Mumbai's bustling diversity offers vacationers various incentives for holiday travel. Mumbai's cultural attractions, beach hangouts, extensive shopping options and Bollywood adventures make this cosmopolitan gem an engaging metropolis to explore.
Mumbai has three distinct seasons: summer, monsoon and winter. The best time for visitors to come to Mumbai is in the winter, from November until February. The temperatures during these months range from a minimum of 17°C to °30 C, maximum. It's best to avoid the monsoon season, occurring from June until September.
Visiotrs also enjoy Mumbai's many festivals throughout the year. Holi occurs with the full moon in March and is a spring celebration full of vibrant colours. The Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day Hindu celebration of parades and processions that happens in August/ September. Diwali celebrations take place in October with fireworks and lights.
British citizens require visas before travelling to India. For further information, visit the Indian High Commission website. Ensure that vaccines and boosters are current. Recommended vaccines include the following: Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid. Travellers should also consider Cholera (especially during the monsoon season); Hepatitis B; Japanese Encephalitis; Rabies.
Most visitors avoid drinking India's tap water. It's also best to stick to boiled, fried and peeled vegetables and fruits before eating. Smog is prevalent and unpleasant during the dry season. India's living costs are much lower than Britain's. A budget meal costs about 200 Rupees (approximately £2).
Mumbai/Bombay Airport is about 28 kilometres from the city centre. Prepaid taxis, costing between 450 and 600 Rs approximately, are the best way to get to the city centre. For the best accommodation bets, holidaymakers should head to South Mumbai, Colaba or near railway stations for budget guesthouses. Lodgings in Mumbai are relatively expensive compared to the rest of India. Hostel room accommodation is roughly 250 Rs. 3-star hotel rates begin from about 4000 Rs. Mumbai taxi transport is relatively cheap. The minimum fare runs about 21 Rs for the first 1.5 km and then Rs 1 for every 100 metres. Suburban trains can get very crowded during rush hours. For travel on public transport, passengers can purchase a day pass for about 70 Rs. (a SMART photo ID card is required).