HOW TO REACH MUMBAI

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Location of Mumbai: South Western India, Maharashtra
Formerly Known As: Bombay
Famous As: Financial And Commercial Capital Of India
Best Time To Visit Mumbai: October To March

Air: Sahara International Airport is an important point of entry for many foreign airlines, and nearby Santa Cruz Airport serves domestic flights. Mumbai handles about 60% of the international and nearly 40% of the domestic air traffic in India. International flights connect Mumbai to all the major cities of the world.

Mumbai Airport has two terminals, Terminal I for domestic operations and Terminal II for international operations. Both terminals are situated about 4-km apart. Terminal I has two distinct terminal facilities viz. Terminal I-A and Terminal I-B which are situated approximately 750m from each other. While Terminal I-A caters to all domestic flights operated by Indian Airlines and Alliance Air, the Terminal I-B caters to all other domestic airlines.

Terminal II is one block of buildings, which has two units viz. Terminal II-A and Terminal II-B and are on either side of the Visitors Concourse. All Air-India flights are operated from Terminal II-B.

Rail: Mumbai (Bombay) is the railhead for the Western and Central Railways, and trains from the city carry goods and passengers to all parts of India. Two suburban electric train systems provide the main public transportation and they daily convey hundreds of thousands of commuters in the metropolitan region.

Road: Mumbai (Bombay) is well connected by a network of roads to the rest of India. There is also a municipally owned bus fleet over here.

Water: The facilities provided by its harbor, make Mumbai, India's major western port. Though other major ports have sprung up on the West Coast - Kandla to the north and Goa and Kochi to the south - Mumbai still handles more than 40% of India's maritime trade.

Local Transportation in Mumbai: Unlike most other Indian cities, there are no auto-rickshaws (three-wheeler vehicles) in the city center. Rickshaws do ply at the suburbs. The minimum fare is Rs 7.50/-. Mumbai has a huge fleet of metered black-and-yellow taxis, it can be flagged down at any street corner and fares are paid by meter. Cool-cabs are also in, they are the blue and white air-conditioned ones. The fares are reasonable enough.

Mumbai's Local Trains And Taxis
The lives of millions of people who live in Mumbai and suburbs opens with the starting of the local trains, namely the Harbour, the Central and the Western, which awaken the city to a new day. They are not as fast as the Bullet Train or as smooth as the trains plying on the magnetic tracts. But Mumbai's local trains are considered to be one of the most efficiently run commuter services in the world.

Churchgate Railway Station in Mumbai - MaharashtraThere are as many as 961 local train services plying on the Western line carrying over 23 million commuters everyday while the 1070 services on the Central and the Harbour play hosts to over 30 million commuters daily. The railway tracks in the entire city rest for a meagre four hours a day. It is during these night hours that the working staffs of the railways, repairs and services complete the network for the next day.

The local trains are the main arteries of Mumbai. A halt or a disruption of the local train services would mean an imminent standstill to the thriving activities of the entire communication network, a near complete motionless city. It is stated that over eleven million people travel by the Indian railways every day. And interestingly, out of these eleven million, over five million travel every day by the local trains in Mumbai and its suburbs, in all directions.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) formerly known as Victoria Terminus (VT) makes a striking sight with its cathedral-like spires, arches and turrets. Local and outstation trains ply from here. CST and the Church Gate station are the busiest centres right from the wee hours until the last service. Located at the heart of the city, these stations are a part of Mumbai's pictorial encyclopaedia.

BEST (BrihanMumbai Electric Supply and Transport) buses are the perfect alternative. Plying over 1,000 routes with an estimated 3,500 buses, of which 50 are special air-conditioned coaches, the BEST transports over 4.5 million commuters everyday.

The city also takes pride in its honest and professionally run cabs and three wheeler rickshaws. Without them the city would be void of the moving stagnant traffic life and the busy roads.

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