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Things NOT to do in Mumbai

You will find a dozen thousand things that you can possibly do in Mumbai but it is with experience that you realise that this city of dreams also has an unwritten, unspoken rule book that you ought to abide by. Without a doubt, Mumbai is a heart-warming, welcoming city but if you plan on testing her waters, you better be prepared to drown too. It’s not just Mumbai, every city has its own way of functioning, one which the residing citizens are accustomed to. For instance, you simply can’t call it panipuri in Delhi, and praise Mumbai’s momos over Delhi’s, duh.

 

So, if you are new to Mumbai or are planning a trip to Mumbai, it’d be a whole better experience if you steer clear away from the following things.

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    Take a Virar local for Borivali

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    Take a Virar local for Borivali

    Travel, Mumbai

    First of all, if you are new, never board a train without local guidance. Now, as much as we love our trains, it can be a traumatising experience for a total newbie, especially if you board a Virar local! It is an unspoken rule that people wanting to go to Borivali never get into a Virar train and vice versa. And if you ever, even accidentally, cross this rule, it’d be better if you just not speak out loud about it. No, seriously it is keeping your safety in mind that I say this. Actually, if you are new to Mumbai, I don’t think you will be able to board a Virar local in the first place. So, not much to worry about.

  • 2
    Ask for pani-puri with mineral water

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    Ask for pani-puri with mineral water

    Unique Street Dishes, Mumbai

    I mean, it’s like asking for Jain garlic bread. You are taking away the essence! Now that being said, sure you should avoid certain roadside food stalls, keeping hygiene in mind. However, don’t expect a 5-star health protocol from a street vendor. Honestly, street food isn’t as bad as people make it seem, but yet again, it isn’t for people with weak stomachs and weaker taste buds. Mumbai has a plethora of options to choose from, street food fuels life into Mumbai as much as local trains do! So, if you feel overwhelmed and confused about what to try and where to try it from, don’t worry we have you covered. Along with this article, things2do has a lot more of them guiding you through Mumbai and answering almost all of your questions.

  • 3
    Wait for the platform to board/get down of the train

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    Wait for the platform to board/get down of the train

    Travel, Mumbai

    As illogical as this sounds, it is in fact the truth. Mumbai main har koi Roadie hai. When we call ourselves a fast-paced city, we literally mean it. 9/10 people travelling daily via local trains will not remember the last time they got off a train after it halted on a platform. And even if you try to wait for the train to stop, there will be this huge gush of push from the passengers behind you that you won’t have much choice but to go with the flow, again, literally. There is not a single line in this article that is exaggerated. So, while all of this is true, it is also true that if you board a train in the afternoon, far away from the peak hours, you will have one of the best experiences, and also sometimes a peaceful one.

  • 4
    Doll up when visiting Chor Bazaar

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    Doll up when visiting Chor Bazaar

    Street Shopping, Mumbai

    Chor Bazaar, as the name suggests is a thrift market. It has some of the best antiques, both used and new goods, some great artefacts and so much more! If you know your way around this market, and have the energy and the presence of mind to bargain and come to a reasonable price, then this place is heaven! To give an example, sellers here are most likely to sell you a 100/- worth product for 800/- and you won’t even realise. In such a scenario, if you dress up in your best clothes, looking like Prada, they will charge you like Gucci and you can’t even blame them. Street shopping, anywhere in India, takes a whole another level of skill and energy. Be prepared!

  • 5
    Expect a ‘yes’ from auto-drivers

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    Expect a ‘yes’ from auto-drivers

    Travel, Mumbai

    It just so happens that unless you are rejected by at least 4-5 autos, you will not get one that will say yes. Actually, no auto drivers say ‘yes’, they simply nod at you to get into the auto as they prepare the meter to start. For reasons beyond our understanding, auto drivers have this urge to not agree to where you want to go and you can’t even argue. Never argue with auto-wallas, especially the ones that speak fluent Marathi, which is basically all of them. And, also be prepared to hear, ‘chutta nahi hai’ (I don’t have change) so if your fare sums up to 48/- don’t expect a change (most of the times, if not always) but if the fare were to be 52/-, he ain’t leaving you until you pay him those 2 rupees. Yes, call it unfair, but then what really is fair?

  • 6
    Give anything above a 50 rupee note to a bus conductor

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    Give anything above a 50 rupee note to a bus conductor

    Travel, Mumbai

    Believe me, you don’t want to commit this mistake. Mumbai’s BEST buses are a very reasonable mode of transportation as compared to autos and taxis. BEST will charge you 10/- for which taxis will charge you 70/- Now this also means that you have to halt as every stop and circle around before you reach your destination but it is worth it. Non-AC BEST buses go only as far as 20/- per ticket! Now, in such a situation if you hand over a 100/- rupee note, you are sure to trigger the conductor’s temper. Even if he has the due change available with him, it is very unlikely that he will give it to you in one go. So, unless you are ready to face his glaring eyes, make sure you are carrying change.

  • 7
    Street shopping without bargaining

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    Street shopping without bargaining

    Street Shopping, Mumbai

    Unless you have a gold mine, never hesitate when it comes to bargaining. Street shopping is so much fun, especially when you are shopping for jewellery and accessories. Colaba Street in Mumbai is one of the many streets where you find some amazing earrings, chains, tops, footwear, sunglasses, handbags and so much more! These streets are even more lively when the festive season is around the corner, which in India is almost every 3-4 weeks. But street shopping isn’t for the weak. You will have to bargain until either one of you is ready to give up and settle for a price. And trust me, these vendors don’t fear losing customers as much as we fear losing on that precious item you picked up after hours of searching.  So, don’t hesitate and demand the best possible price, settle for nothing less!

 
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    This article made me miss mumbai while living in mumbai

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