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Mumbai

 A city of architectural beauties and dazzling contrasts, Mumbai showcases the untold side of the charming state of Maharashtra. With an increasing population, it has become one of the world's most populous metropolitan areas, making Mumbai a heady hub of diverse cultures. Here, in the commercial capital of India, the financial district lumps together with Asia's largest slum, Dharavi, while one of the most expensive residential properties has risen up shoulder to shoulder with Dhobi Ghat, an open-air laundromat where workers still wash laundry in stone-made basins. A megalopolis where extremes meet and the pace is fast, Mumbai, love it or hate it, will certainly leave its mark.

currency

Indian Rupee (INR) Rs1 = 100 paise

phone

Police: 100
Fire Brigade: 101
Ambulance: 102

newspaper

Mumbai Mirror
The Times of India
Afternoon Despatch

hours

Shops in Mumbai are generally open from 10am-8.30pm, depending on the area. Some shops stay open later. General banking hours are from Mon-Fri 9am-3pm and Sat 9am-1pm.

population

City: 13,000,000
City including metropolitan area: 20,500,000

info

Indiatourism Mumbai
123, M Karve Road, Mumbai (Opposite Church Gate)
+91 22 22033144 / +91 22 074333
indiatourism-mum@nic.in / touristoffice-mum@nic.in

City in the setting sun

The City

An energetic and exuberant city, Mumbai's flow never stops, blending in a unique mix of people, a nexus of religions and languages and creating a beehive of activity where one is easily swept in.

The city is split into diverse areas, making Mumbai's urban metabolism a complex nest of cultures, greatly influenced by the wave of immigrants taking their shot in the city of dreams. Widely renowned as the pulsing heart of the city, the southernmost precinct of Mumbai represents the downtown area and certainly the wealthiest neighborhood in the whole of India. Home to the oldest and newest parts of the city, it boasts the iconic Gateway of India and the contemporary hustle around the Flora Fountain, along with other monuments, luxury retailers, art galleries and restaurants. South Mumbai is a perfect starting point, a take-off platform to begin exploring the concealed wonders located throughout the city.

The birthplace of the Indian film industry, Mumbai also houses the spectacular Bollywood, which is permeated by a charming atmosphere made of light-filled tones, fascinating dances and intense rhythms, producing over 1000 films every year. A place where dreams start, Mumbai is a mecca for incurable romantics.

A group of indian women looking at the skyline of mumbai

Do & See

A complex tangle of cultures and creeds, the financial capital of India is a hub of activity. Get a flavorful sample of the country by visiting Crawford Market, experience a journey through the life of one of the most influential men in India at the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum and visit a fortune teller after a pony ride at Chowpatty Beach. Historical sites are located throughout the city, boasting ancient caves and beautiful temples while the city itself, with its bustling daily life and luxurious retail shops and restaurants, is a unique and vibrant experience in itself.

Gateway of India

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Crawford Market/ Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market

Chowpatty Beach

Flora Fountain/ Hutatma Chowk

Shree Siddhivinayak Temple

Kanheri Caves

Dhobi Ghat - The world's largest outdoor laundromat

Dadar Flower Market

Global Vipassana Pagoda

Juhu Beach

Elephanta Caves

Malabar Hill

Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum (Gandhi’s House)

Nehru Centre

General Post Office

Snow World

Iskcon Temple

Prithvi Theatre

EsselWorld

Chapatti roti or Flat bread, curry chicken, biryani rice, salad, masala milk tea and papadom. Indian food on dining table.

Dining

Renowned for its vast street food culture, Mumbai´s streets bustle with food vendors and diverse stalls. Mumbaikars from all walks of life pour down the crowded streets indulging in the numerous delicacies the city has to offer, in a tradition that dates back several years and reaches its peak in Mumbai. Regional Indian cuisine can be sampled at Mumbai's main roads, offering a sweeping insight into its flavorful culinary tradition.

Pav bhaaji, a vegetable curry served with a soft bread roll, is a local specialty and it's a must-try in town. Vada Pav, the poor man's burger or kebabs perfectly represent Mumbai and its thousands of flavors, while bhel puri, a sweet and sour temptation of deep fried pastry shells with onion, tomato and chilies is a popular snack often identified with Mumbai's beaches.

Locals tend to prefer grabbing some street food rather than going to the restaurant. However, this city of extremes and cosmopolitan hub certainly has a long list of restaurants to try - traditional Indian cuisine, Italian, Asian, the city is well equipped with every kind of exotic eatery.

Olive Bar & Kitchen

Khyber

Cream Centre

Golden Punjab

Food Inn

New Martin Hotel Restaurant

Leopold Café & Bar

Nawab Saheb - Renaissance Hotel

Thai Pavilion - Taj President

Out of the Blue

China House Lounge

Gajalee

Mezzo Mezzo

Swati Snacks

Beautiful vintage composition with herbal tea, on wooden table

Cafes

With its own coffee culture and as a vibrant and constantly growing center, Mumbai boasts a wide range of cafeterias and afternoon tea spots, fully embodying India's multifaceted tradition. From happening cafes to elegant lounges, the city doesn't lack destinations for coffee connoisseurs and, considering the wide and diverse offer, there won't be difficulties in keeping blood sugar steady all day long.

Mumbai in the morning is an experience not to be missed; bustling with people since the early hours, it offers the freshest ingredients and an ample variety of dishes from different culinary traditions. Breakfast tends to have rice or vegetable-based dishes, with a spicy touch that is ideal for a kick-start to the day.

Café Royale

Cafe Mondegar

Cafe Coffee Day

Sea Lounge - Taj Mahal Palace

Salt Water Café

Traditional lantern close ups on street side shops on the occasion of Diwali festival in Mumbai, India.

Bars & Nightlife

The vigorous club and bar scene in Mumbai has become increasingly popular among party lovers. In the last ten years, the city has seen a multitude of happening hangouts rise up at a fast pace, making the commercial capital of India a trendy destination among night owls. Rubbing shoulders with Goa, the megalopolis features a laid back attitude that has a gravitational force on the hip crowd of the state of Maharashtra.

A touristy destination, the district of Colaba is where most of the party-goers hover, starting the evening in one of the happening bars or cruising around local food stalls and souvenir shops squeezed down the crowded Colaba Causeway. From here the way is paved, opening up no shortage of options for those whose party doesn't stop till the early hours with only one negative aspect: bars and clubs tend to close at 3am.

blueFROG

The Barking Deer Brew Pub

Rock Bottom

U Turn: The Lounge

Aer Lounge

Club Royalty

Trilogy

Breeze

Vie Lounge

small shop owner indian man selling shawls, clothing and souvenirs at his store

Shopping

A wide range of upmarket outlets pop up sparsely throughout the city. Plentiful handicrafts, textiles and clothes of any sort sit in local shops, begging to be discovered. Fruit and vegetable markets, typical clothes bazaars and thousand of hawkers located among outdoor dumps and upscale residential areas thrive within the lively city. Mumbai is nothing less than a shopper's paradise and Mumbaikers, living in such a urban jungle, have learnt how to get the best deals out of the thousand of vendors who swear they have the best deals in town. A Mumbaiker would tell you that the stalls along MG Road boast some great quality signature items from brand manufacturers. She would probably tell you that Colaba Causeway offers some of the best knickknacks in town or that fruit at the Crawford Market is fresher in the morning. There are lots of choices on Mereweather Road but you might, however, have to haggle to get the price you want.

Discover Mumbai through the locals' eyes, bargain intensely and shop at the markets. The best deals are just waiting to be discovered.

Crawford Market, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market

Shoppers Stop

Colaba Causeway

Chor Bazaar

Khadi Village Industries Emporium

Fashion Street

Tourist with backpack walking in the mosque arch near Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Essential Information

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

Chattrapathi Shivaji International Airport is the busiest airport in India. Expect it to take around 90 minutes to get into the city centre as the traffic can be very heavy. To get to the city centre you can either go by train, bus, rickshaw, taxi or by renting a car.

The fastest way to reach the city is by train. The nearest station to the domestic terminal is Vile Parle and the nearest one to the international terminal is called Sahar.
www.indianrailways.gov.in

BEST buses provide bus services in the city and suburbs. From the domestic terminal you can take bus 312 to Vile Parle East and Andheri East. From the international terminal you can also take bus 312 to Vile Parle East, and number 308 will take you to Andheri East.
www.bestundertaking.com

You can also reach the city centre by a rickshaw by finding them at the domestic terminal.

Taxis and car rental companies are available outside both the domestic and international terminals.

Address: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai

Phone: +91 22 6685 1010

Website: www.csia.in

Public Transport

The city buses are run by BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport) and, although being normally crowded, they are ideal for short journeys. To get around with public transport you must be acquainted to the system; if you are a tourist, it is advisable to plan your journey in advance.
Tickets can be bought from the conductor on-board.

The fastest way to get around the city is by train. The city has three different lines: Western Line, Central Main Line and Harbour Line.

Address: Mumbai

Email: transport@bestundertaking.com

Phone: +91 1800 22 7550

Website: www.bestundertaking.com

Rickshaws

The 246,458 black and yellow metered auto rickshaws are an easy, flexible and fast way to get around Mumbai and to make the way through the lousy Mumbai traffic. With their typical black and yellow color, rickshaws are easy to spot down the intricate roads of this crowded city.

Address: Mumbai

Website: www.rickshawindia.com

Taxi

There is no shortage of taxis in Mumbai and they can be easily found throughout the city. Taxis usually have meters, but watch out for those meters set on the previous fares and make sure your driver has a conversion card.

Book my Cab: www.bookmycab.com
Taxi for Sure: www.taxiforsure.com/mumbai-cabs

Address: Mumbai

Email: mumbai@bookmycab.com

Phone: +91 22 6123 4567

Website: www.bookmycab.com

Post

Numerous post offices are located throughout the city, making it easy to find places to buy stamps and to post letters. Letters can be posted at the letter boxes sparsely located within the city, easy to find thanks to their characteristic vivid red color.

Government Post Office: GPO Building, Fort, Mumbai
Post Office: Dadar East, Mumbai

Address: GPO Building, Fort, Mumbai

Phone: +91 2222 620956

Website: www.indiapost.gov.in

More Information: Near CST Station, behind St. George Hospital

Pharmacy

Within the various pharmacies located in town, Noble Medicals is one of the leading pharmacy retails chains and can be found in 27 locations in Mumbai.

Noble Medicals: Asha Parekh Hospital, S V Road, Santacruz West, Mumbai

Sind Ayurvedic Pharmacy: 3, Anju Shopping Centre, Tilak Road, Mumbai

Golden Chemist: Bharat Kunj Compound,West, Pheroz Shah Mehta Road, Santacruz East, Mumbai

Address: Asha Parekh Hospital, S V Road, Santacruz West, Mumbai

Phone: +91 22 2649 4746

Website: www.noblemedicals.com

Telephone

Country code: +91

Area code: 22

Electricity

220 V (round pins), 50/60 Hz

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