Private Tour: Prince of Wales Museum and Gateway of India in Mumbai
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Discover the spectacular feats of Indian architecture and art on this 4-hour private tour of Mumbai’s top architectural landmarks. With your private guide, explore the Prince of Wales Museum, an Indio-Saracenic-style building housing an impressive collection of art, natural history and ancient archaeological findings. Visit the Gateway of India and learn how it serves as a commemoration of British colonialism. Then, see the famous UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Your guide will offer illuminating commentary and explain the historical significance of each site you see.
After pickup from your Mumbai hotel at your chosen time, head first to the Prince of Wales Museum. Admire the building’s impressive Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, mixing Mughal, Maratha and Jain influences, before entering the museum to explore some of the nearly 50,000 exhibits depicting the country’s art, archaeological and natural history. As you listen to your guide’s expert commentary, see interesting artifacts like 11th-century palm-leaf manuscripts, intricate 16th-century armor, ivory and jade wares, and weapons dating back all the way to 2600 BC.
Next, head to the Gateway of India. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, this monument serves as a commemoration of British colonialism in India. Admire the combination of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles of the 85-foot high (26-meter) basalt arch gateway and learn how this was once a jetty for the fishing community but was later renovated and used as a landing place for British governors.
At any point during your tour, your guide will happily recommend great local restaurants or cafés for you to enjoy some authentic Indian food (own expense). Before returning to your hotel, you’ll drive past the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a 19th-century railway station renowned for its advanced architecture.
Learn how this UNESCO World Heritage Site, formerly named Victoria Terminus in honor of the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887, was the region's most expensive building during that era. Your guide will point out the dramatic fusion of Gothic Revival architecture and traditional Indian palace architecture as you admire the intricate wood carvings and ornamental iron and brass railings, turrets and grand staircases.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Local English-speaking guide
- Entrance fee to Prince of Wales Museum
- Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
What isn't included
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks