WHEN TO GO
The best time to travel is between the months of September and April, when the weather is relatively dry and cool. If you want to come to Mumbai for a big event, make it Ganesh Chaturthi, an 11-day Hindu festival in August and September. The celebrations reach a climax when large images of the elephant-headed god Ganesh are immersed in the sea, notably off Chowpatty Beach.
HOW TO GET THERE
Chhatrapati Shivaji is Mumbai's international airport (www.airportsindia.org.in/aai/mumbai). Your hotel may offer airport transfers. Otherwise, use the prepaid taxi service available at the airport. The ride to town should cost between $9 and $12. (If you feel confident in your haggling skills, you can negotiate a rate with an independent taxi outside the terminal.)
The Government of India Tourist Office is at 123 Maharishi Karve Rd., Churchgate (22/2203-3144, 22/2203-3145). The government Web sites (www.tourisminindia.com, www.incredibleindia.org) also have helpful information.
Driving in congested Bombay is challenging, to say the least. Your best bet is to take the city's yellow and black taxis or auto-rickshaws, which can be flagged down on the street. (Note that the rickshaws are not allowed in the city center.) For longer trips, you may find it convenient to hire a car and driver. Inquire at your hotel, or for a cheaper rate, contact the Government of India Tourist Office (22/2203-3144, 22/2203-3145).View India Factsheet