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November 26, 2015updated Dec 08, 2015

Useful Information for your Stay in Mumbai

By Chris Boyle

WHEN TO GO

Useful Info

Mumbai is generally hot and humid throughout the year. The best time to travel to the city is in winter – between November and February – when the weather is much cooler and less humid.

LOCAL CUSTOMS

When visiting temples visitors must remove their footwear and cover their heads. In general women should dress conservatively to respect local sensibilities and to avoid unwanted attention. Social order and status are very important in Indian culture. There is a ban on smoking in public places.

ATTIRE

Shorts, T-shirts and short-sleeved shirts, plus any other lightweight clothes are essential for the humid temperatures.

LANGUAGE

Marathi, Hindi and English

CURRENCY

INR

EXCHANGE RATE

$1 = INR 45.47

£1 = INR 72.77

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€1 = INR 62.14

COUNTRY DIALLING CODE

+91

24 HOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT

Ambulance: 102

Fire services: 101

Police: 100

EMBASSY CONTACTS

US

Phone: + 91 22 2363 3611

Address: Lincoln House, 78 Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai 400 026

UK

Phone: + 91 22 5650 2222

Address: Naman Chambers, C/32 G Block Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai 400 051

TIME ZONE

GMT + 5.3 hours

POPULATION

Approximately 21 million people live in Mumbai.

RELIGIOUS DEMOGRAPHIC

More than 80% of the population practise Hinduism. The remaining populace is made up of Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Buddhists.

TYPICAL OPENING HOURS

Business hours are usually from 9.30am to 5.30pm (weekdays) with a lunch break from 1pm to 2pm. On Saturdays, business hours are from 9.30am to 1pm.

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