Mumbai Local Customs

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    Mumbai's Passport Office, being the only one in the region, caters to the residents from Greater Mumbai, over and above districts of Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Aurangabad and Beed in Maharashtra. Apart...

  • 2. CULTURE

    If you're travelling in India it's a good idea to wear khadi. This is the name for hand-spun and hand-woven cotton. It was a symbol of Gandhi's independence movement. But more importantly for the...


    Although Bombay has one of the largest concentration of followers of the Jain religion in India, this community constitutes only a small minority of around 4% in the city. Jain temples are scattered...


    Mumbai is quite hot throughout the year, so it makes sense to wear clothes appropriate to the weather. Generally, Indians are very accommodating towards foreigners, often expecting Westerners to be...


    Whilst visiting the Haji Ali Mosque in northern Mumbai, I noticed loads of people clambering on top of the rocks that lie at the end of the causeway that connects on the mosque to the mainland. I've...

  • 6. Hooray for Bollywood!

    Bollywood pumps out hundreds of films every year. The typical ones are of the boy meets girl variety and involve a lot of singing, dancing, longing looks and...

  • 7. Sleeping everywhere

    People sleep everywhere.It appeared to be a custom there, probably due to the warmth (everyday 30-32°C in december), the large population and the fact that...

  • 8. How to wear a saree

    Sari reflects women's style, grace, sense and elegant. Sari enhances an increases the beauty, personality and importance as a lady. It is important to drape a...

  • 9. University of Mumbai

    University of Mumbai (UM) or Mumbai University (MU) is a multi-campus university, but the original campus is in Fort, Mumbai, near the southern end of the city...

  • 10. Mumbai's Climate

    The climate in Mumbai is mostly made up of two seasons. Humid (between March to October) and dry (between November to February). The monsoon time is usually...

  • 11. Sugar Cane Drinks

    Like the Coconut milk drinks, sugar cane is also very popular. Street vendors operate manual crushers and extract the juice from matured cane. The juice...

  • 12. Coconut Drinks

    On the street you will often see the Coconut vendor selling juice. The top is knocked off the top of the coconut with a swipe of a machete type knife and a...

  • 13. Bombay Duck

    Bombay Duck (and I really don’t think you can convert that to Mumbai Duck) is also known as Bummalo. It is not in fact a duck but a lizardfish and is native to...

  • 14. Dance

    The legacy of dance in India is tremendous. On temple walls, on an urban stage, in impromptu outbursts by a mellow evening fire, men and women twinkle their...

  • 15. BOMBAY DUCK (yuck!)

    In 1997 Bombay Duck was banned by the European Commission (EC) of the European Union. Bombay Duck is a delicacy eaten as an accompaniment to curry. It is dried...

  • 16. Party at Maratha Mandir Cinema at 11 AM

    Maratha Mandir is part of Mumbai's film history, where some of the industry's greatest hits have been screened. In this theatre, the 1995 hit film Dilwale...

  • 17. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

    This is the BOLLOYWOOD movie experience of all time, with full audience participation at the Maratha Mandir just across from Mumbai Central, it is the most fun...

  • 18. Street food

    India, like a lot of Asian countries, offers a large variety of street foods. Street vendors offer hot fresh snacks or even complete meals all through the day....

  • 19. Taxi Ettiquette

    If you are alone (and a male) it is the custom to ride in the passenger seat next to the driver. I like this as you get a better view and might have a chat, the...

  • 20. Taking the Train

    Learnign how to get on and off the local trains from Churchgate station was an education. I have to thank Aadil for my first lessons, afterwhich I believe I...

  • 21. Bollywood

    Watching a Bollywood (or Tamil or Malayalam, etc.) movie is an integral part of a visit to India. The quality varies as much as that of Hollywood films, but...

  • 22. : 1. You may get offended when...

    : 1. You may get offended when you walk on crowded streets. Locals have a nasty habit of staring (don't worry-they only stare) when they see someone with a...

  • 23. Have a picnic

    On the grounds of the Red Fort, in New Delhi, there were plenty of families relaxing for a late afternoon picnic. It was a peaceful calm in an otherwise...

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