Regarded as the epitome of entertainment, fashion and finance, Mumbai is certainly a place worth exploring. Clubbed with fascinating malls, notable restaurants, bars, pubs, parks, walkways and numerous scenic locations, you are actually required to plan your vacation accordingly, to cover the entire city in one trip. Mumbai is one dazzling city with people coming here form different parts of the country, seeking better opportunities. So in order to make fond and unforgettable memories of your journey, it is important to stay safe and enjoy the pleasures of Mumbai. So, consider these important safety tips mentioned below and maintain distance from undesirable situations.
In the absence of a pre-paid or metered taxi, make sure you negotiate the fare before as the cabbies are way too smart to rip you off on the roads.
If you are hiring a cab for a longer duration and spending a lot of time with the driver, try hiring a cab driver who is well versed with Basic English.
Avoid driving or traveling on highways at the night.
NEVER hire a cab or a rickshaw if there is someone accompanying the driver.
If you are travelling by train, ensure that you chain and lock your luggage right under your berth.
Avoid carrying valuables or hefty cash while travelling.
Carry lots of eatables, such as fruits along with lots of water while travelling and DO NOT eat anything offered to you by a stranger.
Be very cautious about travel warnings. There are some areas in Mumbai that are typically considered unsafe for foreigners.
Wherever you go, always carry your passport with you. If possible, pop in a sticky note with the number of your consultant to be used in case of any emergency.
Carry along a copy of your passport and visa and keep it separate from the original copy.
Women should specifically opt for compartments in local trains that are reserved for them.
Women should always avoid travelling in general men’s compartment as chances of getting harassed are very high.
Women should certainly avoid travelling alone at night or should not travel during the night time at all.
Roaming on the beaches of Mumbai will not be similar to Goa or Kerala. So make sure you dress modestly and appropriately.
Avoid visiting places that are isolated as the chances of getting molested and mobbed are fairly high at such places.
It is also advisable to stay away from beggars at railway stations and other such crowded places, as all of them tend to flock around if you help even one of them.
Make sure you do not purchase the movie/air/rail/city bus tickets from any individual, but buy them from proper counters.
Always consume packaged mineral water and check the seal before purchasing.
Plan your trip when it is least hot to avoid getting heat stroke and sunburns.
Be very cautious about your handbags, chains and mobiles, as strangers on the bike are expert in snatching away your valuables in the middle of the crowded roads.
Make sure you carry your own toilet paper wherever you go, as you never know when you’ll require one!
If you happen to go out to clubs, make sure you NEVER leave your drinks unattended. Also ensure you have your transportation back to your hotel pre-arranged.
Do not drink in excess and make sure you maintain your senses at all times.
Never try to buy or sell Narcotics, as chances are of landing up in police custody are fairly high.
Do not indulge yourself in any sort of street party or a crowded festive procession.
Avoid public displays of affection, when travelling with your spouse.
In case of any emergency, dial 100 or 108 for police and 101 for medical or fire emergency.
Always mind what you eat. If you are not used to street food or have a sensitive stomach, avoid munching on street food.
Learn to keep in your limits and follow signs saying “No Pictures”.
Lastly, use your common sense and always trust your gut!