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Maybe better to buy the book and read it before you travel as it is 900+ pages long and very heavy to travel with, unless you have an ebook !!
Miscellaneous: Written by Gregory David Roberts this is the best insight into life in Bombay/Mumbai you will ever read, and if its not the best book you ever read I would be suprised.
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Mumbai is a glittering city that exerts a pull on everyone. It is actually a place, where one can see the most lavish life along with the celebs. Before traveling to any new place, apprehension on top of excitement usually plugs the mind. So as to avoid any stressed condition, one should always refer to the travel tips to steer clear of any unnecessary situation. Health and well-being are things of prime importance.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Remove your shoes outside while visiting temples and mosques.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: It is preferable to have your medical check-ups done prior to traveling Mumbai (Bombay). Keep all your regular medicines, first-aid and general medicines in a medical kit. If possible, then carry your prescription of medicines along. Sun-screen lotions, umbrella, sun-hats etc. are a must, while you travel to this Island City, where the sun shines brightly
Photo Equipment: Prefer traveling in groups than alone
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Don't get into any prohibited stuff like drugs, ammunitions etc, as it is a crime and the culpable will be treated severely.
Miscellaneous: Always prefer keeping traveler's cheques rather than cash while moving around. You can easily exchange these cheques at various money exchangers.
Do not carry your important documents and valuables all the time rather submit them at the counter of your hotel.
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You do not Carry More Bags Because in Travelling You Suffer Lot. Bag Should be Max 2 .
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Indian People are very Useul to find Foreigers.You Wear Simple T-shirt Or Shirt For Men .
For Woman Strickly Remind DO NOT WEAR TOP Or SKIRT To Avoid Troubles.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Normal Medicines Usually In ALL Medical You will find Medicines
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Travel as light as possible - you will most probably shop !
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Try not to wear T-shirts, but rather cotton shirts - it does much better in the heat
Good walking/hiking shoes
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent
Do check if your vaccinations are up to date
Miscellaneous: Forget your wife, your husband, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your mother, your father, your sister, your brother or any other travelling companion. These little things will be your best friend throughout your whole time in India. Look after them, nurture them, feed them , water them and by all means, don't lose them!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If Collaba is your first stop I highly recommend leaving the toiletry shop til you arrive! Go to any of the chemists along the main shopping street or the well- hidden supermarket to the left of the Citibank by the main roundabout in Collaba. Brand name toiletries are very very cheap (I stocked up on lots of Garnier & Sunsilk stuff for around GBP1 per product). Unless you need any specialist stuff, save the pennies and buy in Bombay!
Miscellaneous: Bring the less you can ;-).. yes, I didn't make a mistake in writing: in Mumbai you can find maybe not exactly your trade mark but almost anything and at really bargain prices and if by chance one of your flights is on a low cost company with severe restriction on lugguage weight, you could find yourself at the check in moving some of your heavy stuff in the hand luggage not to pay for the extra weight, provided you meet a kind and understanding employee.. what I mean is that unless you need something really particular with you, there is so much you see and think you would like to buy and then some of Indian handicrafts are made of heavy material like carved stones and wood so don't forget to keep some empty space in your luggage..
The Virtual Calling Card from MTNL is available in different denominations of Rs50, Rs100, Rs250, Rs 500, Rs1000 & Rs2000.
I'd suggest you buy a Virtual Calling Card (nothing to do with Virtual Tourist but just MTNL!!!) and it is available everywhere in different denominations depending on your need and can be used from any phone without having to pay for it from that number!!! And it can be used from any MTNL (the local telephone company) line. Minimum price is Rs.50/- and you can even make STD (Domestic Subscriber Trunk Dialling) and ISD (International) calls from a non STD or ISD phone too!!! And it's cheaper too.
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We each took a backpack with internal frames. It's a good idea to take one day-pack for your day trips.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring cool clothes. Even in December and January, when it's cold for the Indians, it's warm for us Californians. I found the best thing to do was pack very little clothing (beyond underwear, socks and comfortable walking shoes), and just buy some local clothes once I got there. That way, you fit in better, the clothes certainly are tailored to the local climes and you feel very comfortable.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I brought along a couple rolls of toilet paper, just in case. However, we generally stayed in the government run hotels (~$50/night) and never needed our own toilet paper.
My doctor, when I asked for a prescription for lomitil before leaving, had a great suggestion: Take several boxes of Pepto Bismol tablets. Before and after eating anything, eat one tablet. This creates a hostile environment for any local flora, and you won't get sick. It worked for me! My boyfriend, who ate nearly the same stuff as I, didn't do the Pepto trick and he *did* get sick, and missed the Kaneri Caves and the first night of our friend's wedding.
Photo Equipment: I brought a relatively inexpensive, self-focus, good zoom, 35mm camera. It cost me $200US and it took just dandy photos. I've heard stories of electronics being taken at customs when entering India, and you're always on your guard about things getting stolen, so it's a good idea to bring equipment that's good enough, but not so good that you'll be crushed if you lose it.
Luggage and bags: Bring toilet paper with you when you're going around town! Most public toilets are dirty and don't provide toilet paper. Better still go to some of the 5 star hotels and use their toilets there, if you could scam it.
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take a light back-pack with you. you can carry this easily while travelling around the city. avoid anything which you have to carry in your hand. bag snatching occurs sometimes in the city or crowded alleys.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: light cotton clothes for all the months except december. the city is extremely humid. wear shoes that can be easily removed. this is because you have to remove them before entering a temple or anyones house. indians generally do not allow shoes inside the house. also, do not wear anything flashy, as it mat disappear soon.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: avoid drinking water anywhere. carry bottled water in your back-pack. carry medicines for diarhhoea and dysentry. nearly all the doctors in the city dpeak english. stock up on medicines while in india. they are 1/100th the price of medicines in the US or Europe. and since india exports the drugs in the first place, the quality of the medicines will not be a problem.
Photo Equipment: film rolls and development (Kodak) are very cheap in india compared to Europe. also, the film developers convert the snaps to digital format (CD) free of cost.
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For long hauls- carry a suitcase. Why? -becoz you are gonna buy a lot of stuff from bombay to take back with you.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Jeans and shorts are ideal. You can also BUY very cheap clothes from the 182 shops lined up at Fashion street or Linking road. Wear em'- toss em' at the end of the trip or even better- give them to charity! Cool cottons are ideal. (PICTURE OF FASHION STREET ON THE SIDE)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: AVAILABLE AT VERY CHEAP PRICES AT EVERY LOCAL CONVINIENT STORE
Photo Equipment: AVAILABLE AT VERY CHEAP PRICES AT EVERY LOCAL CONVINIENT STORE- batteries, rolls, converters for the equipment to work at the voltage running in the city. (yes- you can get all electric supplies too at the small local convinient stores)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: No campsites in the city vicinity-Camping not recommended
Depending on when you arrive your clothing should be:
During Summer (March-June) : Light clothing, cottons, shorts, hats/caps, sunglasses etc
During Monsoon (June-Ocober): Rain wear, water protective clothing/jackets/caps etc. The rains are pretty heavy so I'd advise proper rainwear.
During winter: It's never too cold in Bombay, in fact it ranges from a pleasant to warm season during winter, so clothing can be light/normal wear. Woollens are rarely required, while heavy winter/fur jackets are an absolute waste to carry.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most medicines are available all throughout Bombay, so unless if you have an uncommon/specific medicine/drug to carry, don't bother carrying anything more than a basic first aid kit which is also easily available anywhere in Bombay.
Photo Equipment: Adjoining pic: National Centre For Modern Art (near Prince of Wales Museum)
Miscellaneous: Other useful info:
Time Zone: GMT + 5 1/2 hours
Visa: All foreign visitors to India require a valid visa. A tourist visa, valid for 90 days from the date of entry, can be obtained from any Indian embassy, high
commission or consulate, an extension of visa is possible in Bombay.If a visit extends beyond 90 days, an Income Tax Clearance Certificate is required at the time of
departure. This is available from the main tax office in Bombay
Dont carry any winter clothes anytime of the year. Because Bombay is so close to the sea, it is humid all the times. You keep sweating and sweating :-P
Carry an umbrella or a raincoat during monsoons.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Stay indoor during the night. Dont even think about camping at night.
Miscellaneous: Here you see where the laundry is done in Udaipur... along the banks of Lake Pichola. A beautiful and colorful event, and likely where the daily gossip is shared amongst the locals.