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The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

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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: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour of the City

2. Mumbai: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour of the City

Your private guide will pick you up at 8 AM in an air-conditioned car at your hotel or accommodation in Mumbai. From there, you’ll depart on a 10-hour tour visiting the essential sights while learning all about Mumbai's history and culture. As this is your private tour, you can choose the places and customize the itinerary. Your experienced guide will be there to help you get the most out of your trip. Some of the popular destinations include the Gateway of India, Victoria Terminus, Marine Drive, Girgaon Chowpatty beach, Gandhi's residence Mani Bhavan, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Crawford Market, Malabar Hill, the Dhobi Ghat open air laundromat, the Flora Fountain, the Kala Ghoda are district, University of Mumbai, and Bollywood’s Film City. Your tour will end at approximately 8 PM when the car will drop you back at your hotel.

Mumbai: Half-Day Tour

3. Mumbai: Half-Day Tour

Your private guide will pick you up at 10:00 AM in an air-conditioned vehicle at your hotel or accommodation in Mumbai. After a short meet and greet with your driver/guide, you’ll depart on a 6-hour tour visiting some of the most significant landmarks of the city while learning all about Mumbai's history and culture. As this is a private tour, you have the ability to choose places of particular interest to yourself and customize the itinerary. Your experienced guide will be there to help you get the most out of your trip. Some of the most popular destinations you can visit include the Gateway of India, Victoria Terminus, Marine Drive, Girgaon Chowpatty beach, Gandhi's residence Mani Bhavan, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Crawford Market, Malabar Hill, the Dhobi Ghat open-air laundromat, the Flora Fountain, the Kala Ghoda are district, University of Mumbai, and Bollywood’s Film City. Your tour will end at approximately 4:00 PM when your driver will drop you back at your hotel, ready for an evening of rest after a day of adventure.

Mumbai Half-Day Guided Tour

4. Mumbai Half-Day Guided Tour

Your tour specialist will meet you in the lobby of your Mumbai hotel. The 4-hour itinerary begins with a visit to the Gateway of India, Mumbai's most iconic monument, built to welcome King George V and Queen Mary to India. Just around the corner from the Gateway of India is The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. The original building was commissioned by Jamshedji Tata and first opened its doors to guests on 16 December 1903. You will visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji train station, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mumbai University, the Rajabai Clock Tower (the Big Ben of India), the Oval Maidan, where cricket, the most beloved sport of India is played. See Bombay High Court, a beautiful British heritage building and Asia’s largest open-air laundry at Dhobi Ghat, where clothes are washed in full public view. Stop to see Mani Bhavan, Mahatma Gandhi's residence in Mumbai. Visit the Jain temple, Banganga tank and Kamala Nehru Park and the Hanging Gardens near the Tower of Silence. Ride along Marine Drive, also known as The Queen’s Necklace, and see many British heritage buildings such as the Prince of Wales Museum, Maharashtra Police Headquarters, the Flora Fountain and Hutatma Chowk, the Telegraph Office, the India Post Office Building, the Kala Ghoda area, David Sasoon's Library and the National Gallery of Modern Art. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Mumbai: Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour

5. 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: Elephanta Island and Mumbai City Tour

6. Mumbai: Elephanta Island and Mumbai City Tour

You will be picked up from a location of your choice in Mumbai, before driving to the "Gateway of India". From there you will take a 1-hour ferry to Elephanta Island, where upon arrival you will take a train which, will prove to be a fun and quirky way to travel. Following that you will proceed to the Elephanta Caves, which contain a collection of rock art linked to the sect of Shiv. You will have an hour to explore the caves, also seeing the sculpted images of Kalyansundara, Gangadhara, and Ardhanriswara. Following that you will board the ferry once more to head back to Mumbai where your Mumbai city tour begins. Throughout your city tour you will visit all of the top attractions on any traveler’s itinerary to Mumbai. You will explore the Taj Mahal Palace, Dhobi Ghat, Town Hall, the Victoria Terminus, the Municipal Building, Marine Drive, Nariman Point, Chowpatty Beach, Hanging Garden, and Mani Bhavan. It is an ideal tour to learn about the history and culture of Mumbai as you introduce yourself to this wonderful city.

Mumbai: Private 2-Day City and Elephanta Island Tour

7. Mumbai: Private 2-Day City and Elephanta Island Tour

Get a unique glimpse of the City of Dreams, Mumbai, on a two-day tour of its top attractions. Learn about the city's history and culture, and take a trip to Elephanta Island to discover the famous caves. End your tour after returning from the Elephanta Caves, or take the option of an Indian cookery class. Meet your local guide at your hotel or other place of your choosing in Mumbai, and begin your tour of the city in an air-conditioned vehicle. Head first to Churchgate Railway Station, and watch Mumbai's famed lunch box carriers, the Dabbawallas, in action. Afterwards, continue your tour of the highlights of Mumbai with your professional guide. See the Gateway of India and Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, before stopping to marvel at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station, otherwise known as Victoria Terminus, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, visit other notable sites like the Municipal Building, Marine Drive, Nariman point, Chowpatty Beach, the Hanging Gardens, and Mani Bhavan, before soaking up tradition at Mumbai's largest human-powered washing machine, the Dhobi Ghat. Take the opportunity to see the washers, or dhobis, carrying out their famous laundry service. Day one ends with a trip to the Dharavi slums. Prepare yourself to see Mumbai's less glamorous side, but also appreciate the energy and vibrancy of the area and its inhabitants. The next day, cruise on a ferry to Elephanta Island after being picked up by your guide. Alight after one hour, and take a fun and quirky toy train ride halfway to the Elephanta Caves, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the rock art in the caves, and bring your camera to snap photos of the sculpted images of Kalyansundara, Gangadhara, and Ardhanriswara. Finally, spend some time in Elephanta Island village with your guide, before returning on the ferry and ending the tour back at your hotel, or heading to your cooking class if you choose this option.

Full day Private Sightseeing Tour of Mumbai

8. Full day Private Sightseeing Tour of Mumbai

This tour will introduce you to Mumbai like no other, get a experience of Heritage, Cultural and local life on this tour. Places that you will be visiting - Gateway of India Taj Mahal Palace Hotel ( From outside) Colaba Area Horniman circle area Asiatic Society ( Pass by ) ST Thomas Cathedral Csmt ( Victoria Terminus) from Inside Crawford Market Marine Drive Dhobighat - open air laundry bay walking tour ( 15 minutes) Malabar Hill to get panoramic view of Mumbai Banganga the Hidden Gem Mani Bhavan - Mahatma Gandhis Home in Mumbai Mumbai University ( Entry restricted hence from outside only Oval maidan Mumbai Train ride ( Non peak hour and so not crowded)

Mumbai: Private Bollywood Studio Tour and City Sightseeing

9. 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: Sightseeing and Dharavi Slum Tour

10. Mumbai: Sightseeing and Dharavi Slum Tour

Explore both sides of Mumbai on a combination tour of the city's most famous landmarks and the Dharavi slums. Visit all the top places on any traveler's itinerary, and walk through the Dharavi slums to get a feel for the people, industry, and diversity of the area. On the first part of your tour, see the highlights of Mumbai, including the Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Palace, Dhobi Ghat, the Town Hall, Victoria Terminus, and Mani Bhavan. Learn about the history and culture of the city with your local guide, and introduce yourself to this wonderful city. Next, prepare for a 1.5-hour walk inside the Dharavi slums. Find out why Dharavi is the is the heart of small-scale industries in Mumbai, with an annual turnover of approximately $665 million. Experience the frenetic activity of the area and marvel at the small spaces in which recycling, clay pot making, embroidery, baking, soap manufacturing, leather tanning, papad (poppadum) making, and many other activities take place. As well as discovering the industry of the Dharavi slums, pass by residential areas to get a feel of how people live. Sense the community spirit and diversity in an area where people from all over India and from all religions live. See Hindu temples, mosques, and churches, and lose your sense of direction as you venture through the narrow alleys.

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What people are saying about The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

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4.6 / 5

based on 137 reviews

This was an incredible experience. It was moving. Dave is extremely humble and kind, with an incredible wealth of knowledge. He also has a lovely sense of humour. Being able to see this island with someone who was raised there made it authentic. The village and the caves are difficult to describe, it’s something that must be seen. From taking a ferry, walking the earth, observing the architecture, seeing the peaceful way in which people live in unity, to hearing the ancient history of the place was all nothing short of incredible. Many many many thanks. Kavendren

We had a great day with our guide, happy and helpful all day, took us to places if interest, a good spot for lunch, helped us sort our phones out which we hadn't had time to do on arrival,prompt and on time pickup, communication before to arrange all details was good. Nothing was too much trouble. Chatting it seems you can book him or if not available his brother will stand in for anything else you may want to plan during your stay in India. We would definitely recommend getting in touch, doing the tour of Mumbai and see where else it leads.you.

Mehadi was the perfect driver and tour guide. His english is perfect and his knowledge of Mumbai and history and geography of Mumbai is exceptional. I added and took away some things from the itinerary and he was great at building that in to the tour. A really excellent day. Thank you Mehadi.

We had a great time on the tour. The guides were very knowledgeable and help with all our needs.

Overalll we had a great day trip and would highly recommend them.