Things to do in Mumbai

Our most recommended things to do in Mumbai

Elephanta Caves: Private Half-Day Tour from Mumbai

1. 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: Ethical Dharavi Walking Tour with Options

2. Mumbai: Ethical Dharavi Walking Tour with Options

Known to many as one of the largest slums in Asia, Dharavi is Mumbai’s beating heart. Home to about one million of Mumbai’s inhabitants, its industries have an annual turnover of approximately $ 1 Billion. Learn the challenges of migrants as they settled into this community, their entrepreneurial stories and how to debunk the negative stereotypes of slums. For more insight, opt to have lunch as a family opens their home to you or go on a street walk tour to explore art. This walking tour takes care to be non-intrusive and community centric. Contrary to sensationalist media and films, Dharavi is an area of entrepreneurship, an estimated 20,000 businesses thrive here. Observe recycling, pottery-making, embroidery, bakery, soap making, leather tanning, poppadom-making and many more. Climb to a rooftop to get a view of the entire settlement. Navigate through the maze-like alleys and stop to talk to friendly locals. The tour will also visit the residential areas of Dharavi. People from all over India have come to live in Dharavi, making it a microcosm of India. This diversity is apparent in the temples, mosques, churches and pagodas that stand side by side. 80% of the profits from this tour are re-invested in educational community initiatives.

Mumbai: Private Day Tour with Elephanta Caves

3. 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: Slumdog Millionaire Tour of Dharavi Slum

4. 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

5. 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 Sightseeing Tour of the City

6. 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.

Elephanta Caves: Private Half-Day Tour from Mumbai

7. Elephanta Caves: Private Half-Day Tour from Mumbai

Start the day with an optional pickup from your hotel or meet your guide at the Gateway of India. First take the ferry to Elephanta Caves, which is a must-see destination for history buffs or archaeology aficionados. After an hour-long ferry ride, climb 120 steps to the plateau where these caves can be entered. Dive into the history behind the artifacts and structures found in seven major excavation sites. Enter the hall, a masterpiece of 6th-century architecture which is supported by huge pillars. Explore 3 caves and learn interesting facts about India's religious history. Each cave is has a unique feature: one is a large Hindu Cave, the other is a Buddhist cave, and the final cave is dedicated to the God Shiva, with an immense, three-headed Shiva sculpture. After the Elephanta Caves, you'll go back to Mumbai by ferry. If you've opted for the accommodation option, you will be dropped back off at your specified address.

Mumbai: 4-Hour Evening Street Food Tour

8. Mumbai: 4-Hour Evening Street Food Tour

Take a 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. Experience the city’s flavors that please the taste buds and go easy on the stomach. Mumbai’s three 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 Pani Puri, Dahi Puri, and Pav Bhaji. Next, take a taxi ride to Bhuleshwar a Gujarati and Rajasthani area with local specialties such as ukala (saffron milk), kachori, sabudana wada and pudla and masala dosa and lassi await. Walk through its busy streets and khao gallis (eating lanes). Finally, walk into the lively Mohommad Ali Road area. In this predominantly Muslim neighborhood, get immersed in the local culture and the food. Here in the khao gaullis you will find mainly non-vegetarian options such as Chicken kebabs and Baida rotis.

Mumbai: Private Tour with a Local

9. Mumbai: Private Tour with a Local

Get an exclusive welcome to Mumbai on a private tour with a local guide. Transform your way of traveling to make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see.  Follow your friendly local as they share their passion for the place they live. Learn all the tricks to make the most of the city and get tips on the best things to see. Meet in the neighborhood where you are staying to get familiar with the best places to eat and buy groceries. Hear about the easiest ways to get around, and the top things to do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable and confident navigating the city on your own, secure in the knowledge that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay.

Mumbai: Private Car Hire with Professional Driver

10. Mumbai: Private Car Hire with Professional Driver

Book a private, air-conditioned car and professional driver to plan your day in Mumbai. Choose from flexible options and only pay according to your usage. Sit back and relax as you drive around the city according to your convenience and make as many stops as you wish. Mumbai is the financial capital of India and its largest city. A private car charter in Mumbai is the best way to see the entire city and all it has to offer. Multiple car sizes are available for couples, families, or small groups. Your driver will pick you up from your preferred location and take you anywhere within Mumbai. You can go sightseeing to iconic landmarks such as the Gateway of India, enjoy the sunset at Marine Drive or explore the different museums in the city. It is highly recommended that you plan a draft itinerary in advance to avoid driving back and forth through the heavy Mumbai traffic. Your driver speaks basic English and will be happy to help you with some local tips.

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What people are saying about Mumbai

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 700 reviews

Mohammed was super passionate and knowledgeable. He lives in Dhavari slum and was so proud of the community, industriousness and purpose evident in the slum. It was very educational.

We had a great time with Mukesh! He drove us to Mumbai's highlights, was very attentive, and explained many interesting things about the city. Recommended!

Excellent guide - knowledgable, friendly and fun. An amazing place and well worth the guide to give colour, context and history to this amazing place.

Confronting and an excellent experience. I would recommend it over and over again to anyone interested

Overalll we had a great day trip and would highly recommend them.