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Important Facts

Bombay was renamed Mumbai in 1996.

The total area of the city is 440 sq. km or 170 sq. miles.

The population is 18 million, projected to reach 28.5 million by 2020.

Mumbai is the capital of the state of Maharashtra.

Marathi, Hindi and English are the main languages.

Telephone code is 022

Time zone - GMT/UTC plus 5.5 hours

- Climate - Summer 20 °C - 39 °C, Winter 12 °C - 34 °C. Mumbai has a truly tropical climate and temperatures remain fairly uniform throughout the year. You never need to pack woolens for Mumbai, not even in December. Mumbai is drowned every year under torrential Indian Ocean monsoon rains between June and September, usually beginning by 7th June every year.

Business Hours

Public and private offices: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Some open on Saturday, but all are closed on Sunday.
Shops: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Post offices: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon._Fri.; Saturday until noon.
Banks: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat.
Restaurants: until 11 p.m.; nightclubs and discos close much later

One rupee=100 paise. Indian coins come in denominations of 5, 10, 25 and 50 paise and 1, 2 and 5 rupees. Notes are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500. If you are handed a grubby note, insist on having it exchanged for a newer one. Have a big supply of small bills as change almost does not exist in India

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