Fly To Mumbai, India
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay is a densely populated city situated on India's west coast. This bustling urban centre might be overwhelming at first but its many treasures and hidden gems make it one of the most loved tourist destinations in the world.
The heart of Mumbai is made up of unique bazaars, hidden temples, and India's best Marine Drive night life. Embrace this uniquely thrilling experience of adventure, culture, and traditions and create some of the best memories that would last a lifetime.
Getting around this massive and crowded urban development takes some ingenuity. Public transport ranges from private cabs such as OLA Cabs, to trains, buses, black-and-yellow (non-air-conditioned) or blue-and-silver (air-conditioned) meter taxis, auto rickshaws (fun but nerve-wracking in the hectic Mumbai traffic) and ferries. As the roads are not always in the best shape, public transport accounts for over 80% of passenger traffic so bring along plenty of patience.
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Why visit Mumbai?
- Enjoy a day at the colourful Colaba Causeway it is the perfect way to get a feel of this city, you will find a number of vendors, local goods and souvenirs!
- With the intimate bars, high class lounges and electrifying atmosphere a great night is guaranteed at the lively Bandra where Mumbai is known to come to life!
- Take your taste buds on a spice journey like no other, from Mohammed Ali Road’s skewered kebabs, to the many finger licking good vendors at Elco Pani Puri Centre!
The best time to visit Mumbai would be between October and November as this is the period post-monsoon season. The humidity which Mumbai is known for drops during this winter season and so do the temperatures.
In addition with a milder climate between October and November the city is filled with business events and tourists as this is considered the best time to visit due to the weather conditions.
- Mumbai is a city that is comprised of seven islands.
- This is the 8th most populated city in the world.
- In 1863 the first train in India was started in Mumbai.
Mumbai, a bustling city filled with so much history, culture and unique experiences it is a city should be on everyone’s bucket list. The things that most tourists want to see when visiting Mumbai include Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya museum, Jijamata Udyaan zoo which houses many rare and endangered species of animals, and the beautiful sanjay Gandhi National Park.
There are things that Mumbai is not known for that are quite spectacular to see as well which include Chowpatty beach, now people do not usually come to swim at the beach but it is famous for the plenty of delicious Indian street food that is served and prepared along the beach and being surrounded by a spectacular view, it is worth the visit.
Shopping opportunities abound, with many, many things to choose from in the way of gifts for those back home (or keepsakes from your trip). Khadi Clothing (endorsed by Ghandi himself), Tibetan Thangkas (cloth paintings), tea, incense and other trinkets can all be found. Central Cottage Industries Emporium can be pricey, but is a must-visit for shopping, while Khadi & Village Industries Emporium is also worth a stop.
Mumbai also showcases the best historic sites like the Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves which is an island with sculpted cave temples, and the Madh Fort which was built by the Portuguese hundreds of years ago.
Due to the fact that Mumbai is a city that has a rich legacy in the film industry it would only be right to vist Maratha Mandir which is one of the few single screen theatres in this city that has been running since 1995.
If you still have plenty more time left to explore this magical place then you should visit the following places:
- Jehangir Art Gallery
- Taraporewala Aquarium
- Siddhivinayak Temple
- Shri Swaminarayan Temple
- Aksa Beach
- Hanging Gardens
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
- The Haji Ali Dargah
- The Kanheri Caves
- Mount Mary Church, Bandra
Mumbai is a city that worships street food. There is said to be a culinary richness in the veins of every city dweller-street food, which is what makes eating experiences in this city so unique. The best thing to try would be Vada pav which is the biggest threat to the fancy burgers and pizzas, there are more than 5000 of these stalls in Mumbai.
After a long day of sightseeing there is nothing better than grabbing a sev puri, or the very addictive pani puris which is said to be a burst of flavour in your mouth with every bite and the delicious glass of Falooda which is an Indian dessert to end off this great meal.
You can also find some of the best restaurants in Mumbai if you prefer a fine dining experience, they include:
- Wasabi by Morimoto
- Olive Bar and Kitchen
- China House
- Gadda Da Vida
Although Mumbai is a city of many faiths the most followed religion in the city is Hinduism. The cultural diversity is extremely great, religion and culture go hand-in-hand with everyday life. The individuals that stay in Mumbai are a concentrated mix of Hindus, Muslims, Zoroastrians, Christians, Jains and Buddahists.
There are many cultural festivals that light up the streets of Mumbai for example Diwali 'The festival of lights' which is celebrated by the Hindu community. There is a blend of old and new as well as rich and poor in this city, the things that make this place so beautiful and intriguing is its diversity and the fact that it is truly a city with many cultural and religious facets.
Mumbai is a less conservative than other major Indian cities, but it is advised to dress modestly when in public as you will be received better. When visiting any place of worship it is required to dress modestly and act respectfully-no loud talking, cuddling, smoking, or kidding around.
While sightseeing individuals need to be cautious when taking pictures as photography may be prohibited at temples, other sacred sites and religious events.
This is a very safe city, although it is advised to refrain from travelling alone in public transport and especially at night. Tourists are required to remain vigilant at all times, as tourist tend to stand out amongst the locals in this city. One should try to consume bottled water only as there are some areas where the water is not clean enough to drink, so as a precaution drinking bottled water is advised.
Nigerian Passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Mumbai, or anywhere else in India, for up to 90 days.
You do need to make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps. Contact the embassy of India (Telephone: : 021 342 5392) for more information, in addition to visa applications.
The Consulate of Nigeria is situated in Mumbai.
Address: 20 Altamount Road,
Gandhi Mansion, Cumballa Hill,
Phone: +91 22 2351 3725
Fax:(+91) 22-2351 3730
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||₦ 580||₦ 600||₦ 598.22|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||₦ 300||₦ 350||₦ 329.02|
|Coke/Pepsi||₦ 98||₦ 100||₦ 84.91|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||₦ 500||₦ 143||₦ 59.82|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||₦ 250||₦ 300||₦ 658.04|
Mumbai’s airport is named after Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhosle – a 17th Century Maratha Emperor. As you may remember from Geography class, Mumbai was previously known as Bombay, which is where the BOM airport code comes from. The airport was ranked third best world-wide in the 25–40 million passengers category by Airports Council International in 2011, with well over 30 million passengers passing through during that year alone.
It’s also unique in that it lies within the city’s municipality, in the heart of the Santa Cruz suburb, in the Sahar part of Andheri. As your first glimpse into one of India’s most fascinating cities, it is without a doubt an experience in itself landing at this airport after a flight from Nigeria to Mumbai.
Coffee: Barista (Domestic Arrivals) plus Cafeccino, Coffee and More, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Café Coffee Day (International Mezzanine Floor).
Exchange currency: You will find foreign exchange counters as well as ATMs throughout the airport, at all terminals.
Lost luggage: There is a dedicated Left Luggage (Baggage Storage) Facility at all terminals, with bags kept for up to 90 days if unclaimed. You can also deposit luggage at Domestic Terminals and collect them at the International Terminal (or vice versa).
Airport hotel: Hilton Mumbai International Airport Hotel, Sahara Star Hotel Mumbai, Hyatt Regency Mumbai, Courtyard Mumbai Airport, The Lalit Hotel, Hotel Airlink and many others.
Car hire: AVIS, Sixt, Hertz and Budget are just some of the options available for car hire.
Airport hub:Mumbai Airport (code: BOM) is a hub for both British Airways and Nigerian Airways, with scheduled flights to and from Johannesburg.
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