Mumbai (Bombay)

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Bombay, now known by its Marathi name Mumbai, is the destination of most international flights to India. Those flights arrive at the International Airport terminal in Sahar, about sixteen miles north of the downtown area. 

The old terminal in Santa Cruz now handles only domestic flights. The terminals are sometimes called Terminal I (National or Domestic) and Terminal II (International).

Note: Victoria Terminus (V.T.) in Mumbai is now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

Major areas

Below are approximate distances from the International Airport to several major areas of Mumbai.

Destination Distance
Santa Cruz 7 km
Juhu Beach 12 km
Dadar 17 km
Fort (downtown) 32 km

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is the location of the Domestic airport (Terminal I) and the Leela Kempinski, Sahara Star (old Centaur Hotel), and the Hotel Intercontinental.

Juhu Beach

Juhu Beach, on the coast, is the location of the Sun N' Sand Hotel.


Dadar in the north of Mumbai is the area where Manzil-e-Meem was located. The Mumbai-Poona taxi stand is here, as well as stops for both the railway and luxury bus. No hotels here are recommended.

Fort (downtown) area

The Fort is the central business area of Mumbai where many airline offices, the Taj Mahal hotels, and the Chatrapathi Shivaji railway station.


Most large hotels have Web sites now, so for the most accurate information, try a Web search by hotel name.


The following hotels have been known to give discounts to Meher Baba followers: The Leela Kempinski Hotel,  Sahara Star (old Centaur Hotel), and the Ritz Hotel. 

Temporary wait

Hotel lounges and coffee shops are convenient places to wait for flights, if you have several hours. If you don't want to wait at the airport, take a hotel bus or taxi to the Leela Kempinski or the Centaur Hotel Airport. Find the bell captain and ask to leave your luggage with him temporarily. There is a small charge per bag for this service.

Avatar Meher Baba Centre

Visitors are always welcome at the Mumbai Avatar Meher Baba Centre. See for information about this centre.