Tata Institute Of Fundamental Research (TIFR) is located near the southern most tip of Mumbai (Mumbai map). Known formerly as Bombay, the city is the financial and commercial nerve centre of India. It is conveniently connected by air to other cities of the world. The picturesque campus has well equipped conference and lecture halls and the large modern Homi Bhabha Auditorium.
Valid visa is required to enter India for all nationalities. Visa can be obtained from the nearest Indian Consulate/Embassy to you. Upon registration, a letter of invitation will be sent to you. But the easiest way is to request for a tourist visa. Please let us know by email if you face any difficulty in this process.
Indian currency is in Rupees (Rs.) and the current (January 2011) exchange rate is approximately
Rs. 50 = US $1.
Banks are generally open from 10:00 hrs to 14:00 hrs, Monday to Saturday. Some of the Foreign banks are open till 18:00 hrs. There are many banks close to the hotels. One National bank is located on the TIFR Campus.
Shops are generally open from 10:00 hrs to 19:30 hrs Monday to Saturday. Some shops are also open on Sundays. Major shops accept most international credit cards.
The International Airport of Mumbai is at Sahar which is about 25km from the Institute and the hotel(s) where accommodation has been arranged. Pre-paid (fixed fare) taxi service (special stand in the Airport) is also available (approximate fare Rs. 400). Some of the Indian participants will be staying in the BARC training school hostel (We will send the accommodation details by 5th Feb). They should go directly from Airport to the BARC training school hostel. .
December to February is beginning of the best season of the year and is generally dry with day/night temperatures between 20-32 Celcius.
Mumbai is well serviced by metro bus, rail and taxi. Bus will be provided for the participants between hotels/guest house and the Institute.