Mumbai

Introduction

Mumbai, which was previously known as Bombay, is a major metropolitan city of India. It is the state capital of Maharashtra. Mumbai city is known as the business capital of India, it being the country's principal financial and communications centre. The city has the largest and the busiest port handling India's foreign trade and a major International airport. India's largest Stock Exchange which ranks as the third largest in the world is situated in Mumbai. Mumbai has a population of 18 million. Information about Mumbai is not complete without the mention of Bollywood, the biggest Indian film industry which produces hundreds of Hindi blockbusters every year.

Language Spoken

Marathi is the official language spoken in Mumbai, but English is spoken by most people.

Currency

The currency in Mumbai is the Indian Rupee. 1 GBP = [CCExhange base="GBP" currency="INR"] INR*

Time Zone

The time zone in Mumbai is IST (India Standard Time) or GMT + 5.30 hours

International Dialing Codes

+91-22 (+ local number)

Climate

Being on the coast of the Arabian Sea, the climate of Mumbai is influenced by the sea. The climate is very moderate with summers being hot and winters with no hint of chill. There is rainfall through out the year. Sometimes it rains unexpectedly and it may leave you wet on a sunny day. There is no particular time to visit Mumbai but on the whole, it is better to avoid the monsoon months of May to September. May is rather warm. Even October is no respite. June to September can be very wet. The average maximum temperature is 35 degrees Celsius. Average minimum temperature: 15 degrees C. Average maximum rainfall: 900mm.

Best time to visit: The weather between November and February is cool and pleasant and is the tourist season.

Emergency Numbers

Police: 100 Fire: 101 Ambulance: 102

Public Transport Information

The public transport offering of Mumbai consists of: Public Bus Service – with which most parts of Mumbai can be reached Suburban electric trains Public Taxi and Autorickshaw (the rickshaws are not allowed in the centre of the city)

Airport Code

The airport code for Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is BOM. It is located 30km North of Mumbai. From the airport the city can easily be reached by bus, train or taxi services.

And Another Thing...

The Portuguese offered Mumbai ( formerly known as Bombay ) as part of dowry to King Charles II of England, on his wedding to Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal in 1661.