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Mumbai: Private Day Tour with Elephanta Caves

1. Mumbai: Private Day Tour with Elephanta Caves

Explore Mumbai's most stunning locations and tourist attractions in this eight-hour tour with an English speaking guide. Start the day with a pickup and head towards the gateway of India for the ferry to Elephanta Caves. Enjoy the must-see destination for history lovers.  After an-hour ferry ride climb 120 steps to the plateau where the caves can be entered. There are seven major excavations in the area, and you'll be able to explore the history behind the artifacts and structures found inside. Explore the hall which is supported by huge pillars and this masterpiece of 6th-century architecture.  Discover 3 caves and learn about India's religious history. Each cave has a unique feature: one is a large Hindu Cave, the other is a Buddhist cave, and the final one is a cave dedicated to the God Shiva with a massive three-headed Shiva sculpture. After the Elephanta Caves, go back to explore Mumbai, starting with the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and the Gate Way of India.  Head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and see the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Train Station. Continue towards Crawford Market, a British era market that has been standing for over a century and a great place to see an array of spices.  Visit Mahatma Gandhi's residence (Mani Bhavan) and head to Malabar Hill to witness the Banganga water tank and take a breathtaking view of the Queen's Necklace below at Kamala Nehru Park. On your way back see another spectacular panorama along the marine drive and visit a temple in Mumbai. Before ending the tour take a train ride with the Mumbai train and experience what the locals call the lifeline of Mumbai. Your guide shows you Dhobighat, a colorful landmark outdoor laundry where hundreds of workers wash and dry huge quantities of clothing. Your tour will end by driving back to your hotel by taking all the extraordinary memories along with you.

Mumbai: Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour

2. Mumbai: Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour

Book yourself a private full-day tour to visit Mumbai's most famous landmarks. Settle into your air-conditioned car as your local guide takes you from one stop to the next, offering fascinating stories of Mumbai's past and present. Savor a simple local lunch, delivered to you by the efficient system of the Dabbawallahs, a hot lunch delivery service on bikes. Start off with a convenient pickup from your hotel. Drive to the Gateway of India, the arch monument overlooking the Arabian Sea. Spend some time walking around and taking pictures, while your guide also introduces you to the significance of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel located nearby. Stop at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a magnificent Gothic-inspired UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dhobi Ghat, the world's largest open-air laundry, is an interesting place to visit and learn about a unique community of people. The tour also visits Mani Bhavan, a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and his political work in Mumbai. Drive around the peaceful, leafy neighborhood of Malabar Hill and make a quick stop at a local temple. Your tour takes you to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (or the Prince of Wales Museum), where you can make an optional stop to explore India's historical past and culture. End a memorable day with a pleasant evening spent at the Marine Drive, before being dropped back to your hotel.

Mumbai: Morning Bicycle Tour

3. Mumbai: Morning Bicycle Tour

Enjoy a wonderful bike ride with an English-speaking guide in the early hours of the day and watch the city wake up as you explore Mumbai’s top attractions. Wake up bright and early to meet your guide and collect your bicycles before you head to the Gateway of India, built during King George V and Queen Mary's visit. You will then ride to the beautiful Gothic architectural sights on C.S.T. Station, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, head to Mumbadevi Temple and observe devotees offering gifts and prayers. Ride to Malabar Hill, where Mumbai's rich and famous live, and then stop at Banganga Tank for a peaceful and spiritual experience. Finally, pedal to the beautiful Marine Drive and feel the breeze of the Arabian Sea. Also enjoy a packed local breakfast along the Marine Drive before ending the tour at the starting point.

Mumbai: Private Nightseeing Tour

4. Mumbai: Private Nightseeing Tour

Explore Mumbai as day becomes night in an air-conditioned car with a local guide. Admire the vibrancy of the city, and visit some of its most famous landmarks. Meet your guide at your hotel, and head first to Mumbai's top tourist attraction, the Gateway of India on the Mumbai Harbor waterfront. From here, take a look at the Taj Mahaj Palace Hotel, a luxury, five-star hotel whose unique architectural design is protected by an image trademark. Next, drive to the most romantic and beautiful area of Mumbai, Marine Drive, before stopping at Nariman Point to enjoy the sea view. Marvel at the entrance to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station, formerly known as Victoria Terminus. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's one of the largest train stations in India and is noted for its Gothic design. Finally, travel to the Bandstand Promenade via the Worli Sea Link Bridge. Take a look at the glamorous side of Mumbai, the city that is home to the world's biggest film industry, Bollywood. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel.

Heritage Mumbai Colaba Area Walking Tour with Coffee Stop

5. Heritage Mumbai Colaba Area Walking Tour with Coffee Stop

You will be picked up by a guide from your hotel lobby at 09:00 and taken to the Gateway of India. The Gateway of India is one of the most famous architectural structures in Mumbai and a popular tourist attraction. Its stunning construction portrays both Muslim and Hindu styles of architecture. You will take in the Royal Taj Hotel, which is located opposite the Gateway of India. This place is indeed a treasure trove of invaluable memories of the heritage of Mumbai and of the Taj Towers, which are an amazing architectural structure worth seeing. The walk then proceeds towards the Regal Theater. This theater was designed by Charles Stevens and the interior was created by Karl Schara. It opened in the year 1933 as the Regal Cinema and was the only Art Deco cinema present at the time. After that, the tour group is taken to view the Prince of Wales Museum from the outside. This museum was designed by George Willet and its foundation stone was laid in the year 1905 by the visiting Prince of Wales. Next, the walk continues on to the Elphinstone College – a 19th century, majestic, Gothic-Victorian-style university campus, complete with balconies, balustrades, gargoyles and turrets. Further down the road is the University of Bombay, which was established in 1857 at the Town Hall. In 1874, it was relocated to the new complex near Oval Maidan. At present, this University is amongst the best in the country and ranked among the top 500 universities in the world. The walk continues to the Flora Fountain – a beautifully structured stone fountain located in the Fort business district that was constructed by the Agri‐Horticultural Society of Western India. After viewing the fountain, the walk continues to the Victoria Terminus Railway Station (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus), the headquarters of the Central Railways. This 19th-century building demonstrates both structural and technical brilliance and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. After all the walking, the tour participants take a short taxi ride for about 2 kms (10 minutes), from the VT station to a small café with a nostalgic aura, Café Samovar, which is located in the Jahangir Art Gallery. After a relaxing break of snacks at the Samovar Café, you are taken back to your hotels.

Mumbai: Private City Highlights Tour

6. Mumbai: Private City Highlights Tour

After pickup from your hotel, you will head to the Gateway of India and the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Next, see the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Train Station, which has been made into a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, explore the Crawford Market, a British-era market that has been standing for over a century and is a great place to see an array of spices. Next stop is an insider's tour of the Dhobi Ghat, a colorful open-air laundry. Then you will visit Mahatma Gandhi's residence, but not before you pass by the Haji Ali Dargah mosque, just off the coast of Mumbai. You will head to Malabar Hill, before seeing the Banganga water tank and stopping at Kamala Nehru Park to take in the views. But no view will match the one at Marine Drive, where you'll see a spectacular panorama of Mumbai. After a day of exploring Mumbai, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

Mumbai: Experience Local Transport, Sightseeing & Lunch

7. Mumbai: Experience Local Transport, Sightseeing & Lunch

See the best of Mumbai while traveling the local way on this authentic tour. Ride the famous suburban train, hop on a classic red bus, cruise around town in a typical black and yellow taxi, and look on as millions of Mumbai’s working-class head out in the morning. Markets such as the Dadar Flower Market and the world famous Dabbawallahs (the workers of India’s intricate lunch delivery system) will also be explored. For lunch, a special tiffin (lunchbox) lunch will be delivered by a dabbawallah, with which you will enjoy a picnic at a nearby park. Following the picnic, you will receive an overview of religion in India (which is integral to the lives of most Indians), and you’ll learn about Hinduism and Islam, as well as Jainism. You will then admire the Haji Ali in the middle of the sea, enjoy views from Mahalaxmi Temple, and receive a one-of-a-kind perspective of Mumbai (and Marine Drive) from the Hanging Gardens. Later on, you experience Dhobi Ghat, the world’s largest open-air laundry.

Mumbai: Private Bollywood Studio Tour and City Sightseeing

8. Mumbai: Private Bollywood Studio Tour and City Sightseeing

Your tour begins with a pickup from the location of your choice in Mumbai by an air-conditioned vehicle. Along with your representative guide and driver, depart for an 8-hour tour of the top attractions of Mumbai and an immersive journey through the history of the Bollywood film industry. See the iconic sights of Mumbai including the Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Palace, the Prince of Wales Museum, Marine Drive, Victoria Terminus, Municipal Corporation Building, Dhobi Ghat, the Hanging Gardens, and Mani Bhavan.   Get a feel for Bollywood as you explore Bollywood dance, have an opportunity to sing, and learn about audio and visual special effects at a Bollywood studio. Explore the Hall of Fame and visit the Bollywood Cafe, a Bollywood costume gallery, and the Bollywood Museum (National Museum of Indian Cinema). Explore empty film sets and 100 years of Bollywood history. If you’re fortunate, you can even experience a live shooting of a Bollywood movie or television show. Following your guided tour, the driver will drop you off at your hotel or given location.

Mumbai: City Highlights Private Tour with Dharavi Slum

9. Mumbai: City Highlights Private Tour with Dharavi Slum

Your journey will start with a dedicated hotel pickup, before visiting the Gateway of India and the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Following this, you will head to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Train Station, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then you will head to the Crawford Market, a British-era market that has been standing for over a century and is a great place to see an array of spices. Following this, you will enjoy an insider's tour of the Dhobi Ghat, a colorful open-air laundry.  Next will be a 2-hour exploration of the Dharavi Slum, the largest slum located in a megacity in Asia, now well-known thanks to the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire".  Visit Mahatma Gandhi's residence, where the famous "Non-Cooperation" started. Just off the coast of Mumbai, you'll also visit the iconic Haji Ali Dargah mosque. You will then head to Malabar Hill, before seeing the Banganga water tank and having a stop at Marine Drive, where you'll see a spectacular panorama of Mumbai. The guide will also take you for a short train ride on the Mumbai Local to experience the so-called "lifeline of Mumbai". You'll also be visiting the cow shelter or "Panjrapole". Finally, take a look at the famous Mumbai dabbawallas, who drive around the city delivering lunches from homes to workplaces. The guide will take you to the assembly point of the dabbawalas, where you can take photos and learn about their interesting business model. You'll be amazed at how much they can carry by themselves. After a day of exploring Mumbai, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 28 reviews

This was our first time in Mumbai and the tour was absolutely excellent. Our guide was very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the history of Mumbai, it’s current development and the different religions there. Alam went out of his way to make sure we were able to experience the most authentic side of Mumbai and did an amazing job even though coronavirus restrictions are still in place. We chose to have the lunch option and the food was fantastic. The car we travelled in was well air conditioned and the social distancing elements were excellent. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone. Thank you so much.

Great to use public transport - bus, taxi & train - to see the local life in Mumbai. We visited Dadar flower market, big outdoor laundry “shop” in Dhobi Ghat, dabbawalas at Churchgate station, Victoria train station, Chora thieves market, a walk at Marine drive, and other religious visit such as Haji Ali, & Mahalaxmi Temple. We also have a chance to enjoy an outdoor small lunch with the group in a garden

We had different guides for the Elephant Caves and the city tour. Both were very competent and were not only able to tell us many exciting details, but also to answer all of our questions. I heartily recommend this tour.

Great guide and the translator was great too! Everything tuned in advance and performed great tour. Sufficient time to visit had. Our target wishes were dealt with easily. Very harmonious day.

absolutely recommendable, because you can really experience Mumbai live !!!