Mumbai Warnings and Dangers
Mumbai is the largest city in India. Before you travel to Mumbai, do your research and learn how to stay safe in one of the most bustling metro areas in Asia.
While you may think you’re a good driver, you’ve never driven in Mumbai. It’s a whole different story here, with buses, motorcycles, cars, and mopeds crowding the streets at all times. If you’re able to, take a cab. If this isn’t an option, search for a local bus to find your way around town. Most foreigners who decide to drive in Mumbai find themselves frustrated, lost, or both.
If you’re not taking a prepaid or metered taxi, make sure you negotiate the price before you leave for your destination. Many locals and informed tourists take the trains to avoid the traffic on the streets. However, the trains carry their own dangers. They’re often overcrowded and women who choose to purchase a general/men’s compartment ticket can be at risk. If you’re a woman, consider spending a little more for a women’s compartment ticket or a first class ticket. While the train can be scary, it’s usually on time and it’s a fairly quick way to get around the city.
Mumbai sits on the Arabian Sea and is in the tropical zone. As a result, the climate can be dangerous, especially during certain times of the year. The Monsoon Season typically lasts from June to September. Unless you’re comfortable with rain and possible flooding, it’s probably a good idea to visit outside of this time. The summer months, usually from March to May can be extremely warm and humid. Most locals and tourists agree that the best months to visit Mumbai are from October to February.
As in any large city around in the world, tourists must be wary of criminals. From the crowded side streets of the city to the beach resorts, tourists are often robbed and pick-pocketed. Always be on alert for possible thieves and keep your belongings close to your body at all times. Around the airports criminals can target women, often grabbing their purses, bags, and cell phones and then riding off on bicycles.
Fortunately, violence against tourists is rare. You’re much more likely to be overcharged by a taxi cab driver than physically attacked by a criminal. You may think that avoiding dense, busy streets will decrease your chances of being the victim of a crime, but the opposite is actually true. Many people are robbed within the city, but many more are victims of crimes in less populated areas, like the suburbs and beaches, especially at night. If you stay in public places and keep a watchful eye on your surroundings, but don’t be overly paranoid, and your trip to Mumbai will be one to remember.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Mumbai, India.