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Dusty, vibrant and frenetic, Mumbai (previously known as Bombay) is India’s second largest city outside its capital New Delhi. With a population of over 18 million, the first thing you’re likely to notice is a serious lack of space. Squeezed onto a narrow piece of land that sits up against the Arabian Sea, Mumbai is actually an island which is joined to the mainland by a series of roads and bridges.
While Mumbai is not for the faint hearted, it’s fun, fascinating and as India’s financial centre, generates 30% of India’s total tax intake. Symbols depicting wealth are easy to spot, from the high-rise business offices of Nariman Point, to the opulently attired youngsters posing in Colaba’s coolest nightspots. However, as you jostle your way along the busy streets and inhale the amazing aromas of the many markets and food stalls, you can’t help but feel humbled by those who live there. Life isn’t easy and poverty is rife. Nonetheless, the vast majority of people are kind and friendly and tourism is very welcome. Once you’ve become accustomed to the noise and chaos of the city’s streets, Mumbai offers an undeniably cosmopolitan, authentic taste of India.
First off, marvel at the entrance to Mumbai knowns as the Gateway of India, the city’s most notable landmark. Walk in a northerly direction for only 5-10 minutes and you’ll come across the amazing Prince of Wales Museum with its fantastic mix of quirky architecture and art pieces. After that, wander up the road to discover the University and High Court then round off your day further north with a look at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) to witness the wonder of India’s Raj architecture in all its glory.
The packed bazaars of central Mumbai centre around Crawford Market and Mohammed Ali Road. Amble along Marine Drive, or take a boat trip to Elephanta, a natural cave on an island in Mumbai harbour proudly displaying an amazing variety of ancient art. And don’t forget to try the kinds of curries you can only dream of back at home.
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Mumbai is exhilarating and awesome, but it’s very different to home. So it’s worth getting clued up on a few things first:Time Difference: UTC +5.30 hoursCurrency: Indian RupeeNative Language: Hindi, EnglishWeather: The summer months of March to May see temperatures reach 35°C and are best avoided if you don’t like extreme heat and humidity. November to February is a pleasant time to be in Mumbai with neither oppressive heat nor extreme rainfall. This may be the ideal time for sightseeing in the city.Sales Tax: 18%
Before you start planning your trip, here’s everything you’ll need to know when flying to Mumbai from Canada.
Travelling from Canada to Mumbai takes around 15 hours and the only direct flight to Mumbai is from Toronto.
Your Canadian passport must be valid for at least six months from your date of entry into India and contain two blank pages for use by immigration officials. You must also present an onward or return ticket. You’ll also need a visa for India prior to arrival. Ensure you apply for the proper type of visa for the specific purpose of your trip or you’ll be returned to your point of departure. If you hold an Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card, you must present it upon entry into India.
Canadians can obtain an e-Tourist Visa for tourist visits of no more than 60 days, if coming in through an airport or seaport. You can apply online for an e-visa, at least four days prior to travelling. Carry a printed copy of the email confirmation of your e-visa.
The following airlines currently offer direct flights from Canada to Mumbai:
- Air Canada
Chhatrapati is the main airport serving Mumbai. It’s located at Sahar in Andheri East, 24km (15 miles) north of the city. Taxis are the quickest and safest way to get into Mumbai itself and cost between 200 and 600 Rupees depending on where you’re going.
Make the most of your time in Mumbai using our list of the ten main things to see while you’re there:
- Gateway of India
- Heritage Buildings
- Kala Ghoda Art Precinct
- Banganga Tank
- Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat
- Mumbai Dabbawalas
- Haji Ali
- Markets and Bazaars
- Dharavi Slum
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