Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) is the commercial and entertainment centre of India and is the country’s largest city with a population of approximately 14 million people. The city is located on the west coast of India alongside the Arabian Sea. With an appealing coastline, many of Mumbai's top resorts and tourist attractions lie around its main beaches, where evening funfairs provide a great atmosphere. People of various backgrounds inhabit the city, and due to this diversification the customs, languages and even the food is of infinite variety. Mumbai is served by the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport which is located 30kms north of the city centre.
The rainy monsoon season starts in June and ends in September. The average low is approximately 24°C and average high is approximately 29°C with high humidity levels.
Mumbai is five and a half (5.5) hours ahead of GMT (GMT+5.5)
The official currency used in India is the Indian Rupee. The approximate rate of exchange is:
One USD = 62 INR
Mumbai is a confluence of people from various parts of India, but dominant are people from the west, then north and followed by the south. Marathi is the state and city official language used by state government agencies, municipal authorities, and the local police. English is widely used in the corporate world and in banking and trading.
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