Why go to Mumbai?
Mumbai, the vibrant capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra, is the largest city in the country and home to the Bollywood film industry. In contrast to its northern equivalent of Delhi, Mumbai is a fast-paced and cosmopolitan city, the commercial capital of India and one of the most heavily populated cities in the world.
There is some superb colonial architecture in Mumbai, such as the UNESCO Heritage railway station of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, previously known as Victoria Terminus, and the High Court. Nearby, Marine Drive has many Art Deco style buildings, such as the Regal Cinema. Also in this region of South Mumbai are several museums and art galleries, such as the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, previously known as the Prince of Wales Museum. The Nehru Centre is home to the excellent Nehru Centre Art Gallery and Nehru Science Centre.
Mumbai has some nice green areas amidst the concrete, such as the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the Hanging Gardens on Malabar Drive and the Mumbai Port Trust Garden. There are also several temples which make pleasant excursions, including the Global Vipassana Pagoda and Hare Krishna temples.
Mumbai is also a great place to catch the latest Hindi flick or visit the theatre. Other evening activities include a leisurely wander along the beachfront, a meal at one of the top restaurants in the country or perhaps a little bar hopping.
How far is the airport from city centre and Which major airlines fly to Mumbai from UK?
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is around 20 miles from the city centre. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air India and Jet Airways operate direct flights between Mumbai and London Heathrow, with several flights a day.
What’s the easiest way to reach city centre from the airport?
The easiest way to reach the city centre from the airport, unless being picked up by a hotel, is by prepaid taxi. There are several booths offering prepaid fares. Avoiding rush hour, visitors could also travel by taxi to Vile Parle Station and then catch a train downtown.
What are the visa requirements for British nationals?
British Nationals need a visa to enter the country, which must be obtained prior to arrival. Tourist visas allow visitors to enter and leave the country several times for a period up to one year. Other nationalities also require visas, except for nationals of Nepal and Bhutan. Some nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival.
How to get around the city?
Black and yellow taxis, branded taxis and auto-rickshaws are handy for travelling around the city, though auto-rickshaws are only available in certain areas and not recommended for longer journeys. Buses are typically crowded but do cover a large network. The train network is also extensive and special tourist tickets allow travellers to sit in first class compartments – rush hour should be avoided.
What’s the best time to visit Mumbai?
Mumbai has a tropical climate with periods of high humidity, though the coastal location keeps temperatures lower than many areas of the country. Average daytime temperatures only fluctuate a few degrees throughout the year, from about 25°C December to March to about 30°C in April to June, before dropping slightly again in summer. Travel during June to September is not recommended, however, because of the high rainfall at this time.