Mumbai is a melting pot of cultures, and that is saying a lot since India is home to a number of cultures and cultural influences. College students, businessmen, and professionals come to Mumbai since it is the hippest and most popular city in India. And it is in this coming together of people that tourists get a very good idea about what to wear in Mumbai. College students may wear the most fashionable branded jeans, shirts and sneakers, professionals typically wear formal attire, while local tourists prefer wearing the most traditional Indian dresses.
Mumbai is home of the world-famous Bollywood Hindi film industry. In India, Bollywood is as famous, if not more popular, as Hollywood, especially today that a number of Bollywood stars have made it into the mainstream American film industry. This means people in Mumbai know the latest trends in global fashion, and so visitors from anywhere in the world can come without worrying about what to wear. Westerners can walk around Mumbai streets dressed down in white shirt, shorts, jeans and sneakers.
As Indian cultures blend in Mumbai, the city goes through a number of traditional festivals, savor delicious foods, and enjoy lively music and dancing. Locals and tourists love the food, night life and abundance of entertainment venues. Mumbai was called Bombay in the past, and throughout history it has been considered the major center of trade, business, education, religion, entertainment, culture, tourism, and fashion. People from all over India and South Asia have migrated to this tropical city since the British period.
When in Mumbai, it is practical wearing light, cotton clothes since the city experiences tropical hot and wet climate throughout the year. There are only three seasons here – dry and humid summer, wet and humid monsoon, and pleasant winter. Even in winter (December to February), the temperature is not as cold as Westerners would hope for. Temperature could go down to 17°C but not lower. Tourists should not bother bringing along thick or thermal jackets. Wearing of coats is common, though, despite the heat.
Meanwhile, monsoon season is from June to September. Heavy rains and showers are expected ever year so it is wise for tourists to bring along an umbrella and rain gear during these months, or not come at all. Flooding is common in Mumbai, damaging millions of dollars worth of life and property every year.
Despite the downside in the weather, Mumbai remains to be the most glamorous and fashionable city in India, thanks to Bollywood and the nearby city of Pune, which is known as the home of a few tourist attractions and the country’s leading universities.
When visiting the many tourist destinations, visitors should not worry about what to wear in Mumbai. Anyone and everyone can get around on foot, taxi, local bus or the infamous auto-rickshaw wearing their most comfortable shirts, pants and flip-flops. Leading city landmarks are the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Hanging Gardens, Mumbai Port Trust Garden, Kamla Nehru Park, Five Gardens, Marine Drive, and the well-known ancient Kanheri Caves. For art lovers, the city is also popular for its National Gallery of Modern Art, Jehangir Art Gallery, and Chhatrapati Shivaii Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya museum.