Mumbai – formerly known as Bombay – is the most cosmopolite city in India and compared to the rest of the country the attitudes are quite liberal. It’s also the largest Indian city. For those wanting to make it as actors, Mumbai is a magnet. Its high standard of living attracts migrants from all over the country.
Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is India’s largest city and the capital of the state of Maharashtra. The city lies on the west coast of India.
How to get to Mumbai
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport , located in Mumbai, is India’s busiest airport and one of the most important getaways into the country. The airport handles both domestic and international flights.
Trains connect Mumbai to the rest of the country and there are also national highways linking the Indian cities. Buses also serve Mumbai and connect it to the rest of the country.
The city is located in a tropical zone and the climate can be classified into two main seasons: humid and dry.
The humid season starts in March and ends in October. During these months, the humidity is high and so are the temperatures. The wettest months are between June and September when the monsoon rains the city’s entire rainfall for the year.
The dry season lasts between November and February. The weather is moderately humid and the temperatures are warm to cool. January and February are considered the coldest months. Winter is the best time to visit the city.
Jan avg high 85 F / 29 C ; avg low 65 F / 18 C
May avg high 91 F / 32 C; avg low 81 F / 27 C
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Things to do
India has a very rich Colonial background. Taking a stroll in South Mumbai would reveal beautiful buildings dating from that period. Among the highlights we can list: Gateway of India and the Police headquarters.
Most of the important museums and galleries are concentrated in South Mumbai. Definitely worth a look are the Prince of Wales Museum, and the National Gallery of Modern Art.
If you want to explore the city’s religious side, there are several churches, temples and mosques to visit.
You might feel suffocated in the “concrete jungle” but there are several green places where you can relax. The city Zoo is a colonial relic and pretty well preserved. Located outside the site, it’s worth a trip to see the animals. Several parks and gardens offer the green area the city needs: The “Hanging Gardens” and Mumbai Port Trust Garden are totally worth your time.
Mumbai has some beaches within the city limits. However they are not particularly great and the water is not clean. Worth a stroll on the beaches in Northwest Mumbai but don’t venture into the water.
If you fancy exploring the city a bit more, you can check you the cut caves such as the Elephanta, Kanheri and Mahakali caves, all located within the city limits.
One thing you need to do while here is to check out the street markets. They provide the insight you need into the Indian culture and, at the same time, are great places to try some of the local vegetarian street food.
Several festivals attract tourists from all over the world. If you visit Mumbai between July and November you will find yourself right in the middle of at least one festival.