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Make the Most of Your Mumbai Holiday
Mumbai, the most populous city in India, is the capital of India's state of Maharashtra. Visit this modern city to experience a unique mix of cosmopolitan city life and traditional festivals and cultural events.
Best Time to Travel to Mumbai
Mumbai's tropical climate enjoys three seasons: Summer, Monsoon and Winter. The best time to visit is during the winter months, between November and February, when temperatures typically reach a maximum of 30°C and a minimum of 17°C. Avoid visiting Mumbai during the monsoon season, which runs from June to September.
Travel to Mumbai during Holi festival at the full moon in March. Or visit during Ganesh Chaturthi in August and September, which is 10 days of celebrations and processions. Diwali, the festival of lights in October, is a festive event including fireworks and lights.
Good to Know Before You Go
Visas are necessary for travelers coming into Mumbai. Be sure that you have all necessary vaccines and boosters before you leave home. Recommended immunisations include Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid. Some travelers may also want to consider Cholera if they are planning a trip during the monsoon season, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis and Rabies are likewise recommended. Most visitors avoid drinking the tap water in India. Stick to boiled, fried food, and be sure to peel vegetables and fruit before eating to avoid nasty infections. Smog is prevalent during the dry season and can make your stay unpleasant. Living costs are much lower in India. You can get a budget meal from about 200 Indian Rupees.
Local Tips and Information
Mumbai airport is located at 28 km from the city. Prepaid cabs into the city cost between about 450 and 600 Rs. Cabs in Mumbai are fairly cheap, with a minimum fare of Rs 21 for the first 1.5 km and then Rs 1 for every additional 100 metres. As city trains are very busy at certain times, many visitors will opt for buses. Purchase a bus day pass for Rs 70 (you will need a Smart photo ID card).
Head to South Mumbai or Colaba or near railway stations for budget rooms. Accommodation in Mumbai can be relatively expensive compared to the rest of the country. You can get a bed in a hostel or dorm for roughly 250 Rs. Three-star hotels cost from about 4000 Rs.