Mumbai Life and Visitor Travel Tips

(Mumbai / Bombay, Maharashtra, India)

Picture of the waterfrontMumbai is a major financial city, with local businessmen tending to lead a fast-paced life. However, Mumbai also has plenty to offer in the way of tourism, with tourists being able to enjoy the city's many relaxing sights and attractions, amidst the stress and hustle-and-bustle.

Dating back to the early 1900s, the General Post Office (GPO) in central Mumbai offers a useful 'poste restante', where visitors to the city are able to collect forwarded mail. This is a popular service for many travellers and offers a convenient way for you to be contacted. For other travel advice when actually in Mumbai, head to the main tourist offices and travel agencies. Travel tips about life in Mumbai are below.

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Useful Contact Details

The Government of India Tourist Office is the best place to come for tourist information in Mumbai and is a busy outlet, located across from the Churchgate train station, on Karve Road. It is possible to organise guides here and also learn more about the city's 'paying guest scheme', where you are able to lodge with locals at a fraction of the price of mainstream hotels.

Government of India Tourist Office
Address: 123 Maharshi Karve Road, Mumbai, India, IN
Tel: +91 022 2220 7433
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 08:30 to 18:00, Saturday - 08:30 to 14:00

Maharshtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) Booth
Address: Apollo Blunder, Mumbai, India, IN
Tel: +91 022 2284 1877
This booth is close to the Gateway of India and is a good place to purchase tickets for guided MTDC bus tours.
Open hours: daily - 10:00 to 17:00

Maharshtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) Reservation Office
Address: Madame Cama Road, Nariman Point, Mumbai, India, IN
Tel: +91 022 2202 6713
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:45 to 17:30

Mumbai General Post Office (GPO)
Address: St. George's Road, Mumbai, 400 021, India, IN
Tel: +91 022 2262 0956
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 20:00, Sunday - 10:00 to 17:00

Government of India Tourist Office booths are also available at the arrivals hall in nearby Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (Tel: +91 022 2682 9248).

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Language and Dialect

The official language of both Mumbai is Marathi, which is widely used throughout the whole state of Maharashtra and spoken by around 90 million people globally.

Other languages widely used in Mumbai include both Konkani and also English. However, Hindi remains India's most important language and recognised by most. Some basic Hindi phrases are below.

Hi / Hello - namaste
Good morning - shubha prabhaat
Excuse me - shamma kare
Where can I find...? - kahan milenge...?
OK - theek hai
How? - kaise?
Why? - kyon?
What's your name? - aapka naam kya hai?
My name is... - mera naam...
Right - dahine
Left - bayen

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