Mumbai is one of the most populous cities, with major film production in the world. With its so-called "Bollywood", Mumbai is also one of the main economic and cultural centers in India, housing large buildings from the British colonial era
Dishes you can't miss
Delicious paste made with mashed potatoes and other vegetables.
Dish based on wheat flour, stuffed with mashed potatoes or chickpea.
Dish made of chickpea with a strong and citric flavor.
Traditional dessert sweetened with sugar and rosewater.
Sparkling soft drink very popular in Mumbai.
Typical food of Mumbai, India
The gastronomy of Mumbai is varied, having as main ingredients rice, whole wheat flour and legumes like chickpeas, black and green lentils, and peas.
The dishes you will find in Bombay include "Pav Bhaji," a paste made with crushed potatoes with tomato, roasted onion, peas, and chopped green pepper, served with a small loaf of bread; "Dahi puri," wheat flour bread stuffed with mashed potato or chickpea, seasoned with turmeric, and accompanied by "chutney" or tamarind sauce; and “Chana Masala," whose main ingredient is chickpea, and is prepared with onion, chopped tomatoes, turmeric, coriander seeds, chilies, and ginger, and usually served hot with fried bread, rice, and lamb or chicken.
To delight your palate with the exquisite gastronomy of Bombay, you can enjoy desserts such as "Gulab Jamun", a dough of powder milk and flour, which is fried in oil and sweetened with sugar, rose water, cardamom, and saffron to add a characteristic red color.
In the Khyber restaurant, you can taste regional dishes and cuisine from all over India, with the characteristic ingredients, flavors, and aromas which represent this gastronomy. All this in a traditional atmosphere, with a menu of meats, seafood, vegetables, and sauces.
If you want to visit a temple or places of worship in Mumbai, we recommend using long dresses or pants and covering your shoulders with a sweater or shawl.
Mumbai is a modern city but has a deeply rooted culture, that is why we recommend dressing conservatively to respect it.
We recommend using light clothes and drinking plenty of water.
We suggest bringing an umbrella or rain jacket if you travel to Mumbai from June to November.
The weather in Mumbai, India
Mumbai has a tropical monsoon climate with torrential rainfall in the months from June to December and very light rain from December to May accumulating 2,431 mm (95.7 in) of rain yearly. The average annual temperature is 27°C (80°F) with a maximum of 32°C (89°F) and a minimum of 22°C (71°F). November is the hottest month with a maximum temperature of 34°C (93°F) and January is the coldest with a minimum of 17°C (62°F).
What to bring by season
Rainy season (June to November): this time in Mumbai is hot and has heavy rainfall. The average precipitation in a month is 399 mm (15.7 in) in 20 rainy days. July is the rainiest month by far, with an average of 821 mm (32.3 in) of rain in 28 days, and humidity levels are high. Temperatures are high in this season with an average high of 31°C (87°F) and a minimum of 25°C (77°F). We recommend bringing an umbrella or rain jacket, light clothes preferably cotton or linen, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Dry season (December to May): in dry season in Mumbai, rainfall decreases considerably as temperature increases. Days are hot with highs of 32°C (89.6ºF) and nights are mild with lows of 21°C (69.8ºF). There is no rainfall from February to April, and in May and January there are only small drizzles. We recommend using natural fiber clothing, comfortable shoes, a cap or a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and bringing a light sweater for the evenings.
Mumbai is one of the most populated cities in the world with more than 20 million inhabitants and one of the places with the highest population density. Located on the west coast of the country, Mumbai is one of the main financial and cultural centers of India with large buildings from British heritage, as well as one of the most productive film industries in the world.
The Mumbai film industry, popularly known as "Bollywood", produces hundreds of movies per year, which are distributed throughout southeast Asia and are famous for its music and exotic dances. The main symbols of the city include the India Gate, a monument made in basalt of 26 meters (85 ft) in height, built in the early 20th century facing the coast, with the intention of being the first place in the city that visitors see when arriving at Mumbai by water.
This monument built in the time when India was a British colony, is very close from Taj Mahal Palace, one of the main hotels of all Mumbai built at the beginning of the 20th century with an architectural design similar to the palaces of England. Other buildings that show the English influence in the Indian culture is the Rajabai Clock Tower of 85 meters (278 ft) located in the University of Mumbai and the Chhatrapati Shivaji train station, built in the 19th century and declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
Mumbai has two important museums, the Prince of Wales Museum that displays an art collection and Mongolian utensils; and the Mahatma Gandhi Museum, the former workplace of the pacifist leader between 1917 and 1934. Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and tomb on a small island in southern Mumbai, built in 1431 by a former merchant who renounced his fortune before his pilgrimage to Mecca.
***The official currency of India is the Indian Rupee (INR).