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Moving to Mumbai

Planning to relocate to Mumbai? If so, you are at the right connect, a team of professionals that specializes in International Relocation services. You will be looked after here for your every need, and everything that is needed in order to settle down - packing and moving, home search, immigration services, FRRO registration, School Search and even City Orientation.

PM Relocations can assist you to plan your complete move to Mumbai or anywhere in India and make it a memorable experience. You can request for a free quote online as per your requirement.

General Information :

Originally known as Bombay until 1995, Mumbai is the India's largest city with 13 million inhabitants. Situated in the southwest India, it is capital of Maharastra State.

Marathi is the official language; however English is most widely spoken and understood well by many people here, so you shouldn't have any problems communicating when you first move to Mumbai.

The City of Dreams, Mumbai considered to be the commercial and entertainment capital of India. Being the financial and commercial hub of the country, Mumbai is truly multicultural city where people of almost every religion can be found. The city has largest and the busiest port handling and third largest Stock Exchange in the world. It is wealthiest city in India with an impressive number of billionaires and has the highest GDP of any city in South, West or Central Asia.

Mumbai is an amazing mixture of crowds, noise and traffic that is bursting with people. A megalopolis you will either love or hate. The pace of Mumbai is fast and furious and never stops. The city exudes vibrant energy, closely followed by the extreme differences in living styles. You will never be bored in energetic and exuberant Mumbai.

Steeped in tradition and culture, Mumbai's cultural calendar is packed to the gunnels and expat residents often join in the festivities throughout the year. Living here is a rich, colorful and rewarding experience, particularly if you have a young family in tow.

Mumbai is one of the most glamorous and happening city of India. It has the biggest film industry of India known as Bollywood. A large number of people from every nook and corner of India migrate to Mumbai fascinated by films.

Climate and Whether :

Mumbai is essentially a tropical climate, influenced by the sea with high temperatures and humidity. September to April are relatively dry and cool months, with January being the coolest, with 12 C as the coolest it ever gets. March and October are the hottest months, with temperatures as high as 38 C.

The monsoon season lasts from June to October, in which there is nearly constant rain. Flooding is always a risk, and has become more prevalent in the past few years.

International Schools & Pre Schools :

Mumbai has lots of international schools and pre-schools with excellent facilities and groomed teachers. Most International Schools have the International Baccalaureate Program (IB), which is the most widely used program among international schools. School Sessions begin in April in India. Only thing is that you have to pay total fee since April if you seek admission in between the session. Some of the well known international schools in Mumbai are: The American School of Bombay, Ecole Mondiale World School, Mumbai, DSB International School, Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Bombay International School, Wood Stock School, Sela Qui World School name a few and various others that offer CBSE and ICSE curriculum... PM Relocations can assist you finding a suitable school for your kids. For more details, you may write to us at info@pmrelocations.com

Immigration :

You will need a visa to enter and stay in India and the nature of that visa must suit your pursuits here. There is no provision of 'Visa on Arrival' in India and no fee is charged for immigration facilities at the airports. If you are coming to India to stay on a long terms (for more than six months), it is compulsory for every expat to register with the FRRO office within 14 days of your arrival. If registration not done within 14 days of arrival, it may attract penalty. For Immigration assistance feel free to write to us at info@pmrelocations.com

Look See & City orientation :

Although Mumbai is a thoroughly modern and vibrant metropolis, it has in its cityscape a large national park and a series of sandy beaches. The city has slowly expanded to cover seven islands along India's western Konkan coastline and includes a large commercial and passenger harbour that has long been established as the sea gateway to India.

One of the major architectural achievements in the city is Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus. This is the most important railway station in the city is also designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

While Mumbai features a wealth of British-era architecture, it also boasts a huge number of significant temples that represent all the major Indian religions and other significant landmarks, such as the iconic Gate of India.

On Shopping and Entertainment :

Shopping in Mumbai is always an exciting experience, even with its potholed roads and jostling crowds. A walk through its bazaars, like Chor Bazar, Mutton Street and Zaveri Bazaar, Flora Fountain, Fashion Street and you end up buying more than you bargained for. Chor Bazaar has a phenomenal collection of antiques, jewellery, wooden articles, leatherwear and general artifacts and souvenirs.

Although Mumbai has an extremely rich cultural heritage, it has managed to seamlessly blend its old-world traditions and charm with modernity and vibrancy as can be seen in their trend-setting fashion industry and their explosive film industry. PMR consultant can become your guide to give you the complete experience.

    Tips for living in Mumbai :

  • Local Transportation - Mumbai's internal transport system is excellent and includes taxis, auto rickshaws, buses, local trains and hovercraft services. Local trains provide excellent connections between all the parts of the city and suburbs. However at peak hours commuting by public transport becomes impossible due to traffic and congestion. Therefore, the use of taxis or Autoriksha's is advisable. Metered yellow top taxis are available all over Mumbai. Tell the driver your destination and negotiate your price upfront or ask to see their tariff card first. People who don't do this often get cheated on the fair.
  • Get registered with a Doctor – We advice you to get a health insurance through private health insurance. Almost all reputed health insurance companies have tie up with good hospitals. Get registered with a doctor in your neighbourhood.
  • Be a savvy shopper - Get to know what locals pay for daily household needs, clothing or furniture. The prices are often different for locals vs. expats. Many people still believe all expats are rich and deserve to pay twice as much for what they want. Know what things cost and ask to the 'Local Pricing' for things.