Mumbai - the gateway to India
Mumbai, situated along India's west coast, is a vibrant city that is home to the glamourous Bollywood film studios, delicious cuisine, shops galore, an energetic night life, and a wealth of historic attractions, such as the ancient cave temples. The city also boasts stunning beaches and tranquil picnic spots. Mumbai is one of the busiest cities in the world, and is active 24/7.
Best Mumbai months and events
Mumbai has three distinct seasons - colder months from November to February, hotter season (March to May), and monsoon (June to September). The best time to visit the city is during the cooler period when daytime temperatures are tolerable (usually between 28-33 °C). The summer months tend to be uncomfortably hot and humid, while during the monsoon season there are heavy showers and streets may become quickly flooded. Numerous festivals are hosted in Mumbai throughout the year. February witnesses the 2-day Elephanta Festival, which celebrates India's heritage of dance, music and art. Banganga is a 2-day music festival, which is hosted in Malabar Hills during the month of January. In August or September, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated. This 10-day event sees huge colourful processions through the city.
Mumbai - advice and costs
There are ATMs conveniently located within Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport terminal building. Be aware that unpleasant smog is common in Mumbai - particularly during dry weather conditions. Prices in Mumbai tend to be lower than in Delhi, but higher than other Indian cities. Expect to pay about Rs. 800 for a three-course meal for two people at a mid-range restaurant.
Local Mumbai transport and hotels
Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport is located approximately 28 kilometres from Mumbai city centre. Prepaid taxis are available outside the terminal building. Alternatively, catch the 337 or 308 bus to Andheri station, then travel by train on the blue harbour line to the CST station.
Expect to pay from Rs. 250 per person per night for a room in a hostel, and from Rs. 2000 in a 3-star hotel.
Taxi fares usually comprise of a Rs. 21 start tariff plus a charge of Rs. 18 per kilometre travelled. A one-day bus pass costs around Rs. 70, while one-way tickets cost about Rs. 15 each. The fare for travelling via auto is about Rs. 17 for the first 1.5 kilometre, plus 1Rs per kilometre thereafter.