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Travelling To Mumbai
The first is to fix a date of travel and the length of stay. The advantage of doing this is that you can enjoy cheap prices offered for advance booking on air tickets. If you are in no hurry and want to enjoy your travel till you reach Mumbai, it would be advised to choose rail journey, enjoying the scenic countryside. Again, before you book your rail tickets, check the route as well as the duration. On the other hand, if you need to reach Mumbai fast or that you don't want to waste your vacation travelling, then air travel is the best option for you.

Local Commute
The most important factor that can make or break your stay in Mumbai is the local commute here. The local trains are almost always jam-packed to the point of insanity, more so during peak hours. Buses, while available aplenty, may take ages to reach the destination depending upon the route you are travelling on. Auto rickshaws and taxis come with their regular set of problems if you don't already know your way around the city. The point of all this information is that you must talk to a few local people, read relevant reviews and research regarding local travel before you venture out. Although it would be safer for you to chuck local trains altogether, if you want to experience the real Mumbai, you cannot give them a miss; they have been the lifeline of commerce in the city since forever. In case of buses, it is advisable that you understand the route and take the shortest one to reach your destination faster. As for cabs and auto-rickshaws, a map always goes a long way in setting things straight on this front. And finally, the golden rule of travel in Mumbai: Time your travel. Yes, stay in during peak hours and venture out on days and times when the traffic is not at its peak. This way, you would find trains 'not that full', traffic 'not that bad' and cab drivers 'not that crabby'!

Additional Travel Tips

  •     When travelling within the city, try not to carry cash with you, rather keep traveler's cheques. These cheques can easily be exchanged at the money exchangers.    
  •     It is not safe to carry important documents or valuable items with you while you travel across the city. Leave them in a locker or keep them somewhere safe.
  •     It is also advisable to go out in groups rather than travelling alone. It makes you feel safe and also keeps boredom at bay.

Mumbai is a dazzling city with people coming from different parts of the country for different reasons. In order to maintain a sweet memory of the journey, you need to stay safe throughout your visit. So, consider the above mentioned tips to keep yourself away from any sort of inconveniences. Wish you a happy journey!

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