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Mumbai: Slumdog Millionaire Tour of Dharavi Slum

1. Mumbai: Slumdog Millionaire Tour of Dharavi Slum

Explore the Dharavi Slum, the largest slum located in a megacity in Asia. The slum is now famous thanks to the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire". The tour will open your eyes to this bustling area of small businesses and a thriving community. Start the journey by meeting your guide at Dharavi, and experiencing the everyday happenings of this unique area. Numerous small businesses are thriving in every corner, making anything from exotic soaps and handmade cosmetics, to pottery and textiles. Throughout the walking tour, benefit from being a small group. Stroll easily through the narrow alleys and see how locals live their life here. You'll have a chance to interact with many people in the community. You'll also learn how the local recycling industry works.  You'll also be amazed at how diverse Dharavi is, with many different traditions and beliefs gathered in the same place. Your 2-hour tour will end at a pottery factory, where you can ask the guide to get you a taxi. You can also add on a vegetarian meal in a local family's home if you would like to stay in the slum a bit longer.

Mumbai: Ethical Dharavi Walking Tour with Options

2. Mumbai: Ethical Dharavi Walking Tour with Options

Known to many as one of the largest slums in Asia, Dharavi is Mumbai’s beating heart. Home to about one million of Mumbai’s inhabitants, its industries have an annual turnover of approximately $ 1 Billion. Learn the challenges of migrants as they settled into this community, their entrepreneurial stories and how to debunk the negative stereotypes of slums. For more insight, opt to have lunch as a family opens their home to you or go on a street walk tour to explore art. This walking tour takes care to be non-intrusive and community centric. Contrary to sensationalist media and films, Dharavi is an area of entrepreneurship, an estimated 20,000 businesses thrive here. Observe recycling, pottery-making, embroidery, bakery, soap making, leather tanning, poppadom-making and many more. Climb to a rooftop to get a view of the entire settlement. Navigate through the maze-like alleys and stop to talk to friendly locals. The tour will also visit the residential areas of Dharavi. People from all over India have come to live in Dharavi, making it a microcosm of India. This diversity is apparent in the temples, mosques, churches and pagodas that stand side by side. 80% of the profits from this tour are re-invested in educational community initiatives.

Elephanta Caves: Private Half-Day Tour from Mumbai

3. Elephanta Caves: Private Half-Day Tour from Mumbai

Start the day with an optional pickup from your hotel or meet your guide at the Gateway of India. First take the ferry to Elephanta Caves, which is a must-see destination for history buffs or archaeology aficionados. After an hour-long ferry ride, climb 120 steps to the plateau where these caves can be entered. Dive into the history behind the artifacts and structures found in seven major excavation sites. Enter the hall, a masterpiece of 6th-century architecture which is supported by huge pillars. Explore 3 caves and learn interesting facts about India's religious history. Each cave is has a unique feature: one is a large Hindu Cave, the other is a Buddhist cave, and the final cave is dedicated to the God Shiva, with an immense, three-headed Shiva sculpture. After the Elephanta Caves, you'll go back to Mumbai by ferry. If you've opted for the accommodation option, you will be dropped back off at your specified address.

Mumbai Bollywood Tour

4. Mumbai Bollywood Tour

After pick-up from your Mumbai hotel, or the port or railway station, set off to explore by air-conditioned vehicle. Hear about Mumbai’s place as India’s largest city and home of the Bollywood movie industry. Enjoy a Move for Dance Show based on the film, 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. You'll get thorough explanations pertaining to special effects, seeing Bollywood cafés, Bollywood Costume gallery and Bollywood museum. 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. At Mystical Mumbai you'll get earnest contentment and the best of travelling experience. 

Mumbai: 4-Hour Evening Street Food Tour

5. Mumbai: 4-Hour Evening Street Food Tour

Take a delicious tour of Mumbai’s best street food. Mumbai is famous across India for its outstanding street food, but discovering the best hygienic eateries in the big city is not always easy. Experience the city’s flavors that please the taste buds and go easy on the stomach. Mumbai’s three renowned street food areas shall be explored. Rest assured that all street food vendors are not only hygienic but also delicious, tantalizing to the taste buds, and easy on the stomach.  To start your food trail, visit Mumbai’s most famous beach, Chowpatty, where you'll try an array of Mumbai’s best vegetarian street food while watching the sunset. Taste classics such as Pani Puri, Dahi Puri, and Pav Bhaji. Next, take a taxi ride to Bhuleshwar a Gujarati and Rajasthani area with local specialties such as Kesari ukala (saffron milk), kachori/sabudana wada, pudla and masala dosa. Walk through its busy streets known as khao gallis - (eating lanes). Finally, walk into the lively Mohommad Ali Road area. In this predominantly Muslim neighborhood, get immersed in the local culture and the food. Here in the khao gallis you will find mainly non-vegetarian options such as Chicken kebabs, Chicken rolls, and Baida rotis. And don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten those of you with a sweet tooth (and with space in your stomach)! We’ll eat Rabdi with Gulab Jamun, Jalebi and Kulfi.

Elephanta Caves: Private Half-Day Tour from Mumbai

6. Elephanta Caves: Private Half-Day Tour from Mumbai

To start off your tour of Elephanta island, choose a pickup time that fits your schedule, though it’s best to get an early morning start. Take a beautiful, hour-long ferry ride across the bay from Mumbai to Elephanta Island, and begin your exploration of a labyrinth of caves, temples, and shrines with your own private guide. An elaborate system of man-made caves cut directly into solid basaltic mountains, the Elephanta Caves were used as sacred places of Hindu and Buddhist worship starting in the 5th to 7th century. Amble through the vast columns and arched colonnades, gazing at elaborately carved sacred shrines to deities.  The main cave, otherwise known as the Shiva Cave, contains numerous carvings depicting various aspects of Lord Shiva including his wedding, his slaying of Andhaka, and more. The most significant sculpture in the cave is the 20-foot-tall, three-headed Shiva, known as the Trimurti. Other wings of the caves have shrines dedicated to Shiva’s sons, Kartikeya and Ganesh, with similarly spectacular carved statues.  All the while, enjoy insightful commentary from a local guide, expert in the history of the Elephanta Caves, as well as Hinduism and Buddhism as a whole. After touring the magnificent island, you will be ferried back to the harbor. From there, your driver will drop you back at your hotel, marking the end of a memorable tour through over 1,500 years of history.

Mumbai: Private Tour with a Local

7. Mumbai: Private Tour with a Local

Get an exclusive welcome to Mumbai on a private tour with a local guide. Transform your way of traveling to make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see.  Follow your friendly local as they share their passion for the place they live. Learn all the tricks to make the most of the city and get tips on the best things to see. Meet in the neighborhood where you are staying to get familiar with the best places to eat and buy groceries. Hear about the easiest ways to get around, and the top things to do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable and confident navigating the city on your own, secure in the knowledge that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay.

Mumbai: Full-Day Private Customized Tour

8. Mumbai: Full-Day Private Customized Tour

Experience Mumbai according to your own interests with this full-day customized tour. Design your very own itinerary to spend 8 hours touring around the city to see Mumbai's top tourist attractions and areas.  Get picked up from your hotel and travel in comfort in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Choose to see major city attractions such as the Gateway of India, an arch-shaped monument built in the early 20th century, or the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Train Station, which has been made into a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Other places to visit could be the Crawford Market, a British-era market with an array of spices, or the Dhobi Ghat, a large open-air laundry. At the end of your tour you will be dropped back to your hotel. If you would like to gain some insider knowledge, choose the option with a local guide.

Mumbai: Morning Marine Drive Bicycle Tour with Breakfast

9. Mumbai: Morning Marine Drive Bicycle Tour with Breakfast

Sleeping bodies dot the pathways, devotees perform their morning puja (prayer), and early birds head out for a jog before the heat of the day arrives. This is Mumbai as you have never seen it before: calm and peaceful. While the rest of the city is only just beginning to wake up, we take advantage of the empty streets and cool air to explore South Mumbai by cycle. As we wind our way through the back lanes, we’ll visit must-see Mumbai sights like the Gateway of India and CSMT Station as well as some hidden gems like Sassoon Dock and Bombay Panjrapole (cow sanctuary). At the end of the tour, we’ll stop for a well-deserved South Indian breakfast of dosa, idli, upma, and much more.

Mumbai: Evening Local Street Food Tour with Sightseeing

10. Mumbai: Evening Local Street Food Tour with Sightseeing

Immerse yourself in the nightlife of Mumbai with a local guide on this evening food tasting experience. Whether you've spent the day exploring the city or you're here on business with only a few hours to spare, this tour is the perfect opportunity to discover a new side of the city. Allow your leader to guide you through Mumbai’s two best street food areas. Start at the famous Chowpatty Beach, where you’ll try an array of Mumbai’s best vegetarian food, such as sev puri and pav bhaji. Visit Mohammed Ali Road, where you'll feast on chota kebabs and chicken tikka. Mumbai at night is an unbelievably unique sighting, as people here believe in working hard and partying harder. To ensure you get a nice overview of the atmosphere, you'll visit the Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Nariman Point, and the Worli Sea Link Bridge after sunset.

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What people are saying about Mumbai

~14 different types of food tried in a walk plus cab plus train trip to different areas of the city. Highly knowledgeable guides and the company has a notable and clearly impactful charitable mission improving education in slums.

The guide was excellent really informative and interesting. This tour divides opinion but we decided to do it and don't regret it at all. Certainly an education!

Guides were great! they give you the option of extending the tour at the end, and most people took it. Really educational and eye opening! Highly recommended!

Great guide and food! Very knowledgeable about the cuisine and origins, and very generous proportions! Was absolutely stuffed by the end! Highly recommended!

Our guide Daivat was amazing, very friendly, helpful, great English and explained all about the caves history. We would recommend!