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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: Half-Day Tour

2. 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: Private Full-Day City Tour

3. Mumbai: Private Full-Day City Tour

Get to know Mumbai with a local on a private full-day tour by air-conditioned vehicle, and see all the major monuments along with some hidden sights. Benefit from a flexible itinerary that can be adjusted to your needs and interests, including the duration of the tour and the activities you want to do. You will see all the attractions you would on an ordinary tour, but you will also get a personal insight into the things that make Mumbai so great. Inform your guide if you have any special requests, and then sit back and relax as you explore the city's many attractions. Discover the Gateway of India and its surrounding area, admire the heritage buildings of the Regal Circle, explore the Kala Ghoda Art Precinct, go to Gandhi's house at the Mani Bhavan or visit Crawford Market to experience the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Take a drive to Malabar Hill to see Mumbai’s upscale residential district and enjoy spectacular views of the city, be mesmerized by the world's largest laundry at the Dhobi Ghat and much more. The full itinerary covers all of Mumbai's must-see places, but your guide will be happy to create a customized itinerary based on your interests. Sights you can see include: • Gateway of India (and surrounding area) • Regal Circle and its heritage buildings, including the Prince of Wales Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) and Police Headquarters • Kala Ghoda Art Precinct • Bombay University and Oval Maidan • Flora Fountain • Town Hall • Victoria Terminus and Municipal Building • Crawford Market • Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach • Mani Bhavan • Malabar Hill • Dhobi Ghat • Minara Masjid (Mosque) • Local Markets

Mumbai: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour of the City

4. 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: Full-Day Private Customized Tour

5. 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.

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: Full Day Customizable City Sightseeing Tour

7. Mumbai: Full Day Customizable City Sightseeing Tour

Take control of your Mumbai sightseeing as you experience India's largest city. Begin your day with hotel pickup between 7:00 AM and 11:00 AM, with options for a sedan or SUV to fit your needs. With so many places to visit in the city, choose a personalized experience that is suitable to your interests. Explore the best the city has to offer with your friendly guide, who will be happy to customize the itinerary. Explore the UNESCO Heritage building of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a fully functional train station built in the Gothic style. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (Prince of Wales Museum) and the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, the oldest museum in Mumbai, offer respites from the afternoon heat as you dive into India's history. For art lovers, there’s the National Gallery of Modern Art, Jehangir Art Gallery, and the other exhibitions around Kala Ghoda. Snap a picture in front of the iconic Gateway of India, or make an excursion to Kanheri Caves, a series of monuments carved into the basalt hills of Sanjay Gandhi national park. For something uniquely Mumbai, visit the Banganga Tank, a reservoir dating back to the 12th century with immense religious significance, or the Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, the world's largest outdoor laundry. If you are looking for shopping, pay a visit to Chor Bazaar for unique antiques or Colaba Causeway for street shopping and souvenirs. Pay a visit to the Haji Ali Dargah, ISKCON temple, or the numerous Ganesh temples around the city. At sunset, relax on luxurious Marine Drive, or grab delicious street food at Chowpatty, a seaside hotspot for Mumbai’s thriving food scene. Mumbai has something for everyone, so come prepared for a full day of sightseeing. Visit as many locations as you want and spend as much time as you need to explore it.

Bombay by Dawn

8. Bombay by Dawn

Your expert tour guide will meet you at 4:30AM at your accommodation. Have you ever thought about where your food comes from or how that newspaper reaches your hotel room? This 4-hour tour gives you an insight into how trade works in Mumbai and the city's life that begins at dawn. The emphasis on fresh food in Mumbai makes mornings so important in terms of trade. Drive to different marketplaces to see the business traders go about their daily routine. Your first interaction will be with a newspaper vendor and then you walk across the street to the fruit , flowers and vegetable wholesalers who are surrounded with men and women bargaining for fresh supplies for the day ahead.  If you are still sleepy – the next stop is bound to wake you up, the smell of fish! The Sassoon docks are an incredible experience. It is the city’s first wet dock and the only one open to the public. You will also take small distance train ride and at the end of the tour you will attend Morning Prayer in one of the famous temples before being dropped back off at your accommodation.

Mumbai Bollywood Tour

9. 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 Night Tour

10. Mumbai Night Tour

Experience the magic of Mumbai after dark on a 3 to 4-hour sightseeing tour at night. Drive by air-conditioned car through the city center to see illuminated attractions such as the monumental arch of the Gateway of India, built to celebrate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bunder on their visit to India in 1911. Get impressive views of the Victoria Terminus, renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in May 2017. Gaze in awe at the city skyline from the Hanging Gardens on Malabar Hill, and journey down Marine Drive, where wealthy Parsis built Art Deco buildings, such as the Kapur Mahal, Zaver Mahal, and Keval Mahal in the 1920s. Hear fascinating facts and get insider tips on where to visit in the bustling capital from your expert guide along the way before drop-off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Mumbai

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During my first stay in Mumbai this was one of 2 very carefully selected tours, and it was GREAT! Again a very good guide - thank you again Gurmeet, for all the information, kindness, and assistance provided! :-) Thank you to my driver Sunjay as well! We visited 2 famous and currently very active Bollywood studios, both located in Andheri East: 1. S.J. Studio and Entertainment, and 2. Chandivali Studio. We spent more time at S.J. Studio, the modern one (opened in 2000) of the two, but it certainly was worth it!: I had an overview of all the available sets, different halls, dubbing room, was introduced in the studio's history, enjoyed a few traditional and a modern dance performances, had a couple of video presentations, and - I even managed to pose for souvenir snapshot with Krishna Kaul during the live shooting of one of his TV series. Chandivali is one of the oldest remaining studios (82 y. old) with a rich history: many different sets there too, along with the most exquisite garden!

This was perhaps one of the most fun tour I have been on. It was really very well organised. Anthony was right on time in the hotel lobby to receive me and then we left for Elephanta Caves. There I met the guide - Avinash. Since he was a local, he had so much understanding and knowledge of the history and place. Really had great time with him. His photography skill was mind blowing. Because I was so impressed with the service that I ended up taking another tour with them - street food tour. There I met Sagar as a guide. He is such a fun and amazing energy to be around. Really enjoyed the entire experience of trying different street food of Mumbai along side some fun talk with Sagar. I really recommend this tour. Thanks for all the amazing experiences.

Very well organised travel and places to visit. Drivers and cars are also very good and polite. Showed us very good restaurants for lunch and tea break. Strongly recommend this travel agency. Best wishes

Great day trip through downtown Mumbai. Nisar was very nice and spoke great English! The pickup in the morning went smoothly. All in all it was a successful day in Mumbai!!

Great guide, who told us lots of information about the place.