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Welcome to Mumbai

Mumbai

Mumbai
Continent:  Asia
Country: Russia
Population: 1,567,087(2015 estimate)
Dialing Code: +91-22
Time zone: IST (UTC+5:30)
Language: Marath
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Mumbai aso known as Bombay is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is also the most populous city in India and the ninth most populous agglomeration in the world. Not resting on its oars, it is also the wealthiest city by virtue of the sheer number of billionaires and millionaires it houses.

The seven islands that constitute Mumbai were originally home to fishing colonies, today it is characterized by economic and educational development. Mumbai is also the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India as it houses, the Indian Bollywood and Marathi film and television industry.

With so many titles to its name, it’s no wonder that Mumbai is home to India’s largest slum population. Mumbai is a city built in successive waves of migrations. The neighborhoods acquired their character from the communities that settled there first.These neighborhoods are too numerous to list and there is no commonly accepted way to group these neighborhoods into larger districts. But roughly, from the south to the north, this is how the city developed.

Landmark British colonial buildings include Chhatrapati Shivaj Terminus, an ornate train station melding Gothic Revival and Mughal architecture. The castlelike Bombay High Court features octagonal turrets. Immense Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is a museum displaying ethnographic and natural history collections. Chor Bazaar is known for its antiques, while Mangaldas Market has textiles, and Zaveri Bazaar is filled with jewelry shops. Marine Drive terminates at popular Chaupati Beach. On the city’s outskirts in Sanjay Gandhi National Park is Kanheri, a cave system carved by Buddhists beginning in the 1st century B.C.

 

Information & Facts

Activities

Mumbai is a bustling diverse metropolis with a flair that’s hard to place but equally enjoyable. If you plan to visit Mumbai, it might look intimidating at first but on further exploration you will find that its one of the friendliest cities in India.

The heart of Mumbai has some of the best and beautiful colonial architecture. You will also come across several distinct bazaars, temples, fancy restaurants and a nightlife that is one of a kind.

A walk around the streets of Colaba or near churchgate will leave you awe struck with its display of colonial buildings.Some of the many monuments that give Mumbai a British look and feel are Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus, flora Fountain, High Court, Taj Hotel, Gateway of India and also the Asiatic Society. These are just some of the many attractions that this city of dreams has. There is a lot more to see and do in this busy city.

Dive into modern-day life at the Dhobi Ghat; dance 'till dawn in swanky bars or hang out with a cold beer in legendary backpacker haunts; eat at some of India's best restaurants or find a sandy seaside spot to sample Mumbai's most popular snack, bhelpuri. Be warned though, the city’s beaches are great to hang out in but the seas are notoriously polluted. If you want to escape the din, head to the city’s well-maintained city parks or clutch of peaceful museums and art galleries mainly located to the south of Mumbai. This is where most of the city’s wealthy inhabitants live; shops like Armani and Hermes lure the big spenders, while real estate prices are comparable to Manhattan

Climate

Mumbai has a tropical climate, specifically a tropical wet and dry climate. The cooler season from December to February is followed by the summer season from March to June. The period from June to about the end of September constitutes the south-west monsoon season, and October and November form the post-monsoon season

The best time to visit Mumbai is from October to March. Its best to avoid the city during the monsoon season as flooding is frequent. Festivals take place all year around and can attraction (even by India’s standards) massive crowds, so always check ahead.

Eating Out

Dining in Mumbai is more or less the same as anywhere else in the world. You can find practically dishes from every part of the world in Mumbai. To get a real flavor of this magnificient city, visitors should experience the street food and Irani cafes.
Don’t leave Mumbai  without trying Indian Chinese, Gujrati Pav Bhaji , kebab rolls, Pattis , keema , Indian sweets , Vada pav, Bread Maska and many more dishes.

Getting Around

The public transport in Mumbai is well developed and is relied on by most of the population. Lack of parking spaces, traffic bottlenecks and generally poor road conditions especially in the monsoon .Taxis also offer an easy and profoundly cheap means of moving around the city.

Kids Attractions

Movies are hugely popular in Mumbai. Take the kids out to see some of the Bollywood blockbusters. Be it love stories or action movies with awesome choreographed song and dance routines, your choice is all that matters.

A short boat ride from Mumbai also lies the Elephanta caves which house India deities. Finally the Sanjay Ghandhi National Park is a garden oasis far removed from the chaos of the city and home to dozens of species of butterflies and birds.

Money

The official currency is the  Rupee (INR; symbol Rs) = 100 paise. Notes are in denominations of Rs1, 000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10.

Visa and Master cards are widely accepted in the city shops. ATMs are widely available and many debit cards accepted as well. It’s a good idea to carry some cash to avoid charges to your debit or credit card.

Negatives

For the city this size, its best to err on the side of safety and act according to your environment Littering is punishable. Do not display 500 and 100 Rupee notes in public.

Beware of pickpocket-ing  especially on buses and trains .
Also beware of mobile, chain, or bag snatchers who operate in densely populated places, such as railway stations, busy roads, and traffic signals.

Women should avoid crowded places, you might well get groped. Cases of men pinching or touching women are common in crowded public places, including nicer nightspots. Create a scene if this does happen to you, there will be enough people around that will come to your defense.

And lastly, beware of scams, you might find a man claiming to be a british citizen iwho says he has just been mugged. Don’t fall for it.

Night Life

Mumbai is India's nightlife capital, with bars and clubs that could hold their own with the best in Singapore or Hong Kong, catering to the city’s giants of fashion, finance and film.

Restaurants

Mumbai is India’s foodie capital, and you can find almost anything on the menu, from American burgers and Japanese sushi to Goan curries, Gujarati thalis and Mangalorean seafood. Appropriately for India’s capital of finance, fashion and film, Mumbai is also home to some of India's most exclusive top end restaurants, although prices are seldom easy on the wallet.

Mumbai’s upmarket eateries have comprehensive lists of wine, beer, cocktails and other alcoholic beverages, but as with the rest of India, imported alcohol comes at a price. Locally produced beer, wine and spirits are widely available and very drinkable, as well as being cheaper than imported brands. Cheaper restaurants generally don't serve alcohol owing to expensive liquor licences.

Shopping

In general, costs in Mumbai are higher than the rest of India but might be lower than other destinations all over  the world.

In a place without clearly displayed price tags (and sometimes even in places with), you will get charged about 3-4 times as much as a local if you seem like a tourist. Take a local with you if you're going to local markets to haggle. Haggling is much louder and ruder in India than elsewhere. Don't be afraid to haggle things down to 1/4 of the asking price. And most importantly remember that almost all stores that sell carpets, jewelry, handicrafts, etc. pay huge amounts of commission (25% up to even 50%!) to the cab drivers, hence avoid tourist taxis, cabs, etc. Another thing to remember is not to haggle just for the fun of it. The shopkeepers may take offense if you don't buy an item after they have agreed to your price.

You can buy Jewellery, Khadi Clothing, traditional clothing & handicrafts as well as cotton clothes

Sightseeing

There is a lot to see in Mumbai, but the typical "tourist" sights are concentrated in South Mumbai.

Experience Bollywood, Visit Essel World, Take A Dip at Water World, Visit museums and art galleries, Do Rock Climbing, Adventure, learn about plants, insects, birds, interact with Animals at Bhavans Nature Adventuree Centre Andheri, Watch Cricket for free, Take a Slum Tour, Cruise on a Harbor Cruise, Celebrate at the Kala Ghoda Festival.

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