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Why fly to Mumbai?
From Bollywood dreams to the sites of the Mughul scenes, Mumbai is a city that dances by day and twinkles by night. The city is the capital of the state of Maharashtra and has a population of close to 25 million.
The city's busy harbor opens up into the Arabian Sea and is a hub of activity with two major ports, this fact coupled with the numerous national and multinational companies with offices in the city make Mumbai, India's economic hub.
The architecture in the city is a beautiful combination of Indo meets Gothic, many buildings like the Chhatrapati Shavaji Terminus are reminders of British rule, the terminus building has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Additionally the city is home to numerous skyscrapers that make up the city's skyline.
Mumbai is home to some prominent museums and galleries including the National Gallery of Modern Art and also has a thriving theater culture. You can catch a show in English as well as Hindi and a number of other Indian languages.
The city celebrates numerous festivals both Indian and Western so it is really a city of year long celebrations from Diwali to Christmas to Good Friday and Durga Pujah.
For rest and relaxation head to one of the city's many beaches, if you want to swim you will need to be selective as all beaches are not open to swimming, but all of them are great for catching some sun and winding down in the Indian warmth.
In the evening head to one of the city's many high-end restaurants for something succulent and spicy. Many of the waterside restaurants turn out some of the country's most delectable seafood dishes. Be sure to try curried prawns and enjoy the fresh crab and lobster. Once dinner is over, you can head for one of the modern hotel bars or hit the club scene, which has scene a huge expansion in the best decade.
There is just so much to see and do in Mumbai, that a thoroughly planned visit is a must, but whatever you do, you are in for a city that has managed to perfectly magnetize ancient tradition with modern cool, which makes for a perfect travel experience.
Mumbai is a hot city but thanks to its location near the water it doesn't hit the same highs as the interior of the city. The summer months are the hottest and the driest with temperatures in the mid 30s. The high heat begins in March and the monsoon rains begin in June so the June through September period is hot and humid. Cooler temperatures start creeping in October with December winter temperatures in the mid 20s.
When to fly to Mumbai
Travellers tend to head to Mumbai in the months before and after the scorching days of summer. So flight ticket prices can be fairly high in September and October as well as in March and April.
Holidayers tend to stay away from India during the summer monsoon season, which means flight prices drop.
Getting into Mumbai
Your flight will arrive at the Chhatrapati Sivaji International Airport. From the airport you should take either a taxi or a shuttle service as the public buses will be confusing and could take you hours to get to your destination.
Getting around Mumbai
Mumbai has a great public transportation network for locals, however for a foreigner it can be somewhat confusing. There is subway service that gets you throughout the city, but read up on your stops before attempting to take the trip and be forewarned that it will be very crowded and likely more group contact than you're used to. Public buses also run throughout the city and auto rickshaws are a great option for travelling short distances and also provide for an amusing ride for the most part. Beyond that, there are cars for hire and taxi service as well.
- Go for a stroll through one of the city gardens like in Horniman Circle, which is located in the Fort area. Locals take to these beautifully-manicured gardens for a quick getaway.
- The Gateway of India is a Mumbai icon. It was designed to welcome King George V on his visit to the city during the days of British rule. The looming structure is now a popular meeting spot and a hub of street vendor activity.
- Visit the Khala Ghora area for a taste of Indian art galleries and museums like the Prince of Wales Museum which houses some fascinating pieces. This little district is great to stroll through and take in a different side of Mumbai, away from the rough and tumble traffic,
- Visit Elephanta Island to see some fascinating caves. You can hop on a ferry and be there in just 15 minutes. The caves have a special meaning for Hindus and are connected with the Hindu Lord Shiva.
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Top Sources of Information for your Trip:
- Mumbai Mirror Mumbai Mirror: Mumbai News – Latest & Breaking Mumbai News
- City government Mumbai Website for the city government with information about the city, statisticts, directory, downloadable forms, and feedback
- Mumbai Port Trust, India Mumbai Port Trust, India Official Site
- TimeOut Mumbai Your guide to attractions, events, restaurants, nightlife, bars, ...
- Mumbai Film Festival Mumbai Film Festival Website
- Gateway Of India Mumbai Gateway Of India Mumbai - History And Architecture
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum
- Go 4 Mumbai Travelling in Mumbai Simplified
- Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Official Site
- Air India Air India Official Site
- Go Air Go Air Official Site
- Jet Airways Jet Airways Official Site
- Transport of Mumbai Transport of Mumbai official Site
- Mumbai on the Net Discover Mumbai
- EsselWorld EsselWorld- India's Largest Amusement Park
- Bombay High Court Bombay High Court Official Site
- Sanjay Gandhi National Park Sanjay Gandhi National Park Website
- Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay Indian Institute of Technology Official Site
- University of Mumbai University of Mumbai Official Site
- Mumbai Moments Mumbai City Tours, Tour guide in Mumba
- Mumbai Magic Welcome to Mumbai Magic, the best way to experience the city at your own pace
- Mumbai Metro Mumbai Metro Official Site
- Mumbai Police Mumbai Police Official Site
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