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CURRENCY - Indian Rupee (Rs)
HISTORY - Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is the Gateway of India. Built in 1924, it was intended to celebrate the enduring reign of the British Empire. But on February 28th 1948, the last British battalion passed through the Gateway in a ceremony to commemorate the end of Britain’s rule over India.
Mumbai balances British influences with Indian customs. It is a city full of surprises and magical discoveries. There is a word, tamasha, which translates as ‘a happy confusion’. This word symbolizes Mumbai. It is large, expansive and every bit as urban as the great cities of Europe; but it is also blissful, accommodating and very uniquely Indian. The people are kind and helpful and, though the busy streets appear to be chaotic, there is a harmonious happiness that binds everyone together.
Mumbai is a community of culture and order, and a cosmopolitan symbol of India’s newfound wealth and prestige. It is a city of great depth, wonderful possibilities and boundless energy. And, of course, great shopping!
POPULATION - 16,400,000
Land Area: 1,622 sq miles
LANGUAGE: Hindi is the official language and mother tongue of about 20% of the people. English is widely spoken and written in most Indian states.
WEATHER - Mumbai is prone to high temperatures, high humidity and tropical rain. Rainfall averages 2200mm (85in) per year, with the heaviest falls coming in the monsoon season from June to September. January is the coolest month, though 12°C (53°F) is about as low as it goes. March and October tend to swelter, with temperatures rising as high as 38°C (100°F).
ELECTRICITY - 230-240V 50HzHz, South African/Indian-style plug with two circular metal pins above a large circular grounding pin, European plug with two circular metal pins.