Mumbai

A cosmopolitan metropolis, widely known as Bombay. Mumbai is the capital of the country and the capital of Maharashta state. More than 21 million inhabitants live in the area, and it is supposed to be the biggest city in terms of population not only in the country but in the whole world. Mumbai is the commercial heart of India, big port and the symbol of Bollywood. Unfortunately, it is also infamously known for biggest in the country slum area.

SAFETY INDEX

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Although the population of the city exceeds 20 million people, Mumbai remains a relatively safe city for tourists and expatriates. The chances of being a victim of a traffic accident remain more viable than being a victim of a crime. Crimes of opportunity have affected tourists with reports of snatched bags, stolen passports, credit cards or other valuables. All areas frequently visited by tourists, constantly patrolled by the police, what decrease a number of committed crimes. Violent crimes do occur primarily in the slum areas and crowded apartment blocks. Caution should be taken when in high poverty areas of the city and its red light district, because of the high HIV rate. SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip to Mumbai and be aware of all potential dangers. Mumbai is the 125th safest country in the world, based on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : HIGH

Mumbai is a city with a moderate level of crime. Travellers are often victims of petty crime, but this can be prevented by taking basic precautions. Areas that are often visited by tourists are generally safe.  

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Pickpocketing is a serious problem in the capital. We advise that you keep an eye on your belongings when you find yourself in busy and crowded areas.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Kidnapping almost doesn’t exist. Mugging is not common.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : HIGH

Unfair individuals or group of them desire to take an advantage of distracted tourists. Be aware of the Importing Gemstones scam, fast meter scam in a taxi and beg for milk or pen. Read more about scams on the main article about India.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Taxi drivers know that you are a foreigner and do not acquaint with the local taxi fares used to refuse to switch on the taxi meters and call the price they deem relevant to call for their service. Be aware of pickpockets in the public transport, particularly while getting on the transport in the big transport hubs. Be especially vigilant on the overnight trains and buses. Do not accept any food or drinks as it may be spiked. Driving the rented motorcycle may be dangerous because the traffic is chaotic, driving standards is poor. If you decided to rent a motorcycle, be very cautious and use a helmet.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH

India is very exposed to natural dangers. Earthquakes, flooding and severe storms are the main perils. If a natural disaster occurs, follow the advice of local authorities.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

India continues to experience terrorist and insurgent activities which may affect tourists directly or indirectly. Anti-Western terrorist groups are active in India, including Islamist extremist groups such as Harkat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami, Harakat ul-Mujahidin, Indian Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Lashkar-e Tayyiba.  

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : HIGH

Sexual assaults do occur very frequent both day and night. Try not travel alone at all. Be in a group, avoid poorly illuminated streets and bars with intoxicated individuals. Try to avoid those areas we mentioned before.

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WHAT TO DO?

South Mumbai The oldest and the reaches areas of Mumbai. This is the primary tourist area and home to most of the museums, galleries, bars, and luxury shops. Ares is frequently visited by tourists and very safe. South Central Mumbai White-collar office location. Most of the international companies have their offices in this area. No dangers are hidden in this neighborhood for its visitors. North Mumbai Another victim area of the Bombay’s vast urban sprawl. There are the Sanjau Gandhi National Park and Mumbai’s oldest heritage sites: Jogeshwari, Mahakali, Kanheri. Kamathipura The largest red light district in Kolkata. It is an area with several hundred multi-storey brothels. In that kind of place, there is need to be vigilant and be aware of drink and food spiking, even more, worth to know, that HIV level in India is very high. Chowpatty Famous public beaches. It is infamously known as an unsafe place for female visitors of the country. Other areas that are unsafe for female tourists
  • Old mil compounds
  • South Mumbai subways
  • South Mumbai bylanes

Useful Information

You’ll need to get a visa before travelling to India. You can find further information about how to apply on the Indian High Commission website. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return.
500 and 1000 Rupee banknotes were withdrawn from the circulation. The official currency in Vietnam is Dong. In order to obtain the best currency exchange possible, try to exchange your money in banks, post offices or in some large hotels. The convenient currency exchange rate also can be found at the international airports. Be aware of swapping in the local currency exchange offices.
There are several climatic regions in India. The most pleasant weather is from November to March.
Kempegowda International Airport is the busiest airport in India. For more information visit its official website: http://www.bengaluruairport.com/
As in any country, we advise travellers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical issues, but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.