Business Class Travel to Mumbai
Heading to Mumbai for business? Mumbai can be a wonderful place to conduct business and the huge city is a melting pot of diversity and culture. If you’ve never been to Mumbai before – you’ll enjoy your visit, but the success of your trip starts before you even take flight. Of course, you need to make sure you have proper travel documentation, and have done research on whom you’re be doing business with, but you’ll also want to get the best deals on your business class flight. CheapBIZClass is known for great customer service, extremely low prices and full service assistance before and after your flight.
We hope you have a great time in India, and we’d love to help get you there for less. Below is some additional information about Mumbai, travel documentation and some tips on how to do business in this majestic country.
The City of Mumbai
Mumbai (the city was formally known as Bombay) is the capital of Maharashtra. It is a huge cosmopolitan metropolis, being the most populous city in India, and the fourth most populous city in the world. The capital city has a population of over 20 million and is the wealthiest city in India. It can be compared to the New York of India. The wealth and affluence is just one of the reasons Mumbai is a great place to conduct business. Located on the west coast of India, Mumbai is one of the leading port cities in the country with its natural harbor. Known as the commercial and entertainment capital of India, in 2009, Mumbai was ranked one of the fastest cities in India for business startups.
Travel Documentation – Visa and Passport Requirements
A valid passport and visa are required to enter India. Upon making plans to travel to Mumbai, make sure your passport is valid for at least 90 days and review the Embassy of India website for specific visa requirements.
Arriving in Mumbai and Transportation
Chhatrapati Shivaj International Airport (BOM) is the main international airport for Mumbai, receiving about 25 million passengers a year. The airport is currently being remodeled, but it does have free wireless internet, money exchange counters, beauty spas and railroad reservation counters. The most practical and easiest way to get to your hotel will be to take a pre-paid taxi. The fare to south Mumbai will be about $8 US.
Currency and Money in Mumbai
Mumbai‘s currency is called Rupees. When you land at the airport there will be exchange counters to convert your money. There will also be other places like banks and shopping malls where money can be exchanged. Some banks that have branches in Mumbai don’t charge service fees to use ATM’s, so making a withdrawal from an ATM may be a viable option to get cash. Always check with your brank before withdrawing money from foreign ATMs. This way you can avoid any large foreign exchange fees associated with each transaction.
You can also use popular websites like Yahoo’s Currencies Center to get the correct conversion rate for your local currency.
Doing Business in Mumbai
Mumbai has a professional, albeit, laid-back business culture. The Mumbai business people are generally very friendly and informal, but Indian tradition and culture holds true in many areas. This is why it’s important to do some research on whom you’ll be doing business with. As far as dress, men are expected to dress professionally, in a suit, but it’s common for jackets to be removed at a dinner meeting. Many of the Mumbai business people speak good English (with an accent), with some American slang. Since India was a British colony, English is the common business language spoken throughout the country.
When greeting a business person a handshake is most common, however, if you are doing business with a traditional local Indian woman, wait for her to extend her hand.
Here are some other general tips for doing business in Mumbai:
- Arrive on time. Mumbai has fairly bad traffic, so make sure to give yourself ample to time to arrive. With that said, do not expect that level of punctuality in return. Sometimes, due to the horrible traffic, meetings can start late, especially if you are the host and the guest are expected to come to you.
- Many Indians do not eat meat for religious reasons. If you are hosting a lunch or dinner meeting, be sure to accommodate this eating style.
- Many people still refer to Mumbai as Bombay, it’s considered rude to correct them.
- Make sure to bring enough business cards as not having enough may be considered rude.
Things to do in Mumbai
Mumbai has much to offer and if you have some downtime after your meeting, you’ll want to check out what India’s most populous city has in store. Mumbai is full of beautiful colonial architecture, museums and religious sites.
Below are some of the most popular attractions to see during your trip:
Gateway of India
The Gateway of India is one of the most popular and recognized monuments in Mumbai. The monument was built in honor of King George V and Queen Mary, and is the first thing you see when approaching Mumbai by boat. The Gateway to India is considered to be the Taj Mahal of Mumbai and is one of the top attractions.
Bollywood is the name for India’s popular film industry (and the second largest in the world after Hollywood). Bollywood is located in the western suburbs of Mumbai, and is a great place to catch a movie or take a tour. Also, if you want, you may be lucky enough to be in a Bollywood movie as well.
Haji Ali is both a mosque and tomb and is one of the most popular religious sites in Mumbai. The site is about 500 yards from the Mumbai shoreline in the middle of the Arabian Sea. It’s truly a beautiful site and people visit regardless of religious belief or nationality. This is a must see if you have time between your business meetings.
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