Useful information about the flight from Kolkata to Mumbai
Mumbai - a city of colour and character
Mumbai is full of character, a colourful and noisy world. It is home to India's prolific film industry, and architecture from the poorest to the richest can be glimpsed across the city. The unique city of Mumbai is full of bazaars, temples and history.
Pleasant time for Mumbai
Mumbai has three distinct seasons, Summer, monsoon and Winter. Winter, from November to February, is the most pleasant time to visit, with temperatures ranging from 17°C to 30°C. If possible, avoid the monsoon season of June to September. Smog can also be an unpleasant problem in Mumbai during the dry season.
Holi, the full moon festival in March, and Ganesh Chaturthi in August and September, are Hindu festivals. Fireworks and lights are used to celebrate Diwali in October.
Important things to know before getting to Mumbai
The cost of most things are cheaper in Mumbai than in Delhi, but higher than a number of other Indian cities, such as Kolkata. A basic meal out starts at around 200 Rs. ATM's for cash withdrawals are available at the airport's international terminal.
Getting around and staying in Mumbai
Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is 28 km from the city centre, with buses 337 and 308 operating a shuttle service between the airport and Andheri Station. Buses leave from Level 6 of the departures terminal and cost around 14 Rs for the journey. From Andheri Station, the blue Harbour line runs to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, costing about 10 Rs. Pre-paid taxis between the airport and city centre cost from 450 to 600 Rs.
Taxi travel around Mumbai is cheap, with a minimum fare of 21 Rs for the first 1.5 km, and then 1 Rs for every 100 metres additional journey. Suburban trains can get extremely crowded during rush hour, when buses are a better alternative. A one-day bus pass costs around 70 Rs, bought with a Smart photo ID card. Auto-rickshaws are not widely available in central Mumbai, but where they do operate the minimum fare is around 15 Rs. The first 1.5 km costs about 17 Rs, then 1 Rs for every extra kilometre.
Budget guest houses are located in South Mumbai and Colaba, or clustered around railway stations. Mumbai accommodation is more expensive than the rest of India, with a bed in a hostel dormitory starting at about 250 Rs. Three-star hotels range upwards from 4000 Rs.