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Mumbai: Morning Bicycle Tour

1. 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.

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Mumbai: Private Nightseeing Tour

2. 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.

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Elephanta Cave Tour with Bollywood Tour

3. Elephanta Cave Tour with Bollywood Tour

This 8-hour tour takes you from Mumbai to the rock art of the Elephanta Caves of Elephanta Island. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Gateway of India at Mumbai. From here, cruise by boat to reach the Elephanta Caves. On your arrival at the island you will proceed to the Elephanta Caves which contains a collection of rock art linked to the sect of Shiva. At Elephanta, Indian art found one of its most perfect expressions, particularly in the huge and high reliefs of the main cave. There are seven cave excavations in the Elephanta group, all carved from solid basalt rock and dating from approximately the 6th through to the 7th-Centuries AD. Among the cave excavations, Cave 1 is the most impressive, representing a superb example of evolved Brahmanical rock-cut architecture. The full-day tour showcases all aspects of Mumbai, from the city’s narrow geographical layout, its coastline, the neighborhoods that make up the city, the old heritage district, the old commercial and residential districts, the up-and-coming areas, and the movie studios of Bollywood. This is an ideal opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Mumbai, and to experience the phenomenon of Bollywood.

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Best Combo of City, Dhobighat, Slum & Dabbawala

4. Best Combo of City, Dhobighat, Slum & Dabbawala

Your guide will meet you at your hotel then take you on a city tour. Highlights of the tour include Marine Drive, Victoria terminus, the Gateway of India, Colaba Market, and Mani Bhavan. You will also get to go on a ferry tour at Colaba, cruising along Mumbai's city coast line. Next, learn about the Dabbawala - the people whose job it is to carry and deliver freshly made food from home in lunch boxes to office workers in the city. See Dabbawala in action and hear how the success of the system depends on teamwork and time management. Next, you will learn about the Dhobighat. A dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. The laundries where clothes are taken are called ghats. Stop for a lunch break at a local restaurant. Finally, go on a 2-hour Slum Tour with your guide. The Khumbarwada area is the place occupied by the potter’s community from Gujarat, and you will be able to see pottery being made here.

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Mumbai: Private Bollywood Tour with Dance Show

5. Mumbai: Private Bollywood Tour with Dance Show

From the technicolor song and dance extravaganzas of the 1970s and 1980s to the blockbusters of today, Bollywood is a tradition as essential to India - and more specifically Mumbai - as Hollywood is to America and LA. Exceeding its American rival for sheer chutzpah and volume, Bollywood belongs to Mumbai, and this full-day tour belongs to you. You will be picked up from your Mumbai hotel and taken to a location site to see a movie being shot. You will be escorted through a specially created studio and receive an intimate behind-the-scenes look into technicians at work. Depending on the shoot schedule, you may get a chance to peek inside a film star’s makeup room and to pose for souvenir snapshots with some Bollywood stars of today. Enjoy a Move for Dance Show based on the filmi music and dances of Bollywood films, a combination of formal and folk Indian traditional music and dance traditions fused with Middle Eastern techniques. Bollywood dances have evolved as a unique and energetic style. These groups of dancers will perform 5 Bollywood dances in front of the audience, and you will get a chance to learn and dance along with the dancers. For greater insight, choose the full-day option, where you can visit another studio. Gain a better understanding of how film makers use visual effects in Bollywood movies. Continue on a tour past the homes of famous Bollywood stars in exclusive areas of Mumbai, before a transfer and drop off back at your city center hotel.

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Mumbai: Street Food Crawl

6. Mumbai: Street Food Crawl

Start your day of culinary adventure by meeting your storytelling guide at the designated meeting point. After a short meet and greet, you will set-off on your journey to find out what delicious food awaits you.  This tour adopts the unique style of ‘infotainment’, making sure you enjoy your tour on a culinary and historical level. This walking tour is unique and will be memorable for everyone. You will begin by exploring the authentic and classic delicacies of Old Mumbai. Get to witness the preparation and get an in-depth understanding of the local food culture and its influences that led to the development of this cuisine.  Get to taste more than 5 mouth watering and authentic delicacies of royal Delhi on this food tour, if you are a food lover and enjoy experiencing different kinds of foods, then you should not miss this walking tour. All eateries on this walking tour are quality assured and a day of unforgettable memories await you.

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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.

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Sagar Gad: Full-Day Hill Fort Trekking from Mumbai

8. Sagar Gad: Full-Day Hill Fort Trekking from Mumbai

Enjoy a full-day of adventure from Mumbai that is perfect for people interested in eco-tourism and travel experiences that will take you back to nature. Following an early morning pick-up, relax as you drive along the Western Express Highway and Sion-Chembur-Vashi-Panvel road to the start of your trek. Trek the green grassy hills of Sagar Gad, approximately 4-hours from Mumbai. Sagar Gad sits 1,482 feet (452-meters) above sea level, and offers breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea and Konkan coast. Famous for its waterfalls, Sagar Gad is also home to an underground tunnel that connects to Colaba Island Fort, 4.2 miles (7 kilometers) away. On your hiking trip you will get to see wildlife such as White Rumped Vultures and Crested Serpent Eagles. The hills are a stunning setting for a 2-hour hike with cooling pools to dive into when it gets hot. End your day of hiking in convenience with a relaxing transfer back to your hotel accomodation. 

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Mumbai: Private Full-Day City and Bollywood Tour

9. Mumbai: Private Full-Day City and Bollywood Tour

This tour tells the story of the transformation of Mumbai from a sleepy fishing hamlet into the melting pot it is today. Mumbai is the commercial capital of India and home to India’s mammoth film industry known as Bollywood. The full-day tour showcases all aspects of Mumbai, from the city’s narrow geographical layout, its coastline, the neighborhoods that make up the city, the old heritage district, the old commercial and residential districts, the up-and-coming areas, and the movie studios of Bollywood. Your tour guide will take you to all the must-see places in Mumbai, including the Gateway of India, the Regal Circle, Bombay University, the Oval Maidan cricket ground, Dhobi Ghat, the Town Hall, Victoria Terminus, the Municipal Building, Colaba Market, Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, and Mani Bhavan. This is an ideal opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Mumbai, and to experience the phenomenon of Bollywood.

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Mumbai: Hidden Street Eats Tour by Train

10. Mumbai: Hidden Street Eats Tour by Train

Greet your foodie guide in the Fort area at 4:00 PM and set off walking through the streets of Mumbai's colonial heart. Whet the whistle with a refreshing masala lime soda and dive into a tiny Hindu temple for a blessing before starting the food tour proper with a banana leave covered in 8 curries, pickles and chutneys which explode with flavor. You'll have explanations of each as you dive in with crispy papads and taste a fried spiced local fish best eaten covered in zingy lime. As you take a guided walk past the old buildings on the way to the train station, your guide will tell you stories of life in old Bombay. En route you'll pop into one of the few remaining Persian cafes still left in the city to try their famously good apple pie and a cup of good ol' Indian chai. Continue to a famed paan house to try betal leaves wrapped up with dried fruits, nuts and syrups and get your taste buds popping with a cone of sticky sweet and sour tamarind. It's time to ride the rails on Mumbai's commuter line. Don't worry, you won't have to wait long. These open-doored trains depart every 5 minutes and make for a great way to see a slice of real Bombay. Hop off at Chowpatty Beach and make a beeline for the street food chaat vendors. Your guide will find a little spot on the sand and you can watch the melting sun set over Mumbai while you dig into a vegetable curry oozing with paneer cheese and other street snacks like puffed rice bhel puri and crispy little shells filled with herby mash and tamarind called pani puri. The tour isn't over yet. Your guide will bundle you into old taxis for a short journey up to the Muslim quarter known for its hearty cuisine. To allow you to digest a little, your guide will take you on a walk through a bustling fresh produce market to learn about Indian ingredients and then a wander up through Chor Bazaar where you'll discover its fascinating history. Tucked away in an impossible-to-find spot, you'll try 3 different types of mouth-watering kebabs cooked over charcoal at a tiny local eatery. It's unthinkable to visit Mumbai without trying the desserts. You'll visit a famed parlour that's been hand-churning their ice-creams in the same way for more than a century and take an exclusive look out back to see how it’s done before digging into your exotic flavour of choice. As you walk towards the local bus stop, you'll make a quick stop for coconut cakes from an old bakery and sample creamy pheni at a local restaurant. The tour ends back at the twinkling lights of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in the Fort area. Say goodbye to your guide while they help you call transport or direct you on how to get back to your hotel. Leave with a much deeper understanding of Mumbai culture, life and its cuisine.

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What people are saying about Maharashtra

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

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

Fun experience: definitely tried some things that we would not have otherwise. More than just a food tour, it helped us learn a bit about other parts of Mumbai. It did feel a bit rushed--we hustled through markets and other areas without time to even look up. Also, it would have been really nice to be given a handout with the names of the foods we tried (and the places).

Great tour, got to see some parts of Mumbai that I might not have seen if I'd been by myself. Food was really tasty and gave me an idea of dishes to try in future. Guide was great and had a lovely personality

great expirience! very nice guide, delicious fod! amazing moments in Mumbai. You have to do it!

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