Mumbai, the commercial capital of India offers a unique charm of distinct culture and diverse traditions. Mumbai has long been home to some of the richest people on the subcontinent. Its a hub for Bollywood. You can easily get along with people, as most of them are friendly, helpful and converse well in English. Mumbai is a city that never sleeps.
The local currency is Indian Rupee (INR)
1 USD = 65 INR
How To Get There:
Mumbai is served by its only international airport “ Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport” . Mumbai could also be reached on train from different parts of the country or by road from the neighbouring cities like Goa and Pune.
The city’s lifeline is the Mumbai Local Railway. Unlike the metros in other parts of the world, Mumbai’s local train system has its own unique charm. Be prepared as these trains are crowded to the core during the peak hours. These open trains connects almost every corner of the city and suburbs. Its cheap, convenient and of course an experience of its own kind.
Mumbai’s other modes of transports are busses, black and yellow taxis and tuk-tuk locally known as Auto Rickshaw (one of a kind that could be found widely in suburbs)
What To See:
Ready to face the “ Culture shock”? Mumbai would have it all for you. The enchanting charm of the Gateway of India or the iconic Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus Train Station formerly known as Victoria Terminus and the Bombay High Court buildings are reminiscent of the British Architecture in the city.
Antilia, reportedly the most expensive home in the world. Owned by the business tycoon Mukesh Ambani, it is worth an estimated $1bn, its 27-storeys high and has three helipads.
Interested in History? Take a boat to the Elephanta Caves from The Gateway Of India and visit the rock cut architecture of the caves that has been dated to between the 5th and 8th centuries.
Does nature fascinate you? Visit the Sanjay Gandhi National Park to see its exquisite scenery and rare wildlife.
What To Eat:
Kick your taste buds by rewarding yourself with some of the many local delicacies. “ Indian foods are too spicy” is a common term you would hear from most, which I would say is not the case. Snack the street side fast foods like Pani Puri, Vada Pav or Samosa.
Where To Stay:
Mumbai hosts its guests in the most plush hotel to the cheapest backpackers pod. Backpackways recommends Chateau Windsor Hotel for its location and economical tariff.
Lonavla is a picturesque hill station located at 83 Kms to the south of Mumbai. You can ride a bus to get there or alternatively book yourself on the train that operates this route on a regular basis.