Country: India
Currency: Rupee (INR)
Peak Season: October-March
Shoulder Season: June-September
Median Temperature: 31.00 C / 87.8 F
Main Languages: Hindi, English
Primary Modes of Transportation: Bus, taxi, ferry
Recommended Duration of Stay: 4 days
Recommended Pocket Money: $70.00/day
Tourist Passes: n/a
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Mumbai, formally known as Bombay, is India’s largest city and is one of the most densely-populated cities in the world. It is a city of contradictions and extremes where the overly wealthy rub shoulders with people of extreme poverty, but all in harmony because of the virtues taught by the Hindu religion.

It is the most progressive and economically-advanced city of India; many national and global companies have their headquarters based in Mumbai. And in spite of these recent advancements, Mumbai still keeps faithful to its core of humility.

Nightlife in the city is among the best in the world. Migrants come from all over Asia, lured by dreams of Bollywood-the largest film industry in the world- and the promise of material success. If you are lucky, you may be approached by a Bollywood producer just by walking down the street.

Packing List

  • All needed medications or special toiletries. If you’re not too picky on what brand your toiletries should be, then just wait until you get to India to buy them. Toiletries in India are very inexpensive. You will need Insect repellent and sun screen.
  • Pack lightly and buy when you reach Mumbai it will help you blend better with the locals.
  • Inexpensive electronics. You don’t want to bring your best camera in this trip, just something that will take good quality pictures without attracting too much attention.

Things to Do

  • Visiting the Gateway of India, an Indo-Saracenic monument on the waterfront.
  • Walking by the Victoria (Chhatrapati Shivaji) Terminus- an incredible Gothic building, which appears more like a cathedral than a station.
  • Vsiting Mani Bhavan – a building that was Mahatma Ghandi’s base. Rooms remain as they were when he used them. Now, it is a museum and research library.
  • If you have always wanted to be an actor and Bollywood recruiters don't find you, just ask around and you can always find a recruiter that will be willing to hire you as an extra. It pays very little and the hours are long but you can get the full Bollywood experience.
  • Go clubbing! India’s nightlife is one of the best in the world- remember: dress to impress.

DON'T

  • Bring sleeveless shirts or shorts; dress moderately
  • Drink any alcohol or smoke in public places
  • Touch or receive anything with your left hand
  • Walk inside the temple with shoes or any unfit clothing