Mumbai is a challenging city. It is huge – with a population above 12 million and a constantly evolving infrastructure that frustrates most of its residents and confounds all visitors.
However, underneath the first impression of chaos lies a global financial centre, a glorious collection of traditional habitats and a fiercely modernizing city – with pubs, bars, lounges and restaurants that can compete with many urban centers from around the world.
From the airport, it would be best to take a pre-paid taxi to your destination - max Rupees 500. If you are staying at Koliwada at the accomodation we have arranged - we will e-mail all registered participants the exact method of reaching there.
In the evenings - after the sessions we recommend you try and explore the neighbouring Bandra (West) township which is a short taxi/ rickshaw ride away. Between Bandra and Juhu lies a whole range of eating and night-out spots that keep changing every other week. The best strategy would be to buy the latest copy of Time Out Mumbai and then make your pick.
The old colonial city is at the southern end and can be reached by train (off-peak hours) to either CST or Churchgate Stations or by taxi (about 45 minutes to an hour). The colonial architecture is the main attraction of this neighbourhood that frames Mumbai's rise from a nest of sleepy islands, to a major port, then a manufacturing center and finally a major financial center - all of which lie enmeshed into each other within the contemporary urban fabric.
We recommend you visit Chor Bazaar - a flea market that specializes in colonial artifacts, and visit the many bustling bazaars around Kalbadevi, Girgaum and Muhammadali Road. The Washerman's Bank in Mahalaxmi, the old red-light area of Kamathipura and the contrasting
world of dazzling malls at Parel all jostle each other in the same region and are worth a visit.
Eventually of course - you will prefer to get lost in the maze of streets and multiple worlds that exist in Dharavi itself - and we won't blame you for that!
Weather: Hot and Humid
Most of the participants from outside Mumbai will be staying at the
SHIVAR GUEST HOUSE: Address: Laxmi Baug, Opp. Railway Station, Sion
Phone: 91 - 22 - 24072339
Vaccination for India
Foreign visitors should make sure they get the appropriate vaccines at
least 4 weeks before traveling.
All international participants
should apply for a tourist visa to enter India at least one week before
This video was shot right in front on Sion station, next to the hotel where most international participants will be staying.