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holiday with baby guide to "Mumbai - India"
Destination Mumbai - India
Written By Reena Popat
Flight time from the UK 9hrs
Time difference GMT +5.5hrs
Best time to visit October - April (May to June is very hot; July - September is monsoon season)

Reasons to holiday there

Mumbai is a great stop over for shopping and relaxing if you have a few days. Restaurants and the nightlife are excellent, if babysitting permits. If you're lucky you might be able to party with a Bollywood star at one of the top venues! For beaches head south to Goa which is a 1 hour flight.

Ideas for things to do with babies/toddlers

Joggers Park in Juhu has a wonderful children's play area and there is live music there in the evenings. It is clean and there is an entrance fee of 2 Rs.

Mumbai aquarium is also a worth a visit if you have time, but not very large.

Nappy Brands Available Pampers is available - however the shapes and sizes might be different to what are used to at home.
Formula Milk Brands Available All major brands can be found in the supermarkets
Availability of Jars of Baby food Yes. There is a good supermarket in Andheri in the Infinity mall, and another smaller one next to the Marriot in Juhu. Supermarkets are only just beginning to become common in Mumbai so ask at your hotel where the nearest one is.
Best method to get around Taxis or 3 wheeler rickshaws are cheap and can be found everywhere (make sure the meter is switched on). You can also hire an air-conditioned car or van with a driver on a daily basis - speak to a local travel agent for the best rates (not your hotel).
Things to watch out for Drink bottled water and canned/bottled drinks only - ensure any seal is intact when buying. Avoid ice and fresh fruit juices as these may contain unsterilised water. Be careful of milk - even in hotels, ensure it has been sterilised or is served boiling hot. Ice cream in restaurants is best avoided but Natural and Nestle ice cream in supermarkets and other outlets should be safe. Similarly take care that meat, fish and eggs always looks fresh and is served piping hot.

Mumbai is a very safe city by Western standards and violent crime is rare. However pickpocketing is not uncommon so keep valuables out of sight and out of reach.

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