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The oldest areas of Mumbai. Contains Mumbai's downtown area and is considered the heart of this commercial capital of India. The richest neighborhoods in the country are located here, which command among the highest property rates in the world. Real estate prices in South Mumbai are comparable to those in Manhattan. This is the primary tourist area of Mumbai and home to most of Mumbai's museums, art galleries, bars, upscale restaurants, luxury retail with brands like [[ Armani ]], [[ zegna ]], [[ Hermes ]] , etc., and the Gateway of India.
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===Culture and attitudes===
Mumbai is the most cosmopolitan city in India. In comparison with the rest of the country, the city is quite liberal. With a regular influx of immigrants from rest of India, the citizens, popularly known as 'Mumbaikers', have shown remarkable tolerance towards other cultures, making it a true cultural melting pot. However in recent times, this tolerance has sometimes bowed under external pressures. Between the 60s and 80s, there was resentment about the non-Marathi speakers taking away jobs. The 1991 and 1993 riots between Hindus and Muslims did attempt to affect this spirit, however the city largely managed to recover from these, once again proudly highlighting true 'spirit of Mumbai'although serious divisions remain as memories remain scarred.
===Climate===
[[Image:SuratAhmedabadMumbai 108.jpg|thumb|250px|Newly opened swanky Domestic Terminal 1B]]
Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport ({{IATA|BOM}}) (ICAO: VABB)[http://www.csia.in] is India's busiest airport and one of the main international gateways to the country. Many international airlines such as British Airways, Delta, Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, Lufthansa, Qantas & Singapore Airlines, fly into Mumbai. Low-cost carriers such as AirAsia [http://www.airasia.com] also fly to the city.
The airport consists mainly of two terminals (for Domestic & International purposes) - both terminals use the same airspace but are 4km apart. There is a free shuttle bus connecting them but be prepared for long delays through security. Going from Domestic to International you are taken outside the airport and you will re-enter through International Departures.
Taxis are cheap and plentiful ($15-18 should be enough to take you from one end of the city to the other). Most taxis in Mumbai are small-medium sized cars (non air-conditioned), painted black-and-yellow (black on lower body and yellow on roof). You can hail a cab off the streets. However, many are quite rickety, dirty, and carry mechanical fare meters that could be tampered at times. Also, according to law, a black-and-yellow taxi driver cannot refuse a fare. If a driver does refuse, a threat to complain to the nearest cop usually does the trick.
{{infobox|Calculating Taxi Fare|Calculating taxi fares by reading a mechanical meter and converting it to a fare using a tariff card, may seem like a complicated system. However it's fairly simple. Just read the meter, calculate the fare by matching the meter reading with a tariff card to arrive at the final payable fare - the minimum fare is Rs 1619. Prepaid plans have the fare collected at the start and thus the meter reading is not applicable. For night charges (midnight to 5AM) mark up the fare by 25%. With large items of luggage add approximately Rs 10 per piece. It's quite handy to have the Taxi Meter Card issued by The Mumbai Traffic Police. However, going by traffic laws, Tariff card is mandatory and should be made available by the taxi/auto rickshaw driver to the passangers on request. You can access it online at Mumbai Traffic Police website [http://www.trafficpolicemumbai.org/]. Complaints can also be lodged online using the same site. There are smartphone apps which can calculate the rate for you based on the card - these are very useful. Some drivers may "forget" the tariff card, or auto rickshaw drivers may choose the taxi card, which is more expensive. Make sure the meter has been reset before you go - if your driver refuses to use the meter, take another cab/rickshaw.
One can pre-estimate Taxi and Auto fares using the website [http://www.taxiautofare.com]. You need to enter the "From" location name and "To" location name and the service will calculate the distance, fare and also show you a Google map with the route.
Some branded cab services are:
*'''Tab Cab''', [http://www.tabcab.in/], ☎ +91 22 63636363
*'''BookCab ''', [http://www.bookcab.in/mumbai], ☎ 080 3000 3000
*'''Olacabs ''', [http://www.olacabs.com/], ☎ +91 22 33553355
*'''First Cars ''', [http://www.firstcars.in/], ☎ +91 9766311830
Some of the Car Rental Operators are:
* <listing name="taxiGUIDE.in" alt="Mumbai Car Rental" address="" directions="" phone="+91 888 023 4455" url="http://www.taxiguide.in/TourPackages/Mumbai_Car_Rental.aspx" hours="Inquiry: 7am to 11pm" price="Fares start from Rs.800 for within city and Rs.8.5/km for outside city" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Mumbai Car Rental services on taxiGUIDE.in - a Chauffeur Driven Car Rental Service across 75 Cities in India.</listing>
 
*'''Clear Car Rental ''', [http://www.clearcarrental.com/Mumbai], ☎ +91 9730097777
*'''ZapCabs ''', [http://zapcabs.com/], ☎ +91 9029096691
Follow the queue system to board a taxi. Quite frequently, tourists and new visitors are mobbed by unscrupulous taxi drivers. Most drivers are honest, but the dishonest ones tend to cluster around railway stations and airports where they can more easily find suckers. Unless you are taking a prepaid taxi, always ask taxis to go by the meter. At the start of the journey, ensure that the meter is visible and shows the flag-down fare/meter reading.
Buses are numbered and the final destination is marked on the front in Marathi and on the side in English. Generally, buses around the city and trunk routes would be in the 1-199 series. Buses in the western suburbs would be the 200 series while those plying in the central and eastern suburbs would be in the 300 and 400 series. Services to Navi, Mumbai are in the 500 series and buses to the Mira-Bhayander area are in the 700 series. The BEST website has a nifty tool [http://www.bestundertaking.com/transport/index.htm] that will help you plan your journey.
BEST has introduced the "DayPass" (Cost for adults — Rs 25 40 (across Mumbai, Mira-Bhayander, Navi Mumbai and Thane) - for children it's less), a ticket valid all day (until midnight) on all buses ''except Express and A/C'' services. A/C "Day Pass" costs Rs 150/- (across Mumbai, Mira-Bhayander, Navi Mumbai and Thane) - a ticket valid all day (until midnight) on all BEST A/C & Non-A/C buses. But any of such "Day Pass" can be availed by only those passengers who hold the SMART Photo ID Card(cost Rs. 25/-) issued by BEST.
===By train===
===By car===
Travel agents and hotels can arrange private chauffeur driven cars to provide services. Expensive by comparison with taxis, they are the most trusted, secure, and comfortable way to travel around the city. Driving in Mumbai can be difficult, because of poor driver discipline, but chauffeur driven services are very reasonable. These can be arranged by travel companies or online from the countries of origin. Car rental agencies such as taxiGUIDE.in [http://www.taxiguide.in/TourPackages/Mumbai_Car_Rental.aspx], Clear Car Rental [http://www.clearcarrental.com/Mumbai], Avis [http://www.avis.co.in], cabs24x7 [http://www.cabs24x7.com] and Hertz [http://www.hertz.com] also have services in Mumbai.
==Talk==
English is widely used in the corporate world and in banking and trading. At most places, you will be able to get by with Hindi and English, as most people you will encounter can communicate in broken English at the very least. However expect to hear more regional languages including [[Gujarati]], [[Kannada]], [[Tamil]], [[Sindhi]] based on work & location.
 
According to 2011 census Mumbai has a literacy rate of 94.7%, higher than the national average of 86.7%. Locals in Mumbai can manage to speak in broken english and those working in corporates and belonging to middle, upper middle and high class can speak fluent english.
==See==
The city also boasts of Jewish places of worship predominantly in the area called Byculla.In this area the three prominent sub castes amongst inhabiting Jews of Mumbai lived .They were Bagdadi Jews,Bene Israelis and the locals who had conveted over a period of time and lived in the hinterland.
 
There are two Hare Krishna (ISKCON) temples located near the Juhu beaches and Chowpatty beaches. They are very popular tourist attractions ranking in the top 5 mumbai attractions (tripadvisor.com) The devotees perform active worship of Lord Krishna and one can hear and participate in the sacred Hare Krishna chanting.
==Itineraries==
* '''Watch a Movie'''; you are in the land of Bollywood. Expect whistles and clapping by crowd in admiration of their celebrities on the screen. Most of the cinema halls run both 'popular and new' Bollywood as well as Hollywood movies and some even screen ones in regional languages. Some of the popular Hollywood screening cinema halls in South Mumbai are Eros opposite Churchgate, Metro on M.G.Road, Regal in Colaba, Sterling next to CST Station, and New Excelsior in Fort. Checkout newspaper listing to get the list of latest screenings.
* '''Visit Essel World''': a large amusement park in Gorai
* '''Take A Dip at Water World'''
*'''Temples'''; there are so many religious places around in the city (both old and new) that one can plan a day long itinerary on that. Start with Mahalkshmi Temple, Banganga Temple, Siddhi Vinayak, Afghan Church, Mahim Church, Haji Ali... the list will get really long.
* '''Take a Slum Tour''', Tours from ''Reality Tours and Travel'' [http://www.realitytoursandtravel.com], or ''Be the Local Tours'' [http://www.bethelocaltoursandtravels.com/], can be set up to walk through Dharavi, one of Asia's second largest slumslums and the heart of small-scale industry in Mumbai. Both groups are socially conscious: Reality Tours and Travel uses 80% of their profits to support the activities of their sister NGO, one while Be the Local is run by students in Dharavi itself, and many of the proceeds go to charity. Both offer tours for from Rs 500 which take 2,.5 to -3,.5 hours. Reality Tours and Travel also offers offer a long tour for Rs 800 . 1200 which includes a trip to Dhobi Ghat, the largest open air laundry in the world, and as well as the red light district. Short walks are also available from Be the Local, while Reality Tours and Travel also provides other city tours(including a Bicycle Tour, Market Tour, Night Tour, and a Public Transport Tour. ) Note: Photos are not permitted during either group's tour of the slum, out of respect for the residents. If you must have that slum pic, just provide your guide with your email details, they will be happy to arrange to email you a nice set of pics.
* '''Cruise on a Harbour Cruise'''; cruises from Gateway of India leave every 30 min daily except during the monsoon season (Jun-Sep). Rs 40.
* '''Sushi''', Sushi Café (Santa Cruz West). Sushi Café is a cosy little place. The decor, including the furniture, is all-white. Here, you can get 20 pieces of those delicious, delicately-flavoured chunks of white rice rolled with fresh fish and vegetables for just Rs 600. The food is as much a feast for the eyes as it is a treat for the tongue. They also do home delivery all over Mumbai. Sushi Café, Shop No. 1, Ground Floor, Sainara Building, corner of North Avenue and Linking Road, Santa Cruz (West), Tel: 98336-50503, www.sushicafemumbai.com.
* ''' Chinese''', India Jones, (''Hilton Towers Mumbai''), Mainland China (Saki Naka), Ling's Pavillion (Colaba), Golden Dragon (Taj Mahal Hotel), Great Wall (RenaissanceThe Leela), Spices (JW Marriott), China Gate (Bandra), China White (Bandra). Bandra offers a range of Chinese Restaurants ([http://classifieds.mybandra.com/browse/Restaurants/213/Chinese]. Royal China at VT (behind Sterling Cinema serves some of the best DimSum the city has to offer). The new CG83 at Kemps corner is brilliant and the signature restaurant of Nelson Wang. Also new is Henry Thams. The food is brilliant as are the prices, however the bar is much more popular than the restaurant.
* ''' Combination Oriental''', India Jones (''Hilton Towers Mumbai''), Pan Asian (at Maratha Sheraton), Seijo, and Soul Dish (Bandra), Joss (Kala Ghoda) has some of the best East Asian food in the country and at moderate prices (compared to hotels). San Qi at the Four Seasons (Worli) combines East Asian and South Asian cuisine quite well.
=== Coffee shops===
There many coffee shops in and around Mumbai. Try the '''Cafe Coffee Day'''[http://www.cafecoffeeday.com/] and '''Barista'''[http://www.barista.co.in] chains. These are the best around town and also serve some pretty neat coffee for cheap. There's the '''Cafe Mocha''' chain of coffee shops which also serve fruit flavoured hookas — South Asian smoking pipes. If a small coffee and cookies place is what you are looking for, try '''Theobroma''', it has an outlet at Cusrow Baug in Colaba. And three Starbucks stores opened in Mumbai in late 2012. Those looking for a more native form of coffee can try the filter coffee, a milky coffee with origins from South India, from any Udupi restaurant.
==Sleep==
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It is very difficult to find good budget hotels in Mumbai. If you are a tourist or a business traveller, you may have to stay in South Mumbai, which is where both the business district and the touristy areas are. Lack of space means that even the cheapest hotel charges stratospheric tariffs. The state of public transport and traffic means that it is not really a good choice to stay anywhere else. In any case, things aren't much better if you are looking for hotels close to the airport. You should be looking at the [[Mumbai/Western Suburbs#Sleep|Western Suburbs]] in that case. There are many guest houses at Colaba, where you find most of budget foreign travellers stay. Other budget hotels are found near railway stations, such as Dadar or Santa cruz, but most of them are absolute dumps. One safe and economical place to stay in Mumbai is the YMCA. Reasonably priced accommodations are available at the Colaba, Bombay Central, Andheri, and CBD Belapur Branches.
 
Staff at the Windsor Hotel on Kumptha St have been accused assaulting a traveller on tripadvizer. [http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Hotel_Review-g304554-d3843018-Reviews-Hotel_Windsor_Mumbai-Mumbai_Bombay_Maharashtra.html]
One inexpensive alternative is to live with a local family as a paying guest. A list of available families can be obtained from the Government of India tourist office (+91 22 2220 7433) opposite Churchgate train station.
=== WiFi ===
Finding wifi in Mumbai is very difficult due to security concerns. A few coffeeshops such as Barista may offer access. You should start your search with Chembur, Pamposh, Phoenix MillsMall, Santa Cruz, and Sterling Baristas. <!-- listing name="Canada" alt="" address="Indiabulls Finance Centre, Tower 2/21st Floor, Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone Road West" directions="" phone="+91 22 6749 4444" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""> Please add to this list--</listing> You can also find free wi-fi at the airport, provided by You Broadband.
=== Postal &amp; courier services ===
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* <listing name="Orbit Eye Hospital" alt="Lasik Surgery" directions="Jogeshwari(W)" address="110/111, 1st Floor,Markaz View, Next to Millat School, S.V Road, Jogeshwari(W), Mumbai -400102, Maharashtra India" phone="+91-22-2677 3600 / 2677 1133" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.orbiteyehospital.in" hours="" price=""></listing>
 
* <listing name="Rushabh Eye Hospital" alt="" directions="" address="Chembur" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.rushabheyehospital.com" hours="" price=""></listing>
* <listing name="Mumbai Medico" alt="" directions="" address="Bhatia Hospital, Tardeo" phone="+91 22 23086641" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
 
* <listing name="Noble Chemist" alt="" directions="" address="Opp. AutoHangar Mercedes Showroom, Prabhadevi" phone="+91 22 23853130" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
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