WELCOME TO INDIA AND INDEX FAIRS !
INDEX Fairs are held in Mumbai city, the commercial capital of India, which was formerly known as Bombay. It is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a huge trade and business community which is multiethnic. People come to Mumbai from all over India mostly to seek employment and to avail of the opportunities this city offers.
THE CITY: Mumbai is on the western coast of India. It has a population of approx. 16 million people and a floating migrant population over 100,000 individuals who enter or leave the city everyday. Mumbai is serviced by one domestic airport at Santa Cruz and an international terminal at Sahar. Both are a little confusingly called Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport! (Tip: Look for the ‘domestic’ or ‘international’ tag) All the major airlines fly this route. The city has access to two ports, the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust at Nhava Sheva and the Mumbai Port Trust. It is also well connected by land to the rest of the country.
WEATHER/CLIMATE: Mumbai enjoys a tropical climate. We have three main seasons – the Summer, from about March to June, the Monsoon or Rainy Season from about June-July to September and a very mild winter between November and January. October may be classed as Summer being very hot and dry. Temperatures in September – October would be between 32 and 37 degrees Celsius with occasional showers.
CLOTHING: Light cotton apparel would be the most comfortable and appropriate to the weather. However, most formal business occasions do call for more formal wear – including business suits or at least shirt – sleeves and tie for men and business suits or formal traditional dress for women. Leisure wear would be quite informal – it is not considered inappropriate for both men and women to wear shorts and tee-shirts to go shopping in the more cosmopolitan areas of the city. However, it would be seen as discourteous to wear beachwear to visit a temple or other place of worship. A light cap or parasol would help on a long shopping orsight-seeing trip, however most good restaurants and hotels are air-conditioned, as are the bigger shopping establishment.
TRANSPORTATION: Mumbai is a relatively easy city to get around in. There is a lot of public transport – buses, autorickshaws and taxis. We would recommend that overseas visitors stick to pre-paid or privately hired taxis. These are available at all good hotels and at the airport. It is not a good idea to attempt travel by buses or trains - though trains are a very inexpensive and prompt way to travel within the city – particularly for long distances. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND that all overseas visitors carry the phone / contact details of the hotel and the fair organizers at all times, to avoid any sort of mishap while traveling around the city.
CURRENCY: The standard unit of exchange in India is the INDIAN RUPEE. The value of the rupee is somewhere in the region of INR 43 to USD 1 and INR 63 to the Euro. 100 Paise make up 1 Rupee. Indian coins come in denominations of 50p, 1, 2 and 5 rupees, while the notes are in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 rupees.
While India is reasonably conservative, Mumbai itself is cosmopolitan and easy to visit – however, we would advice that, as in any country, you respect the norms and general practices of the city. We welcome you to Mumbai and are confident you will thoroughly enjoy your visit to our country and our vibrant city.