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The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Photo courtesy of sushmaghadge on Pixabay.

I’m really excited to interview Ashish Namjoshi of The Points Pundit about Mumbai, India. Ashish’s tips for the best things to do in Mumbai are awesome because he grew up in Mumbai and travels there at least once a year from the U.S.

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Flower market in Mumbai. Photo courtesy of Prachi Damle.

Mumbai, India

Mumbai is known as the city that never sleeps. It is the financial center of India and a mega-city that connects both modern society and the strong history of India. It can be hot and humid for nine months of the year, so winter is the best time to visit. From October to January, there are many festivals, concerts, and events that allow visitors to experience the city’s culture and art scene.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Maharashtra Tourism, the local convention and visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Jewish Synagogue in Mumbai. Photo courtesy of Prachi Damle.

Getting around Mumbai

The local airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM), which is close to downtown. Ashish recommends flying Singapore Airlines from Southeast Asia, Lufthansa from Europe, and Emirates from the Middle East.

Ashish says that you should not rent a car. The traffic can get crazy and parking is a hassle. Use rideshare companies like Uber and Ola are excellent ways to get around. For shorter trips, consider the traditional black and yellow cabs or a simple bus ride.

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At the British Brewing Company with friends.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Ashish Namjoshi about Mumbai, India. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Mumbai, India
  • Green dots = best things to do in Mumbai, India
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Mumbai, India

Who is Ashish Namjoshi?

Ashish Namjoshi is a social media strategist located in San Diego, California. He grew up in Mumbai, India before coming to the U.S. to earn his MBA. Ashish returned to India on a regular basis and his desire to lower the cost of his flights led him to the world of airline miles and hotel points. He started The Points Pundit as a way to document his travels and teach others how to travel for less.

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Ashish enjoying some Taj desserts

Here are a few articles that he’s written:

You can connect with Ashish at his website and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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  1. I’d love to go to India, is definitely on my bucket list… now to start on the air miles tips from the website!