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Mumbai is big. It’s full of dreamers and hard-labourers, starlets and gangsters, stray dogs and exotic birds, artists and servants and fisherfolk and crorepatis (millionaires) and lots and lots of people. It has India’s most prolific film industry, some of Asia’s biggest slums (as well as the world’s most expensive home) and the largest tropical forest in an urban zone. Mumbai is India’s financial powerhouse,... Read More

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$18 History & culture

Mumbai in Motion: Mumbai Sightseeing Tour by Public Transportation

Experience Mumbai (Bombay) like a local as you tour the city via a range of public transportation! Travel by suburban train, bus, taxi — and on foot — as you explore the metropolitan area beyond the tourist sites. Your 2.5-hour tour takes you to several markets and railway stations, including the filming location of ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’ You’ll get a real pulse on the city while observing Mumbai’s people going about their daily lives. Numbers are limited to 7 people, ensuring personalized attention from your professional guide. Meet your small group in front of the Regal Cinema in Colaba and set out on your tour of Mumbai — India’s most populous city. Traveling by public transportation with your guide provides an up-close and authentic depiction of the city, including Mumbai's hardest-working laborers. Start your tour on a bus ride to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST). Formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, it’s one of the busiest railway stations in India, especially at rush hour. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its 19th-century Victorian Gothic revival architecture, the historic station was dubbed 'the slumdog station' since the final musical number of the award-winning 2008 hit Slumdog Millionaire was filmed here. Your guide will then accompany you to the Dadar flower market, where India’s immense flower trade flourishes. In India, flowers are used both religiously and decoratively — in temples, taxis, homes and of course, in women's hair. Here, you will find more flowers in one place than you've ever seen before! Enjoy the sight and scent of rose petals, jasmine blossoms and garlands of marigolds before re-boarding the train. You'll ride past a few stops to the Mahalaxmi area known as Dhobi Ghat to see the dhobi wallahs, or washermen. Observe this part of India’s working class, which specializes in washing clothes and linens, as they scrub sheets from Mumbai's largest hospitals and hotels at this busy outdoor laundry. After checking out this unique phenomenon, you'll take a taxi to Chor Bazaar, one of the largest and most bustling flea markets in the entire country. Chor Bazaar, meaning 'Thieves Market,’ sells just about anything! Taste some local sweets, purchase delicious homemade chutneys or shop for a colorful vintage Bollywood film poster. At the nearby Nul Bazaar you'll find a variety of Indian fruits, spices and meats. Finally, take a taxi to Churchgate, a famous railway station in South Mumbai. Here, you’ll find the Mumbai dabbawalas— people who deliver thousands of freshly made lunches each day to schools, offices and other worksites. This grassroots operation uses an efficient organization and communication system to collect lunch boxes (dabba) prepared in individual homes and deliver them throughout the city. Your tour concludes at Churchgate station, and you can continue your exploration of Mumbai on your own from here — made easier by your newfound knowledge of the city's vast public transportation network.

$38 Food & drink

Mumbai Food Tour Guided By A Professional Chef

Experience Mumbai the best way you can: by tantalizing your taste buds. Guided by an entertaining professional Chef, you'll sample regional Indian cuisines, learn about Indian culinary culture and discover a new appreciation of spices. Let your palate guide your senses with this food tour.On this walking tour you will visit traditional restaurant to try authentic Indian Cuisine. The price includes all food and drinks served at the restaurants. Along the way, an English-speaking guide will explain tradition's behind Mumbai food and culture and advise on local specialties. Your local guide will guide you with Language and Translation, while providing Interesting fact's about Mumbai's history, culture and customs.The tour begins by enjoying delicious Indian snacks and later North-Indian inspired appetizers at a restaurant in the South Bombay's neighborhood. After appeasing your palate, make your way to the Fort District to enjoy cuisine inspired by India's coastal regions, where the food is mildly spiced all the while retaining a balanced flavor. Travel to the final destination, where you'll experience one of Mumbai's British-era restaurants for the main course. Walk through several historical sites, including St Thomas Cathedral and the Asiatic Library, and many more. On the we shall also serve you quite a few local delicacies, so Come hungry, that's the only requirement.Once your stomach has been satisfied, end the tour with a dessert that will pacify your sweet tooth.

$140 Sightseeing tours

Bollywood Studio Tour in Mumbai

Get an in-depth look into the fascinating world of filmmaking in Mumbai, home to Indian film, on a Bollywood studio tour by private vehicle. From script to screen, see the process of creating Bollywood movies, serials and ads with an informative guide. In your 6-hour tour, you’ll gain perspective on the historical, technical and creative aspects of filmmaking in India, which produces about 1,000 movies per year – more than any other country. If you choose to upgrade to a 9-hour tour, watch a Bollywood film at a famous theater then relax over dinner afterward. 6-hour tour:Meet your driver at your Mumbai hotel around 2pm and travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle to the Bollywood film studio. En route, your driver will inform you about what to expect on your Bollywood tour at SJ Studio in Andheri.When you arrive at the SJ Studio complex, head into one of the Bollywood studios for a brief introduction about the origin and evolution of India’s film industry, which has produced more than 67,000 films in at least 30 languages. Learn about the silent film era and the ‘talkies’— first introduced to India in the early 1930s — as well as the increasing popularity of Bollywood cinema, which incorporates Hindi storytelling through dance, music and song.Next, your studio guide will escort you to various movie sets, where you can observe the shooting of feature films, TV serials or ads (depending on the day). Here, experience the action of a set production as you see directors rehearsing dance choreography and hear sound mixers matching background music with sound effects.With this up-close view, you’ll gain insight into the everyday mechanics of moviemaking – from set creation, animation, stunt doubles and special effects to dubbing, editing, film processing and publicity. You may even get a chance to pose for a photo with the film stars themselves. (Subject to availability or at the star's approval; if shooting is in progress, you will only be allowed to view it from a certain distance to avoid disturbance).After your introduction to the fabulous world of filmmaking in Mumbai, return through the studio gates like a true Bollywood star to meet your private driver, who will drop you off at your hotel.9-hour tour:After your studio tours, head to Juhu and Bandra for a glimpse of some famous film stars’ homes. In the evening, your driver will take you to watch a Bollywood movie screened at the Regal Theater, a world-class Art Deco theater established in 1933 on the Colaba Causeway. Afterward, head across the street to a local restaurant for a delicious Indian dinner before your driver returns you by private vehicle to your hotel.

$90 Private & luxury

Mumbai Private Tour: Full Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephant Caves

Explore Mumbai and visit the natural wonder that is the Elephanta Caves. Stretching 9 nautical miles across the sea from the Gateway of India is Elephanta, also known as 'Gharapuri.' Visit this green island for one of the wonders of the 7th century: the painstakingly hewn rock-cut cave temple dedicated to Shiva. The Maheshamurti panel, in which Shiva is shown as a creator, protector and destroyer, is a sight that should be enjoyed at least once in a lifetime. Spend the second half of the tour with a visit to the Hanging Garden, Prince of Wales Museum, Marine drive, Mani Bhavan, and Victoria Terminus. See India's natural wonders on this tour of private tour of Mumbai. Meet the tour guide at the designated hotel lobby in Mumbai at 8am. Embark on a journey with up to 8 people, and visit the Gateway of India, built to welcome King George V and Queen Mary into India. Leave from Gateway Of India to visit the Elephanta Caves by ferry. The first boat departs at 9am and this journey, which gives a good panoramic view, takes 1 hour.The walk from the jetty to cave temple is less than a mile away, though there is also a small toy train from the jetty to the base of the hill. Climb the 120 steps to the plateau where the caves are located to reach a small site museum. The museum resembles more of an old house with terracotta roof, but is a great precursor to the Elephanta caves. If time and energy remains after visiting the main caves, trek up the the Cannon Hill. There is a old cannon post overlooking the harbor where you can see few un-excavated Buddhist sites, dating back to 2nd century BC, of Shiva with his consort Parvathi. There is only one panel in Elephanta Caves where the lower portions of the images are not damaged, and it depicts the marriage of Shiva and Parvathi. The Nataraja Panel is located at the entry point of the main cave, opposite of the Mahayogi Shiva at Elephanta. After passing the three panels (Gangadhara at Elephanta, Mahesh Murthi at Elephanta and Ardhanarishvara at Elephanta), which are located in the deep wall of the cave, see the most dynamic and expressive of all the panels of Elephanta. Board the boat at 12:30 for an hour-long journey back to the Gateway of India. After a traditional Indian-Thali lunch at 2:30pm, proceed to Mumbai University, whose British heritage building was built in 1857. See the Hanging Gardens, built on top of water tanks near the Tower of Silence (Parsi burial place), as well as Mani Bhavan- a hallowed memorial to Gandhiji. Hear about his stay here and the activities he participated in. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum, which is one of the premier art and history museums in India. Drive past Marine drive and Chowpatty beach, as well as Bombay High Court, which is a Beautiful British Heritage Building, and Victoria Terminus Train Station (CST), a UNESCO World Heritage site.The journey ends at 5:30pm with a relaxing drive back to accommodations in Mumbai.

$40 History & culture

Evening Tour at Mumbai's Fashion Street with Nariman Point and the Gateway of India

Explore the fashion capital of India like a local and experience an evening full of excitement. Take a leisurely stroll from Nariman Point to Colaba Causeway, famed to be the fashion street of Mumbai. Indulge in conversation with the vendors and in the company of an expert guide, and grab some cool deals at rock-bottom prices. Then, walk past the Gateway of India and the Taj Mahal Palace, and take some amazing photographs. Have an evening snack at the legendary Leopold Café and live a day in Mumbai like a local.

$783 Small group tours

Private 3-Day Aurangabad Tour Including the Ajanta Caves and the Ellora Caves from Mumbai

Explore the fascinating city of Aurangabad along with two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Ajanta Caves and the Ellora Caves, on this 3-day private tour with round-trip flights from Mumbai. The tour includes hotel pick-up, airport transfers, transportation by air-conditioned vehicle and a guide for sightseeing. Your overnight stay in Aurangabad will be in either a 4-star or 5-star hotel, as per the option you select at checkout.