Dec 1 – 4, 2006
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Europe/Zurich timezone

General Information


Tata Institute Of Fundamental Research (TIFR) is located near the southern most tip of Mumbai. 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, which will be used for the plenary sessions of the Workshop.


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 (July 2006) exchange rate is approximately
Rs. 44 = US $1.

Banks and Shops

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. Some of the hotels can organize pick-ups from the airport for some additional charge. Besides this, pre-paid (fixed fare) taxi service (special stand in the Airport) is also available (approximate fare Rs. 500). Please provide flight details (as early as possible) through email at


December to February is beginning of the best season of the year and is generally dry with day/night temperatures between 15-25 Celcius. The northern parts of the country will be much cooler - under 5 Celsius in the night.

Local Transport

Mumbai is well serviced by metro bus, rail and taxi. The nearest railway station on Central Railway is Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus and is 7 kms from the Institute. Taxis are available round the clock and fare is approx. Rs 60/- in daytime. Mumbai Central is the nearest railway station on Western Railway. Taxi fare is approx. Rs 100/- in day time. Night charges are 1.5 times the day charges.


PostalWLCG Tier2 Workshop in Asia

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Homi Bhabha Road

Mumbai - 400 005, INDIA
Telephone +91 22 22782359

+91 22 22804545 Ext. 2359