycle parts or even technology related products. Instead of going to big malls, check out this place instead. 

 

WITNESS HORSE RACING AT MAHALAXMI RACE COURSE

Here you can bet money on racehorses. Try your luck by signing up, and possibly have all of your financial dreams come true! This is one of the most major additions to your activity list in Mumbai. 

 

HERITAGE WALK AT DOCKYARD

Not many people are aware that heritage walks are conducted every first Sunday of each month for the Indian nationals. Admire the Naval Dockyard in a very different way. There are numerous ferries departing from the dock as well and you may even spot fishermen going about their daily business.

 

WATCH DDLJ AT MARATHA MANDIR

For all you those Bollywood lovers, the show for the famous Kajol–Shahrukh Khan starrer, Dil Wale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge still goes on at Maratha Mandir. Grab the popcorn and savour in the undying love for romance this season.

 

EXPERIENCE A LIVE MUSIC GIG AT HARD ROCK CAFÉ

Places like the Hard Rock Café and Blue Frog occasionally have live music gigs by various popular Indian and Western musicians.

 

 WATCH THE SUNSET AT JUHU BEACH

There are two beaches in Mumbai that are well known for their food, ambience and the aesthetic scenery. Catch the sunset at Juhu beach at least once.

 

VISIT THE VASAI FORT

Vasai fort is very popular for the beauty and history it is associated with. This fort was built back in the 1800s. Get fascinated by this awesome structure at least once when you’re in Mumbai. Because it is very quiet here, if you are looking for a peaceful time, Vasai Fort. 

 

LEATHER SHOPPING AT DHARAVI

Dharavi might be known as Asia’s biggest slum, however; there is much more to it. Here you will get the cheapest leather bags and other clothing items. Do check it out! Tick it off your list of things to do in Mumbai. 

 

MUST HAVE EXPERIENCES IN MUMBAI: GO TREKKING AT SAHAYADRIS

Are you an adrenaline junkie? Then Sahyadri is the place for you. Go hiking or trekking at this place and quench your thirst for some adventure. The beauty and magnificence of this location will captivate your senses and make you feel like visiting again and agin. 

 

BOUTIQUE SHOPPING AT BANDRA

There are numerous cute – looking boutiques on Hill road or Pali Hill of Bandra. You will discover some of the most adorable outfits for your next dinner date over here. This is a paradise for all those shopaholics out there!

 

VISIT THE MUSEUM OF PRINCE OF WALES

Apart from the Museum of Prince of Wales, there is the Monetary Museum, Modern Art Museum and Mani Bhavan , and the house of Mahatma Gandhi that you can consider visiting. It is undoubtedly one of those important places to visit in Mumbai.

 

 PRAY AT MOUNT MARY CHURCH

Mount Mary is situated in the heart of Bandra and is known for the festival that is conducted annually. Visit once to experience a calm intrigue and utmost sincerity among the locals. Apart from Mount Mary, there is the Gloria church, St. Michaels Church and St. Thomas Cathedral that you can consider visiting too.

 

WEEKEND GETAWAY: KHANDALA

Khandala is a hill station that consists of some of the most beautiful sights in the whole of Maharashtra. It showcases waterfalls, cliffs and unmatchable greenery that wil keep you snapping your camera.Take a night drive to Khandala and enjoy the luxury of the quiet, mixed with wonders of nature.

 

WATCH A MATCH AT WANKHEDE

For the cricket fans, you cannot miss the opportunity to pay a visit to Wankhede Stadium. It is an incredibly thrilling experience. It is a different ball game altogether if Sachin is playing! Feel your adrenaline pumping throughout your entire body as you observe some intense matchups!

 

GRAB KEBABS AT BAMIYAN

Bademiyan is another popular joint that offers delicious Mughlai food. They offer many varieties, all the way from kebabs to Mughlai rolls and much more. They are open till 4 a.m. in the morning too! Feed your midnight craving by riding towards Bademiyan for some delicious munchies. 

Activities

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  • Traditional Embroidery Work 
  • Leather Goods
  •  Incense and Perfume Oils
  •  Jewelry
  •  Lampshades
  •  Henna Body Art Kit 
  • Musical Instruments
  •  Ayurvedic Skin Products
  • Kolhapuri Chappals
  •  Salwar Kameez & Sari
  • Traditional Block-Printed Fabrics
  • Kurta (Men's Traditional Shirt)
  •  Original Vintage Bollywood Posters
  •  Indian Sweets
  • Rangoli Cum Diyas Plate
  •  Sula Vineyards Wine

Official Language

Marathi

Other Language

English, Hindi

Spoken Language

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Currency

Indian Rupee (INR)

Population

24.5 (Millions)

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Weather

Haze 27°C

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TimeZone

05:10 AM (GMT +05:30)

 

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Ambulance

102

 

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Police

100

 

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Airport Name / IATA Code

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport - BOM

Best time to visit

October, November, December, January, February : This is winter time in the city, when the weather seems to be at its most pleasant. During this period, the temperature decreases to 10°C. These months are appropriate for outdoor activities in this city.

Moderate time to visit

March, April, May:During these months, the temperature ranges between 25º to 35º Celcius. The weather remains warm during the daytime but the night is quite pleasant and people can easily feel more comfortable.

Worst time to visit

June, July, August, September: This is the infamous Monsoon season in Mumbai. During this time, the entire city suffers the onslaught of heavy rainfall. Flights, trains, and other public transports stop operating sometimes as well due to the extreme weather.

Taxi

Start Tariff: INR 22.00

1 Km. Tariff: INR 20.00

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: INR 100.00

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