Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is the fast-paced, high-octane capital of the state of Maharashtra. They say it’s the city that never sleeps, and as India’s financial, business, film, fashion and modern culture epicentre, you would be hard pressed arguing otherwise.
Mumbai is a big city. With over 21 million residents, it’s the largest city in India and the eighth largest in the world. It is home to the world’s largest tropical forest in an urban zone. It’s the birthplace of Bollywood, the world’s largest film industry. Some of the biggest slums in Asia can also be found within the city limits.
At a street level, Mumbai is just like any other bustling Asian city with plenty of street vendors, market stalls, street performers and craft stalls to delight and entertain.
It’s an amalgamation of the old and new. Cosmopolitan cafes sit alongside traditional pav bhaji vendors. The boutiques sell traditional saris and modern fashion. High-powered business people walk past ancient temples and British-era colonial buildings on the way to their modern office complexes. If you’re after a thriving city full of excitement and bustle, then Mumbai has it all.
In the 2012-2013 year alone, approximately 27,827 international cruise passengers disembarked at Mumbai’s Cruise Terminal.
Mumbai Port is located in Ballard Estate, a European style district in South Mumbai, 23 kilometres from the city centre. It’s a busy port, responsible for over half of all the ferry traffic in India and a large portion of all cargo. As it’s located in a large deep water harbour, even the largest of cruise ships can dock right at the port, making transfers for passengers quick and easy.
Tens of thousands of cruise passengers travel through the cruise terminal at Mumbai Port every year. Although the facilities are not modern, they are very comfortable and serve as a great welcome to this beautiful part of the world.
- Passenger lounges
- Public toilets
- Duty free shop
- Market and craft stalls.
How To Get Around
There are a number of travel options from Mumbai Port to central Mumbai and many other popular destinations. Taxis are not allowed onto the port site but can be easily hailed once outside of the facility.
Travel times from the port:
- It is a 30 minute journey to central Mumbai
- It is a 57 minute journey to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
- It is a 12 minute journey to Chowpatty Beach.
- It is a 1 hour and 6 minute journey to central Mumbai (with services every 6 minutes).
- It is a 1 hour and 46 minute journey to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (with services every 6 minutes and one train transfer)
- It is a 31 minute journey to Chowpatty Beach (with services every six minutes).
- Currency -The local currency in Mumbai is the Indian rupee (₹). Notes are available in ₹5, ₹10, ₹20, ₹50, ₹100, ₹500 and ₹1,000 denominations. Coins are available in ₹1, ₹2, ₹5 and ₹10 denominations.
- Time Zone - Kota Kinabalu uses the India Time Zone, which is is five and a half hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
- Weather - Kota Kinabalu has an equatorial climate, although due to its elevation, the island does not experience monsoonal weather to the same extent as some of its neighbours. The weather is fairly hot and humid all year round, with temperatures averaging between 22 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius year round. The wet season lasts from May to December; however, rain usually only falls for 15 minutes to two hours each day.
- Elephanta Island – It is well worth hailing a water taxi and heading out to Elephanta Island, a Unesco World Heritage site in the middle of Mumbai Harbour. The island is home to countless temples carved into the basalt rock, each featuring some of the most extraordinary stone carvings in all of India. The main temple on the island is dedicated to Shiva and her enormous statue sits among the many courtyards, halls, pillars and shrines.
- Global Pagoda - Travellers from all over the world come to Global Pagoda to meditate and hear the teachings of Buddha under the breathtaking golden dome. Promoted as a beacon of peace and harmony, the pagoda is certainly a serene location that enchants many visitors. The architecture is impressive on a technical as well as visual level – the 96-metre high dome is entirely self-supporting, using interlocking stone in place of any pillars or supports.
- Sanjay Gandhi National Park - For another escape from the bustle of city, head north to the Sanjay Gandhu National park, where 104 square kilometres of unspoiled tropical forest awaits. Thousands of people live in the shantytowns and housing developments around the edges, but in its centre, the park is home to nothing but stunning tropical flowers, exotic birds, lush green foliage, boisterous monkey colonies and the rare wild leopard. The Kanheri Caves are also within the park limits, featuring over one hundred stunning homes and temples for Buddhist monks that were carved into the rock.