If you are an avid traveler, the passion of seeing new places will never go down along with your age. Exploring new places and travelling around is one of the best things you can gift yourself. Whether you are a foodie, or an adventurous soul, or even the one who admire natural beauty, you have plenty of places to visit. Today’s article brings you an insight to business capital of India, ‘Mumbai’.
For many, visiting India is like stepping into a new world, and Mumbai is the city which connects India with the world. It hosts some of the famous British colonial structures, with an amazing city life with some of the finest dining places found in this part of the world.
You are bound to get lost at some point in Mumbai, but that’s the appeal of the city. It has got everything for everyone. From Sky crappers to slums, the famous ‘Bollywood’ is here. A visit to the market is the best way to catch a glimpse of the real Mumbai life. Markets like Crawford market, Chor bazaar and Mutton Street are to name a few.
Top Spots to Visit in Mumbai:
The list can be very long, however below are the top 12 places that no one can afford to miss out during a stay in Mumbai:
- Gateway of India– Waterfront, British architecture facing the Arabian Sea
- Essel World – Thrill rides and kid’s attraction
- Siddhivinayak Temple – Grand Hindu temple dedicate to lord Ganesha
- Marine Drive – Popularly referred to as the Queen’s Necklace
- Juhu Beach
- Bandra-Worli Sea Link
- Crawford Market
- Colaba Causeway Market
- Taraporewala Aquarium
- Sanjay Gandhi National Park – Situated within the city with forest caves and endangered wildlife
- Mount Mary Church – Bandra – The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount
- Elephanta Caves – Famous for sculptures, Art, History and caves
How to Reach Mumbai
The Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport is a visual treat to the eyes along with connections to every part of the world. The basic amenities like tidy toilets, clean floors, and variety of food courts can be seen all over. The T2 terminal gives a feel of an international museum with its indoor gardens and art galleries. Other Airport Services Includes:
- Travel Club: Location- International Terminal 2, Airside, Level 3, opposite Gate 44. Hours: open 24 hours. The access to passengers with Domestic transit and Domestic departure flights only.
- Pranaam Lounge: Location- International Terminal 2, Airside, Level 4. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (from INR 2,000 for 2 hours – INR 3500 for 6 hours)
- Loyalty Lounge: Location-International Terminal 2B, Airside, Mezzanine Level, opposite Gate 14. Hours: open 24 Hours.
- Aviserv Lounge: Location-Landside, Level 2 (Arrivals Level), next to Gate A. Showers and sleeping pods are available. Advance purchase is mandatory. (£13.50 – for 3 hours -24 hours open)
- Niranta Airport Transit Hotel & Lounge: An Indian visa is required for foreign nationals to access the hotel. Services include-24-hour dining, a full-service spa and free Wi-Fi. Location – inside Terminal 2, with entrances airside and landside on Level 1 and airside on Level 2 – International Departures.
- Aviserv Lounge: Sleeping pods. Location: public area of the terminal (landside), on Level 2 (Arrivals Level), next to Gate A. For transit passengers, documentation is mandatory. (Rs. 750/hour)
- Hilton Hotel: (5 minutes from the airport). Airport shuttle is available upon request for both terminals (Domestic and International)
- JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai Sahar: (5 minutes from the airport). Airport shuttle is available upon request.
- Ibis Mumbai Airport: (4 minutes from the airport).Transfers cost INR 1090 to/from the International -Terminal. Transfers to the domestic terminal are free.
- ATM: Available in T1 Departures and Arrivals areas and T2 International Departures Level 4 and International Arrivals levels 1 and 2
- Baby Care facilities: Contact the Information desk. Locations: T1, landside, pre-Security Check Area II • T1, airside, opposite Gate A8 • T2, landside, Level 2 – South West Pier, near Check-In • T2, airside, near Core Duty-Free, Level 4. Additionally, strollers are also available for loan. Photo ID is required as a deposit.
- Prayer rooms: Locations: T2 / International Departures, landside, Level 3 (use the escalators at the far east and west ends of Level 4 Departures) • T2 / International Departures, airside, Level 4, near Gate 47 and Gate 65 • T2, airside, Domestic Departures, opposite Gates 43 and 86.
- Currency Exchange: Locations: Pheroze Framroze (Departures) and Centrum (Arrivals) at T1. Centrum (Departures Level 4 and Arrivals Levels 1 and 2) • VKC (Arrivals Level 2) • SBI (Arrivals Level 2) • Akbar Travels (Level 2 Domestic Transfers, Level 4 Check-in, and Level 4 passenger holding area) at T2.
There is 2 prominent railway terminus in Mumbai from which you can get trains for reaching every part of the country.
- Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus: Express/Superfast and local suburban trains commence from here. This is located in the Fort area of Mumbai, around 14.9 miles from the International airport.
- Mumbai Central Terminus: Mostly for the Express/Superfast trains going towards the western/central part of the country, along with local suburban trains. Special trains like Rajdhani Express to New Delhi commence the journey from this terminus, approx 13.7 miles from the International airport.
Long-distance government-run buses along with local city buses (AC/non-AC) depart from the Mumbai Central bus terminal right by Mumbai Central train station.
Best Season to visit Mumbai:
The winter months from October to February are when Mumbai turns into the ideal destination for a visit. The days are pleasant for outdoor activities and sightseeing. The grandeur during local festivals like ‘Navratri’ followed by Christmas and New Year make Mumbai worth visiting.
If you have a fondness for rains, June to September is the months to visit Mumbai. The greenery spread over the nearby hill stations of Lonavala, Matheran and Khandala can give you the ultimate clicks. However, the rains can be very heavy sometimes but the good part is due to the monsoons, the hotel rates are slightly on the lower side and the traffic is also less.
Emergency Contact Number (Police & Hospital) :
Below are the emergency contact details in Mumbai for the public:
- Police hotline 100
- Airport Police Helpline 28225709
- Police Control Room Helpline 22620111, 22151855
- Blood bank 1910
- J J Hospital Blood Bank: Dr. Ganesh, Dr.Nair – 022 23739400
- Bombay Hospital: Ms Purohit — 22067676 Extn 216
- St George Hospital Direct Blood Bank: Tarun – 22620344
- Taj Hotel: 022-66574322, 022-66574372, 1800 111 825
- Trident Hotel: 022-23890606
- Send an sms – type BLOOD and send it to 96000 97000, donor will call up for blood donation
Foreign Exchange Spots
Along with the options available at the International airport, you have multiple private firms giving you the best rates for the day.
- Travelex India Pvt Ltd http://www.travelex.co.in Phone: 022 6675 7500
- Prime Currency Corner Forex Pvt Ltd http://www.primecurrency.in
- Weizmann Forex Ltd https://www.weizmannforex.com Phone: 022 6597 3342