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Elephanta Cave Tour with Bollywood Tour

1. 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.

Mumbai: Private Bollywood and Dharavi Slum Tour

2. 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.

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4.2 / 5

based on 9 reviews

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.

hi Very interesting experience, the guide at elephanta cave was very knowledgeable and we were happy with it. The Bollywood Tour was also interesting in that I grew up with Indian films and it was my childhood dream to come yours one day. Naren was very good at taking care of us, me and my girl, we felt safe with him. My girl wants to work in Bollywood, it was exciting to see details of how to make a film. Thanks for that, Naren

Elephanta island is absolutely worth a visit! The local guide Nitin pointed out the Hindu background perfectly and helped me to get the best pictures. The afternoon was fantastic with the visit of Siraf Jahangir studio with local guide Naren and expert on Bollywood movies who knows all the good sets and I was lucky to watch the filming of a dancing show.

The tour in Elephanta Island was very good, with a fantastic guide. And in Bollywood it was great too. We visit the sets, the museum, where we dress some of the costumes and ended in a record studio to record a song. I recommend this tour.