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Explain meaning of Mumbai scams

It says that, when you hand them 500 INR bills, they replace those with 100 INR bills since they look similar. So in the first case, when you hand them 500 INR and the object costs per say 50 INR, ...
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Seeing a Bollywood movie in Mumbai?

If you really want to know how lower class and lower middle class people of India watch movies, you can visit Maratha Mandir theater. The quality of theater is not that good but it has some history ...
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Explain meaning of Mumbai scams

The 500 and 100 Indian rupees bills are almost identical in size and also looks somewhat similar. So to answer your first question, when you pay someone with INR 500 bill for some service/good, the ...
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Is it possible to apply for and extend an Indian tourist visa whilst in Mumbai, India?

No Normal tourist visas can only be gotten by handing an application into an "Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or directly to [an] Indian Mission." These facilities are all found abroad, you don'...
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Seeing a Bollywood movie in Mumbai?

It really depends on which part of the city you will be staying in. There are many old, single screen theatres in Mumbai, specially in the south part of the city, which is locally called 'Town'. I ...
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How much to tip in Mumbai or India general?

India doesn't have a strong tipping culture. Still tourists are used to tip there, especially when they had a good service. And to be honest, this is a general trend in the vast majority of countries ...
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Explain meaning of Mumbai scams

If you want to travel to and from Mumbai airport (international/domestic) look for taxi counters inside the airport. Don't hire from unscrupulous persons (this way you wont get scammed). You can also ...
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India Tatkal tickets - tricks and tips

Are there any tricks to get one quickly? There used to be many tricks available online but I think it's not worth looking at them now because lately I have had very good experiences while booking ...
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Places in India where no vehicles are allowed

The Taj Mahal may qualify as one such place. Due to its marbled construction, it is quite susceptible to pollution and hence it is inaccessible by pollution emitting vehicles in what I believe is ...
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Check in of guests who didn't make the reservation

This is something that I have done before, although not in India. All that it took is a call to the hotel to let them know that this guest is expected to arrive first and that you will be arriving ...
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Finding a hotel booking site that really books the hotel (for Mumbai)

Few reliable options for you would be TripAdvisor Makemytrip Goibibo Expedia But one thing which I always do after selecting a hotel from these sites is to check for the hotel's independent website ...
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Is it worth visiting Phoenix MarketCity shortly before official closure?

Closing time of Phoenix Market City in Mumbai is 00:00 not 11:30. Yes you will find plenty of shops open at 22:30. There are movie shows that end after midnight and some shops stay open for that ...
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How much transfer time do I need in Mumbai airport?

From expertflyer, the minimum connecting time (MCT) for domestic to domestic flights is nominally 30 minutes. Air India flights have a range of MCT from 0:45 up to 2:00 depending on arrival and ...
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Best way to go from T1 to T2 in Mumbai

I just had to perform this exact transfer in January of this year. Unfortunately, there is no longer a free shuttle between the two terminals. (We asked the people at the information desk, they told ...
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How can a tourist order a dabbawala lunch?

The dabbawalas are a monthly service and getting one-time delivery is generally not possible. Also, the dabbawalas don't cook the food themselves they just deliver home cook food made by you to your ...
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Self declaration for recently cured covid patient -Traveling from India to USA

I think the AAI helpdesk person made a mistake in recommending this form. This is the form that was originally supposed to be filled by people who wished to take a domestic flight within India and who ...
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Leaving Mumbai airport departure premises before check in

Provided you haven't checked in to your flight, you can just walk towards arrival area. If a guard (CISF) stops you, you can explain the circumstances. If the bags are checked in, contact airline ...
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India Tatkal tickets - tricks and tips

The IRCTC Magic Autofill Google Chrome extension will save you precious time while booking. Here's a video explaining how it works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYh3s2tRYnY I have used it thrice ...
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How much to tip in Mumbai or India general?

Many of the people doing service jobs at this income scale make less than 10000 Rupees / month. I often give 100 Rupee tips for drivers / waiters / hotel workers for routine tasks and 300-500 for ...
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Do domestic flights to Mumbai now go directly to international terminal?

If you are flying with Jet Airways, Air Vistara or Air India only you will land on international airport in Mumbai. For rest you have to take the Bus internally.
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Travelling from Berlin to Mumbai to Goa, how long would I need for processing in Mumbai before my flight to Goa?

You have a few options: Take the test in Berlin. The test report has to be within 72 hours prior to the flights in order to be valid to fly from Mumbai to Goa. Take the express test in Mumbai. ...
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Self declaration for recently cured covid patient -Traveling from India to USA

Thanks @RedBaron for the detailed answer. However, I ended up traveling to the US in the first week of Jan 2022 and so this information may be more up-to-date. Answer to my original question: The self-...
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Are there any pre-check-in shops at Mumbai Airport?

The airport webpage on shopping lists all the shops ordered by terminal. If you select Terminal 2 International and click on each one of the shops listed, you'll see that a few of them are found ...
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How to reach Ahmedabad to Thane by train?

As someone who regularly visited that route (Ahmedabad to Thane), I advise you take an overnight train (preferably Gujarat Mail) or ADI-BCT superfast. Choose the one that has a halt at Borivali (...
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How long before my flight should I arrive at Mumbai airport?

Having done this, I can confirm I needed no more than about an hour to get through security and exit immigration - although I was travelling through the "business" lane for both (not in Business, but ...
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How long before my flight should I arrive at Mumbai airport?

With the speed of India, it could be longer than 2-3 hours. Also, I'm not sure if this is still true, but BOM airport always seems to be under construction, so the shortest route through the airport ...
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Can I carry 3 laptops from Mumbai to Bengaluru

I tried to find this specific limitation on airline sites in India and I wasn't able to. If you are under the prescribed weight limit, I cannot foresee any problem with carrying 3 laptops in domestic ...
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Change over from Mumbai international to domestic airport

According to the Mumbai International airport website, the airport transfer service runs non-stop 24h: For tips and tricks on where to sleep in the airport, see our other question on the topic: Where ...
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I am travelling from Mumbai to Singapore via Kuala Lampur by AIR ASIA Flights XT-853 and AK 721

According to Timatic, you can transit without a visa. NOTE: This contradicts George Y's answer, and his source seems ligitimate. I'm not sure which is correct. I also assume that you're an Indian ...
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I want to carry a CD on an international flight is that allowed? And if yes in hand bag or check in bag?

Yes, you can bring CDs with you, either checked in or carried on. There is a small chance that they will be inspected on arrival by Indian customs, but if the contents are just scuba diving etc, ...
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