Event Planning: Why Choose Mumbai?

The vibrant city of Mumbai is the capital of the Maharashtra state in India.  Situated on India’s western coast, Mumbai, formally Bombay, is recognised as the commercial capital of the country, and as such it is the chosen location of many globally renowned companies and conglomerates.  It is also home to the National Stock Exchange, the Reserve Bank of India, a number of scientific institutions, in addition to the Marathi and Hindi (Bollywood) film and television industry. Mumbai has the largest population in India, with Marathi as well as Hindi and English being spoken. Mumbai offers the historic, as well as the lively and culturally diverse to its visitors.      

Venues

Given its success as a centre of commerce, Mumbai offers a vast selection of venues for those planning an event, these include:

BCEC, Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre

Built in 1991, the BCEC consists of 4 exhibition halls together with its convention centre.  The chosen location for many international events, the BCEC boasts over 45,000 sqm. of space with facilities such as air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi throughout.  Centrally located, the BCEC offers close proximately to the airport (10 minutes), and well as good rail connections and is a short drive from the city centre.  In addition to its beautiful grounds, there is parking for over 2,000 vehicles at the venue, with restaurants and an international lounge in the vicinity.

Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel

Set on Powai Lake, the Renaissance offers 230,000sqft of meeting space, allowing for both indoor and outdoor events.  With a total of 583 rooms for guest accommodation, the convention centre is located 7 km from the airport, with good rail and bus links. The centre consists of 17 meeting rooms, as well as an executive lounge, and is the largest convention centre in India. Fine dining is in abundance within the numerous restaurants of the Renaissance.

Taj Mahal Palace and Tower

Situated behind the Gateway of India and dating back to 1903, the landmark Taj Mahal Palace and Tower offers an opulent event location set overlooking the Arabian Sea.  Steeped in history, the hotel has welcomed Kings, Princes and Presidents as its guests.  With 560 rooms including a number of suites, the Taj also offers 20,000 sq.ft of event space over its 11 newly refurbished meeting and conference rooms, allowing for a small intimate event or up to 2,000 guests for receptions.  To make your event complete, first class conference facilities are available together with exquisite dining. The Taj Mahal Palace is located approximately 30 km from the airport.

ITC Grand Central, Mumbai

Set in Parel, a commercial hub of Mumbai, this beautiful 5 star hotel offers luxury accommodation, Spa and fine dining in addition to state-of-the-art conference facilities.  The striking Tower features 242 luxurious rooms to accommodate your guests and is referred to as the Peace Zone.  Within the Celebration Zone, the central hotel, are a choice of event venues.  The elegant sophistication of the Ballroom allows 400 guests for dinner, or 750 for a reception which includes a pre-function area as well as a separate lobby.  The Grand Hall provides an excellent event space and features stunning chandeliers offering your guests a memorable experience.  In addition there is also the Terrace Garden for those looking to hold an outdoor event. The Grand Central is situated 22 km from the international airport.

Transport Links

Transport links into and around Mumbai are provided by its International Airport, Domestic Terminal, Suburban Railway, Ferry service, Bus service, as well as taxi and rickshaws.

Arrivals into Mumbai

Airports

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (formerly Sahar International Airport)

•    Address: Sahar Road, Sahar, Andheri East, Mumbai, MH400099, India
•    Code: BOM
•    Phone: +91 22 6685 1010
•    Nearest Hotel: The LaLit, Mumbai, Sahar Airport Road, Mumbai 400059 (1km from the airport).
•    International and Domestic flights are handled through 2 separate entrances, shuttle buses operate between the two.

Navi Mumbai International Airport

There are plans to build an additional airport in the Kopra-Panvel area of Mumbai.

Travelling within Mumbai

Road Network

The road network of Mumbai includes a number of national highways providing routes to Agra (NH3 Above), Chennai via Bangalore and Pune (NH4), New Delhi (NH8), Kerala, via Goa and Karnataka (NH17), and Nirmal in Andhra Predesh (NH222). Mumbai also has several expressways running through it, linking areas such as Sion to Panvel and Thane as well, as Bandra to Borivali.  Taxis are permitted to operate throughout Mumbai, with auto rickshaws restricted to the suburban areas.

Mumbai Rail Terminals and Suburban Railway

There are 2 main rail terminals in Mumbai – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (also known as Victoria Terminus) and the Mumbai Central Terminus, both providing a gateway from Mumbai to other parts of India.   Suburban rail in Mumbai features a rapid transit system consisting of 2 main lines run via the Western Railways (Western Line) and Central Railways (Central Line).  Rail travel is an extremely popular mode of transport in India and given the size of Mumbai’s population, trains can be very crowded.  Opting to purchase first class tickets may be a consideration, allowing the traveller more comfort and space.

  • The Western Line covers 37 stations on its route, the line begins at Churchgate which is at the south of the city, and travels north.  The Western Line serves the Mumbai Central Terminus.
  • The Central Line, beginning at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, has 26 stations and ends at Kalyan, at this point the route divides into two with Khopoli and Kasara the final destinations.

Western Railways Website: http://www.wr.indianrailways.gov.in
Central Railways Website: http://www.cr.indianrailways.gov.in

BEST Bus and Ferry

The buses which travel throughout Mumbai are known as BEST buses (which stands for Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport).  Like the trains in Mumbai, the BEST Buses run a rapid transit system, depending on your destination there are different bus/route types Ordinary – every stop is included on this route, Limited – stops are major or significant locations, Special – serve the business districts and rail terminus, AC Express and AC Super are long distance routes. There is also a BEST Ferry bus route connecting with the Ferry which crosses Manori Creek to the north of the city to Marve, a beach location.
Helpline: 1800 22 7550

Consulates 

With the majority of embassies based in New Delhi, there are a number of Consulates which are located in Mumbai:

Consulate General, Australia

Address: Level 10, A Wing, Crescenzo Building, Opp MCA Cricket Club, G Block, Plot C 38-39, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai MH 400051
Phone Numbers: + 91 22 6757 4900

Consulate General, Spain

Address: Market Chambers IV, 7th Floor, 222 Jamnalal Bajaj Road, Nariman Point, Mumbai MH400021
Phone Numbers: + 91 22 2288 0213

Consulate General - United States

Address: C-49 G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai, MH400051.
Phone Numbers: +91 22 2672 4000
Consul General: Peter Haas

Consulate General - Italy

Address: 72G First Floor, Kanchanjunga Building, Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai MH400026
Phone Numbers: + 91 22 2380 4071

Consulate General - Germany

Address: No. “Hoechst House” 10th Floor, Nariman Point, 193 Backbay Reclamation, Mumbai MH 400021
Phone Numbers: + 91 22 2283 2422

British Deputy High Commission, Mumbai

Address: c/32 Block G, Naman Chambers, Bandra Kurla Complex Road, Opposite Dena Bank, Bandra East, MH 400051, Mumbai
Phone Numbers: + 91 22 6650 2222
British High Commissioner to India: Sir James David Bevan

Sightseeing and Shopping

A chance to explore Mumbai will provide your guests with a truly memorable experience.  Although a centre of commerce, there are many historic sites to visit, and if shopping is a passion, markets as well as modern shopping malls are in abundance.

The Elephanta Caves

  

 

Travel by ferry, across Mumbai Harbour to Elephanta Island, and here the breath-taking Elephanta Caves can be found.  A UNESCO Heritage site, it is believed the sculpted Hindu and Buddhist caves date back to the 5th – 8th century.  Witness these beautiful shrines and the intricate religious carvings they home.  Excursions can be booked from the Gateway of India to experience this place of wonder, the Caves are closed on Mondays.

Gateway of India

Work began on this famous landmark in March 1911, with the Gateway of India built to mark the visit of King George V and Queen Mary.  Designed by George Wittet, the Gateway was completed in 1924, and sits in Mumbai Harbour, overlooking the Arabian Sea. The historic and symbolic landmark allows entrance to India and has been the site for many ceremonies, including at the end of British rule in February 1948, when British Troops left India for the last time, passing through the gateway.

Address: Apollo Bandar, Mumbai, India

Prince of Wales Museum

A magnificent example of architecture from the Victoria era, the Museum is again the design of George Wittet and was completed in 1923.  This museum provides an amazing location for its many collections which include paintings, artefacts and sculptures offering its visitors the chance to explore further the country’s history. The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday 10.30am – 6.00pm.

Address: 159-161 M.G. Road, Fort, Mumbai MH400023
Tel: +91 22 2284 4484

Atria, the Millennium Mall

The ultimate shopping experience is offered by Atria, set on five floors it boasts a huge selection of shops, a fantastic food court, together with entertainment facilities including a gaming zone, 3D/4D theatre, Ice Skating Rink and Lounge Bar. With every designer brand under one roof, it is a shopper’s paradise.

Address: Dr, Annie Beasant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400018
Tel: +91 22 2481 3333
Opening Times: 11.00am till 10.00pm daily

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