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Mumbai Travel Guide

Name: Mumbai
Area: 603.4 sq. km. (232.97 sq. mi)
Population: 20,185,064
Language: English, Hindi, Marathi
State: Maharashtra
Currency: Indian Rupee
Time Zone: UTC + 5:30 (IST)
Religions and Beliefs: Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Christianism

Facing the Arabian Sea, Mumbai, aka Bombay, is India’s most populous city with a developed economy and thriving entertainment, and also the base of the famous Bollywood movies. Mumbai has attracted dreamers from all over India, making it a melting pot of social groups and various cultures. At the same time, Mumbai is the place with the greatest gap between the rich and the poor in India. In Mumbai travel, tourists can see not only the extremely luxurious skyscrapers and mansions but also the largest slum in Asia - Dharavi Slum. Mumbai is divided into 7 areas, among which South Mumbai gathers the most distinctive old blocks and attractions like Gateway of India, Marine Drive and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

Mumbai Map
Best Places to Visit

Most of the world-famous attractions are concentrated in South Mumbai, which can be visited in about 1-3 days. During your Mumbai travel, you can enjoy the British colonial architecture, various temples with original appearance designs and luxurious recreation places. Gateway of India, the landmark building in India, has a mixture architectural design of Triumphal Arch in France and elements of Hindu temples. Formerly known as Victoria Terminus, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus’s exquisite sculptures witnessed Indian’s long history of being colonized by the British. Dharavi Slum is the largest slum in Asia where you can see chaos and warmth. Besides, the beaches along Marine Drive are good places for relaxing.

Best Time to Visit Mumbai: November to March

Close to the Arabian Sea, Mumbai has a typical tropical monsoon climate. For a Mumbai travel from November to March, tourists can expect relatively low humidity and cool climate with a high average daytime temperature between 25℃ and 28℃ (77 - 82.4℉). In the daytime, tourists can wear thin and breathable clothes like shirts and long dresses. While in the night, the temperature can drop to 10℃ (50℉), so please prepare some warm clothes such as woolen sweaters and jackets. If you visit Mumbai in summer - the highest temperature is over 40 ℃ (104℉), so be sure to prepare anti-UV products!

7-Day Mumbai Weather Forecast

Ranking List of Mumbai Food

Mumbai has high-end restaurants, street stalls as well as night markets where food lovers can enjoy a variety of authentic Indian delicacies. Being one of the local’s favorite snacks, Vada Pav, also called “Poor Man’s Burger”, is a kind of bun with deep-fired potatoes, chilies, garlic and coriander. Pani Puri is a hollow crisp ball-shaped puri stuffed with a blend of mashed potatoes and peas. Dipping it in flavored water definitely leaves you drooling. Bhel Puri is a crunchy snack including puffed rice tossed with vegetables like onions and sev, flavored with spicy sauce. More Mumbai food should be tried covering Bhutta, Lassi…

Best Restaurants in Mumbai
  • The Table:  Kalapesi Trust Building Ground Floor, Opposite Dhanraj Mahal, Below Suba Palace Hotel. The restaurant with warm ambience features European and international cuisine, perfect for vegetarians. The quesadillas with green pea guacamole and mascarpone risotto are the most popular.
  • Britannia & Co. Restaurant:  16 Wakefield House Sport Road, Opposite New Custom House, Fort. Only 0.9 miles from Gateway of India, Britannia offers Persian and Indian food including famous berry pulao with dhansak and cream caramel.
  • The Peshwa Pavilion:  Sahar Road, ITC Maratha, Andheri East, Mumbai. The restaurant gives you vegan, Halal and gluten free options. The breakfast is hearty and delicious,and the dosai is most popular.
Where to Stay in Mumbai - 39% People Choose Andheri

Covering Mumbai airport and many attractions, Andheri spontaneously becomes the best area for tourists arranging their Mumbai travel. In this district, the hotels at a moderate price offer high-end cafés, abundant food and luxury amenities, such as Hotel Bawa International. Navi Mumbai is a new area, which has a much quieter and more relaxing environment; the Park Navi Mumbai and Sofitel Mumbai BKC are good places to stay. Close to the city center, bus station and foreign embassies, Colaba is also a preferred area where you can enjoy fancy restaurants and colorful nightlife. Besides, the hotels near Juhu Beach are also popular because of the charming sea view.

Transportation in Mumbai

Chhatrapati Sivaji International Airport in Mumbai connects numerous domestic and international destinations like London, New York and Paris. Generally, it takes about 2 hours to fly from Delhi and costs around ₹5,200. 30 km (19 mi) north of Mumbai downtown, the airport can only be reached by prepaid taxi or bus from the urban district. It takes 45 minutes to 2 hours by taxi and costs ₹450-600. Mumbai has 2 main railway stations, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Bombay Central (BCT). It takes about 16 hours to Delhi by train and costs around ₹850.

Mumbai’s suburban railway has 3 lines. For Mumbai travel, you can take any line by a Day Pass Ticket. 1 Day Pass Ticket: ₹75 for second and ₹225 for first class seats; 3 Day Pass Ticket: ₹115 for second and 415 for first class seats. In addition, the rickshaw and taxi are the most common vehicles in Mumbai. However, a rickshaw is not allowed in the south of Mahalaxmi. The price of a taxi is ₹22 within 1.5km and it costs ₹14.84/km for the subsequent distance.

Top Shopping Markets
  • Crawford Market:  Mohammed Ali Road, Near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai. It is considered to be the biggest shopping paradise for local residents, providing wholesale fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, black tea, spices, woodcarvings and so on.
  • Colaba Causeway Market:  Lala Nigam Street Colaba, Mumbai. One of the finest attractions, Colaba Causeway is scattered with small booths selling antiques, jewelry… Besides, the Leopold’s Cafe and Cafe Mondegar are the favorites for the leisure time.
  • Chor Bazaar:  Mohammed Ali Rd Pydhonie, Mumbai. Aka “thieves market”, Chor Bazaar specializes in various second-hand goods, such as antiques, books, automobile spare parts and electronics.

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