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Eating Out

Eating Out

When it comes to food, Bombay has no equal. It is the best place in India to enjoy good cuisine—not just Indian, but everything else. But food here is very expensive- Rs30 for a thali, and Rs35 for a masala ...

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Where to Stay

Where to Stay

Living in Bombay is very expensive, and good rooms are hard to come by. With housing such a problem, decent hotels are often fully booked, and the few habitable budget lodges packed out. In the former instance, make advance reservations; ...

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Markets in Mumbai

Markets in Mumbai

Here, as in Delhi, you can buy practically anything, and often a lot cheaper than anywhere else in India. For an idea of what’s available and and how much it should cost, start at the Central Cottage Industries Emporium, 34 ...

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Activities

Activities

For another evening, choose from Bombay’s good selection of music, dance and drama shows. Start by visiting the Government of India Tourist Office for the current culture events, listed in the This Fortnight for You handout. For classical dance recitals ...

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Sights Round-up

Sights Round-up

Kanheri Caves-Juhu Beach-St John’s Church-Chowpatty Beach-Cross Maidan If you enjoyed Elephanta, there’s a second state-conducted tour out to Kanheri Caves (42 km: 26 1/2 miles). This is one of the largest groups of Buddhist caves (109 in all) in western ...

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Elephanta Island Tour

Elephanta Island Tour

This is a good way to occupy a Monday (when most other sights are closed), a Sunday (when the rest of Bombay is closed) or any other day when you need a break from the heat and noise of the ...

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City Tour Mumbai

City Tour Mumbai

Gateway of India-Aquarium-Mani Bhavan-Jain Temple-Hanging Gardens-Kamla Nehru Park-Prince of Wales Museum For a good introduction to Bombay, and to avoid the crowds, take the MTDC morning tour. Buses are comfortable, guides are good, and you are given some background history ...

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Getting There

Getting There

For a major capital, Bombay is quite easy to negotiate. This is because most tourist facilities are concentrated in one place: a narrow 3-km (2-mile) strip running down from Churchgate to the bottom end of the island (Bombay is connected ...

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When to go

When to go

Best season is from October to February. It’s very hot from March onwards (stay near the sea, to avoid boiling over), and the monsoon is from July to September. For a good festival, come in the post-monsoon celebration of Ganpati, ...

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Bombay

Bombay

Bombay is a dynamic, go-ahead city of tycoons, skyscrapers, film studios and biz business the nearest thing to the West in the East, and the modern Gateway to India. In just 40 years, it has mushroomed from a small, though ...

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