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Mumbai, which was previously known as Bombay is a financial capital city of India and is a city of hopes & dreams. The city grew up from seven islands in the Arabian Sea and lies off the west coast of India. The city displays a cosmopolitan character which reflects in its cuisine, culture, inhabitants and language. The bustling city, is the most busy ports of India and handles about 45 percent of India's Maritime trade.

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What is now Mumbai was known to the Greek Ptolomy as Heptanesia, "seven islands." But in even more ancient times the area was known for the temple to the goddess Mumba, a consort of Shiva.

Mumbai Airport

Mumbai Airport ( Airport Code: BOM ) is situated in the northern part of the city and is approximately 30 kms from the city centre. The travelling time from city centre to Mumbai Airport during peak hours is 90 to 120 minutes depending on the traffic. In off-peak hours, particularly night time, when most international flights depart or land, the distance can be covered in about an hour's time or less.

Mumbai Airport has two terminals, Santacruz Terminal for domestic operations and Sahar Terminal for international flights. Both terminals are situated about four kms apart. There are no shops ( duty free) in the arrival area. The departure lounges are marginally better equipped for shopping. They also have a restaurant, a snack bar and foreign exchange counter. However, check in and emigration are chaotic because of the bunching of flights at night. Phones are available at both arrival and departure.

On Arrival
  • On arrival passengers are required to proceed to arrival hall at ground level.
  • Passengers having immediate connections are required to proceed to transit area and contact Airline transfer desk.
  • Disembarking passengers are required to go through immigration and customs formalities.
  • All foreign nationals must possess valid visa for India.
  • After completing immigration formalities proceed to baggage claim area.
  • Free baggage trolleys are available in this area.
  • Customs area comprises of Green and Red channels. Green channel is for persons without dutiable goods
  • All baggage are cleared by customs after screening them through X-Ray.

Bombay Customs & Baggage Claim
Going through customs though tedious and somewhat time consuming is the easy part. (has installed closed circuit televisions [CCTV] to deter custom officers from troubling you, but they will find a way out). The adventure truly begins at baggage reclaim. Finding a good trolley may take more time. There is help on hand, but beware, these “helpers” will want to be paid exorbitant rates.

Baggage Rules
Indian Embasssy & Consulates

Taxi Bookings/Hotel Pickup
It is advisable to do all bookings of taxis (Pre-Paid) and hotels via the airport. If you can arrange to be picked up via your hotel (most 3 star + hotels will offer this as a complimentary service) it would be beneficial as there are plenty of taxi drivers waiting to rip you off. Avoid using autorickshaw as they have a habit of sticking duplicate fare cards or cab fare card (cab cards are almost 30% more ...) to the unsuspecting passengers.

Airlines Operating at Mumbai Airport

Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air India, Air Nippon, Alitalia, American Airlines AA, Asiana Airlines, British Airways, Air Canada, Cathay Pacific, Continental, Delta Airlines, Eva Air, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Gulf Air, KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines), Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Swiss Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways

Most of the Transatlantic or Transpacific Flights from United States have at least one stop over in Paris (France), London (UK), Amsterdam, Seoul, Bangkok,...

Flights are available from the following cities to Mumbai, India

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Toronto, Canada
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Saint Louis, MO (STL)
Maimi, FL (MIA)
Washington DC (WAS)
Orlando, Florida (MCO)
Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)
Charlotte, NC (CLT)
Cincinnati, OH (CVG)

Flight Reservations during Holiday Seasons
If you are traveling during a holiday period and you have set travel dates, book early. During this period International Flights will fill up in advance. We recommend that you book your flight reservations about 3 to 4 months in advance, to get the best deals on airline ticket.

Climate of Mumbai

Most of the year, Mumbai's climate is warm and humid. Between November and February, the skies are clear,and the temperature is cooler. From March the temperature becomes warm and humid till mid June, the beginning of monsoon. During monsoon there are torrential rains, sometimes causing the flooding of major roads and streets of Mumbai. Monsoon ends by the end of September. October is comparatively hot and humid.

Mumbai Shopping

Shopping in Mumbai is an experience and ranges from the trendy, up market boutiques for the sophisticated shopper to local markets where all manner of merchandise are available. Chor Bazaar or Thieve's Market, on Mutton Street, is a haven for the antique hunter (if you get the genuine one). Here the discerning can find quaint little curios, carved colonial furniture, chinese porcelain and other. Fridays are the best days to visit and perhaps pick up a genuine antique for a bargain.

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