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    Mumbai (Bombay) – a brief overview

    Delhi may have the political power, but Mumbai has the glamour. India’s capital of finance, fashion and entertainment is fast-paced and frenetic, always bold, often brash, but never forgettable. A staggering 12.5 million people call this city home, from the dhobi-wallahs (laundry men) who clean the city’s sheets to millionaire financiers and Bollywood superstars.

    Sprawling across a series of islands in the Arabian Sea, Mumbai is tipped to be the world’s largest city within 20 years. Travellers can find everything imaginable here, from colonial mansions and ancient cave temples to gleaming modern shopping malls and even a national park inside the city limits. Welcome to India’s maximum city!

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    Top 10 sights in Mumbai (Bombay)
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    Gateway of India

    Strand Road, Apollo Bunder
    400001 Mumbai
    India
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    The triumphal arch that dominates Colaba quayside was erected to celebrate the visit of King George V and demonstrate the unassailable power of the British Empire. Ironically, this monumental arch also marked the point where the last British soldiers departed when India achieved independence in 1948.

    Girgaum Chowpatty Beach

    Marine Drive
    400004 Mumbai
    India
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    A dramatic clean-up has restored Chowpatty Beach to its rightful place as the city’s favourite place to promenade. Order a paper plate of bhelpuri, Mumbai’s famous noodle salad, and join the crowds strolling over the sand and enjoying the cool breezes as the sun sinks into Back Bay.

    Elephanta Island

    Elephanta Island, Mumbai Harbour
    400001 Mumbai
    India
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 0900-1700

    Studded with cave temples adorned with dramatic rock carvings of Hindu deities, this dusty island in Mumbai Harbour could be plucked straight from Sinbad the Sailor. The largest temple features a vast carving of Shiva as Trimurti-Sadashiva, the creator, preserver and destroyer of the universe.

    Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum

    159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort
    400023 Mumbai
    India
    Tel: (022) 2284 4484
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1015-1800

    Named for the Maratha warrior who vanquished the sultans of southern India, Mumbai’s most important museum is housed in a lavish Indo-Saracenic building from 1923. Inside, the exhibition halls display everything from ancient temple carvings to miniature paintings and gruesome medieval weaponry.

    University of Mumbai and High Court

    University of Mumbai, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort
    400032 Mumbai
    India
    Tel: (022) 2270 8700
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    Opening times:
    Entry by permission

    Dominated by the Rajabai Clocktower, and flanked by an arcade of palm trees, the handsome University of Mumbai was built by George Gilbert Scott, the same architect who designed London’s St Pancras station. The adjacent High Court was constructed in the same lavish architectural style and visitors are welcome in the public gallery during trials.

    Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue

    Forbes St, Kala Ghoda, Fort
    Mumbai
    India
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1100-1800
    Sun 1300-1800

    This graceful 19th-century synagogue is a flashback to the golden age of the port of Mumbai, when the city’s Jewish community dominated the international trade in cotton, spices, tea and porcelain. The synagogue is still an active place of worship and the calm interior offers a welcome retreat from the crowded street of the business district.

    Global Vipassana Pagoda

    Gorai Village, Borivali (West)
    400091 Mumbai
    India
    Tel: (022) 3374 7501
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1900

    Soaring above the suburb of Gorai and the Esselworld Theme Park, this gleaming golden spire was modelled after the great Shwedagon stupa in Myanmar. The pagoda is an important centre for Vipassana meditation, and the main meditation hall sits beneath the world’s largest unsupported stone dome.

    Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

    91A Rani Baug, Veer Mata Jijbai Bhonsle Udyan, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marg,Byculla East
    400027 Mumbai
    India
    Tel: (022) 2373 1234
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    Opening times:
    Thu-Tue 1000-1800

    Set in a graceful colonial mansion in the peaceful Jijimata Gardens, the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum explores the complex history of Mumbai, from its early days as a fishing village to its modern status as the financial and entertainment capital of India. It’s worth visiting just to see the elegant Victorian interiors.

    Haji Ali Dargah

    Haji Ali, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg
    400026 Mumbai
    India
    Tel: (022) 2352 9082
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0930-1730

    Only accessible at low tide, via a wave-lashed causeway stretching out into the bay, the dargah (mausoleum) of Haji Ali is dedicated to a local Sufi saint who died en route to Mecca but was miraculously washed ashore in Mumbai. The shrine is crammed with pilgrims whenever the causeway is open, and atmospheric qwwalis (Islamic hymns) resound across the compound.

    Victoria Terminus

    Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Fort
    400001 Mumbai
    India
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    Also known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai’s central railway station is a flamboyant fantasy of gargoyles, balconies, buttresses and onion domes. Carved inside and out with eccentric details (monkeys, parrots, palm trees and fruit baskets), the station was designed by Frederick Stevens, the British Empire’s finest colonial architect.

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    Country overview

    India is a beautiful and bamboozling place, where holy cows amble along the streets, bask on heavenly beaches

    next to modern hotels and where ancient temples sit perfectly at home besides shiny new offices.

    Geography

    India shares borders to the northwest with Pakistan, to the north with China, Nepal and Bhutan, and to the east with Bangladesh and Myanmar. To the west lies the Arabian Sea, to the east the Bay of Bengal and to the south the Indian Ocean. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are Indian territory but lie off the coast of Thailand in the Bay of Bengal. Sri Lanka lies off the southeast coast, and the Maldives off the southwest coast.

    The far northeastern states and territories are all but separated from the rest of India by

    Bangladesh as it extends northwards from the Bay of Bengal towards Bhutan.

    India is separated from the rest of Asia by mountain ranges, forest, and desert -the Himalayan mountain range in the north, the Thar Desert in the west and the Chin Hills and Patkai ranges in the east. The Indus River runs through the northern disputed territory of Jammu & Kashmir. The most sacred of rivers, the Ganges, is in the east.

    General knowledge

    Key facts

    Population: 1220800359

    Population Density (per sq km): 371

    Capital: New Delhi.

    Language

    Hindi is the official language of India and, used by about 40% of the population, India’s most widely spoken. English is also enshrined in the constitution for a wide range of official purposes. In addition, 18 regional languages are recognised by the constitution. These include Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya and Punjabi, which are used in respective regions, and Tamil and Telugu, which are common in the south. Other regional languages include Kannada, Malayalam and Marathi. The Muslim population largely speaks Urdu.

    Currency

    Rupee (INR; symbol Rs) = 100 paise. Notes are in denominations of Rs1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of Rs5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 20, 10 and 5 paise.
    Note:
    The import and export of local currency is prohibited. Sometimes smaller vendors will not take bills larger than Rs 500. It is best to carry a range of rupee notes if you are shopping at bazaars and local markets.

    Electricity

    230-240 volts AC, 50Hz. Some areas have a DC supply. Plugs are of the round two- and three-pin type.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0930-1730, Sat 0930-1300.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    Note

    Only the secular holidays of Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday are universally observed.

    (a) Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last up to several days, depending on the region.

    (b) Hindu festivals are declared according to local astronomical observations and it is not possible to forecast the date of their occurrence exactly.

    2014

    Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad): 14. January 2014
    Republic Day: 26. January 2014
    Holi: 17. March 2014
    Mahavir Jayanti: 13. April 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    Buddha Purnima (Buddha’s Birthday): 06. May 2014
    Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan): 28. July 2014
    Independence Day: 15. August 2014
    Krishna Janmashtami: 17. August 2014
    Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday: 02. October 2014
    Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami): 03. October 2014
    Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): 04. October 2014
    Diwali (Festival of Lights): 24. October 2014
    Muharram (Islamic New Year): 25. October 2014
    Guru Nanak Jayanti: 06. November 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2014

    2015

    Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad): 03. January 2015
    Republic Day: 26. January 2015
    Mahashivratri: 17. February 2015
    Holi: 06. March 2015
    Mahavir Jayanti: 02. April 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Buddha Purnima (Buddha’s Birthday): 01. June 2015
    Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan): 18. July 2015
    Independence Day: 15. August 2015
    Krishna Janmashtami: 05. September 2015
    Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): 23. September 2015
    Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday: 02. October 2015
    Muharram (Islamic New Year): 13. October 2015
    Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami): 22. October 2015
    Diwali (Festival of Lights): 11. November 2015
    Guru Nanak Jayanti: 25. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Mumbai (Bombay)
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    As the entertainment capital of India, Mumbai boasts bars, cocktail lounges and clubs to match any international capital, and the top nightspots offer abundant chances to mingle with Bollywood superstars.

    A trip to the designer ateliers in Phoenix Mills might be appropriate if you hope to gain entry to more exclusive bars and clubs. Note that a 25 per cent tax is applied to liquor across the city.

    Aer

    Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai, 114 Dr E Moses Road, Worli
    400018 Mumbai
    India
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    The most glamorous bar in Mumbai, Aer lords it over the city from the open rooftop of the towering Four Seasons Hotel.

    Olive Bar & Kitchen

    Le Sutra, 14 Union Park, Khar (West)
    400052 Mumbai
    India
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    This elegant bar and café is where Bollywood stars head to celebrate or drown their sorrows after the latest hit or miss on the silver screen.

    Trilogy

    Sea Princess Hotel, Juhu Beach
    400049 Mumbai
    India
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    The most fashionable address in Juhu, this Mumbai super-club is the place to dance with sequined stars and starlets.

    Leopold’s

    Colaba Causeway
    Mumbai
    India
    Tel: +91 (022) 22 82 81 85
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    A traveller institution since 1871, Leopold’s is crammed nightly with travellers enjoying lively conversation, cheap eats and cold Kingfisher beers.

    Regal Cinema

    Prince Of Wales Museum, Bhagat Singh Road
    Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Opp.
    400001 Mumbai, India
    Tel: +91 22 2202 1017
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    This nostalgic art deco picture house is a prime location to catch the release of a new Bollywood blockbuster, when queues often stretch around the block.

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    Restaurants in Mumbai (Bombay)
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    Mumbai has no shortage of glamorous eateries catering to millionaire financiers and movie stars, but there’s plenty for travellers on more modest budgets. Seek out the city’s nostalgic Parsi restaurants, run by the descendants of refugees from Iran, or try the city’s famous bhelpuri (noodle salad) from the food stalls at Girgaum Chowpatty beach.

    Other top options for cheap eats include the old-fashioned traveller cafés along Colaba Causeway, and the street stalls feeding crowds of hungry office workers at Nariman Point.

    Golden Dragon

    Taj Mahal Palace, Apollo Bunder
    400001 Mumbai
    India
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    Price: Expensive

    The lavish interior lives up to the name at this superior Chinese restaurant at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel; appropriate to the setting, the food is divine.

    Indigo

    4 Mandlik Road, Colaba
    400001 Mumbai
    India
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    Price: Expensive

    Pet project of renowned chef Rahul Akerkar, Indigo creates fabulous modern European fusions in a nostalgic colonial bungalow near the harbour.

    Smoke House Deli

    Main Courtyard, High Street Phoenix, Phoenix Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
    400013 Mumbai
    India
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    Price: Moderate

    With doodles covering the walls and an eclectic menu of salads, sandwiches and burgers, this hip eatery shows Mumbai at its most international and cosmopolitan.

    Khyber

    159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort
    400023 Mumbai
    India
    Tel: (022) 2284 4484
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    Price: Moderate

    Richly spiced dishes from the Northwest Frontier arrive sizzling to the table in this atmospheric dining hall styled like an Afghan palace.

    Ideal Corner

    Hornby View, Gunbow Street, Ballard Estate, Fort
    400001 Mumbai
    India
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    Price: Cheap

    A delightfully old-fashioned Parsi canteen that whisks you back to the 1920s, serving classic Irani dishes such as Bombay duck and dhansak (hot and sour stew with lentils).

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    Independence Day

    15 August 2014

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    National holiday to celebrate India’s independence from British rule.

    Ganesh Chaturthi

    29 August 2014

    Venue: Climaxes on Chowpatty Beach.

    Mumbai’s biggest festival held in celebration of Ganesh, the elephant-headed deity and god of wisdom and prosperity. The festival’s colourful climax involves thousands of people converging on the seashore to submerge their Ganesh statues in the sea.

    Navratri

    25 September – 3 October 2014

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    The nine-day Hindu ‘Festival of Nine Nights’ celebrates the goddess Durga with dances, song and worship.

    Mumbai International Film Festival

    14 – 21 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: In cinemas throughout the city.

    Screenings of over 100 films from over 40 countries with a specific focus on documentary, short and animation films.

    Diwali (Festival of Light)

    23 October 2014

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    The five-day ‘Festival of Lights’ is the most pan-Indian of Hindu festivals and is celebrated by giving gifts, lighting fireworks, and burning butter and oil lamps to lead Lord Rama home after his 14-year exile.

    Banganga Music Festival

    1 – 31 January 2015
    Website

    Venue: Malabar Hills.

    Banganga Festival is celebrated for two days in the picturesque Malabar Hills and takes it name from a sacred water tank in Walkeshwar Temple link to the legends of Lord Ram.This is celebrated with a cultural extravaganza with the focus on live classical music concerts.

    Mumbai Festival

    1 – 31 January 2015

    Venue: Several venues around the city.

    Two weeks of celebrations to showcase the food, dance and culture of Mumbai. Most of the events are celebrated at the Gateway of India but some take place at Bandra Reclamation, Marine Drive, and other places in the city such as malls, shopping centers and colleges

    India Kids Fashion Show

    1 January – 30 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: New Cuffe Parade Arts and Culture Centre

    The India Kids Fashion Show is one of the most prestigious and exclusive fashion events for children, representing global trends in the kids fashion industry. IKFS offers an interface not only for aspiring child models, but also national and international designers, as well as businesses, to market themselves globally.

    Kala Ghoda Festival

    1 – 28 February 2015
    Website

    Venue: Venues in Kala Ghoda.

    Held in the Kala Ghoda area of south Mumbai, this nine-day arts festival is becoming increasingly popular and offers dance, music, theatre, cinema, workshops, heritage walks, food and more.

    McDowell Indian Derby

    1 – 28 February 2015

    Venue: Mahalaxmi Racecourse.

    First staged in 1942, this is one of the premier sporting events in the city and one of the biggest events on Mumbai’s social calendar.

    Holi

    6 March 2015

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    Hindu festival of harvest and fertility when the streets are overrun with people bombarding each other (and stray tourists) with brightly coloured powder and water.

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    Hotels in Mumbai (Bombay)
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    Mumbai has hotels to match every budget, from modest backpacker hotels in Colaba to the elegant heights of the Taj Mahal Palace. Reflecting Mumbai’s status as financial capital, room rates are some of the highest in India, particularly at the

    lower end of the spectrum. With more money to spend, the city’s 5-star hotels offer truly lavish rooms and some of India’s finest restaurants, plus the obligatory rooftop bar.

    Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

    Apollo Bunder
    400001 Mumbai
    India
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    Category: Expensive

    Those who can afford it stay at the Taj Mahal Palace, where elegant restaurants and opulent rooms hide behind a glorious colonial-era facade overlooking Mumbai Harbour.

    ITC Maratha

    Sahar Andheri (East)
    400099 Mumbai
    India
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    Category: Expensive

    Worth every one of its five stars, this elegant escape is the first choice for the jet set, with sumptuous décor, extremely fine dining and a towering atrium full of potted palms.

    Marine Plaza

    29 Marine Drive
    400020 Mumbai
    India
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    Category: Moderate

    Like a little piece of Los Angeles dropped onto Marine Drive, the Marine Plaza offers a rooftop pool, art deco interiors and views across Mumbai’s iconic seafront promenade.

    Hotel Sahil

    292 Bellasis Road
    400008 Mumbai
    India
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    Category: Moderate

    Part of the Best Western group, Hotel Sahil has smart, modern rooms and a fantastic central location.

    Hotel New Bengal

    B Shalimar Estates, Dr DN Road, near Crawford Market
    400001 Mumbai
    India
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    Category: Cheap

    What the New Bengal lacks in luxury, it makes up for in location – just yards from Crawford Market and within strolling distance of CST station.

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    Climate & best time to visit India

    The weather is mainly hot most of the year with significant variations from region to region. The coolest weather lasts from around the end ofNovember to the beginning of March, with fresh mornings and evenings, and mostly sunny days. The really hot weather, when it is dry, dusty and unpleasant, is between March and June. Monsoon rains occur in most regions in summer anywhere between June and early October.

    Western Himalayas: Srinagar is best from March to October; July to August can be cold and damp in winter. Shimla is higher and therefore colder in winter. Places like Gulmarg, Manali and Pahalgam are usually under several feet of snow from December to March and temperatures in Ladakh, which is a high-altitude desert, can be extremely cold. The mountain passes of Ladakh are accessible from July to October.

    Northern Plains: Cities like New Delhi, Varanasi, Lucknow and Patna experience an extreme range of temperatures and are typically warm from April to mid-June, falling to almost freezing at night in winter between November and February. Summers are hot with monsoons between June and September.

    Central India: Madhya Pradesh state escapes the very worst of the hot season, but monsoons are heavy between July and September. Temperatures fall at night in winter.

    Western India: November to February is most comfortable, although evenings can be fairly cold. Summers can be extremely hot with monsoon rainfall between mid June and mid September.

    Eastern India: Weather in states like Orissa (which is flood-prone) are defined by cooler weather from October to February, scorching heat from March to May and unavoidable drenching from the monsoons from June to October.

    Southwest: The most pleasant weather is from November to March. Monsoon rains fall anywhere between late April and July. Summer temperatures are not as high as Northern India although humidity is extreme. The coast benefits from some cooling breezes. Inland, Mysore and Bijapur have pleasant climates with relatively low rainfall.

    Southeast: Tamil Nadu experiences a northeast monsoon between October and December and temperatures and humidity are high all year. The hills can be cold in winter.

    Northeast: March to June and September to November are the driest and most pleasant periods. The rest of the year has extremely heavy monsoon rainfall.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    /Mobile Telephone

    Dialing code: +91

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is limited to major towns but is increasing all the time.

    Internet

    The internet can be reliably accessed from an increasing number of hotels and from internet cafés across the country, many now with Wi-Fi.

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    Shopping in Mumbai (Bombay)
    Stadtführer, Lufthansa, Travelguide, Shopping, Einkaufen

    Key Areas

    Mumbaikers love to shop, and many streets double as open-air bazaars, with stalls selling everything from gramophones to sequined sandals. For souvenirs and knick-knacks, take a wander along Colaba Causeway, or check out the air-conditioned emporiums around the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. For a glitzier shopping experience, explore the malls, jewellery stores and department stores of Parel, Worli and Bandra.

    Markets

    Mumbai’s most famous market, Crawford Market (Lokmanya Tilak Marg) was designed by Rudyard Kipling’s father, and its covered main arcade is one of the best places to buy the city’s famous Alphonso mangoes. The adjacent Mangaldas market

    specialises in fabrics, saris and gleaming steel cookpots, while the neighbouring Chor Bazaar has stalls selling rescued bric-a-brac and the occasional antique treasure.

    Shopping Centres

    Mumbai has gone mall crazy in recent years, and the city’s glitziest shopping centres would hold their own in London or New York. High Street Phoenix in Lower Parel is the most glamorous address, with boutiques run by India’s leading fashion designers. Other megamalls are scattered around the suburbs; try Sobo Central in Worli, R City in Ghatkopar, or the Oberoi Mall in Goregaon East.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    The traditional Hindu greeting is to fold the hands, tilt the head forward and say namaste. Indian women generally prefer not to shake hands. All visitors are asked to remove footwear when entering places of religious worship. Most Indians also remove their footwear when entering their homes; visitors should follow suit.

    Many Hindus are vegetarian and many, especially women, do not drink alcohol. Most Sikhs and Parsis do not smoke. Women are expected to dress modestly and men should also dress respectfully. Women should not wear short skirts and tight or revealing clothing, although there is a more casual approach to clothing in Goa.

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    Health

    Food & Drink

    Water for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should first be boiled or otherwise sterilised. Milk is often unpasteurised and should be boiled. Avoid dairy products likely to have been made from non-boiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Do not eat salads, vegetables should be cooked and peel your own fruit. Don’t eat street vendor food unless it is piping hot. Tap water is not safe to drink, rely on bottled water which is widely available. However, do check the seal on bottled water.

    Other Risks

    Vaccinations are sometimes advised for hepatitis A and B, Japanese encephalitis, tuberculosis (for infants), polio and typhoid. Dengue and malaria are both caused by mosquito bites and are prevalent in hot and humid conditions. There are occasional, seasonal outbreaks of dengue fever. Travellers should vigilantly protect themselves against mosquito bites.

    Malaria prevention is strongly recommended so use insect repellent and wear protective clothing. Obtain anti-malarial medicine from your doctor before travelling.

    Even seasoned travellers may find themselves at the mercy of travellers’ diarrhoea. Hygiene standards vary. If possible, travel around with soap or antibacterial gel in order to clean your hands. The culprits that cause diarrhoea are often the microorganisms found in local water supplies, so decrease your chances by

    drinking bottled or boiled water. You can have alcoholic drinks but say no to ice. Drink carbonated beverages or those with only boiled water like coffee and tea.

    Carry rehydration solution packets, Pepto Bismol or Imodium in case you are afflicted. Before your travel, seek medical advice about what to take for self-treatment.

    Wear adequate sunscreen or do like the locals to beat the heat and avoid the sun between 1200 and 1600 when it is at its harshest; don a cotton kameez to keep covered and cool.

    Note: All visitors aged between 18 and 70 years of age wishing to extend their visa for one year or more are required to take an AIDS test.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Nusly P.J. Dr. Pocha
    R.N. Gamadia Polyclinic
    Unit 19
    Gamadia Colony Road
    Tardeo
    Mumbai 400 007
    India
    Tel. +91-22-23534036
    Tel. +91-22-23521068

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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