Mumbai has many tourist places to visit, there are very nice sightseeing and historic attractions. If you plan ahead you will make the best of your Mumbai holiday. Here are some great tips for first time travellers to this fantastic city.
Take a taxi from the airport
When you arrive, you will probably be inundated with offers but you should always book with a reputable company. The most popular and safest option is Meru cabs which are regulated and air conditioned. Avoid meter less cabs and make sure the meter is running when you start off.
Driving yourself is not a good idea. The accident rate is high and if you don’t know the roads you will probably find yourself in some bother. Stay away from travelling at rush hour and your journeys will be more enjoyable and relaxing which is what you want whilst on holiday.
Don’t drink the tap water but do try the food
You must remember to only drink bottled water in Mumbai. If you drink tap water you are likely to end up poorly and you don’t want that on your break. Local food on the other hand should be embraced. Look for recommend places and check the hygiene before chowing down.
Street food here can be delicious and is often considered one of the things to do in Mumbai. Look out for Baida roti, Bhajis and Bombil fry amongst others. Eating here is cheap and tasty and the hawkers offer great food to eat on the go. If you are peckish at night Mohammed Ali Road – the street that never sleeps is an excellent choice.
Be aware of local customs
Although Mumbai is becoming a more progressive city there are still certain things you should know before visiting. Modesty is required when in the city and skimpy clothing is looked down upon. When visiting the beach topless sunbathing is a no-no, however beach wear is more relaxed.
Like many eastern cultures when the right hand is used for eating, and the left for washing. Try to remember this when eating at traditional restaurants, and only offer a tip when you have enjoyed a sit-down meal. Tips are not required for street food.
Get ready for heat
Every day of the year Mumbai is hot and between March and May the hot days are at their stifling heights. It can also be very humid too, rainfall hitting its peak around July. December is the most popular month to visit for tourists. The weather is at its coolest and less humid but it is still hot.
Remember to drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated in the heat. Wear cool breathable clothing and hats or head scarves are advisable too. If you follow advice you can enjoy the sunshine and warmth the area has to offer.
Indulge yourself in culture
There are so many amazing sights to see in Mumbai you simply must plan your trip ahead. The Gateway of India should be on your list. A magnificent archway on the shores of the docks. There are many temples and shrines to explore of all different religions. Just make sure you are respectful when entering.
Another must see is the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India. This museum houses a fantastic array of art and historic objects from all across India.
Are you a Mumbai first timer?
These tips should help to get you by when visiting India’s amazing Mumbai. This bustling city has lots to offer its visitors and will truly be a trip you won’t forget.