The cosmopolitan city of Mumbai in India makes an exciting holiday destination. It's the largest city in India and the capital of Maharashtra State. There's plenty to do and see here, Mumbai has something for everyone.
Mumbai has three seasons, summer, monsoon and winter. The best time to visit is during the winter months from November until February. Temperatures reach a maximum of 30 degrees Centigrade and a minimum of 17 degrees C so it's quite pleasant at this time of year. Try to avoid the monsoon season from June to September. It is pleasant to plan a visit to Mumbai to coincide with the city's many festivals and holidays. Full moon in March is known as Holi while August and September is Ganesh Chaturthi, a 10 day celebration with processions and music. Diwali is the Festival of Lights held in October, a fantastic firework display.
Before travelling visas are needed, they are available from the Indian High Commission. Make sure your vaccinations and boosters are fully up to date such as Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Cholera, Rabies and Japanese Encephalitis. Avoid drinking tap water when in India, stick to bottled water. Boil or fry food, always peel fruit and vegetables before eating. During the dry season smog can be a problem so do bear this in mind before you travel. The cost of living here is quite cheap with budget meals costing around 200 Indian rupees (approx two pounds).
The distance from Mumbai International Airport to the city centre is about 28 km. A prepaid taxi will cost you around 450-600 rupees. For accommodation head to South Mumbai, Colaba or close to the railway stations for budget rooms. Accommodation here is quite expensive compared to the rest of India. A hostel room will set you back about 250 rupees while 3 star hotels are in the region of 4000 rupees. However, taxis are cheap. The minimum fare is 21 rupees for the first 1.5 kms and then an additional 1 rupee for every 100 meters. Trains can be packed especially during the rush hour. Buy a one day bus pass for 70 rupees (you will need a Smart photo ID card). Travelling around Mumbai by bus is a great way to see the city's many attractions, monuments like the Gateway of India, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) building.