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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: Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour

2. 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.

Elephanta Cave Tour with Bollywood Tour

3. Elephanta Cave Tour with Bollywood Tour

This 8-hour tour takes you from Mumbai to the rock art of the Elephanta Caves of Elephanta Island. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Gateway of India at Mumbai. From here, cruise by boat to reach the Elephanta Caves. On your arrival at the island you will proceed to the Elephanta Caves which contains a collection of rock art linked to the sect of Shiva. At Elephanta, Indian art found one of its most perfect expressions, particularly in the huge and high reliefs of the main cave. There are seven cave excavations in the Elephanta group, all carved from solid basalt rock and dating from approximately the 6th through to the 7th-Centuries AD. Among the cave excavations, Cave 1 is the most impressive, representing a superb example of evolved Brahmanical rock-cut architecture. The full-day tour showcases all aspects of Mumbai, from the city’s narrow geographical layout, its coastline, the neighborhoods that make up the city, the old heritage district, the old commercial and residential districts, the up-and-coming areas, and the movie studios of Bollywood. This is an ideal opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Mumbai, and to experience the phenomenon of Bollywood.

Pune's Full Day Private Tour Activities

4. Pune's Full Day Private Tour Activities

Start your tour with a pic-up from your hotel in Pune. Before you begin, your guide will go through the itinerary of your full-day tour. Your first visit is to Aga Khan Palace, built in 1892. It holds a significant role in India’s independence as Mahatma Gandhi and his wife were imprisoned here. Next visit the Pataleshwar Caves, an 8th-century rock-cut cave temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Spend around 30 minutes here then visit Raja Dinkar Museum, which holds over 20,000 objects with 2,500 of which are on display. The three-story building houses various sculptures dating back to the 14th century. One part of particular interest is the “Mastani Mahal”. Raja Kelkar made an attempt at depicting the palace of Mastani, (wife of the Peshwa Baji Rao I) with its remnants. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a famous local restaurant (Own Expense) before you explore your next destination. Next, Visit Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple, dedicated to the Hindu God Ganesh. The temple is popular in Maharashtra and is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year. Devotees of the temple include celebrities and Chief Ministers of Maharashtra who visit during the annual ten-day Ganeshotsav festival. The main Ganesh idol is insured for a sum of 10 million Indian rupees (US$160,000). Next, Visit Shaniwarwada a historical fortification in the city of Pune in Maharashtra, India. Built in 1732, it was the seat of the Peshwas of the Maratha Empire until 1818, when the Peshwas lost control to the British East India Company after the Third Anglo-Maratha War. Following the rise of the Maratha Empire, the palace became the center of Indian politics in the 18th century. At the end of the tour, get dropped off back to the hotel.

Mumbai: Morning Bicycle Tour

5. Mumbai: Morning Bicycle Tour

Enjoy a wonderful bike ride with an English-speaking guide in the early hours of the day and watch the city wake up as you explore Mumbai’s top attractions. Wake up bright and early to meet your guide and collect your bicycles before you head to the Gateway of India, built during King George V and Queen Mary's visit. You will then ride to the beautiful Gothic architectural sights on C.S.T. Station, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, head to Mumbadevi Temple and observe devotees offering gifts and prayers. Ride to the beautiful Marine Drive and feel the breeze of the Arabian Sea. Also enjoy a packed local breakfast along the Marine Drive before ending the tour at the starting point.

Mumbai: Private Bollywood and Dharavi Slum Tour

6. Mumbai: Private Bollywood and Dharavi Slum Tour

Discover the true colors of Mumbai on a tour of Bollywood City and the Dharavi slum. Learn Bollywood dancing during a dance performance, and go beyond stereotypical slum beliefs on a slum tour that will inspire you in your own daily life. After pickup from your accommodation in Mumbai, set off to explore the city by air-conditioned vehicle with your English-speaking guide. Hear about Mumbai’s place as India's largest city and home of the Bollywood movie industry, and receive thorough explanations about special effects in Bollywood City. See Bollywood cafés, a Bollywood costume gallery, and the Bollywood Museum. 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. Admire the unique energetic style of the groups of dancers as they perform 5 Bollywood dances, and get a chance to learn alongside them by having a dance yourself. After the Bollywood part of your tour, continue to Dharavi slum and explore the real Slumdog Millionaires. Feel a sense of adventure as you pass through the narrow alleys in the second biggest slum in Asia and the third biggest in the world. Feel, also, the strong sense of community and the special spirit that exists here. Don't expect to find extreme poverty on your walk through Dharavi. In fact, discover a wide range of activities in the legendary mini-city, including a plastic recycling center, leather works, pottery workshops, and places where poppadums are baked. See the schools and churches used by the residents and the places where soap is made, before concluding your tour with drop-off back at your accommodation in Mumbai.

Mumbai: Private City Tour with Ferry Ride & Dharavi Village

7. Mumbai: Private City Tour with Ferry Ride & Dharavi Village

Explore Mumbai from a unique perspective by car and ferry as a local guide takes you on a private full-day tour to see the city’s most famous attractions and landmarks including the unique opportunity to walk through the culturally important Dharavi Slum village. Start your journey with a hotel pickup, before driving over to the Gateway of India and the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.  Go on a 30-minute ferry ride in the Arabian Sea spectacular views of the southern side of the city and gain more knowledge of the colonial history of Mumbai along with some fascinating stories about the old Bombay.  Next, l head to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Train Station, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After, visit the Crawford Market, a British-era market that has been standing for over a century and is a great place to see an array of spices.  Following this, enjoy an insider's tour of the Dhobi Ghat, a colorful open-air laundry. Afterward, go on a 2-hour exploration of the Dharavi Slum, the largest slum located in Asia, now well-known thanks to the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire".  Go to Mahatma Gandhi's residence, where the famous "Non-Cooperation" started. You'll also visit the iconic Haji Ali Dargah mosque,  located just off the coast of Mumbai. You will then head to Malabar Hill, before seeing the Banganga water tank and having a stop at Marine Drive, where you'll see a spectacular panorama of Mumbai.  Your guide will also take you for a short train ride on the Mumbai Local to experience the so-called "lifeline of Mumbai". Additionally, you will also be visiting the cow shelter or "Panjrapole". The last stop will be to take a look at the famous Mumbai dabbawallas, who drive around the city delivering lunches from homes to workplaces. The guide will take you to the assembly point of the dabbawalas, where you can take photos and learn about their interesting business model. You'll be amazed at how much they can carry by themselves.

Highlights of Mumbai Private City Tour with Dharavi Slum

8. Highlights of Mumbai Private City Tour with Dharavi Slum

Your journey will start with a dedicated hotel pickup, before visiting the Gateway of India and the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Following this, you will head to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Train Station, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then you will head to the Crawford Market, a British-era market that has been standing for over a century and is a great place to see an array of spices. Following this, you will enjoy an insider's tour of the Dhobi Ghat, a colorful open-air laundry.  Next will be a 2-hour exploration of the Dharavi Slum, the largest slum located in a megacity in Asia, now well-known thanks to the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire".  Visit Mahatma Gandhi's residence, where the famous "Non-Cooperation" started. Just off the coast of Mumbai, you'll also visit the iconic Haji Ali Dargah mosque. You will then head to Malabar Hill, before seeing the Banganga water tank and having a stop at Marine Drive, where you'll see a spectacular panorama of Mumbai. The guide will also take you for a short train ride on the Mumbai Local to experience the so-called "lifeline of Mumbai". You'll also be visiting the cow shelter or "Panjrapole". Finally, take a look at the famous Mumbai dabbawallas, who drive around the city delivering lunches from homes to workplaces. The guide will take you to the assembly point of the dabbawalas, where you can take photos and learn about their interesting business model. You'll be amazed at how much they can carry by themselves. After a day of exploring Mumbai, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

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This was a really fun dual tour! It helped that the same company handled both tours because the Elephanta Caves are quite far from the Bollywood studio, with traffic. If we had had two separate tours, we would have been very late for the Bollywood tour coming from the Elephanta caves, but because it was the same company they were able to communicate every step of the way and make sure we didn't miss a thing! They also handled the entry to the Gateway of India & ferry transportation and handled the tour guides, drivers, and English-speaking escorts. The guide for the Elephanta Caves was local to the island and knowledgeable. Because our Bollywood tour was in the afternoon it didn't include the dance show, so if that's important to you check to make sure you are booking the right tour. However, we visited a live set and standing sets and had our own time in a recording studio. I recommend doing the Bollywood tour in a group with friends so you can feel comfortable making dramatic scenes.

The guide's leadership was very good. The driver was a bit "stormy" The guide carried a sign saying "Mystical Mombai" the GetyourGuide logo would have helped to identify the guide more quickly than ours Overall there is nothing else to complain about. The knowledge of German was good, Ords knowledge also. Good background knowledge.

We had different guides for the Elephant Caves and the city tour. Both were very competent and were not only able to tell us many exciting details, but also to answer all of our questions. I heartily recommend this tour.

It was an amazing experience! Harish was an amazing guide for the caves while Rameez and Fahad really went out of their way to make my day unforgetable. Thank you!!

Truly experience. Mr. Dinesh has my full recommendation