There is increasing local interest in the heart of India, Mumbai. Picture: ARCO IMAGES.
More and more South Africans are planning trips to Mumbai. Considered the heart of India and India’s financial and entertainment capital, people might be quick to assume that it’s an expensive town for tourists to visit. 

However, one can visit even when on a budget. Global travel and search platform, Cheapflights delves into the Mumbai travel trend. 

Phil Bloomfield, Global Head of Communications and PR at Cheapflights, said that their data revealed that since 2015 there has been a marked, year-on-year increase in flights from both OR Tambo and Cape Town International into Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (which is the main airport in Mumbai). 

“In fact, flights from OR Tambo have increased by 24% in the past year, while flights from Cape Town have increased by 14%. This is likely due to increased direct flights from both OR Tambo and Cape Town International and the increasing strength of the Rand to the Rupee.”

There are always opportune times to fly to Mumbai. As South Africans, the usual time to fly is during July and December.With a climate that can experience quite severe weather choosing the time to travel is key. 

June to October is the monsoon season, and March to May is extremely hot, with temperatures reaching over 40 degrees Celsius on a regular basis. 

“November to February is the ideal time to visit Mumbai as the weather is cool and dry. research conducted for our Cheapflights Compass Report also reveals that November is one of the cheapest times of year to travel out of South Africa,” says Bloomfield. 

The average airfare for a flight from OR Tambo to Mumbai this November is * R 4778.00. Or fly from Cape Town from R6 030.00. 

Prices are subject to change.