January is expected to be pleasant month in Mumbai with temperatures
ranging from 16 to 20 degrees.
The common mode for transport in Mumbai are : Local Trains - only a
resident can board a crowded train - please avoid them in morning and
evening hours BEST Buses - Red Color - Cheap and Efficient service. You get
timetables giving route descriptions for the services. Get in the bus from
the back door and get down from the front door. Auto Rickshaws - Something
like the TukTuk in Thailand. They ply by meter and insist for the same.
They also carry the tariff card. Taxis (they are relatively costly, but
cheaper than Europe). They are two types Blue Color Cool Cab
(air-conditioned) Black and Yellow - non air-conditioned They ply by meter,
and the tariff card is available with the driver.
Language and Culture
Most people in Mumbai generally understand English, very few know French
and a handful know Spanish. Mumbai is the biggest Indian city and also
known as commercial capital of India. While Mumbai resident are not
unfriendly they are business like with strangers. Please ask permission if
you want to take pictures specially in case of women.
Water: Please use UV treated or bottled water for drinking.
There are two types of medicines OTC (Over the counter) which means things
like aspirin which could be bought without a prescription. For others you
would need a prescription from a doctor. The doctors and the medicine shops
have red cross symbol. Please carry your personal medicines with you.
_ While Mumbai is a safe place, it is better to be cautious specially in
_ The Traffic policeman wears White shirt and brown trousers The normal
policeman wears brown shirt and trousers.
Please do not keep lot of money in one place and do not show it all. Beware
of pickpockets specially in crowded places.
Major credit cards are accepted in hotels airlines etc. ATMs could be found
in places like airport, rail stations and near shopping malls.
Unlike other big cities we do not have many money changers. It would be
advisable to change money at the airport itself from the bank counter.
You need a valid license to drive. We follow the British traffic system and
the vehicles are right hand driven.