Joyful Waiting at Mumbai’s Terminal T2

photos Mumbai's Terminal T2 at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport by Arun Shanbhag
Departure lounge at Mumbai’s Terminal T2 – appears like a subterranean cavern inspired by lotus pods

On arriving at Mumbai airport on my recent trip, I trudged the long corridor dragging my carry-on. My tired brain perceived a few garish, modern interpretations of art, then a collage of a young, angry Amitabh (circa Don), a beautiful frieze reminiscent of Tamil Nadu art, a well detailed Rajasthani courtyard. Only then I realized I was walking through the new Terminal T2 at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Though exhausted from the long trip, I slowed my pace and enjoyed the sights like if I was visiting a museum. The Immigration Hall was ginormous putting to shame the one in Boston. On the front wall were giant letters in many languages spelling “Welcome” – nice; should make Mumbaikars proud.

Did not pull out my camera then, but I had two other flights out from the international airport and got a chance to take several pics of the departure lounges and terminals.

When you arrive at terminal T2, take your time and enjoy the art. Baggage takes an excruciating 30-45 minutes, so no reason to rush. It’s better than staring at that lone bag going round’n round on an otherwise empty carousel.

Loved the overhead lotus bloom lamps; a display mentioned there were a thousand such blooms at the airport. Probably more.

I saw about 8 workers inspecting the faucets and urinals in the men’s room. Hope they can keep up the maintenance at this beautiful $1B airport. And the first person who spits should be whipped in public.

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  1. Our family, 6 people are flying Jet Airway Economy class from Colombo to London and have a 12 hr layover at Mumbai. No Indian Visa. Wondering how to spend 12 hrs in the internationsl terminal. Any advise is appreciated.

    1. Hmmm; Will you be able to get a transit visa so you can go outside the airport?
      If no, I would recommend you take your time enjoying the sites when you enter and promptly take a nap. There are many lounge type chairs and lots of food places around (though they seem to charge US prices).
      I am flummoxed and would be tearing my hair by 6 hours. Get an audio book and an iPad for kids; load a few movies on the iPads or programs like “Paper” which may keep kids/adults busy drawing. A good old fashioned book will also do.

      Sorry, you have to go through this inconvenience.
      Make the best of it.

    1. Awesome; carry a video camera and enjoy the arrivals corridor where most of the artwork is. Really well done. M&M will be in dadar then too. You all should meet.

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