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Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India, with a population over 18 million people. The city is host to the iconic Bollywood and with it, famous movie stars like, Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Aishwariya Rai etc. While millions of dollars exchange hands everyday in India's biggest stock exchanges at the BSE tower, headquarters of most of India's leading corporations are also based in Mumbai. The city is home to leading businessmen, like Ratan Tata, Mukesh and Anil Ambani among others and sportspersons like Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, to name a few. Apart from the glitz and glamour of the entertainment world, the tinsel town is even a hub of journalism, housing several of India's large newspapers and magazines.

The "city that never sleeps" is well connected with the rest of India and the world, through its expansive network of airways, railroads, and highways. Mumbai has a busy International airport - the "Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport" and a second one is planned to decongest the high traffic to Mumbai. The city has several railway stations - the main being Mumbai Central.

Udaan School of Photography is based in the heart of Mumbai, well connected to the rest of the city through an easily accessible network of railways, bus routes and taxis that are available 24 hours a day. The school is approximately 20 kms away from the city's airport, and less than 2 km from Mumbai Central railway station.The other three main railways hubs, Churchgate station, Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus (earlier known as Victora Terminus) and Dadar railway station are less than 6 kms from the school and 15-20 minutes drive away.

To travel in local trains, Udaan lies between two suburban railway stations - a 5-10 minutes walk from Mahalaxmi railway station (for western line) and a 2-5 minutes walk from Byculla railway station (for central line), making it very convenient for anyone to reach the school from any corner of the city.

Apart from the above, several bus routes go past Udaan. The closest bus stop being Simplex Mill bus stop. And taxis are available through the day.

The Monorail is also likely to be operational soon in Mumbai. The terminal station for one of the monorail lines will be at Jacob Cirlce (walking distance from Udaan).

Being on a higher ground, there is no waterlogging in the area around the school, even during the most severe of rains and monsoon. The school remains easily accessible throughout the year.


Students who are not Indian nationals are required to obtain a students visa to study in India. Udaan School of Photography will provide required documents for obtaining the students visa, to international students who have enrolled for its courses. The following sites provide useful information, for those planning to apply for students visa



While Mumbai is an expensive to place to stay, there are many option by which one can reduce the accommodation costs.
01 ) Hostels

One of the best known students accommodations are the YMCA Students Hostels. The one at Agripada is at a walking distance from the school.
The one at Chowpatty is also 15-20 minutes away from the school. A few student's hostels and their contact information is listed below. Apart from YMCA and YWCA, there are several others in the city, which can be searched on the internet.

a) YMCA Students Hostel
Farukh Oomerbhoy Marg, Agripada,Mumbai, Maharashtra
Tel +91 22 23855468

b) YMCA Students Hostel
412, Student Ymca, Opposite Imperial Cinema, Girgaon Chowpatty, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400004
Tel : +91 22 23824534

c) YWCA Womens Hostel
Jai Prakash Road, Tepgaon, Andheri West, Bombay, Maharashtra

d) The IES Students Hostel in Bandra East, Mumbai
Kherwadi Bandra East Mumbai -400051

e) The Salvation Army Young Women's Students Hostel in Mumbai Central, Mumbai

f) Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters,
Sankhi Street, Sheik Hafizuddin Marg, Byculla Mumbai Central Mumbai -400008

02) Paying Guest

Mumbai is known for its paying guest (PG) accommodation and a vast number of students and single working men and women avail of the low cost PG accommodations. The monthly rent varies from place to place and on facilities available. One can search for PG accommodation in the various internet property search websites (like www.magicbricks.com, www.99acres.com etc)

03) Flat Sharing

Sharing a flat is a popular option among students. A one bedroom flat (two roooms) is usually available, anwywhere between Rs 10,000 to Rs 30000 and a two bedroom flat (three rooms/two bathrooms) is usually available anwhere between Rs 15,000 to Rs 30,000, depending on the locality and the age of the building. Around 2-4 students can share a 1-BHK and around 3-6 students can share a 2-BHK.
If any student is interest in such an arrangement, could write to us at [email protected] and we could help connect the students who are intersted in the flat-sharing accommodation .
One can search for PG accommodation in the various internet property search websites
(like www.magicbricks.com, www.99acres.com etc)

For making it easier for you to search for accommodation on property wesbites, the following are the places close to the school. The school is situtated between Byculla and Mahalaxmi. The locality names are mentionned in order of proximity (all within 0-6 kms) from the school :

Towards North : Byculla, Lower Parel, Elphinstone Road, Prabhadevi, Dadar, Matunga

Towards East : Byculla Zoo, Lal Bagh, Chinchpokli, Parel, Mazgaon, Mumbai Docks, Shewri, Wadala

Towards West : Byculla, Jacob Circle (Saath Rasta), Agripada, Mahalaxmi, Worli, Haji Ali, Pedder Road, Kemps Corner, Breach Candy

Towards South : Byculla, Agripada, Mumbai Central, Grant Road, Laminton Road, Marine Lines, Bhendi Bazaar, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (VT), Fort, Marine Drive, Churchgate, Ballard Pier, Colaba


01) Weather

Being close to the sea, Mumbai has a coastal climate with moderate temperatures and high humidity. The highest temperates during summer are usually around 35C and the lowest during winter average between 14C to 20C. Mumbai experiences heavy monsoon showers through June to September, but the school being on a higher ground, does not witness any waterlogging. For more details on Mumbai's weather you can see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_of_Mumbai

02) Travelling in Mumbai

Mumbai is well connected with an expansive Public Transport system, perhaps one of the best in India. Its bus service (BEST) and the famous suburban railway (local trains) network carry millions of passengers everyday. Mumbai has three railway line, that connect almost the entire Greater Mumbai - The Western Line (starts from Churchgate Station), the Central Line and the Harbour Line (starting from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus -VT ). The trains run from dawn to past midnight. If one has to regulary travel on the local trains, then its preferable to purchase a monthly pass, that considerably decreases ticket costs.

Apart from buses and trains, yellow and black taxis ands autorickshaws are a popular mode of transport in the city. However, the autorickshaws dont ply in south Mumbai, therefore one cant reach the school in autorickshaws. The minimum taxi fare is Rs 16.00 (0.34 cents) and Rs 10 for every kilometre, thereafter.(for taxi rate card, see http://www.trafficpolicemumbai.org/Taxi%20Tariff%20card.pdf ). On select routes, even share taxis are available, that provides more inexpensive ways to travel in taxis.

The Mumbai Monorail is a under construction in Mumbai. One of the main lines, from Jacob Cirlce (walking distance from Udaan) to Chembur is likely to open in early 2011.


Udaan School of Photography has a computer section and library, which is availabe to its students seven days a week.


Udaan School of Photography  has three classrooms/studios and they are available to its students seven days a week.

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