MUMBAI TOURISM GUIDE:
Map: Mumbai Tourism, Maharashtra, India
Location of Mumbai: South Western India, Maharashtra
Formerly Known As: Bombay
Famous As: Financial And Commercial Capital Of India
Best Time To Visit Mumbai: October To March
Multi Faced City -Mimbai(Bombay):
Its young, its lively and a confluence of varied cultural currents and cross currents have given Mumbai a unique position of the most multi-ethnic city of India. The capital city of Maharashtra State , formerly known as Bombay lies in the southwestern part of India and occupies a peninsular site originally composed of seven islets lying off the Konkan coast of western India. Oozing with the cocksure self-confidence of a maverick moneymaker and “Bindass” (carefree) attitude, Mumbai is also country’s financial and commercial hub and has a principal port on the Arabian Sea.
Yet, there’s another face of Mumbai too that is of the most densely populated cities in the world. Mumbai is located on a site of ancient settlement and took its name from the local Goddess “Mumba” – a form of Parvati, the consort of Shiva, one of the principal Gods of Hinduism – whose temple once stood in what is now the southeastern section of the Mumbai city.
Architectural Attractions of Mumbai:
Mumbai’s architecture is a mixture of florid Gothic styles, characteristic of the 18th and 19th centuries, and contemporary designs. The older administrative and commercial buildings intermingle with skyscrapers and multi-storey concrete-block buildings. Within the eye of a roaring storm of traffic, lie other vestiges of the British Raj, the ‘maidans’. The central Bazaar districts of Mumbai afford glimpses of the sprawling Muslim neighbourhoods, as well as exotic shopping possibilities.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN MUMBAI:
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus/Western Railway Station):
At the site of the Koli’s original temple to Mumba Devi now stands Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus: one of Mumbai’s most prominent buildings and architecturally one of the finest stations in the world. It is built in a style that combines Gothic and Indian influences. It was completed in 1885. Designed by F.W. Stevens the building commenced in 1878. This Italian gothic Building has a frontage of over 15,00 feet. The administrative offices form three sides of a rectangle enclosing an ornamental garden, the entrance gate guarded by a massive stone Lion and Tiger. The most prominent feature of this building is the high 160 feet dome crowning the centre. On top of the giant dome is a figure of a women with a torch held aloft to symbolise progress.
Gateway of India: Mumbai’s principal landmark, the Gateway of India is a huge archway on the water’s edge at Apollo Bunder. It is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. This famous monument was built to commemorate the visit of the first ever British Monarch, King George V and Queen Mary in 1911.
Fantasy Land in Mumbai: Fantasy Land is situated in Jogeshwari East; it is another amusement park made up of modern mechanism games for children and adults like Essel World. It is also a venue for fun and games for visitors of all ages.
Essel World of Mumbai: Perfect for a one-day holiday, Essel World offers over 40 exciting rides, games, and attractions. The Water Kingdom is said to be the largest of its kind in Asia. This is Mumbai’s only international-style theme park and amusement centre situated close to Gorai Beach. Special ferries get one cross to the park and the entrance fee normally takes care of a fixed number of rides. These include the standard roller coaster and adventure themes, plus a water world section where kids can literally run amok. Summer is usually crowded, but the place also offers low budget monsoon packages and special deals on weekends.
Mumbai Film City: Mumbai is the hub of Indian film industry, which has played a pivoted role in the development of cinematography. “Bollywood”, as it is called, produces the second most number of pictures in the world every year, next only to Hollywood, U.S.A. Mumbai claims to be the world’s largest production centre for films.
Mumbai Fort: The area north of Colaba is known as Mumbai Fort, since the old British fort was once located here. There are a lot of impressive buildings from Mumbai’s golden period here. St. John’s church, dedicated to the soldiers, who laid down their lives in the Sindh campaign of 1838, and the first Afghan war of 1843, is also worth a visit.
Marine Drive in Mumbai: Marine Drive located in the central Mumbai, built in the 1920s and 30s on land reclaimed from the sea, is Mumbai’s most famous thoroughfare. It is also referred to as the Queen’s Necklace because of the dramatic line of street lamps lit up at night. Recently it has come to known as Netaji Subhashchandra Bose Road with Nariman Point on one end to Babulnath, at the foot of Walkeshwar on the other.
Chowpatty Beach: Chowpatty beach situated at the end of Marine Drive has a moderate expanse of sand and is the only beach in the central part of Mumbai. One can witnesses many Hindu religious ceremonies taking place at Chowpatty like the Annual Thread-Tying Ceremony initiating young boys into the Brahmin caste, ‘Nariel Purnima’ towards the end of the monsoons and ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ immersions.
Flora Fountain/ Hutama Chowk: This fountain situated in the heart of the city was erected in 1869 in honour of a British Governor of Bombay. Sir Brtle Frere. Flora Fountain marks a junction of five streets and known as the ‘Picadilly Circus ‘of Mumbai, which is decorated at its four corners with mythological figures, the Fountain is a structure in dull stone with a figure the Roman Goddess of flowers, at the top.
Juhu Beach: Juhu is one of the largest and frequently visited beaches of India. Located 18-km north of the city centre, it’s a beckoning beach on the shores of Arabian Sea and is one of the posh localities of Mumbai where one can find the bungalows of the famous film personalities. Many shootings are held here too.
Mumbai High Court: An attractive building in early English Gothic style, situated next to the Oval Ground is well worth a visit for its impressive architecture. Statues representing Justice and Mercy surmount the Central structure.
Rajabai Clock Tower: Rajabai Clock tower, situated at the gardens of the Bombay University building rises above the portion of the library section. Consisting of five elaborately decorated storeys the tower is 280ft.in height. The top of the cupola is ornamented with sixteen statues depicting various Indian castes.
Chhota Kashmir in Mumbai: It is a colourful garden developed in the Aarey Colony area just near the Aarey Dairy. As the name suggests the beauty of this garden reminds the natural beauty of Kashmir. The garden is full of variety of colourful flowers, which blossom in all seasons round the year. The evergreen lawns of the garden, the tall coconut trees, and the beautiful palm trees grown here simply remind us of natural beauty of Kashmir. As the garden being one of the very popular places in the Aarey Colony, people often come here for a trip or picnic with prior permission. It is also a popular place where sessions of outdoor film shootings are held. This garden, being a best spot for picnic, is known as Picnic Spot and it is open for public during the day.
Jijamata Udyan Zoo: Rani Jijamata Udyan Victoria Gardens, laid out in 1861 houses the Mumbai’s Zoo. It houses many of the rare and endangered species of animals and birds. The gardens are spread over 48 acres in Byculla, on the central side of Mumbai, surrounded by low income housing colonies or “Chawls”. At the main entrance to the gardens is a clock tower, reminiscent of Italian renaissance, but the clock has stopped ticking a long time ago. The gardens boast of scores of trees, some of which are really old. Within the gardens is the Albert museum that houses a host of local archaeological finds among which merits a huge stone elephant at the entrance, which was found in 1864 at Gharapuri Island.
Balodyan Gardens in Mumbai: Balodyan Gardens are located near the charni road station in Mumbai. The honourable president of India Dr.Rajendra Prasad inaugurated these gardens on 24th February 1952, for encouraging and developing creativity in children. Only children and ladies are allowed into this garden. The garden is open on all days from 8.00 am to 12.00 noon and 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm.
Hanging Gardens in Mumbai: Also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens, the Hanging Gardens were built in 1880 and renovated in 1921. These gardens are popularly known as Hanging Gardens, because of their location on the slope of a hill. The terrace garden looks south from Malabar Hill towards Colaba, and affords a panoramic view of the city or a breathtaking sunset. It is built over three reservoirs, which store 30 million gallons of water pumped here for cleaning before being supplied to the town.
Kamala Nehru Park, Mumbai: The Malabar hill offers superb views of Mumbai. On top of the Malabar hills are the Hanging Gardens and Kamala Nehru Park. Built in 1952 and named after the wife of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, this park covers an area of 4,000 sq. yards and from here one enjoys a magnificent view of Marine Drive ‘Queen’s Necklace’.
MUSEUMS IN MUMBAI:
Jehangir Art Gallery: Facing Elphistone College and adjacent to the Prince of Wales Museum, this gallery situated at Kala Ghoda is the most prestigious and modern venue for Indian artists. Jehangir Art Gallery gallery, with its four exhibition halls, is one of the city’s most highly visible art galleries and having to exhibit a work of art here is a great treat for artists. The unending list of applicants to have their work put up on the walls of this gallery speaks for itself of the great importance and the media attention one attracts. Some might have to wait a couple of years to have their work put up here. The art gallery was built in the year 1952. Managed by the Bombay Art Society, the entire cost of this beautiful mansion was donated by Cawasji Jehangir.
Prince Of Wales Museum: Amid the hustle and bustle of Mumbai stand some stately buildings, remnants of the British Raj. Among them is the Prince of Wales Museum, named after Prince George (Later George V) who visited India in 1905 and laid the foundation stone of the building. Not far from the museum, its architect George Wittet also built the famous Gateway of India on the seafront, near the Taj Mahal Hotel. Through the arch the Prince made his royal entrance to India as King George V for the Delhi Darbar in 1911.
Nehru Planetarium at Mumbai: Nehru Planetarium is the only astronomical centre in Mumbai situated in Worli, which is also a concert cum movie auditorium. It is the place, which recreates the image of the sky as seen from anywhere on the earth at any time. It exhibits collections of lunar and astronomical photographs.
National Maritime Museum: Mumbai has a natural harbour, which was developed by the British. It is one of the busiest ports of India, handling approximately 40% of India’s maritime trade. The Navy has set up the maritime museum, which houses the historical treasures of India obtained from other countries and models of ships built in Mumbai.
Mani Bhavan Mahatma Gandhi Museum: Mani Bhavan is situated on Laburnam Road, Mumbai, near the August Kranti Maidan, where the ‘Quit India’ movement was launched in 1942. The building where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his frequent visits to Mumbai between 1917 and 1934 has been turned into a modest museum. It was the home of diamond merchant and Indian National Congress supporter Revashankar Jhaveri.
Veermata Jeejamata Museum / Victoria And Albert Museum: The Victoria gardens situated in Byculla in the centre of Mumbai contain Mumbai’s Zoo and the Victoria and Albert Museum, which houses interesting exhibits relating to the city’s past. Archaeological findings, maps and photographs depicting the history of Mumbai are on display here.
Taraporewala Aquarium: Taraporewala Aquarium is situated along the Marine Drive in Mumbai. This Aquarium houses exotic marine life and rare species of fishes and also some exquisite pearl jewellery. It is soon to be renovated into a high-tech Aquarium with a glass vision sea world.
TEMPLES IN MUMBAI:
Mahalaxmi Temple at Mumbai: The Mahalaxmi Temple located at the northern foot of the Malabar Hill; a part of it is now called Breach Candy in Mumbai, is a popular holy site. This is one of the Mumbai’s oldest temple dedicated to Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati. There are effigies of several Hindu gods here. Many devotees visit this temple.
Jain Temple: Jain Temple dedicated to Adinath, the first “Teerthankar”, located on Malabar Hill was built by the Jain community in 1904. The temple is totally built with marble. Jain temple is opulent, but is poorly maintained. Inside the temple frescoes depict various events in the lives of the 24 Jain apostles or Teerthankars. On reaching upstairs there is a black marble shrine beautifully decorated with celestial personifications of the planets, painted onto the ceiling.
ISCKON Temple: Isckon temple is better known as “Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple”, situated at Juhu. Its a place for worship, meditation and spiritual knowledge, which advocates the principles of Bhagvad Gita as, taught by Lord Krishna.
Ayyappa Temple At Mumbai: A temple famously known as Mini Sabarimala Shree Ayyappa Temple that is situated atop a hillock surrounded by hills and valleys within the precincts of NCH Colony, Kanjur Marg (West), Mumbai. It is the first ancient Ayyappa Temple outside Kerala State. A tiny stream originating from the vicinity adds the sanctity and beauty of environment.
Babulnath Temple: Babulnath temple is situated at the end of Marine Drive and south of Malabar Hill, in the very heart of Mumbai City. It is nearly 1,000 feet above sea level, over looking the Arabian Sea. People visiting this temple can feel peace and tranquillity and one can also get an illusion of being on the Mount Kailash, the eternal abode of Lord Shiva.
Balaji Temple at Nerul: Balaji Temple at Nerul stands as an exact replica of the Balaji temple at Tirupati. The SLN sabha of Nerul decided to build a temple of Lord Venkateshvara and on 8th December 1991 the Shankaracharya Swamiji of Kanchi Kamkoti Peetham performed Bhoomi puja for the temple.
Mumbadevi Temple: Mumbadevi Temple dedicated to city’s patron Goddess Mumbadevi is located in Bhuleshwar, Mumbai. She is considered as Mumbai’s resident deity. The temple of Mumbadevi once stood on the site of the present Victoria Terminus in the central island. The present name of the city is derived from the Goddess Mumbadevi.
Siddhivinayak Temple: Siddhi Vinayak temple devoted to Ganesh, the elephant-headed God of Good Fortune is located at Prabhadev in Mumbai. Temples dedicated to Ganesh are very famous as Shree Ganesh is the first to be worshipped before beginning any new project or venture as he Vighnaharta, the destroyer of obstacles.
Walukeshwar Mandir: Walukeshwar Mandir, is one of the Mumbai’s ancient Hindu Sites, dedicated to Walukeshwar (Lord Shiva) or Sand-Lord. According to the great epic Ramayana, it is believed that Rama paused here during his journey south to rescue Sita from the clutches of the evil Ravana, and created a lingam out of sand to worship Shiva.
MOSQUES IN MUMBAI:
Haji Ali Dargah: Haji Ali, built to honour a Muslim saint, stands almost 600 yards out at the sea. It is approachable only during low tide by a narrow rock causeway built above sea level.
Mahim Shrine: The most noteworthy feature of Mahim is the shrine of Makhtum fakih Ali Paru. Of Arab Origin, he studied and traveled extensively and was appointed law officer of Mahim. Makhtum fakih Ali Paru is noted for his commentary on the holy Koran. When he died in 1413, a shrine and mosque were built in his memory.
Jama Masjid: According to an old Urdu account, the original jama Masjid of Mumbai was situated near Dongri. It was removed and erected at Esplanade. In 1770 this mosque too was demolished by an order of Governor William Hornby, which forbade the existence of any building within 600 years of the walls of the Fort. The construction of the present Jama Masjid started in 1775 but work on it could not be completed till 1802.
CHURCHES IN MUMBAI:
Afghan Memorial Church Of St. John The Baptist: The Afghan Memorial Church of St. John the Baptist is located in the Colaba area, which is the long arm of South Mumbai that stretches into the sea. The church was established in 1847 AD and consecrated 11 years later as a memorial to those who fell in the First Afghan War of 1843 and Sind campaign of 1838. At the entrance, there is a big black board, which reveals that it is an Anglican church dedicated to St. John the Evangelist. It is impressive with the wide Gothic Arches and beautiful stained-glass windows.
Cathedral Church Of St. Thomas: St. Thomas’ Cathedral, the city’s first Anglican Church is situated in the heart of the commercial fort area, in Mumbai. The foundation was laid in 1672 during the governorship of Gerald Aungier, and was opened to public on the Christmas Day in 1718, and subject to a number of later additions. Though simple in structure, the interior of the Church has some exquisite art adorations.
NIGHTLIFE IN MUMBAI:
The City That Never Sleeps – Mumbai:
Mumbai never sleeps. No matter what time of night you venture out, there are bound to be other’s going about some business or other. The city has always led the nightlife scene in India and there are bars and clubs to suit every taste; jazz dens compete with Salsa, Tabla dance fusions and Funk.
Mumbai ‘s alternative but decidedly yuppie crowd meets at the Ghetto Bar before heading down to the gay, glitzy or groovy clubs around Colaba and Juhu.
CULTURAL CENTRES IN MUMBAI:
Mumbai is also a cultural centre attracting the finest Indian Classical music and dance artists from all over the country.
Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan,
K. M. Munshi Marg – the headquarters of the International Cultural (Hindu) Organization
Cowasjee Jehangir (CJ) Hall
The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) – auditorium frequently present concerts and recitals. NCPA also offers modern Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi and English Language plays as well as Western chamber music, while a smattering of platinum selling Western rock artists appear at Mumbai Stadium.
Mumbai has an unusually easy-going attitude to alcohol; popping into a bar for a beer is very much accepted, for men atleast even at lunchtime. On any night one will find Mumbai’s pub full of hustle and bustle. So one can rest assured that any trip to Mumbai will be far from boring.
Chowpatty Beach and Colaba Causeway, where one will find Leopold’s and the Cafe Mondegar form the focus of the traveller’s social scene, but if one wants to sample the pulse of the city’s nightlife, venture up to Bandra and Juhu.
NIGHTCLUBS IN MUMBAI:
The nightclubs scene in Mumbai has come a long way from the Filmi dance and chart-busting discos of a few years ago, as the moneyed jet-set now expect to hear the latest House, Trance, Fusion and Funk that is hitting the decks in the USA and the UK. The five star hotels tend to operate “Couple-Only” policies and entry is restricted to hotel guests and members. Other discos and clubs charge per couple on the door and many operate “Ladies Nights” when women get in free.
WHERE TO STAY IN MUMBAI CITY:
Being a major industrial and financial hub of the country Mumbai offers all kinds accommodation. Colaba, down in the afr, southern end of the city, has dozens of possibilities in each price range. A short way across the Mumbai city centre, Marine Drive’s accommodation is generally a little more expensive but more salubrious. Alternatively, Juhu, way to the north near the airports, boasts a string of flashy four and five star hotels of Mumbai, with a handful of less expensive places behind the beach. If one plans to make a quick getaway from the city, a room closer to the CST station is worth considering.
SHOPPING IN MUMBAI:
Shopping in Mumbai is a memorable experience as one wanders through its bazaars with striking names like Chor Bazaar, Mutton Street and Zaveri Bazaar. Mumbai’s streets, corners and pavements are lined with shops and virtually anything one wants is available in parts of its famous bazaars and markets. Shopping in Mumbai can be anyway one likes – air-conditioned and fixed price, or street market and lots of hard bargaining.
Shopping Downtown: Most of the Handicrafts emporia and bazaars are located in the downtown area. Crawford Market, famous for flowers, fruits, meat and fish, is certainly a place worth capturing on your camera; its sheer colour and variety will not fit into one screen.
The main areas for bargain clothes are around Colaba Causeway and Fashion Street, which stretches along the Cross and Azad Maidans. More trendy and costly shopping is found at Breach Candy and Kemps Corner, down the hill from the Hanging Gardens. Chor Bazaar is antique-hunter’s delight, while nearby Zaveri Bazaar is famous for its diamond, gold and silver jewellery.
The shopping arcades of almost all five-star hotels such as the Oberoi and the Taj Mahal offer a good variety of up-market shops. In central and suburban Mumbai, the Dadar, Bandra-Linking Road, and Juhu Road areas are good spots to shop.
Shopping Arcades Of The Hotels Such As Taj, Oberoi: If one wants to take the leisurely option for your shopping trips, go for a stroll around the air- conditioned shopping arcades of the main hotels, the Taj, the Oberoi Towers and the new Oberoi, all in south Mumbai, and shop for clothes, shoes, leatherwear, jewellery, and good quality handicrafts.
Prices will be higher than outside, but the choice in these shopping arcades is excellent, and if one is a canny shopper, one can always window shop there, before heading off to the markets.
Some shops however are exclusive to the hotels in the Oberoi Shopping Centre, for example, there is a wonderful shop called “Christina”, selling bags, purses, scarves and silk blouses. Designs are never repeated, and one has to be quick off the mark if one sees something one like, for the little shop is always busy, often with airline crews.
Chor Bazaar in Mumbai: At Chor Bazaar one’ll find a phenomenal collection of antiques, jewellery, wooden articles, leatherwear and general bric-a-brac. Chor Bazaar is commonly known as “Thieves’ Market, a name coined by the British but perhaps mistakenly. It is also thought that the original name was “Shor Bazaar” (Noisy Market), which aptly described the yelling and shouting of the local traders on Mutton Street while selling their second hand household goods. Today, it is a hustling bustling market selling an electric range of new and old furniture and bric-a-brac. While on one looks out for brass planters and silver “Hookahs” (remember bargain very hard in Chor Bazaar) take time to wander up and down the other alleys, some devoted to furniture, others to crystal and glassware, and others to far less romantic items like inner tubes or valves.
Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai: For beautiful silver jewellery and belts, go to Zaveri Bazaar. Silver is a very good buy in Zaveri Bazaar, but bargain hard. Other good silver buys are napkin rings, picture frames in old silver (beautiful, but pricey) and boxes: lovely presents if one can ever bear to give them away. Always check the price per gram for silver, and remember there is a different price for old silver, and do compare prices in a few shops before buying.
Fashion Street of Mumbai: For shirts, tee-shirts and wonderful cotton clothes for children, all at rock bottom prices, visit “Fashion Street” a street market opposite one of Mumbai’s exclusive clubs, the Bombay Gymkhana, but known to everyone as the Bombay Gym.
Fashion street sells export rejects, and export “over-runs” which are often excellent quality clothes at knock down prices. Bargain very hard, and with any luck one can reduce the sales man’s opening offer down to a more realistic price.
Colaba And Flora Fountain: Colaba and Flora Fountain (Hutatama Chowk) in the heart of south Mumbai and at walking distance from Bombay VT and Churchgate railway stations are full of shops of all kinds, mainly ethnic artefacts and departmental stores. It is a good place to find shoes, cotton clothes, Kaftans and children’s clothes.
Shopping in Dadar: Another major shopping area is around Dadar T.T, and if you go there in the evening, the place is packed. Good cotton clothes, saris, children’s cloth galore and a general atmosphere of fun shopping. Given the space constraints in Mumbai, the further one goes from the over crowded southern tip, the bigger and better the shops become. Departmental stores are virtually unheard of in south Mumbai, whilst just a short drive away, uptown, are large complexes.
Shopping in Bandra: Bandra, the so-called “Queen of Suburbs” is the residential abode of film stars, industrialists and the likes, of Mumbai. Linking Road joins Bandra to Khar and is lined up on both sides with showrooms for the elite. But the striking contest here is the pavement selling, a world of contrast from a posh showroom.
Shopping At Eternia And Shopper’s Stop: Two mentionable places to shop in Mumbai are Eternia at Breach Candy and Shopper’s Stop on S.V. Road in Andheri. Eternia is indeed an international shopping experience for women – a part of the Premsons Bazaar, one of the trendiest addresses in Mumbai. Eternia caters to the growing demands of the contemporary women and stocks everything she could ask for.
Shopper’s Stop has burgeoned into a 75,000 square feet shopping experience, covering three floors. It has every thing that women, men and children could ask for. In fact, the kid’s section is an experience by itself.
Shopping For Books in Mumbai: For the book lovers, there are several excellent bookshops, and street stalls galore, many of the latter concentrated around Flora Fountain. “Crossword” on Warden Road sells books, magazines, records, CDs, greeting cards – the lot.
One of Mumbai’s most popular bookshops is the tiny “Strand Book Stall” which has helpful knowledgeable staff, a comprehensive range of books, and if they don’t have something, they will order it within a day or so. It is quite an achievement to leave the shop without buying something!
Shopping For Handicrafts in Mumbai: Very close to Gateway of India, there is the main government emporium, Cottage Industries, which is reasonably well stocked with a cross section of handicrafts and clothes, and is fixed price. In the little streets immediately opposite to the government emporium, there are lots of handicraft and silver shops, and a couple of good, but pricey, antique shops.
HOW TO REACH MUMBAI:
Air: Sahara International Airport is an important point of entry for many foreign airlines, and nearby Santa Cruz Airport serves domestic flights. Mumbai handles about 60% of the international and nearly 40% of the domestic air traffic in India. International flights connect Mumbai to all the major cities of the world.
Mumbai Airport has two terminals, Terminal I for domestic operations and Terminal II for international operations. Both terminals are situated about 4-km apart. Terminal I has two distinct terminal facilities viz. Terminal I-A and Terminal I-B which are situated approximately 750m from each other. While Terminal I-A caters to all domestic flights operated by Indian Airlines and Alliance Air, the Terminal I-B caters to all other domestic airlines.
Terminal II is one block of buildings, which has two units viz. Terminal II-A and Terminal II-B and are on either side of the Visitors Concourse. All Air-India flights are operated from Terminal II-B.
Rail: Mumbai (Bombay) is the railhead for the Western and Central Railways, and trains from the city carry goods and passengers to all parts of India. Two suburban electric train systems provide the main public transportation and they daily convey hundreds of thousands of commuters in the metropolitan region.
Road: Mumbai (Bombay) is well connected by a network of roads to the rest of India. There is also a municipally owned bus fleet over here.
Water: The facilities provided by its harbor, make Mumbai, India’s major western port. Though other major ports have sprung up on the West Coast – Kandla to the north and Goa and Kochi to the south – Mumbai still handles more than 40% of India’s maritime trade.
MUMBAI GENERAL INFORMATION:
Temperature (Deg C)
Summer: Maximum 33 °C Minimum 19 °C in
Winter: Maximum 27 °C Minimum 15 °C
Rainfall: 610 Average mm
Clothing: Light cotton in summer and woollen in winter
STD code: 022