Mumbai Tourism Guide

Mumbai Tourism Guide

Quick Guide

Electricity

Type C, D or M (230V/50hz)

Weather

JAN
24°C
FEB
25°C
MAR
27°C
APR
29°C
MAY
30°C
JUN
29°C
JUL
28°C
AUG
28°C
SEP
28°C
OCT
29°C
NOV
28°C
DEC
26°C

Language
Marathi

Currency
Indian Rupee

Visa
Visa Free

Cost of a beer

Rs 150 (avg)

Cost of a Meal

Rs 1,000 (for two) (avg)

Average Room Rate (3*)
Rs 3725

The home of Bollywood and Indian wealth; Mumbai is India’s most important city and the 14th largest city in the World. This massive city also has the highest GDP of any nation in South, West and Central Asia. As a result, this metropolis is called home by a vast array of different people from many different backgrounds and cultures. A true melting pot; a visit here will immerse you deep into a chaotic world, full of excitement and new experiences.

When it comes to planning a trip anywhere – let alone Mumbai – it is hard to know where to start. What follows is a comprehensive guide for your trip to this remarkable city; here you will learn everything you need to make that trip. Whether you want a relaxing family getaway or an exciting adventure Mumbai will give you the experience you desire.

Top Attractions

The Gateway of India

The Gateway of India, otherwise known as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai is a top attraction to include in your itinerary. Check out this grand monument that has been standing proud since 1924. Wander around and enjoy the views from the tip of Apollo Bunder of the Mumbai Harbour and the Arabian Sea.

Elephanta Island

Elephanta Islandis an iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site just a short boat ride from the Mumbai Harbour. Marvel at the ancient caves on this island that contain rock carvings of traditional Indian art.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminusis one railway station not to get frustrated in, just go with agenda of exploring this world famous UNSECO World Heritage Site that is the symbol of “Gothic City”. This attraction is the perfect site to explore the Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in India with its pointed arches, incredible stone dome, turrets, and eccentric ground plan.

Things to do in Mumbai


As with any large city, Mumbai has a great deal of options for spending your time (and money); so we have compiled this list of attractions that your trip here would be missing if you didn’t attend.

Gateway of India

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First up a visit to Mumbai would not be complete without a visit to the Gateway of India. This magnificent arch commonly referred to as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai was the first thing that many visitors to India ever saw; now it is certainly one of the finer attractions in this city. Built in 1924, this grand building is not a bad way to start your tour. It’s also where you can hop on a boat and head towards Elephant Island.

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 24/7

Address: Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India

Water Kingdom

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Mumbai is a place of incredible culture and has a fascinating history. It’s a feast for the eyes and for the mind. But every now and again, you just want to have fun with the family, and that’s exactly what the wonderful Water Kingdom has to offer. This is a terrific water park with great rides that’s always buzzing with fun, excitement and sunshine. One of the most popular family attractions in Mumbai, this is pure unadulterated fun suitable for all ages. Be sure to check online before heading to the park as there’s often a selection of money saving offers available.

Price: Weekday Adult (height above 4’6”) – Rs999, Weekend Adult (height above 4’6”) – Rs1200, Weekday Child (height between 3’3” & 4’6”) – Rs699, Weekend Child (height between 3’3” & 4’6”) – Rs699, Senior Citizen (age above 60 years) – Rs399.

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 10.00 – 20.30, Saturday & Sunday: 09.30 – 21.30

Address: Global Pagoda Road, Gorai Creek, Borivali West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400092, India

Elephanta Island

Located in Mumbai Harbour just 10km from the city;Elephanta Island presents a fantastic opportunity to go back in time. There are caves on this island that were constructed around 5thor 6th century BC, and contain rock carvings which UNESCO herald as “one of the greatest examples of Indian art.” A visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a great day out and has the added experience of having a boat ride to the island.

Price: A luxury return ticket costs Rs150 or an economy return ticket is Rs120 (an extra Rs10 to sit on the upper deck)

Opening Hours: The first ferry leaves the Gateway of India at 09:00 and the last one leaves at 14:00 (they run ever 30mins). The first boat returns from Elephanta Island at 12:00 and the last boat returns at 17:30. The caves are closed on Mondays.

Address: 10km off the coast of Mumbai.

Bandra-Worli Sea Link

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Also known as the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, this incredible 5.6 kilometre cable stayed bridge connects the two parts of Mumbai, Bandra in the west and Worli in the east, to make the city whole. The Bandra-Worli Sea Link has made travelling through Mumbai a whole lot easier and will likely make your trip run a lot smoother, reducing times between these two section of Mumbai by between 20 – 90 minutes (depending on traffic). In addition to that, it’s also an incredible feat of engineering, offering some truly mesmerising views.

ISKCON Temple Mumbai



ISKCON, which stands for the International Society for Kirshna Consciousness, has temples throughout the world to spread the word of their religious organisation. For believers, no additional words of encouragement are needed for you to check out this four storey place of worship. However, it is open to the general public and is a fascinating place to get to grips with a completely different culture. It boasts some marvellously colourful decorations and good vibes galore. There’s also a terrific vegetarian restaurant known for its excellent hospitality.

Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum


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While not the largest museum in the world, the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum does do a great job of telling the life story of one of the most famous figures in Indian history. It’s free entry (although donations are appreciated) and you can easily spend a few hours here learning about the leader of the Indian Independence Movement. There’s few better places to appreciate his long lasting legacy than in the museum situated at the heart of his activism in the early twentieth century.

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 09.30 – 17.30 (Library closed on second and fourth Saturdays)

Address: 19, Laburnum Road, Gamdevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400007, India

KidZania

As the name would suggest, this one’s not for adults. It’s also not your ordinary child friendly theme park. KidZania measures in at the size of six Olympic swimming pools, this enormous miniature city has fully functional battery operated cars and even a functioning in park economy. The aim here is to both entertain and educate kids in a unique and spell-binding environment. This is a truly ambitious project: one where not only are good times to be had but decision making, problem solving, creativity and a whole bunch of real life skills are taught. It’s a park on its own unique and exciting path.

Price: 1st Shift (10.00 – 15.00) & 2nd Shift (16.00 – 21.00) prices per person: Toddler – Rs650, Kid – Rs1200, Adult – Rs550, Sr. Citizen – Rs300
Any 5 Hours: Toddler – Rs700, Kid – Rs1350, Adult – Rs600, Sr. Citizen – Rs300
Last 3 Hours (18.00 onwards): Toddler – Rs550, Kid – Rs750, Adult – Rs400, Sr. Citizen – Rs300
Last 2 Hours (19.00 onwards): Toddler – Rs350, Kid – Rs500, Adult – Rs300, Sr. Citizen – Rs300

Opening Hours: 10.00 – 21.00.

Address: R City Mall, 3rd Floor, North Wing, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Amrut Nagar, Ghatkopar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400086, India


Marine Drive

Marine Drive is a stretch of promenade that follows Mumbai’s coastline and is the go-to area if you want some relaxation. This is the perfect spot to watch the sun set and is very beautiful when lit up at night. Visiting Marine Drive at night is a great way of ending a busy day of seeing the sights; it also borders the fabulous Chowpatty Beach, which we recommend visiting during the day.

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 24/7

Address: Marine Drive Jogging Track, Chowpatty, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

The Horniman Circle Garden

The Horniman Circle Garden is truly an oasis of calm amongst the concrete buildings and chaos that surrounds it. As one of Mumbai’s largest parks a visit here will have you feeling refreshed and ready to continue your exploration. The name was given to the Garden because Benjamin Horniman was the editor of the Bombay Chronicle at the time of the Indian Revolution and supported Indian Independence.

Price: Free for entry, but charge for nearby parking

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 20:00, except on Saturday when it is open from 16:00 – 20:00

Address: Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus


We recommend paying a visit to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus; it is the 2nd UNESCO World Heritage Site on this list and a great credit to Mumbai. As one of India’s busiest railway stations it is not hard to find, the terrific architecture is jaw-dropping especially considering that it was constructed in 1888.

Price: Free

Openning Hours: N/A

Address: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India

Fun Facts About Mumbai

  • Mumbai is the wealthiest city in Central, South and West Asia, and produces approximately 5 % of India’s GDP.
  • Today Mumbai is a singular landmass, but it was once a group of seven islands and merged over a period of six decades starting circa 1784 Ad into its current state.
  • During the period of the English rule Mumbai was known as Bombay, which means “good bay” in Portuguese.
  • Food in Mumbai

    Food in Mumbai is rather unusual compared to other cities in India; when visiting another Indian city you can expect to try unique local dishes featuring flavours that are not so prevalent elsewhere. Whereas in Mumbai, many of the popular dishes are Mumbai takes on the local cuisine of other areas that have been modified and sometimes transformed.

    This is down to the fact that Mumbai has so many different influences running through its streets; so carry on reading for some recommendations on what to eat and where to eat it. Mumbai street food is famous for a good reason; it’s absolutely delicious. There are many options to delight your palate but we have singled out the 2 you must try during your time here.


    Food in Mumbai is rather unusual compared to other cities in India; when visiting another Indian city you can expect to try unique local dishes featuring flavours that are not so prevalent elsewhere. Whereas in Mumbai, many of the popular dishes are Mumbai takes on the local cuisine of other areas that have been modified and sometimes transformed.

    This is down to the fact that Mumbai has so many different influences running through its streets; so carry on reading for some recommendations on what to eat and where to eat it. Mumbai street food is famous for a good reason; it’s absolutely delicious. There are many options to delight your palate but we have singled out the 2 you must try during your time here.

    Price: Free

    Openning Hours: N/A

    Address: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India

    Vada Pav

    We heartily recommend that you dig into Vada Pav, if you are unfamiliar with this Mumbai wonder then here’s what you need to know. It is certainly one of the most popular foods from Mumbai and this is why. Mashed potato + amazing spices + batter + bread = a taste explosion you will never forget. These succulent delights are available at almost every turn in the busy streets here, and if you don’t try one before you leave then you’re doing it wrong.


    Bhelpuri

    Another street food you have to try during your time here is Bhelpuri; this dish was born by Chowpatty Beach and has been consistently popular since its origin. Whilst every variation that can be found in the various street food vendors contains different combinations; the average Bhelpuri will contain puffed rice, sev, chopped onion, potato, and tamarind chutney. When you have your food be sure to mix it immediately and find a nice spot by a beach to enjoy this culinary adventure.

    Whilst Mumbai Street food is amazing, sometimes a restaurant is needed to fill you up. What follows is a breakdown of our 3 favourite restaurants in Mumbai.

    Price: Free

    Openning Hours: N/A

    Address: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India

    3 Restaurants to Check Out in Mumbai

    If you’re looking for some seafood then there is little better than Kontan Café. The crab here is excellent and comes thoroughly recommended. A fantastically rustic establishment; Kontan Café really leaves you feeling like you are enjoying an authentic experience and is a firm favourite amongst locals.

    Shree Thaker Bhojanalay is famous in South Mumbai for its Gujarati Thali; a perfect balance of dishes complimented perfectly with their accompaniments. The dishes here are cheap but delicious; you will appreciate this recommendation when you have partaken of the excellent food here.

    Bachelorr’s by Chowpatty Beach is known locally for its milkshakes and ice cream, so after a day of exploring the vibrant city what better to soothe your tired body then a perfect milkshake? We recommend trying the chilli ice cream.

    Price: Free

    Openning Hours: N/A

    Address: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India

    “Admiring the fantastic sunset, I told my friend “Perfect sunset, Perfect beach, Perfect climate,” Gorai is a must go with your soul mate or life partner or simply boyfriend. Such a perfect place to spend time, not just for the sunset. A perfect dating paradise!!!”
    Bhushavali,My Travelogue

    Shopping in Mumbai

    It should come as no surprise that Mumbai is a fascinating place to shop, offering everything from high-end finds to budget bargains that you can’t find anywhere else. There’s few better ways to soak up the culture than by walking through the jam-packed market streets, and little greater luxury than can be found in some of their malls. A tale of two shopping cities, Mumbai has it all.


    High Street Phoenix

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    This is one of the biggest and best shopping malls, not just in Mumbai but in the whole of India. The shopping mall formally known as Phoenix Mills covers a whopping 3,300,000 square feet and every last inch of that is covered up with shopping goodness, luxury accommodation, a multiplex and more. This is more than just a mall. This is an experience and if you have any interest in shopping in Mumbai, you’ve got to check this one out.

    Openning Hours: 11.00 – 23.00

    Address: 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013, India

    Price: Free

    Openning Hours: N/A

    Address: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India

    Viviana Mall

    While it might not have the history of Crawford Market or the sheer extensiveness of High Street Phoenix, Viviana Mall is still a wonderfully satisfying place to shop. It has a terrific selection of luxury retail names available, along with some of the best known international brands in the world. This isn’t just limited to the shops either. There’s also a world class cinemas here, globally recognisable fast food joints and even a children’s play area.

    Price: Free

    Openning Hours: N/A

    Address: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India

    Crawford Market

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    We could have just as easily put this one in our selection of great food in Mumbai, but the Crawford Market is so much more than that. Here you’ll find everything from footwear to toys and electronics, including many strange and unique items that are perfect for a souvenir. But best of all is the surroundings which, due to its stunningly preserved Normal and Flemish inspired nineteenth century looks, provides one of the most aesthetically interesting places to shop in India.

    Openning Hours: 11.00 – 20.00 (Closed on Sundays)

    Address: Ramabai Ambedkar Marg, Dhobi Talao, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India

    Price: Free

    Openning Hours: N/A

    Address: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India

    Top Tips

  • Figuring out in advance your transport routes for your day trips around Mumbai is an essential factor in enjoying your holiday. The local trains are the definition of jam-packed, buses can take a very long time to reach its destination, and auto riskshaws and taxis can be problematic so the key is to talk to a few local people, read relevant reviews and research regarding local travel before you head out.
  • Just like in any big city there is always the risk of being robbed and pick-pocketed, and the city of Mumbai is no different. Whether you’re at the airport, exploring the crowded side streets of the city, relaxing at the beach resorts, or weaving your way through the bustling metro areas be wary of seasoned criminals. Limit the cash and valuables you are carrying with you, keep belongings close to you at all times, and always be on your guard.
  • In order to ensure that you are rejuvenated each night for your following days adventures pack a pair of good ear plugs to avoid any risk of the constant street noise impacting on your beauty sleep.
  • Mumbai Nightlife

    As with any large city, Mumbai has a plethora of options for spending your time in the evening; and as with any city you’re not familiar with this range of choice can be very daunting. So the list that follows contains our recommendations for the best places to party when the Sun goes down in this city.

    The Blue Frog

    The Blue Frog features an exciting calendar of national and international musicians, DJs and comedy acts that grace its stage. The drinks menu is thorough and you won’t pay ridiculous prices here, the cocktails in particular go down a treat. If you wish to spend the evening here, we strongly recommended booking a pod; these are normally in high demand so book early.


    Leopold’s Cafe & Bar

    A visit to Mumbai would be wasted without an evening spent relaxing at Leopold’s Café & Bar. It is an iconic institution that has been operating since 1871; expect to find students, backpackers and anyone looking for a cheap drink. Inspired by Parisian cafes Leopold’s is a fitting juxtaposition to while away the midnight hours.


    Indigo

    If you fancy a truly relaxing evening then we heartily recommend Indigo; this famous Mumbai restaurant hosts a wide variety of evening events with great DJs providing the tunes that get Mumbai going. Found in the centre of the city the ambiance here is exceptional and provides a candlelit and homely vibe.


    Geoffery’s

    For an authentic British feel why not try out Geoffery’s; This British pub has beer on draught and a décor that could fool you into thinking that you are really in London. The location is great and is in easy reach of the major hotels, and perfectly located near the cricket ground should you need any refreshment after a game.


    Where to Stay in Mumbai


    As with anywhere, you can find accommodation to suit any price range, but we recommend staying in South Mumbai. As the wealthiest area of the city, it contains the more tourist orientated facets of culture. Also the museums, bars and street stalls.
    Here are just some of the hotels we recommend for this area:

    Luxury Hotels in Mumbai


    Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

    Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai is one of India’s most famous hotels, and a stay here would be a treat for anyone. With splendid views across the Arabian Sea, 10 restaurants and a fantastic spa, this 1901 hotel will only make your stay in Mumbai more special and more memorable.

    If you’re looking for luxury, then you really can’t get much better than the breath-taking JW Marriott Mumbai . The Marriott hotels are renowned across the globe for being some of the best in world-class accommodation and their Mumbai addition is no exception to their impeccable reputation. Featuring stunning décor, from the warmly lit pools to the the unique, vibrant hotel rooms, this is a hotel that leaves no inch a disappointment. With three pools, a full service spa and a convenient location that’s just a few minutes walk from the beach, the JW Marriott Mumbai is a cut above the competition.

    Another strong contender for the title of best luxury hotel in Mumbai is the stunning The Oberoi. And trust us, with some of the competition that’s available in this captivating city, that’s no small accomplishment. A beautiful sky-high beachfront building gives a wonderful first impression and the terrific service, facilities, décor and general attention detail make sure that every moment between that and your final impression never falls below exceptional.Lighting up like a diamond against the night sky is the glisteningTrident Bandra Kurla Mumbai, a terrific hotel located a short distance from the airport. This means you won’t have to travel far after your landing before you make it to your comfy hotel bed. The hotel features all the bells and whistles you might expect from a five-star accommodation, including an outdoor pool, full service spa, three restaurants and of course much, much more.

    As its name suggests, Taj Lands End hotel feels like your own secluded getaway from the rest of the world. This feeling is best encapsulated by the tropical outdoor pool area, which is surrounded by stunning greenery reflecting against the sunny pools as the sea and the sky fuse on the horizon. Inside, you’ll be greeted by a very classic kind of luxury that gives this hotel a distinct personality from many other luxury hotels. It feels extravagant without being flashy or pretentious. It’s five star with impeccable taste.

    To live in the lap of luxury during your stay in London, you will need to be spending approximately 15,000 rupees per night’s stay (on average). These prices are influenced significantly by the length of time you stay, the size of your group and when you choose to visit London.

    Mid-Range Hotels in Mumbai


    The Grand Hotel is as spectacular inside as it is outside; a pleasing fusion of old and modern styles make this hotel a comfortable choice for your stay in Mumbai. Featuring a restaurant, coffee shop and gym, Grand Hotel has everything you need for a comfortable stay in the city.

    Plenty of hotels might boast about their closeness to the nearest airport. And why wouldn’t they? It’s a hugely convenient perk to any hotel. But you can’t do much better than being actually inside the airport itself. Niranta Transit Hotel Terminalis custom made for those needing to rest in-between flights. You might expect this kind of hotel to be the bare bones: small rooms and a bed to rest your head kind of a deal. But you’d be quite wrong. Featuring air conditioned rooms with satellite TVs, free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom, you can’t get much better from a transit hotel.

    Budget Hotels in Mumbai


    The OYO Premium Mumbai Colaba Causeway is more of a budget option for a stay in the city, but it contains all the amenities you will need. A stay here gives you free breakfast, free newspapers and climate control in your room. The main attractions of Mumbai are within a short 10-minute walk from this well-presented hotel.

    A world class (no pun intended) budget hotel in Mumbai is Hotel Aircraft International, which offers comfortable rooms at reasonable prices, with rates costing around Rs3,500 a night. It’s also in a great location near several tourist destinations, including the Shoppers Stop, ISKCON Temple, Bandra Kurla Complex and the University of Mumbai. You won’t find marble floors or chandeliers here but you might find a little more than you expected for the price.

    One of the highest rated hotels in terms of customer satisfaction anywhere in Mumbai in the three-star market,Residency Hotel Mumbaiis the little hotel offering rooms that punch far above its weight. They’re beautifully well decorated rooms that can easily fool you into thinking you’re staying somewhere far fancier than a three-star establishment. With attentive, friendly staff and rates costing around Rs4,700 a night, it’s no wonder they get such rave reviews from their customers!

    For more hotels in Mumbai, explore the Expedia India website and find the best accommodation for your stay.

    “Going budget without sacrificing comfort is not quite an option yet in Mumbai. But if you’re willing to splurge, indulgence can be found in its most quirky and chic forms.
    Stay at the iconic Taj Mahal Palace for a classic taste of the by-gone era, or at JW Marriott in the heart of Bandra for sweeping views of the Arabian Sea. Go boutique at Svenska Design Hotel or Adobe, or better yet, indulge your artistic side at Le Sutra.”
    Shivya Nath, Travel Blogger:The Shooting Star Blog

    Best Time to Visit Mumbai


    It never truly gets cold in Mumbai, with 15 degrees Celsius being the lowest you can expect during winter months. It is best to avoid the area around the months of June to September as the monsoon season tends to make travel hard. We recommend exploring Mumbai from October to March when you can expect to find the temperatures nice and warm and the humidity low. The temperature here is generally always around 30 degrees Celsius. If you want to experience Mumbai’s culture at its finest then you should consider visiting around January and February when festivals and fairs bring the place to life.

    Getting Around: Transport in Mumbai

    Finding a taxi in Mumbai is easy as they are painted black and yellow. We recommend using taxis whenever possible as they are cheap and convenient. When traveling via taxi then be sure to understand the area that you want to reach as the drivers navigate by landmarks and not street names.

    CST is one of the busiest train stations in India so plan carefully if you need to use this form of transport at any time. Travelling at rush hour is not recommended as it normally gets chaotically busy during these times. Mumbai Metro is an evolving project that is due for full completion in 2021, so use it when you can but be aware that it does not offer comprehensive coverage of the city.

    “Transportation is great here. Trains have an amazing connectivity. Buses are also good. The best thing to do is to get the first class train pass as it’s economical, yet not too crowded. Learn to read 1 to 9 in Hindi numbers, this helps in finding bus numbers.”
    Bhushavali, Blogger:Travel.Bhushavali

    Flights to Mumbai


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    The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport serves the Mumbai metropolitan area and is the second busiest airport in India, accommodating around 45 million passengers per year. Coming in a close second to New Delhi’s airport, it is renowned for its accommodating design, having won the award for the Best Airport in India and Central Asia in 2016.

    Due to its sheer size, it serves a significant number of both domestic and international flights, with around 486 flights between New Delhi taking place every week. The average flight time from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi is just two hours, with the cheapest return price costing around Rs5,060, depending on when you travel.

    Alternatively, you can choose to travel into Mumbai via its well connected private and public bus services or on one of its many nationally serving train services.

    Visit the Expedia India website to find the best prices for flights to Mumbai