Mumbai - temples and shopping
The cultural city of Mumbai in India is a fascinating destination for a holiday with a difference. There are busy shopping centres, boutique restaurants, water theme parks and beautiful temples to enjoy.
Three Mumbai seasons
There are three seasons in India, summer, monsoon and winter. The best time to travel is during the winter months of November until February when temperatures reach around maximum 30 degrees Centigrade and 17 degrees Centigrade minimum. It's recommended to avoid the monsoon season between June and September. Plan your visit to experience Mumbai's many holidays and festivals, for example Holi, the full moon in March, Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September when there are 10 days of celebrations and processions. Diwali, the Festival of Lights is in October with lights and fireworks.
Some useful information
There are numerous ATMs at the airport's international terminal. Before arranging your trip it's worth pointing out that during the dry season smog can be a problem which is very unpleasant. The cost of living in Mumbai is much lower than in Delhi. Prices however are generally higher than in many other Indian cities (for instance Kolkata). In Mumbai, visitors would pay in the region of 200 Rs for a low price meal out.
Mumbai transport - finding your way around
Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is situated approximately 28 km from Mumbai city centre. Prepaid taxis are priced in the region of 450-600 Rs. You can travel on bus 337 or 308 from level 6 departures to Andheri Station for around 14 Rs then walk to the train station and hop on the Blue Harbour Line to the CST Station, about Rs 10.
For budget guest houses head to South Mumbai, Colaba or near the railway stations. Accommodation in Mumbai is usually expensive compared to the rest of India. A bed in a hostel or dormitory will cost roughly 250 Rs while 3 star hotels are available for around 4000 Rs.
When it comes to public transport in Mumbai, taxis are cheap. The minimum fare is Rs 21 for the first 1.5 km and then Rs 1 for every 100 metres thereafter. Note that suburban trains are usually very crowded during the rush hour, so might then be best avoided. Buy a day pass for Rs 70, for which a Smart photo ID card is needed. There are no autos in Downtown Mumbai. Elsewhere, the minimum fare is around 15 Rs, the first 1.5 km costs about 17 Rs then just one rupee per every extra km after that.