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Mumbai: 4-Hour Evening Street Food Tour

1. Mumbai: 4-Hour Evening Street Food Tour

Get off the 'eaten' path with this delicious tour of Mumbai’s best street food. Mumbai is famous across India for its outstanding street food, but discovering the best hygienic eateries in the big city is not always easy. On this tour, you'll experience the city’s flavors that please the taste buds and go easy on the stomach. Mumbai’s two renowned street food areas shall be explored. Rest assured that all street food vendors are not only hygienic but also delicious, tantalizing to the taste buds and easy on the stomach.  To start your food trail, visit Mumbai’s most famous beach, Chowpatty, where you'll try an array of Mumbai’s best vegetarian street food while watching the sunset. Taste classics such as dahi puri, pani puri and pav bhaji. Next, take a short taxi ride to the lively Mohommad Ali Road area. In this predominantly Muslim neighborhood, get immersed in the local culture and, of course, the delicious food. In the bustling ali khao gaullis (eating lanes) you will find mainly non-vegetarian options such as chota kebabs and chicken tikka. 

Mumbai: Private Day Tour with Elephanta Caves

2. 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: Ancient Elephanta Caves Tour w/ Ride of Toy Train

3. Mumbai: Ancient Elephanta Caves Tour w/ Ride of Toy Train

After you are done with your breakfast, your chauffuer will pick you up at 08:30 from your hotel to kick start your trip to the Gateway of India followed by the grand Elephanta Caves. The famous monument, the main tourist attraction in Mumbai, the Gateway of India is decked with four turrets and its yellow basalt stone structure has delicate latticework carved in it. The structure exhibits the amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim architectures. To the opposite of this grand monument, stands the rich and famous Royal Taj Mahal Hotel. This hotel is a witness of priceless memories of this glorious city. The Taj Towers located near the hotel is another appealing building for its wonderful architecture. From the Gateway of India, you will be taken by a ferry boat to the Elephanta Island. The ferry boat is a type of luxury boat which ferries you around the harbor and you will reach the lovely Elephanta Islands after a journey spanning nearly one hour and fifteen minutes.  Now that you have reached the Elephanta Islands, some light will be thrown upon the whereabouts of what you can expect to find here. After you reach the island, you will have the option of walking by foot or taking a toy train to the main attractions of the place. Elephanta Island is a serene and spellbinding land blanketed in calmness and peace. The island is covered with lush green trees and monkeys dot the place. It is advised that you do not carry food while strolling around to prevent troubles caused by the monkeys. You will have to walk approximately 120 steep steps to get to the entrance of the temple after you get down from the toy train. Take the pony services offered if you do not want to toil climbing up to the temple. Spread over an area of nearly 60,000 square feet, the magnificent Elephanta Cave complex is comprised of massive rock carved temples, dating back to the 5th-century. These temples are sworn in the name of Lord Shiva, in particular. You will notice skillfully chiseled corridors and chambers as you walk through the temples. Treading past each bend, you will also find intensely sculpted art forms. Various images are depicted in the engraved rock surfaces, fluted pillars, dedicated, skillful stone work and structures chiseled out of the huge rocks. Catch a glimpse of the magnanimous Shivalingam, situated at the western end of the temple. At the eastern wing of the main temple, you will find the secondary shrine. As you approach the main hall, you will find that the hall is completely adorned with carved panels that speak of legends from Shiva Purana. Spread across the entire complex, are an array of sculptures representing many of Lord Shiva's manifestations like Kalyanasundara, Gangadhara, Ardhanariswara, Uma Maheswara, Nataraja, Yogiswara, Andhakaasuravadamoorthy and Ravanaanugrahamurthy. These intricate and splendid carvings are testimony of the high level of skill and excellence that ancient India showcased in art and craft. You will also be taken to the handicraft markets, which stock a spellbinding collection of the exquisite and invaluable art, and craft that prevailed in ancient India. After you have completed touring the outstanding and exemplary Elephanta Island, you will be ferried back to the Gateway of India at 13:30. From the harbor, your appointed chauffuer will drop you back to your hotel, marking the end of the memorable tour.

Mumbai: Hidden Street Eats Tour by Train

4. Mumbai: Hidden Street Eats Tour by Train

Greet your foodie guide in the Fort area at 4:00 PM and set off walking through the streets of Mumbai's colonial heart. Whet the whistle with a refreshing masala lime soda and dive into a tiny Hindu temple for a blessing before starting the food tour proper with a banana leave covered in 8 curries, pickles and chutneys which explode with flavor. You'll have explanations of each as you dive in with crispy papads and taste a fried spiced local fish best eaten covered in zingy lime. As you take a guided walk past the old buildings on the way to the train station, your guide will tell you stories of life in old Bombay. En route you'll pop into one of the few remaining Persian cafes still left in the city to try their famously good apple pie and a cup of good ol' Indian chai. Continue to a famed paan house to try betal leaves wrapped up with dried fruits, nuts and syrups and get your taste buds popping with a cone of sticky sweet and sour tamarind. It's time to ride the rails on Mumbai's commuter line. Don't worry, you won't have to wait long. These open-doored trains depart every 5 minutes and make for a great way to see a slice of real Bombay. Hop off at Chowpatty Beach and make a beeline for the street food chaat vendors. Your guide will find a little spot on the sand and you can watch the melting sun set over Mumbai while you dig into a vegetable curry oozing with paneer cheese and other street snacks like puffed rice bhel puri and crispy little shells filled with herby mash and tamarind called pani puri. The tour isn't over yet. Your guide will bundle you into old taxis for a short journey up to the Muslim quarter known for its hearty cuisine. To allow you to digest a little, your guide will take you on a walk through a bustling fresh produce market to learn about Indian ingredients and then a wander up through Chor Bazaar where you'll discover its fascinating history. Tucked away in an impossible-to-find spot, you'll try 3 different types of mouth-watering kebabs cooked over charcoal at a tiny local eatery. It's unthinkable to visit Mumbai without trying the desserts. You'll visit a famed parlour that's been hand-churning their ice-creams in the same way for more than a century and take an exclusive look out back to see how it’s done before digging into your exotic flavour of choice. As you walk towards the local bus stop, you'll make a quick stop for coconut cakes from an old bakery and sample creamy pheni at a local restaurant. The tour ends back at the twinkling lights of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in the Fort area. Say goodbye to your guide while they help you call transport or direct you on how to get back to your hotel. Leave with a much deeper understanding of Mumbai culture, life and its cuisine.

Mumbai: Experience Local Transport, Sightseeing & Lunch

5. Mumbai: Experience Local Transport, Sightseeing & Lunch

See the best of Mumbai while traveling the local way on this authentic tour. Ride the famous suburban train, hop on a classic red bus, cruise around town in a typical black and yellow taxi, and look on as millions of Mumbai’s working-class head out in the morning. Markets such as the Dadar Flower Market and the world famous Dabbawallahs (the workers of India’s intricate lunch delivery system) will also be explored. For lunch, a special tiffin (lunchbox) lunch will be delivered by a dabbawallah, with which you will enjoy a picnic at a nearby park. Following the picnic, you will receive an overview of religion in India (which is integral to the lives of most Indians), and you’ll learn about Hinduism and Islam, as well as Jainism. You will then admire the Haji Ali in the middle of the sea, enjoy views from Mahalaxmi Temple, and receive a one-of-a-kind perspective of Mumbai (and Marine Drive) from the Hanging Gardens. Later on, you experience Dhobi Ghat, the world’s largest open-air laundry.

Mumbai: City Highlights Private Tour with Dharavi Slum

6. Mumbai: City Highlights Private 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.

Mumbai: Private City Highlights Tour

7. Mumbai: Private City Highlights Tour

After pickup from your hotel, you will head to the Gateway of India and the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Next, see the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Train Station, which has been made into a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, explore 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. Next stop is an insider's tour of the Dhobi Ghat, a colorful open-air laundry. Then you will visit Mahatma Gandhi's residence, but not before you pass by the Haji Ali Dargah mosque, just off the coast of Mumbai. You will head to Malabar Hill, before seeing the Banganga water tank and stopping at Kamala Nehru Park to take in the views. But no view will match the one at Marine Drive, where you'll see a spectacular panorama of Mumbai. After a day of exploring Mumbai, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

Mumbai: Public Transportation Tour

8. Mumbai: Public Transportation Tour

Your tour guide will meet you at the Regal Cinema, Colaba at 9:00 AM. Start your tour on a bus ride to Victoria Terminus Train Station - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and where Slumdog Millionaire was filmed. Your guide will then accompany you to the flower market which is flooded with all kinds of roses: white, pink, red, yellow and various other kinds of flowers, garlands and bouquets. You will then take a train again to Mahalaxmi, known as Dhobi Ghat (Open Air Laundry) where clothes are washed in full view of the public. After checking out this unique phenomenon, you will take a taxi to Chor Bazaar, one of the largest flea markets in the entire country. Then, take a taxi to Churchgate. Here, you will find the Mumbai dabbawalas, a lunchbox delivery and return system that delivers hot lunches from homes and restaurants to people at work in India, especially in Mumbai. Your tour ends here.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

This was our first time in Mumbai and the tour was absolutely excellent. Our guide was very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the history of Mumbai, it’s current development and the different religions there. Alam went out of his way to make sure we were able to experience the most authentic side of Mumbai and did an amazing job even though coronavirus restrictions are still in place. We chose to have the lunch option and the food was fantastic. The car we travelled in was well air conditioned and the social distancing elements were excellent. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone. Thank you so much.

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.

Great tour, got to see some parts of Mumbai that I might not have seen if I'd been by myself. Food was really tasty and gave me an idea of dishes to try in future. Guide was great and had a lovely personality

great expirience! very nice guide, delicious fod! amazing moments in Mumbai. You have to do it!

absolutely recommendable, because you can really experience Mumbai live !!!