Mumbai Travellers: Dos and Don’ts

Mumbai is not only the financial capital of India but a major tourist attraction as well. With a number of wonderful monuments, museums and galleries, it draws people from all over the world. From Dharavi to Bollywood, the great variety Mumbai has ensures that it has something to offer for everyone. Following a few guidelines and suggestions will definitely help all of you to have a good time in aamchi Mumbai!

Do:

  1. Dress appropriately while visiting temples, mosques etc.
  2. Remove your footwear before entering these places of worship.
  3. Pack your bags keeping the weather in mind – From March to mid-June: summer, Mid-june to September: monsoon (Rainy season) And from October to February: winter.
  4. Drive on the left side of the road.
  5. Carry Taxi/auto fare chart to avoid getting duped with extra charges.
  6. Take good care of your belongings while travelling.
  7. Try the amazing cuisine!
  8. Drink only bottled mineral water for your good health.
  9. Exchange money from authorized banks and foreign exchangers only.
  10. Carry an ID proof if you want to buy alcohol.
  11. Keep sunscreen, mosquito repellent, hand sanitizer and first-aid kit with you.
  12. Keep the important Mumbai helpline numbers and the contact number of your local consulate handy in case of an emergency.
  13. Learn basic words such Hello, Thank you, Yes, No, and Goodbye in Hindi.
  14. Follow table manners, tip in restaurants and avoid wasting food.
  15. Chain-lock your door when inside your hotel room as a safety precaution.

Mumbai Skyline at NightDont:

 

  1. Offend the cultural or religious sensibilities of the locals.
  2. Accept any eatables from strangers.
  3. Use abusive language in public.
  4. Catch a running train or travel on its rooftop.
  5. Expect the traffic to be light!!!
  6. Have roadside food, especially if it is not hot or covered.
  7. Spit around or throw garbage anywhere except in a trash can.
  8. Forget to carry a camera 🙂
  9. Take photos where photography is prohibited. For example: at shrines.
  10. Give in to vendors without bargaining. They tend to quote a price 2-3 times the regular amount for tourists!
  11. Flash your wealth, jewellery or large sums of cash.
  12. Be careless about your safety.
  13. Pay bribes even though it may seem convenient.
  14.  Buy, sell or use Narcotics.
  15. Engage in public display of affection much as India is a conservative country with respect to such matters.

By keeping in mind these simple tips, one can have a truly memorable trip to Mumbai.

Hope you love the city as much as I do 🙂

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