Medical Traveller’s Guide to Mumbai

Gateway of India in MumbaiMumbai is the capital of  western state of Maharashtra in India. The city is one of the largest and most populous cities in the world. It is also the most wealthiest city in India and has the highest number of billionaires in India.

The city has a significant number of advanced hospitals in all specialties. This plus the connectivity offered by the city airport makes it a major destination for International patients from all parts of the world.

Some of the best hospitals in Mumbai are

Kokilaben Ambani Hospital

Apollo Hospital

Fortis Mulund Hospital

Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital

History of Mumbai

Gateway of India under lights in Mumbai

The city, built on seven islands, were initially occupied by fishing communities during the start of the current era. During the 15th and 16th century, the city was occupied first by Portugese and then by English forces.

Bombay, which was the name of the city then, became one of the largest  sea ports in Arabian sea after the opening of Seuz canal in 1869.  As the capital of Bombay presidency during British rule, the city saw many of the events during Indian independence movement.

After independence, Mumbai is the city of choice for many Indians looking for employment. The city has the largest immigrant population in the country. Mumbai is the financial and commercial capital of the country and generates more than 6% of India’s GDP.

Things to do in Mumbai

Mumbai skyline view from Marine Drive in Mumbai

Some of the main places to visit  are the Gateway of India, Elephanta caves, Chowpatty beach, Siddhivinayak Temple, Haji Ali Dargah, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mount Mary Church.

Popular hill stations like Khandala and Lonavala are about 3 hours drive from the city.

Auditoriums in Mumbai host cultural and recreational concerts all through the year. Live concerts and dramas which take place on a regular basis in the city also add to the cultural and entertainment aspect of the city.

There are also plenty of elegant and sophisticated malls and shopping complexes in the city.

Living in Mumbai

Bandra Worli Sea Link in Mumbai

Marathi is the local language, however English and Hindi languages are also commonly spoken here.

Chattrapathi Sivaji International airport in Mumbai is the second busiest airport in India handling an average 75,000 travelers in a day. Airport has all the leading international airlines operating there.

The city is also well connected by rail and road with other parts of India. Mumbai suburban train system is famous around the world for its vast network and efficiency in operations.

There are a good range of hotels available  catering to all sections. Average rate would be around 35 USD for 3 star hotels and around 300 USD for premium 5 star hotels. One can find all sorts of cuisines available in Mumbai. There are also a large number of famous roadside eateries with Mumbai Chats being a local favourite.

The presence of top hospitals and also the excellent connectivity makes Mumbai a great destination for medical travel in India.