Travel & Visa
Travel to Mumbai
The venue of the conference is located in the city of Mumbai situated on the western coast of India, in the state of Maharashtra.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) in Mumbai is India's second busiest airport and is connected by direct flights to most of the major airports in the world. In case of non-availability of direct flights, delegates may take hopping flights via other major airports in India like New Delhi (DEL), Chennai (MAA), Kolkata (CCU), Hyderabad (HYD) and Bangalore (BLR). Mumbai has frequent and daily flights connecting several locations within India.
The Mumbai airport is about 9.1km/5.6miles from IIT Bombay in Powai, which is the venue of the conference. Details of the accommodation options available near the venue can be viewed on the Accommodations page.
Foreign Delegates travelling to Mumbai for the conference will require the India Conference Visa, that must be obtained from the Consulates/Embassies in their respective countries.
INTERACT 2017 will be hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. IIT Bombay is an autonomous institute set up by the Government of India through an act of the Parliament. You can find a copy of the act here.
If you require an invitation letter for the conference, please write to registration[at]interact2017[dot]org with a proof of payment and a scan of your passport.
INTERACT 2017 Committee may provide you with necessary documents required to obtain a visa but does not guarantee a visa. Delegates are also requested to visit the website of the Indian Mission concerned, for detailed information about Indian visa and the application process.
If you need a reference to apply for the visa, you may mention the General Chairs—Anirudha Joshi and/or Girish Dalvi. You may also use the following address for the application: Industrial Design Centre (IDC), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400 076, India. Phone: 091-022-2576 7801
Ministry and Government clearances that may be required to apply for a visa:
Commuting in Mumbai
For delegates and participants who are new to India and Mumbai, we highly recommend that you use cab services like Uber or Ola Cabs for commuting in Mumbai. These services have a strong network in the city and operate throughout the day.
We also suggest that you get all the necessary information from any of our team members if you wish to visit places around the city. Options like the Mumbai Local (the train network), Mumbai Bus and the Mumbai Taxi are very fascinating but you will need local assistance to travel on one of these if you are new to the city.
The VMCC Auditorium where the conference will be held is about 1.2km/0.75miles from the entrance of the IIT Bombay campus. Residents on the campus usually walk or use the internal commute service. We will, however, upload details of commute to and from the venue as we get closer to the conference. Know more about the venue.