The winter months ( November-February)
are the coolest, while the rest of the year is hot.
The monsoon months (June-September) though cooler
are hampered on occasion by heavy rainfall.
The local suburban railway network
along the Western and Central corridors together with
the BEST buses provide commuters with an efficient
transportation network. Trains leave every few minutes
from stations in both directions from 4.30 am to 1.30
am although the frequency is less in the nighttime
and early morning. Taxis, cars for hire (along with
drivers), and auto-rickshaws allow for easy travel
within the city. Mumbai's yellow and black taxis are
a convenient way to travel around the city. A tariff
card converting the meter reading into rupees fixes
payment. Auto-rickshaws are also metered but are only
confined to the outer limits of the city, around the
The Government of India Tourist
Office is situated at 123 Maharshi Karve Road, opposite
Churchgate station and open Monday through Friday
from 8.30 am to 6 pm, and on Saturday from 8.30 am
to 2 pm. It brings out a free brochure on Mumbai and
guide covering Mumbai's major entertainment events
every two weeks. It also runs a 24-hour counter at
the International airport and a counter at the domestic
airport that stays open till the last flight.
Maharashtra Tourism Development
Corporation (MTDC) is another useful center with its
head office at the Nariman Point (Express Towers,
9th Floor). Close by is its Tours Division and Reservation
Office at CDO Hutments, Madame Cama Road, open from
8 am to 8 pm, where bookings can be made for all tours
around the city, long-distance buses and MTDC hotels
throughout Maharashtra. The MTDC also has a counter
near the Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
and the airports.
Several international banks provide
cash advances on Visa and MasterCard. The American
Express Travel Services office near the Regal Cinema
in Colaba is a good place to exchange foreign money.
Thomas Cook on D N Road near Flora Fountain also exchanges
money. There are a number of foreign exchange counters
at the international airport as well.
For Police dial 100, Fire 101 and
Ambulance 102. Most hotels can provide a physician
for a medical emergency and will guide you to the
nearest pharmacy around the area.
To combat the heat and humidity
wear informal loose clothes. It is recommended not
to wear skimpy clothing.