Bombay-Mumbai, India

Location:

Cruise ships dock at the Ballard Pier. It is about a 10-minute drive to the town center. Taxis are generally available at the port entrance. Be sure to agree on the fare before starting out. Outside the terminal they are cheaper. A short trip to the Gateway of India should only cost around 30 rupees but as a foreigner, you should be happy to pay around 50 rupees.

Sightseeing:

Mumbai (Bombay) is a colorful, vibrant, energetic and friendly city, with a varied and fascinating history. It boasts the finest collection of Victorian buildings anywhere in Asia and a myriad of temples and mosques.

Some examples of High Victorian architecture include Mumbai University, Standard Chartered Bank Building and Municipal Corporation Building, while other sites worth a visit are: the Shrine of Haji Ali (a Muslim saint who died while on pilgrimage to Mecca), which overlooks the sea; Jehangir Art Gallery; the neo-classical Town Hall, built between 1821 and 1833 to designs by Colonel Thomas Cowper; St Thomas’s Anglican Cathedral; Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, comparable to New York’s Grand Central Station or London’s St Pancras; and the Gateway of India, built by the British to commemorate the visit to India in 1911 of King George V and Queen Mary

Mumbai is different from the rest of India in pretty much the same way that New York is different from the United States. The pace of life is more hurried; time is money and money is important. The idea that in this city one can always make a living one way or another is pervasive.

Tours/Excursions/Transportation:

To really see anything you’ll need to take a ship’s excursion.

Taxis (Yellow and Black) are cheap and plentiful. Taxis in Mumbai are small-medium sized cars with no A/C.

Cool Cabs are Blue/Silver in colour and have electronic meters and have A/C, but are about 40% more expensive.

Follow the queue system to board a taxi. Quite frequently, tourists and new visitors are mobbed by unscrupulous taxi drivers. Most taximen 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.

Shopping and Food:

Spices, silks, electrical goods, diamonds, Indian furniture and tailor-made clothes.

Currency:

The currency in India is the Indian rupee.

In the big cities, credit cards are accepted at retail chain stores and other westernized restaurants and stores. Small businesses and family-run stores almost never accept credit cards, so it is useful to keep a moderate amount of cash on hand.

Communication:

Hindi, English and 21 other official languages

Internet kiosks are everywhere nowadays and they charge as low as as Rs. 10 per hour. Beware of using your credit cards online as many cases have come forward regarding credit cards thefts using key loggers.

 

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