For busy Mumbaikars

Want a sandwich, The Kite Runneror a window seat for your Volvo ride to Goa? Now you get it all online. Malay Desai goes site-seeing to test whether you should sign up or simply press Alt+F4

   
Order food    

www.mealtree.com
Taking a cue from their daily food-ordering habits, citybased professionals Ashish Agarwal and his brothers conceptualised Mealtree. Albeit not a novel idea (many western cities, for example Durban, have centralised helplines and ‘menu directories’), Mealtree attempts to bring in all major restaurants and fast-food chains under one roof. UPSIDE: We placed an online order (rolls from Wraps and Rolls), and promptly got a call for confirmation. The delivery took the usual time it would have had we ordered directly. What impressed us was the user-friendly menus, where you can easily order from multiple places. There was also the option of mentioning exactly how spicy we wanted our chicken roll.

DOWNSIDE: We didn’t find McDonalds on the site and all items under Garcia’s were dysfunctional.
   
Look up a book    

www.librarywala.com
Our ‘time-less’ city life coupled with the love for books prompted IT professional Hiten Turakhia and his buddies to kickstart India’s first online circulating library last year. It is ideal for professionals with five-day weeks who tremble at the prospect of visiting a library or buying expensive books. UPSIDE: We shelled out Rs 2,398 (out of which Rs 500 was refunded because of a new special offer) to opt for a plan which gives three books per month, for a year. After ‘queuing up’ for The Kite Runner online late one night, we received it the next afternoon.

DOWNSIDE: Its collection is all-English. It won’t have Stephen King’s On Writing — which your nearby raddiwala may have. Nor will it have recently-published books (like Binoo John’s Entry from Backside Only) which your bookshops will have. Also, some popular books like Maximum City, which are always in circulation, may take longer to arrive.
   
Book movie, play or    concert tickets    

www.bookmyshow.com
Unlike some ventures of the Network18 stable, this one doesn’t seem like a strategic investment. In fact it is promoted by Bigtree Entertainment, an info-solutions provider. Good for us, we thought, since almost all the multiplex websites require boring registrations and bug you with emails forever.

UPSIDE: The portal also offers play and concert tickets. It is really simple now to make it to a play at Prithvi or Anoushka Shankar live. And we don’t even mind the extra charge. DOWNSIDE: We decided to test-drive Jodhaa Akbar and found that there were hardly any Fame cinemas on the list. Also, the site only accepted payments through credit card and not direct net-banking. However, it hurt most when they levied a Rs 15 ‘con’venience charge on each ticket. Why on earth should we pay that if the multiplex helplines were ready to book tickets via a phone call?
   
Book bus tickets    

www.redbus.in
This one, too, has an interesting history: it was born out of the frustration of a bunch of Bangalore-based IT professionals who always suffered before travelling due to overbooking and unpredictable schedules. Today, they’ve quit their well-paying jobs and their portal boasts of a tie-up with over 250 operators across India’s smallest towns.

UPSIDE: We pretended we wanted to head to Goa overnight, logged on and printed an e-ticket in no time. We also tried the delivery, which lived up to promise and was cheaper than it’s competitor. As for cancellations, they can be done online, 24 hours before departure. What’s most impressive? You can select the boarding point nearest to you after looking up the route online.
DOWNSIDE: If only they would let us select the movie to be shown en route! We won’t have to watch films like Partner.

No good!

www.ticketvala.com
We checked out another site – which lets you rents cars and book hotel rooms too, but found it’s not half as good.Ticketvala’s site promises more and delivers less (we’re still waiting for a call for a request we made last week). It charges more for delivery and cancels tickets only 36 hours before departure.

   
Grab a DVD    

www.clixflix.com
Mumbai’s cinema lovers have never had it better. Today, we have many international fests, a classic movie club and a just-launched world cinema channel. This portal is among many side-effects of a booming entertainment industry in India. It says its powered by ‘hardcore couch potatoes’, but we found it does little to encourage the movieviewing habit.

UPSIDE: Still looking…
DOWNSIDE: On registration, we found out that its online store stocks only DVDs. We regret this sorely, since Moser Baer sells VCDs at a throwaway 28 bucks! Secondly, they didn’t deliver on a Sunday and shockingly showed up zero results when we searched for common retro movies like Anand and Guide. All this, after a security deposit of Rs 2,000! Not worth your while, we say.

Better options

www.seventymm.com
It’s one of the better-known DVD rentals and deservedly so. It offers a million things for the film buff. It has an impressive regional-language stock and lets customers keep their DVDs as long as they want.Another DVD rental site, www.cinesprite.com, is as good and cheaper.

Want to Enjoy Mumbai ? Read this……….

  • Gateway of India(Local Stn. CST) This was built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India. This arch is the most recognizable symbol of the city.
  • Elephanta Caves Elephanta Island, Mumbai  Check out these fine examples of rock sculptures dedicated to Shiva. Even though many of them have been vandalised by Portuguese invaders, their grandeur is hardly diminished. Every year around February, the Elephanta Festival  of music and dance takes place on this island in the backdrop of the sculptures. Take a ferry from the Gateway of India. The round trip costs Rs. 100 and will take 45 minutes one way.
  • Prince of Wales Museum (Local Stn. Churchgate) 159-161, M.G. Road, Fort, Mumbai – 400 023. +91 22 2284 44 84, +91 22 2284 45 19 (fax: +91 22 2204 54 30 crescent@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in) [9] Now known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, the Prince of Wales museum is located near The Gateway of India next to Jehangir Art Gallery. Tue-Sun 10:15am. – 5:45pm.
  • Jehangir Art Gallery (Local Stn. Churchgate) M.G.Road,Mumbai 400 023 +91 22 2204 4058 Entrance Free 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Art Galleries There are several other art galleries in the “Kala Ghoda” district, walking distance from Colaba. Most notable being the Museum Gallery and the NGMA.
  • Nehru Science Centre (Local Stn. Mahalaxmi) Dr. Edwin Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 018 +91 22 2493 2667, +91 22 2493 4520, +91 22 24926042(fax: 91 22 2493 2668 nscm@vsnl.com, nscm@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in, Additional Contact[10] ) [11] A science museum, also contains the Discovery of India – a show on India’s History named for Jawaharlal Nehru’s book. It is spread over a relatively large area and surrounded by greenery. Check the website for prices and timings of different shows.
  • Nehru Planetarium (Local Stn. Mahalaxmi) Dr. Edwin Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 018 +91 22 2492 0510 (planetarium@nehrucentremumbai.com) This is located next door to the Nehru Science Centre, has some interesting shows. Adult Rs. 35. Children Rs. 20 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
  • Sanjay Gandhi National Park (Local Stn. Borivali) Borivali, Mumbai +91 22 2842 1174 Check out this relatively unknown national park, situated in north Mumbai. It’s in Borivali, and serves as the lungs of Mumbai. It’s quite famous for its leopards and the caves inside the park. 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Kanheri Caves (;;Local Stn. Borivali) Borivali, Mumbai is a nice place to visit for history enthusiasts. This is a complex of Buddhist temples cut out of the rock. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Veermata Jijabai Udyan (Local Stn. Byculla) – Mumbai’s zoo, popularly known as Rani Baug (“Queen’s garden” – The queen in question could be Victoria or Jijabai. See infobox.) or Byculla zoo, because it is in Byculla. This is a sad little zoo, mentioned here only because a guide is expected to mention it. Go there for the garden, not to look at the animals.
  • Marine Drive Chowpatty (Local Stn. Marine Lines or Charni Rd) is the city’s most famous beach. Situated at one end of Marine Drive, Mumbai’s most famous promenade. This is not a place to sunbathe, however. Go here to watch the crowds enjoying themselves, and have Bhel puri, as a moderately famous Hindi song asks you to. Note that Chowpatty in Marathi means “beach”. So you may hear people referring to other beaches suffixed with Chowpatty (For example “Juhu Chowpatty”). But if they say “Chowpatty” without qualification, they are referring to this place.
  • Aarey milk colony is another green pocket of Mumbai. You can take a tour of the milk production plant and have a picnic outside.

Do

Marine Drive

Marine Drive

  • Harbour Cruise, Gateway of India, +91 22 2202 3585. Cruises leave at 30 minutes frequency every day except during the monsoon season (June-September). Rs. 40.
  • Heritage walks, Navyug Niketan, 185 Walkeshwar Road, Teenbatti, Mumbai 400 006 +91 22 2683 5856 +91 22 2369 0992 (Contact Brinda Gaitonde or Abha Bahl heritagewalks@hotmail.com) Organized by two architects, these walks take you around various historic and architecturally significant areas of the city. Walks are organized on the third sunday of every month (with a break in June and August for the monsoons) and the route varies each time. The walks last around 90 minutes. Rs. 100 (Discounted rates for students and the physically challenged)
  • Enjoy the Mumbai Festival, held in January every year. In 2006, it took place between January 14-26. Sample the vibrant culture of the city. The festival covers theatre, sports, fashion, food and shopping.
  • Elephanta Festival, Elephanta Island, Mumbai ( MTDC Reservation Division: +91 22 2202 6713, +91 22 2202 7762; Dadar, Near. Pritam Hotel: +91 22 2414 3200; Gateway of India: +91 22 2284 1877; Churchgate: +91 22 2209 3229; Rhythm House +91 222284 2835; Archies Gallery, Churchgate +91 22 2202 7511 Extn. 113, +9193246 35505)  of music and dance takes place around February every year. In 2006, it took place on February 11 and 12. The festival saw performances by renowned artists like Alarmel Valli, Sanjeev Abhyankar and Ananda Shankar. There will be traditional Koli dances and traditional food. 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (both days. Ferries start 4 p.m. onwards), Rs. 300 (per day, includes to and fro journey by ferry from Gateway of India to Elephanta Island)
  • It is a beautiful sight and experience to drive on Marine Drive.
  • Also a very good place to hang out and take in the sea without the menacing crowds is Carter road and Bandstand in Mumbai’s poshest suburb, Bandra .
  • The Rock scene is very good in Mumbai, as compared to the rest of the country . These are very safe to go to and are recommended for rock fans. Most bands cover heavy metal acts like pantera, six feet under, slipknot etc. but at places like Not just jazz by the bay, there are treats for Jazz fans, as well. To try to find places with specific music tastes try asking students outside Mumbai’s colleges.
  • Rave Parties, (Local Stn. Karjat) a place outside Mumbai is known for its “rave” parties. Many international underground and electronic Djs like. Infected Mushroom, Skazi , Astral Projection , and others have played here . These parties are not well publicised and are often held on the quiet,so finding one might be tough. Note that this might be illegal, so caution is advised.
  • If you can afford it, at $300/hour(including drinks & meals), rent the Taj’s private yatch(has 2 sun decks and 3 bedrooms) for a cruise around the Mumbai harbour.

Learn

Yoga

  • Iyengar Yogashraya (Local Stn. Lower Parel) Elmac House, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel West, Mumbai +91 22 2494 8416  This is the institute run by the renowned B K S Iyengar. Mon, Tue, Thurs, Sat: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Rs. 111 per day
  • The Yoga Institute (Local Stn. SantaCruz) Prabhat Colony, Yogendra Marg, Santa Cruz East, Mumbai +91 22 2611 0506  This is the more famous of the Yoga institutes in the city. It is also probably more conveniently located if you are staying in the Western Suburbs. The Institute was founded in 1918 by Shri Yogendra as a research and educational organization and today is directed by his son Jayadeva Yogendra, Ph.D., who is also the editor of the quarterly magazine Yoga and Total Health.
  • Kaivalyadham 43, (Local Stn. Marine Lines) Netaji Subhash Rd, Marine Drive, +91 22 2281 8417 
  • Free Yoga with Nikhamjiat various hubs like borivali , Mira road ( Jehangid Complex) various suburbs in Mumbai ever sunday early morning at 7 am by Nikam Guruji Followers.

Universities

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay  Ranks among the best technological institutes in India and has a worldwide reputation. The institute has quotas for children of Non-Resident Indians (people of Indian origin settled abroad) and also for foreign students.
  • University of Mumbai  – The oldest university in India.
  • VJTI  A reputable technological institute.
  • SNDT University A reputable university for women, with main campus in Juhu and smaller campuses in Marine Lines and Ghatkopar.
  • Sardar Patel College of Engineering  A reputable technological institute. Hub of Mechanical Engineering Department  of Mumbai University.
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences 
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research 
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies 

Work

Nariman Point aand Fort are the commercial hubs of the city and the most sought after destinations. Bandra-kurla has come up in recent years too, but remains less desirable. A good idea to make quick money is to work part-time in a BPO or a call center. A part-time job can pay you as much as $350 a month for just 6 hrs a day for 5 days in a week .note : only good for english speaking travellers. Foreigners can also earn a quick buck by doing cameos in Hindi movies.

Buy

  • Buy some material and get some clothes made up by a tailor. It’s an incredibly cheap way to get quality made-to-measure clothes. Usually only takes a couple of days.
  • Also for antiques , see Mumbai’s Chor bazaar located in the Grant Road suburb . Be careful as to what you are buying and also bargain a lot. theres nothing like taking a local along to shop for you
  • Fashion Street (Mahatama Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai – From Chruchgate Station start walking towards Flora Fountain make a left turn and its a block down) – best place in Mumbai to buy cheap clothes. Bargaining/Haggling skills are a must if you want to shop here! Offer to pay 1/4 of the asking price or less and then work your way upwards!
  • Burlingtons in the Taj is a tailor specializing in Indian outfits. The Oberoi shopping arcade (in the Oberoi hotel) has a variety of shops offering Indian leather, silks and handicrafts. The Colaba area bylands also have many shops selling antiques, carpets and chandelliars. Afgan Carpets (in Colaba, near Salvation Army) stocks vegetable dyed carpets.
  • Crossroads Mall The largest shopping Mall in Mumbai, located on Tardeo Road, Tardeo.
  • Atria Mall- Near Nehru Planetarium,Worli. One of the best malls in Mumbai. It is not as big as Inorbit Mall at Malad but the atmosphere is good. Well known brands are available. Avoid taking your car as the traffic can be bad in evenings and weekends.
  • Phoenix Mills This is another great place for shopping. It is a mega center formed by converting an old cotton mill into a shopping center. It is home to numerous different things including lots and lots of shops, great restaurants, nightclubs, and a bowling alley. On weekends this area can get quite crowded, but in general this is a very safe place, with all the food clean and hygenic. There is also almost no chance of being scammed as all stores have price tags on their products
  • Inorbit Mall Great Place for shopping.Situated at Malad linking Road.Auto Riksha would cost 25 -30 Rs from Goregaon. There are movie theatres in the mall with various international brand stores.Avoid going on weekends and holidays especially in the evening
  • Infinity Mall Good place for shopping at Andheri (West) Linking Road. Includes movie theatres as well as one of the best book stores in Mumbai Landmark
  • Colaba Causeway is filled with tourists and locals. It is located very close to the Gateway of India. It is a place where you will be able to find many authentic Indian souvenir. But foreigners will have to be very careful, as all these stores are road-side stalls. What may seem a good price that the person has quoted to you, it will actually be a rip off. Do not settle for anything more than one-fourth the quoted price.. If they refuse a price just walk away, and they will call you back quoting a lower price. Normally, the more you buy, the less you will have to pay for each individual item.
  • Sarees – the best place to buy them is Dadar. The place is buzzing 12 months a year. On sundays the crowd can be maddening for outsiders. Good shops to buy Sarees are Dadar Emporium, Lazaree, RoopSangam. On N C Kelkar Road and Ranade Road you can buy almost everything a woman needs. Bargain Hard.

Eat

The dining experience at an upscale restaurant in Mumbai is more or less the same as anywhere else in the world. If you search hard enough, you will find cuisine from practically every part of the world represented in the city. But to get a real flavour of what’s unique to Mumbai, you will have to go a little lower down the scale, and experience its street food and Irani cafes. That is what is described here. For individual restaurants and other places to eat, go to the individual district pages.

Speciality Restaurants

  • Sea Food- Mahesh Lunch Home (near Fountain and in Juhu) and Trishna (Kala Ghoda)are the usual suspects and have been famous for their coastal cuisine. The latter is of course good, but had become too touristy by nature.
  • Italian- Giovanni’s (Juhu), Mezzo Mezzo (at the JW Marriott), Vetor (at the Hilton Towers, Celini (at the Grand Hyatt)
  • North Western- Peshawari (at Maratha Sheraton, Andheri). Its sister restaurant Bukhara in Delhi has been recognized as the best Indian restaurant across the world. Try tandoori jhinga, the kebab platter, sikandari raan (leg of lamb) and mangoes and ice cream (only during summers). Kandahar (Oberoi) and Khybar (Kala Ghoda).
  • Regional Indian- Dakshin (Maratha Sheraton) and Woodlands (Juhu) for south Indian, Oh! Calcutta for Bengali (at Tardeo), Poush (Andheri) for Kashmiri, Preetam’s Dhaba (Dadar) and Urban Tadka (Mulund)for Punjabi food, Chetana (Kala Ghoda), Thacker’s (Marine Drive) and Rajdhani (multiple locations) for Gujarati Thalis.
  • General Indian – Sheetal Bukhara, Great Punjab (both in Bandra)
  • Chinese- Mainland China ( Saki Naka) Ling’s Pavillion (Colaba), Golden Dragon (Taj Mahal Hotel), Great Wall (Renaissance), Spices (JW Marriott), China Gate (Bandra), China White (Bandra). Royal China at VT (behind Sterling Cinema serves some of the best DimSum the city has to offer)
  • Japanese- Wasabi by Morimoto (Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba) is Mumbai’s most expensive restaurant, but Japanese food is on the menus of most Pan asian restaurants like Pan Asian (Maratha Sheraton), India Jones (The Oberoi) and Spices (JW Marriott), Japengo ( Atria Mall Worli).
  • Combination Oriental- Pan Asian (at Maratha Sheraton), Seijo and Soul (Bandra), Joss (Kala Ghoda) has some of the best East Asian food in the country and at moderate prices (compared to hotels).
  • Fusion – Zenzi (Waterfield Road, Bandra), Out of the Blue ( Pali Hill, Bandra)
  • Lounge – Olive (Bandra), Rain (Juhu), Indigo
  • Speciality Deli – Indigo Deli (Colaba), Moshe’s (Cuffe Parade), Cafe Basilico
  • Cafe – Leopold, Cafe Mondegar (both near Regal Cinema, Colaba) are great places to while away time, eat cheap and swig a beer or five.
  • 24X7 Coffee Shops – Vista (Taj Land’s End, Bandra), Hornby’s Pavilion (ITC Grand Central), Lotus Cafe (JW Marriott), basically all the big hotels have one.
  • Goan, Coastal – Goa Portuguesa (Mahim) Near Hinduja Hospital
  • Mumbai Street Food – To experience the tastes and flavors of typical Mumbai chaat and yet not expose oneself to the dangers of unhygenic street food, check out Vitthal’s Restaurant located on one of the lanes opposite Sterling Cinema (C.S.T.)

Street food stalls

Songs have been written about Mumbai’s street food, and you will find that the hype is justified. You will find them at every street corner, but they are concentrated in beaches and around railway stations. It is difficult to categorize them, but there are

  • Bhelpuri stalls, selling what in the rest of India would be called chaat. In Mumbai itself, the term chaat is rarely used.
  • Vada pav stands, developed to provide nourishment to mill-workers in Mumbai’s burgeoning mills. Now they are found everywhere, particularly in the railway stations.
  • Sandwich stands – try them. Uniquely developed in Mumbai, you won’t find anything like it anywhere else in India or the world.
  • Chinese food stalls – you’ll find them at many places, but they are particularly concentrated near Dadar railway station. They all have a typical Indian twist added to it, which is why it is frequetly called “Indian Chinese”. Although it is great tasting, the hygiene of these places leaves a lot to be desired.

A tip: cheap and tasty food stalls are concentrated around the city’s colleges.

One should only have the food that is cooked fresh in front of you. During the monsoons, it is advisable that all street food be avoided, due to the numerous flies which are always on the food.

Udupi restaurants

“Udupi” restaurants (or “hotels”) are everywhere. They bear the name of the town of Udupi in Karnataka, but do not be misled into thinking that they specialize in the cuisine of Udupi. They serve pretty much everything, and that is their speciality.

Usually strictly vegetarian, these restaurants were started off by migrants from the district of Dakshina Kannada in Karnataka (of which Udupi is a part), to satisfy the palates of other migrants from the district. Over time, they gained popularity as places to have South Indian food. As the tastes of their customers evolved, their menus too evolved, so much that now you can find Mughlai, Indian Chinese, Bhelpuri and other chaats in addition to South Indian stuff. Amazingly, some places serve imitations of pizzas, burgers and sandwiches too!

They are fast food joints and sit-down restaurants combined. The reason to visit them is not to experience fine gourmet dining, but to have cheap, passably tasty and fairly hygienic food. There is no easy way to identify an Udupi restaurant – they are not a chain of restaurants and they may not have “Udupi” in their name – so you will have to ask.

Though present all over the city, they started in the Matunga area. Madras Cafe is one of the oldest Udipi Restaurants in King’s Circle (Maheshwari Udyan)

Irani cafes

Absolutely the best for “Chai” and “Makhan-Pau (bread and butter). Also for assorted snacks, like Kheema-na-Patice, samosas, mava-na-cakes, etc. The best dish which is always on the menu is Kheema Pav. Kheema ( prepared from ground meat) & pav ( bread). One of the best places to eat is Cafe Military which is in the Fort area ( near the Bombay Stock Exchange). Majority of their customers are upscale like lawyers, bankers & stock brokers because of which the quality is good. Inspite of that the prices are very low, average entree would cost around US $ 1 or 40 Indian Rupees.

Thalis

If you order a thali (lit: “plate”), you will get a complete meal arranged on your plate, with a roti or chappati, rice and many different varieties of curries and curd. Ordering a thali is a popular option when you are hungry and in a hurry as it will usually be served blazingly fast. Most mid-level restaurants will have a thali on the menu, at least during lunch hours. Occasionally, they will be “unlimited”, which means that some of the items are all-you-can-eat. The waiters will actually serve them at your table.

Of course, you will find many varieties of them, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. There is the South Indian thali. The “North Indian” thali translates to Mughlai, i.e. Punjabi. Do try the Gujarati or Rajasthani thalis if you can find them. They are sinfully filling and tasty. Rajdhani (At Crawford Market) serves up thalis in the Rajasthani style while Aram (near Mahim Church, Mahim) and Shree Thakker Bhojanalaya (off Kalbadevi Road) do filling and fabulous Gujarati thalis.

Fast food chains

Surprisingly, there is no fast-food chain in Mumbai serving Indian cuisine. But Western chains like McDonalds, Subway, Pizza hut, Dominos etc. have many outlets all over the city. But if you are a weary westerner looking for the taste of the familiar, be warned that all of them have rather heavily Indianized their menus, so you will find the stuff there as exotic as you found Bambaiyya food. However, Barista, Cafe Coffee Day, and Smokin’ Joe’s are all Indian chains, although they don’t serve Indian food. While Barista and Cafe Coffee Day, as there names suggest, serve coffee and pastries, Smokin’ Joe’s serves decent pizzas and is headquatered in Carmichael Rd, Mumbai.

What to eat

  • Vada Pav, The vada is a mashed potato patty. Pav is a kind of bread that has its roots in Mumbai. (The word comes from the Portugese word “pão”, for bread). The potato patty is sandwiched in the bread. Liberal helpings of three kinds of chutneys (sauces) are also added to the sandwich to make a seriously tasty snack. It is widely available on the streets and most folks price it Rs. 4 a piece. If you feel uncomfortable with the hygiene of a particular stall, avoid it. The Jumbo Vada Pav outlets at almost all train stations in the city are hygienic and its not risky to have Vada Pav from there.
  • Pav bhaji. Again part of the street food culture – this is mashed vegetables cooked in spices, topped with butter and served piping hot with pav. Widely available.
  • Bhel puri and sev puri. Again a classic Mumbai concoction, bhel-puri or bhel in short comprises mostly of puffed rice and assorted spices with a few chutneys. You can specify whether you want it spicy or bland and the vendor will make it for you. It is quite tasty and again ought to be had off the streets to get the real flavour. Most people though, like to flock to Juhu beach to try this out.
  • Pani puri. For first timers, this can be seriously intriguing. The vendor hands you a plate. Next he takes a puri (it looks like a golf ball, but brown in color), makes a small hole in it, and dips the puri into two jars. These jars contain water – one tangy on a tamarind base, the other spicy on a mint base. He tops it off with some condiments and places the puri on your plate. You got to pick it with your hand and pop the whole thing into your mouth. The outcome is an explosion. Awesome. A word of caution here though. Make sure you don’t have your pani puri from any vendor. The best vendors use only packaged water. Stick to that and enjoy the taste.
  • Indian-Chinese, nothing like regular Chinese. For a typical Bambaiyya flavour, try the Chinese Bhelpuri!.
  • Variations of world cuisine such as Tandoori Chicken Pizzas or McAloo Tikki burgers
  • If you happen to be in Mumbai in summer, try eating some Hapus (Alphonso) mangoes.

Drink

Coffeeshops

There many coffeeshops in and around Mumbai. Try the Cafe Coffee Day and Barista chains of coffee shops there are the best around town and also serve some pretty neat coffee for cheap. There’s the Cafe Mocha chain of coffee shops which also serve fruit flavoured hookas- South asian smoking pipes. If a small coffee and cookies place is what you are looking for, try Theobroma, it has an outlet at Cusrow Baug in Colaba. Those looking for a more native form of coffee can try the filter coffee, a milky coffee with origins from South India, from any Udipi restaurant.

Alcohol

  • Toto’s Garage Pub, 30, Lourdes Haven Pali Junction, Bandra West 400 050. (Off Pali Market) +91 22 2600 5494. Toto’s is the closest you will ever come to a Western bar. The place fires up every single night throughout the week, the beer is great and the place is packed with locals and the occasional tourist. But don’t go in expecting a seat. The tables are hard to get even if they’re empty. They are parked with ‘reserved’ signs unless you are a party of 4 or 6. 6 p.m.-12 midnight. Rs. 250 (average per person)
  • Indigo, An exclusive lounge & bar located at Colaba causeway behind Hotel Taj Mahal in South Mumbai is a not to miss destination. +91 22 56368980. On the expensive side with an average drink costing Rs. 250 upwards. Boasts of a large wine collection & also serves superb fusion food.
  • Head to the nightclubs in Phoenix Mills: Ra & Lush. Jazz by the Bay (opposite Ambassador Hotel) is a small bar with live performances on most nights.
  • The newly opened “Dome” in the Intercontinetal Hotel provides a great view of the city.
  • Zenzi at Bandra sees a lot of the expatriate crowd apart from models and filmmakers. Drinks aren’t chap and the service is slow but the place is always buzzing.

==Sleep== You can also find for-pay Wi-fi at the airport, provided by Tata Indicom.

Stay safe

One of the safest and economical place to stay in Mumbai is the YMCA. Reasonably priced accomodation are available at the Colaba, Bombay Central, Andheri and CBD Belapur Branches. For more details log on to http://www.ymcabombay.com

For a city of its size and global importance, Mumbai is quite safe. Though many people seem to think that Mumbai is full of underworld gangs and pickpocets, Mumbai is probably the safest city in the world with over 15 million inhabitants. However, there are a few basic safety tips -

  • Keep your money, credit card, passport and important documents safely with you at all times.
  • Do not display 500 and 1000 rupee notes in public.
  • Beware of pickpockets on BEST buses.
  • In case of danger, call 100 from your cell phone or the nearest phone booth.

Although violent crime in Mumbai is much less than in Delhi or in a large American city, it does sometimes occur.

Emergency numbers

  • Police: 100
  • Fire: 101
  • Ambulance: 102

The services have improved quite a bit but they are more likely to respond to a phone call from a house/office etc rather than a public phone.

Cope

Get out

  • Mumbai Metropolitan Region: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region around Mumbai is fast developing into a major conurbation. If you need to get to the surrounding cities of Thane, Navi Mumbai or Kalyan, bus services are available
    • TMT (Thane Municipal Transport) operates services in the Thane city and areas around it.
    • The MSRTC (Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation), commonly known as ST, operates services from selected points in the city to the extended suburbs. From Dadar, services to Navi Mumbai and Panvel and from Borivali to Thane being the most prominent. Numerous other important routes are also covered in the MMR (Mumbai Metropolitan Region) by the MSRTC.
    • NMMT (Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport) operates services in Navi Mumbai Area, and a few points around. They also have services from Mulund in Greater Mumbai.
    • KDMT (Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Transport) operates in the Kalyan-Dombivali Area with a few connections to Navi Mumbai.
The suburban train service, mentioned above, does a good job of connecting the surrounding cities.
  • Raigad district of Maharashtra lies just south of Mumbai. It is famous for its beaches and forts. You can get there by road or by ferry from Mumbai. The important ferry routes are:
    • Ferry Wharf, Mazagaon – Mora (Uran)
    • Ferry Wharf, Mazagaon – Rewas (near Mandwa) -These are in the budget range.
    • Gateway of India – Rewas Fast boats and Catamarans operated by private operators. Service approximately every 2 hours, suspended during the monsoon season, i.e. May-October. From Rewas, take a bus or car to Alibag.

Phone numbers

  • Indian Airlines: 612-7391 / 611-2850 / 142 / 143
  • Jet Airways: 610-2767 / 610-2768
    • 4 hours Reservations: 838-6111
    • City Office: 285-5086
    • Santa Cruz Airport: 610-2768
  • Sahara (India) Airlines:
    • City office: 283-1790 / 283-2446 / 283-2369 (may have changed)
    • Santa Cruz Airport: 615-6156 / 615-6363
    • 873-8825 / 873-8920 / 873-9301 / 874-8097

International Airlines

Airport Services

  • Sahar International Airport: 836-6767 / 836-6700
    • Domestic Reservations: 147 / 287-6565
    • Reconfirmations/Cancellations: 148 / 287-6767
  • Domestic Terminals (Indian Airlines):
    • Information Enquiry: 140
    • Reservations: 141
    • Arrival: 142
    • Departure information: 143

Fire Stations

  • Emergency Control Room: 101 / 309-5991 / 309-5992 / 309-5993 / 309-5994
  • Andheri: 620-5301
  • Bandra: 643-5206
  • Byculla: 307-6111
  • Chembur: 552-4824
  • Colaba: 204-3603
  • Dadar: 413-4200
  • Deonar: 556-3391
  • Dock: 261-1589
  • Fort: 261-1942
  • Gowalia Tank: 364-6001
  • Kandivali: 805-0101
  • Malad: 807-1010
  • Mandvi: 371-6694
  • Marol: 821-0940 / 821-0941
  • Memonwada: 373-8818
  • Mulund: 568-7637
  • Reolicamp: 407-7841
  • Sewree: 376-0756
  • Shivaji Park: 445-7203
  • Vikhroli: 517-0730
  • Worli: 430-0178
  • Navi Mumbai: 101 / 766-0101
  • Thane: 533-6702

Municipal Ward Offices

  • A Ward: 266-1353 / 266-0107 / 266-0339
  • B Ward: 374-6790 to 374-6798
  • C Ward: 201-4022 / 201-4077 / 201-4013
  • D Ward: 387-9949 / 387-9572
  • E Ward: 308-1471 to 308-1479
  • F (South) Ward: 413-4560 to 413-4565
  • F (North) Ward: 402-4353
  • G (South) Ward: 430-9890 / 430-5031 / 422-3741
  • G (North) Ward: 430-7276
  • H (West) Ward: 642-2311 / 642-2314 / 642-2225
  • H (East) Ward: 612-7292 / 612-7293 / 612-2592
  • K (West) Ward: 623-6163
  • K (East) Ward: 836-7102 to 836-7104
  • L Ward: 511-5103 / 511-5104 / 514-3057
  • M (East) Ward: 558-0795 / 556-1929
  • M (West) Ward: 556-1900 / 556-1994 / 556-1974
  • N Ward: 511-5130 to 511-5135
  • P (South) Ward: 872-2244
  • P (North) Ward: 882-4913
  • R (South) Ward: 805-4784
  • R (North) Ward: 801-0341
  • S Ward: 564-1220 to 564-1224
  • T Ward: 564-5289 / 564-5291

Police Stations

  • Police Control Room:
    • City: 100
    • New Bombay: 757-4929

  • Aarey: 840-1672 / 840-0816
  • Agripada: 307-8213 / 307-0535 / 307-0532
  • Airport Santacruz: 611-7309 / 611-7315
  • Andheri: 822-1447 / 822-1562
  • Antop hill: 407-4575 / 407-4447
  • Azad Maidan: 262-0697 / 262-0295
  • Bandra: 642-3021 / 640-0917
  • Bhandup: 564-1301 / 568-1442
  • Bhoiwada: 412-5637 / 412-1759
  • Borivili: 801-0145 / 801-2331
  • Byculla: 375-5264 / 371-6399
  • C.B.D.: 757-2209 / 757-1158
  • C.B.D. (Dep. Comm): 757-0029
  • Chembur: 522-1613 / 522-7563
  • Colaba: 285-6817 / 204-3702
  • Cuffe Parade: 218-8009 / 218-3225
  • Dadar: 430-3654 / 430-1403
  • Dahisar: 893-2040 / 895-5024
  • D.B. Marg: 387-2893 / 386-7873
  • Deonar: 556-8682 / 556-3381 / 551-6586
  • Dharavi: 407-2646 / 407-3988
  • Dindoshi: 840-0784 / 840-0781 / 840-7016
  • D.N. Nagar: 623-2117 / 623-0387
  • Dongri: 371-9136 / 375-3676
  • Gamdevi: 367-0505 / 368-0505
  • Ghatkopar: 515-3543 / 511-3256
  • Goregaon: 872-1900 / 872-3409
  • J.J. Hospital: 375-3762 / 375-3782 / 375-3761
  • Jogeshwari (East): 832-8417 / 832-9141 / 830-0230
  • Jogeshwari (West): 836-0505 / 822-1672
  • Juhu: 618-3856 / 618-4308
  • Kalachowki: 375-4128 / 371-5863
  • Kalamboli: 742-3000
  • Kandivali (West): 805-6603 / 802-0711
  • Kandivali (East): 888-6119 / 888-7624 / 888-7618
  • Kanjurmarg: 578-0753 / 578-0944 / 578-3999
  • Kasturba Marg: 805-7239 / 805-9077
  • Khar: 649-4153 / 649-6030 / 649-4977
  • Kherwadi: 642-3500 / 642-6417 / 640-7626
  • Kurla: 514-2868 / 514-5478 / 511-3182
  • L.T. Marg: 208-0303 / 208-4302
  • Mahim: 445-3833 / 445-6237
  • Malabar hill: 363-5517 / 363-5513 / 363-7571
  • Malad: 882-1147 / 882-2946
  • Malavani: 882-0497 / 882-2557
  • Matunga (East): 401-0103 / 401-1783
  • M.I.D.C.: 836-8352 / 839-4205
  • M.R.A. Marg: 262-1313 / 262-0759 / 261-1939
  • Mulund: 568-9844 / 568-4535
  • Nagpada: 309-5661 / 309-2273
  • (Navi Mumbai) Traffic Police Station: 768-4860
  • Nehru Nagar: 522-4291 / 522-4147
  • Nerul: 763-2030
  • Nirmal Nagar: 642-3762 / 640-0931
  • N.M. Joshi Marg: 308-4758 / 308-5732
  • Oshiwara: 632-3861 / 632-3862
  • Pant Nagar: 515-3624 / 511-6687
  • Panvel: 745-2333
  • Pydhonie: 342-0505 / 343-0505 / 343-6114
  • Rabala: 769-2455
  • R.A.K. Marg: 414-5071 / 412-6838
  • R.C.F: 556-4190 / 556-0127
  • Sahar: 822-1711 / 822-1748
  • Sakinaka: 852-3936 / 852-2334
  • Santacruz: 649-2972 / 649-3139
  • Sewree: 375-8163 / 371-6139 / 371-9807
  • Shivaji Nagar: 551-8961 / 556-0402 / 556-0098
  • Shivaji Park: 445-8309
  • Taloja: 741-2333
  • Tardeo: 494-1109 / 494-2142 / 492-1942
  • Thane Police Control Room: 534-5959
  • Tilak Nagar: 552-7293 / 552-9345
  • Trombay: 556-3382 / 556-4371
  • Turbhe: 767-2794 / 767-6375
  • Uran: 722-2366
  • Vakola: 618-2936 / 618-2756
  • Vashi: 766-5346 / 766-66159
  • Vikhroli: 578-2240 / 578-2492 / 578-2189
  • Vikhroli Park Site: 578-4840 / 578-6519 / 578-6518
  • Vile Parle: 611-7301 / 611-7317 / 611-2813
  • V.P. Road: 387-2525 / 386-9719 / 388-3103
  • Wadala: 412-5250 / 412-7106 / 414-7472
  • Worli: 493-0388 / 494-8284 / 493-9352
  • Yellowgate: 261-6578 / 265-5012

Power Supply

  • BEST 24-hour breakdown services
    • Fault Control (North): 414-6683
    • Fault Control (South): 206-6661
    • Colaba Fuse Centre: 218-2709 / 218-4242
    • Dadar Fuse Centre: 412-4242 / 412-3162 / 412-4993 / 414-6611
    • Grant Road Fuse Centre: 388-2011 / 388-4242
    • Khetwadi Fuse Centre: 385-4242 / 385-2011
    • Mahim Fuse Centre: 444-4242
    • Pathakwadi Fuse Centre: 206-7082
    • Worli Fuse Centre: 495-4242 / 495-3363
  • BSES 24-hour breakdown services:
    • Andheri (E) and Jogeshwari (E) including M.I.D.C. area: 832-9985
    • Andheri (W) and Jogeshwari (W): 624-9603
    • Bandra to Jogeshwari: 618-2899 / 642-4482
    • Borivili (E), Dahisar and beyond: 886-1675 / 811-3474
    • Charkop(W) to Madh island: 805-3242
    • Goregaon to Kandivali and Borivili (W): 872-1312 / 872-2743
    • Kandivali (E) and Charkop to Dahisar (E): 886-1675
    • Kurla, Chembur and Ghatkopar (W): 514-3759
    • Vikhroli and Ghatkopar (E): 515-0770 / 515-2558
  • MSEB 24-hour breakdown services:
    • Ballard Market: 261-0061 / 261-0062
    • Bandra: 642-2211 / 642-2131
    • Bhandup: 564-3981 / 564-3982
    • Churchgate: 282-0220
    • Fountain: 261-9100
    • Mulund: 565-3408 / 564-6935

Railways

Central Railway

  • Enquiries: 265-9135
  • Reservations (8 a.m. to 8 p.m): 265-6565
  • Trains arrival and departures: 134
  • Train arrival status (South East Zone): 136
  • Train arrival status (North East Zone): 137

Western Railway

  • Reservations: 135
  • Trains arrivals and departures: 131
  • Train arrival status Delhi/Ahmedabad/Baroda/Surat: 133

Health and Medical Emergencies

Ambulances

  • Emergency Numbers:
    • Accident cases only: 102
    • Heart Attack: 105
  • 24 hrs Ambulance Services (Fort): 202-4545
  • Ambulance Service (New Mumbai): 766-9189
  • Andheri Vyapari Mitra Mandal (Andheri): 832-0021 / 832-0026
  • Arya Samaj (Fort): 261-2388 / 262-1464
  • Arya Samaj Mandir Hall (Santacruz): 648-2800
  • Asha Parekh Hospital (Santacruz): 649-3737 / 649-1203
  • Ashok Mastkar Ambulance (Dadar): 422-9531 / 422-9556
  • Ashraya Charitable Trust (Mumbai): 388-7758
  • Asmita Bhatiya (Tardeo): 309-4050 / 307-2711
  • Asmita (Jogeshwari): 832-7561
  • Balaji Ambulance (Day and Night)): (Ghatkopar East): 513-5417
  • Bhagvati Hospital (Borivili): 893-2461 / 893-2462
  • Bharti Ed. Committee (Mulund West): 561-3180 / 561-3329
  • Blue Star Ambulance Garage (Warden Road): 367-1331 / 367-7518
  • Bombay City Corporation (Fort): 201-4295
  • Bombay Hospital (Marine Lines): 208-7128 / 206-7309 / 206-7676 / 208-7128
  • Bombay Samarpan Relief Service (Bandra): 642-2076
  • Cooper Hospital (Vile Parle): 620-7254 / 620-5892
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (Chembur): 551-4488 / 551-0897
  • Citizens’ Committee (Ghatkopar): 512-8744 / 513-1884
  • Day and Night Ambulance (Goregaon): 873-2823
  • Divine Life (Malad): 889-1484
  • Dr R.N. Cooper (Dadar): 430-5847
  • Edward Jens. (Byculla): 307-1927
  • Emergency Ambulance Service (Dadar): 430-8888 / 422-2040
  • Girgaon Public Centre (Girgaon): 388-1374
  • Golden Hour Project
    • Dadar: 430-8888 / 422-2040
    • Khar: 646-1278
    • Mulund: 564-5385
  • Harishrai Jakhand. (Bhandup): 560-1634 / 560-1635
  • Hindu Relief Committee (Ghatkopar): 515-3260 / 515-3460
  • Indira Ambulance Service (Goregaon): 872-1993 / 873-7372
  • Infectious Diseases (M.G. Marg): 307-7324 / 307-9643
  • Inlex (Chembur): 551-4266 / 551-4268
  • Jai Ambe Welfare Society (Borivili): 805-1999 / 805-0999
  • Jalaram Baba (Bhuleshwar): 206-9601 / 208-1237
  • Jivan Vilas (Andheri): 834-0476 / 834-3772
  • Kala Yuvak Mandal (Mulund): 560-1185 / 560-3436
  • Lonica Ambulance Service (Vile Parle): 611-4395 / 613-1245
  • Mithaben Nenshi (Dadar): 414-5034
  • Maitri Mandal Trust (Colaba): 283-3504
  • Maratha Kala Mandir (Mumbai Central): 371-2460
  • Municipal Ambulances: 307-7324 / 307-9643
  • Parsi Ambulance Service: 262-1666
  • Sion Hospital (Sion): 407-2737 / 407-6381
  • St. John Services 266-2913

Blood Banks

  • Arpan Blood Bank (Ghatkopar): 511-1313 / 512-9543
  • Associate Blood Bank (Worli): 493-1631 / 493-8846
  • Bhabha Blood Bank (Kurla): 514-0241
  • Bhagwati Blood Bank (Borivili): 893-2461 / 893-3740
  • Bharat Laboratory (Sandhurst Road): 361-7969 / 361-0047
  • Bhatia General Hospital (Tardeo): 307-1292 / 309-4050
  • Bombay Hospital (Marine Lines): 206-7676 / 206-7309
  • B.P.T. Blood Bank (Wadala): 412-0271 / 412-7947
  • Breach Candy Hospital (Bhulabhai Desai Road): 363-3651 / 363-0501
  • Cama and Albless Hospital (CST): 262-0388 / 262-0389
  • City Hospital, Thane: 534-2582 / 534-1409
  • Cooper Hospital (Vile Parle): 620-7254 / 620-7701
  • E.S.I.S. Hospital:
    • Worli: 493-3142 / 493-3428
    • Kandivali: 888-4529
    • Mulund: 561-5520 / 561-5521
  • G.T. Hospital (Dhobi Talao): 262-1464 / 262-1465 /262-1468
  • Green Course Blood Bank (Santacruz): 649-4914 / 649-3700
  • Haffkine Blood Bank (Parel): 412-9320 / 412-9330
  • Hinduja Hospital Blood Bank (Mahim): 445-1515 / 445-2222
  • Hurkissondas Hospital: 385-5555
  • Indian Red Cross Society (Fort): 266-3560 / 266-3195 / 267-0738
  • J.J. Hospital (Byculla): 376-0943 / 376-9400
  • Jaslok Hospital (Peddar Road): 493-3333 / 493-9595
  • Jain Clinic Blood Bank (Kandewadi): 382-9308 / 388-4866
  • K.E.M. Hospital (Parel): 413-5189 / 413-1763
  • M. Gandhi Memorial (Lalbagh): 413-2575
  • Nair Hospital (Mumbai Central): 308-1490 / 308-1491
  • Nanavati Hospital (Vile Parle): 612-3624 / 612-5555
  • Parsi General Hospital (Bhulabhai Desai Road): 363-3641 / 368-1324
  • Rajawadi Blood Bank (Ghatkopar): 512-3721 / 512-3750
  • Sion Hospital (Sion): 407-6381 / 407-6382
  • St. George Blood Bank (CST): 262-0344 / 262-1420
  • St. John Services (CST): 266-2913
  • Sewree T.B. Blood Bank (Sewree): 412-8440
  • Sarvodaya Hospital (Ghatkopar): 515-2332
  • Satyasangh Blood Bank (Dombivali): 446-2703
  • Tata Memorial Hospital (Parel): 414-6750 / 412-7096
  • Wadia Blood Bank (Parel): 412-7787 / 412-9786

Hospitals

  • Airoli M.B.S. Centre (Airoli): 769-0561
  • Asha Parekh (Santacruz): 649-3737 / 649-2081
  • BARC (Chembur): 551-3985
  • Belapur Hospital (Belapur): 757-0181
  • Bhabha Hospital:
    • Bandra: 642-2541 / 642-2775
    • Chembur: 552-0333 / 552-0334
    • Kurla: 511-3144 / 514-0241
  • Bhagwati Hospital (Borivili): 893-2461 / 893-3740
  • Bhatia Hospital (Tardeo): 307-1291 / 307-1292
  • Bombay Hospital (Marine Lines): 206-7676 / 206-7309
  • BPT Hospital (Wadala): 412-9684 / 412-7947
  • Breach Candy (Bhulabhai Desai Rd.): 363-3651 / 362-3224
  • Cama and Albless (Dhobi Talao): 262-0288 / 262-0390
  • Children Orth. Hospital (Haji Ali): 492-0030 / 492-3873
  • Civil Hospital (Thane): 534-1409 / 534-2582
  • Cooper Hospital (Vile Prale): 620-7254 / 620-7256
  • Cumballa Hill Hospital (Gowalia Tank): 363-0567 / 363-3336
  • Dahisar N.A. Centre (Dahisar): 741-2990
  • E.N.T. Hospital (Dhobi Talao): 204-2526 / 204-3322
  • E.S.I.S. Hospital:
    • Kandivali: 887-7764 / 887-7765
    • Marol: 832-0752 / 832-4996
    • Mulund West: 564-9684 / 564-5520
    • Worli: 493-3142 / 493-2428
  • First Pre. Hospital (Vashi): 766-9189 / 766-9190
  • Gopikrishna P. Me. (Worli): 494-6647 / 494-7837
  • G.T. Hospital (Dhobi Talao): 262-1468 / 262-0560
  • Hinduja Hospital (Mahim): 445-2222 / 445-1515
  • Hindu Sabha Hospital (Ghatkopar): 515-3260 / 515-3460
  • Homeopathic Hospital (Vile Parle): 620-3249
  • Hurkissondas Hospital (Prarthana Samaj): 385-5555
  • Indian Medical F. (Juhu): 621-2297 / 620-6493
  • Inlok Hospital (Chembur): 556-3270 / 556-3269
  • Jain Clinic (Girgaon): 382-9308 / 388-4866
  • Jaslok Hospital (Peddar Road): 493-3333 / 493-9595
  • Kasturba Hospital (Chinchpokli): 308-3901 / 308-3902
  • K.E.M. Hospital (Parel): 413-6051 / 413-1763
  • Kothari Hospital (C.P. Tank): 375-0957
  • Manisha Hospital (Byculla): 371-4890 / 371-4889
  • Mental Hospital (Thane): 532-1810 / 532-3131
  • M.G. Memorial Hospital (Lalbagh): 413-2575 / 414-0776
  • Muktabai Hospital (Ghatkopar): 515-3771 / 512-6088
  • Municipal Hospital (Mulund East): 561-6225 / 561-6226
  • Nair Hospital (Mumbai Central): 308-1492 / 308-1491
  • Nanavati Hospital (Vile Parle): 612-5555 / 612-9302
  • Parsi Hospital (B. Desai Road): 363-3641 / 367-6652
  • Poddar Hospital (Worli): 493-3533 / 493-1846
  • Pragati Hospital (Mulund West): 561-9356 / 561-8857
  • Radhabai W. Ch. Hospital (Mahim): 444-3942 / 437-7814
  • Raheja Hospital (Mahim): 446-7570 / 446-7569
  • Rajawadi Hospital (Ghatkopar): 511-5066 / 511-5067
  • Saifee Hospital (Charni Rd.): 386-1418 / 386-1419
  • Sarvodaya Hospital (Ghatkopar): 515-2237 / 515-2332
  • Shushrusha Hospital (Dadar): 444-9161 / 444-9162
  • Singhania Hospital (Thane): 534-0183 / 534-4181
  • Sion Hospital (Sion): 409-0002 / 409-0367 / 407-6382 / 407-6380
  • Somaiya Prakalp (Chembur): 409-0253
  • St. George Hospital (CST): 262-0242 / 262-0344
  • Suvarna Hospital (Borivili): 805-2130 / 805-2333
  • Tata Hospital (Parel): 414-6750 / 412-7096
  • T.B. Hospital (Sewree): 412-8440
  • Turbhe Hospital (Turbhe): 763-1827
  • Wadia Children Hospital (Parel): 412-9786 / 412-9787

24-Hour Chemists

  • Apna Bazaar Medical Store (Dadar TT): 413-5428
  • Ambaji Medical Store (Mulund): 561-9738
  • Bahari Provision (Mandvi): 376-4864
  • Bhandarkar Medical Store (Borivili): 801-1574
  • Bharat Medical Store (Chembur): 552-4957
  • Bhatia Hospital (Grant Road): 308-6641
  • Bhavani Medical Store (Ghatkopar): 512-8277
  • Bombay Medico (Tardeo): 308-6641
  • Bandra Medical Store (Bandra): 642-3757 / 642-7244
  • Chheda Chemist (Ghatkopar): 511-8214
  • Empire Chemists (Vile Parle): 671-2186
  • Guru Medical Stores (Andheri): 632-2568
  • Jivan Vikas Kendra (Andheri East): 834-3772
  • Khar Medical Stores (Khar): 646-1329
  • Manish Medical Centre (Borivili): 893-6912
  • Milan Medical Centre (Ghatkopar): 512-0759 / 513-2562
  • Nanavati Hospital (Vile Parle): 612-5555 / 618-2255
  • National Hospital (Mahim): 444-0079
  • National Chemist (Chembur): 515-0810
  • National Chemist (Mahim): 445-1608
  • New Royal Chemist (Marine Lines): 201-8078 / 200-4053
  • Nitin Medical Stores (Bhandup): 511-3199
  • Noble Chemist (Charni Road): 385-3130
  • Noble Medical (Santacruz): 649-8682
  • Royal Chemist (Parel): 411-5028
  • Sheetal Chemist (Chembur): 551-0703
  • Silver Medico Day Night Services (Bhandup): 560-2558
  • Sonal Medical Stores (Dharavi): 407-2238
  • Wordell Chemist (Churchgate): 242-0768

Web-sites of Newspapers published in Mumbai

Times of India Maharashtra Times – Marathi
Hindustan Times Lok Satta – Marathi
Daily News & Analysis Nav Shakti
Free Press Journal Saamna – Marathi
The Indian Express Mumbai Samachar – Gujarati
The Asian Age Janmabhoomi – Gujarati
Mumbai Mirror Navbharat Times – Hindi
Mid-Day – Afternnon Paper The Economic Times – Business
Afternoon Despatch & Courier  

Fire Brigade

Bombay
Tel:101/3076111/3086181
Thane
Tel: 101/5391600
Vashi
Tel:101/7660101
Andheri
Tel: 6205301
Bandra
Tel: 6435206
Byculla
Tel: 3076111/3086181
Chembur
Tel: 5224824
Colaba
Tel: 2043603
Dadar
Tel: 4134200
Deonar
Tel: 5563391
Dharavi
Tel: 4077868
Fort
Tel: 2611942
Gowalia Tank
Tel: 3622427
Indira Dock
Tel: 2611589
Kandivli
Tel: 8050101
Malad
Tel: 8071010
Marol
Tel: 8210940
Memonwada
Tel: 3720832
Mulund
Tel: 5610101
Raoli Camp
Tel: 4077841
Sewri
Tel: 3760756
Shivaji Park
Tel: 4457203
Vikhroli
Tel: 5170730
Worli
Tel: 4300178
New Bombay
Belapur
Tel: 7572111
Kalamboli
Tel: 7420138
New Panvel
Tel: 7452337
Vashi
Tel: 7660101

24 Hr Petrol Pumps

Autocare Centre
Junctin of SV Rd & Turner Rd
Bandra West
Mumbai-400050
Tel: 6424576
Car Care Centre
45 Nepean Sea Road
Mumbai-400026
Tel: 3671649/5262
Chembur Service Station
Opp Swastik Mills
Chembur
Mumbai-400071
Desai Auto Service
30 Sion Circle
Mumbai-400022
Tel: 4092275/4091564
Famous Auto Service Station
S V Road
Borivli West
Mumbai-400092
Tel: 8053849/8088880
Patel Bros
Victoria Garden Road
Byculla
Mumbai-400008
Tel: 3097227/3081778

Police Stations

Bombay
Tel: 100/2621855
Thane
Tel: 100/5345959
 
Aarey Colony
Tel: 8401672/8400816
Agripada
Tel: 3078213/0535/0532
Andheri
Tel: 8221447/8221562
Antop Hill
Tel: 4074575/4074447
Azad Maidan
Tel: 2620295/2620697
Bandra
Tel: 6400917/6423021
Bhandup
Tel: 5641301/5681442
Bhoiwada
Tel: 4125637/4121759
Borivli
Tel: 8010145
Byculla
Tel: 3755264/3716399
Chembur
Tel: 5221613/7563
Colaba
Tel: 2856817/2043702
Cuffe Parade
Tel: 2183225/2188009
D B Marg
Tel: 3867873/3872893
D N Nagar
Tel: 6230387/2117
Dadar
Tel: 4303654/1403
Dahisar
Tel: 8932040/8955024
Deonar
Tel: 5563381
Dharavi
Tel: 4073988/2646
Dindoshi
Tel: 8400784/8400781
Dongri
Tel: 3753676/3719136
Gamdevi
Tel: 3632887/0592
Ghatkopar
Tel: 5113256/5153543
Goregaon
Tel: 8721900/3409
Jogeshwari
Tel: 8360505
Juhu
Tel: 6415767/6419440
Kalachowki
Tel: 3754128
Kandivli
Tel: 8056603/8020711
Kanjur Marg
Tel: 5780753/5783999
Kasturba Marg
Tel: 8057239/9007
Khar
Tel: 6494977/6030
Kherwadi
Tel: 6407626
Kurla
Tel: 5145478/2868
L T Marg
Tel: 2084302/0303
Lamington Road
Tel: 3867873
M I D C
Tel: 8340505/8300784
Mahim
Tel: 4456237/4453833
Malad
Tel: 8821147/2946
Malwani
Tel: 8820497/1319
Matunga
Tel: 4011783/0103
Mulund
Tel: 5684535/5689844
N M Joshi Marg
Tel: 3084758/3085732
Nagpada
Tel: 3095661/2273
Nehru Nagar
Tel: 5524291/4647
Nirmal Nagar
Tel: 6423762/6400931
Oshiwara
Tel: 6323861
Palton Road
Tel: 2621313/0759
Pant Nagar
Tel: 5116687/5153624
Parksite
Tel: 5784840
Pydhonie
Tel: 3420505/3410505
R A Kidwai Marg
Tel: 4145071/4126836
R C F
Tel: 5564190/0127
Sahar Airport
Tel: 8221711/1748
Sakinaka
Tel: 5785160/2334
Santacruz
Tel: 6493139/2972
Santacruz Airport
Tel: 6117309/7315
Sewree
Tel: 3758163/3719807
Tardeo
Tel: 4942142/4941109
Tilak Nagar
Tel: 5227293/9345
Trombay
Tel: 5515733
V P Road
Tel: 3872525/3869719
Vakola
Tel: 6123602/6453
Vikhroli
Tel: 5782189/2240
Vile Parle
Tel: 6117317/7301/2813
Wadala
Tel: 4125250/7472
Worli
Tel: 4930388/9352
Yellowgate
Tel: 2616578/2655012
New Bombay
Belapur Outpost
Tel: 7670404
Kalamboli
Tel: 7423000
Nerul
Tel: 7632030
Nhava Sheva
Tel: 7242264
Panvel
Tel: 7452333
Rabale
Tel: 7692455
Taloja
Tel: 7412333
Turbhe
Tel: 7672375
Vashi
Tel: 7666159
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