After an hour-long boat ride to Elephanta Island, explore the magnificent caves. The outer caves were used as a place of Hindu worship until Portuguese rule was established. The caves further in are smaller and are Buddhist caves. The main cave, otherwise known as the Shiva Cave, contains numerous carvings throughout depicting various aspects of Lord Shiva including his wedding, his slaying of Andhaka and more. There is also a sculpture of the Trimurti in the main cave that is approximately 20 feet tall. Other wings of the caves have shrines dedicated to Shiva’s sons, Kartikeya and Ganesh. visit the Gateway of India, Mumbai's most iconic monument, built to welcome King George V and Queen Mary to India. Just around the corner from the Gateway of India is the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. The original building was commissioned by Jamshedji Tata and first opened its doors to guests on 16 December 1903. You will visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji train station, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mumbai University, the Rajabai Clock Tower (the Big Ben of India), the Oval Maidan, where cricket, the most beloved sport of India is played. See Bombay High Court, a beautiful British heritage building and Asia’s largest open-air laundry at Dhobi Ghat, where clothes are washed in full public view. Stop to see Mani Bhavan, Mahatma Gandhi's residence in Mumbai. Visit the Jain temple, and Kamala Nehru Park and the Hanging Gardens near the Tower of Silence. Ride along Marine Drive, also known as The Queen’s Necklace, and see many British heritage buildings such as the Prince of Wales Museum, Maharashtra Police Headquarters, the Flora Fountain and Hutatma Chowk, the Telegraph Office, the India Post Office Building, the Kala Ghoda area, David Sassoon's Library and the National Gallery of Modern Art. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel.
Start your private tour with pickup from your Mumbai hotel, or from the cruise port or railway station. Delve into the streets in a private, air-conditioned car with your guide, and hear about Mumbai’s history, including its time under British rule from the 18th to the 20th century, and how it is India’s second-largest city, with a population of about 18.4 million. Stop first at the vast Dharavi Slum, Asia’s biggest, and home to nearly a million people. Take a walk through this town-within-a-town, crammed with thousands of makeshift huts. Learn about daily life here, and pass tiny bread and sweet shops, interspersed with dimly-lit manufacturing units hosting small-scale clothes-, pottery-, and soap-making businesses. Absorb the strong sense of community, and visit the plastic and metal recycling yard, where workers sort materials for re-use, before delving into Kumbharwada, the community of clay potters dubbed the ‘city of lamps.’ Explore the lanes here, weaving through thousands of hand-made, kiln-fired pots being crafted as oil lamps for festivals. Having explored Dharavi, take a tour of the colonial and modern faces of Mumbai. Admire the Gateway of India, built to commemorate a 1911 visit by King George V, and see the imposing Taj Mahal Palace hotel, opened in 1903. Hear historical tales and anecdotes en route, and stop at landmarks including the UNESCO-listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station, Mumbai University with its Big Ben-style Rajabai Clock Tower, and the Oval Cricket Ground and Bombay High Court. See Mumbai’s dhobi ghat — Asia’s biggest open-air laundry — together with Mahatma Gandhi's former residence, and the Hanging Gardens on top of water tanks. Plus, drive past the colonial buildings on Marine Drive, seeing the Prince of Wales Museum, Flora Fountain, the Telegraph Office, and more. Your tour then ends back at the departure point.
Our Tour Guide will meet you at the Regal Cinema, Colaba at 8 am.Start your tour on a bus ride to Victoria Terminus Train Station (CST) - UNESCO World Heritage Site and Slumdog Millionaire was filmed here. Your guide(Friend) will then accompany you to the flower market which is flooded with all kind of Roses viz. white, pink, red, yellow, etc. and various kinds of flowers, Garlands & Bouquets.you'll 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'll take a taxi to Chor Bazaar, one of the largest flea markets in the entire country and nearby. Take a taxi to Churchgate. Here, you’ll find the Mumbai dabbawalas constitute a lunchbox delivery and return system that delivers hot lunches from homes and restaurants to people at work in India, especially in Mumbai. Tour ends here with a beautiful memory.
Begin your morning bike tour in Bollywood city Mumbai, where you’ll meet your guide and be fit with a bike and helmet before setting off on an exciting city ride. Over the next several hours, enjoy picturesque urban and pastoral views as your entertaining guide takes you past renowned landmarks and through Gateway of India, Victoria Station, Cow Shelter, Mumbadevi Temple (temple was built in 1675). Your route leads directly to a fishing dock and then on to Marine Drive, where you’ll stop to view of Mumbai. Afterwards, explore Mumbai University, Bombay Highcourt and the Crowford Market. During each leg of the tour, you’ll have a chance to pause, ask questions of your guide and snap some memorable photos. Your 3-hour ride ends back at the starting point.
This tour starts with a brief orientation on India’s Jewish communities: the history of their arrival in India 2,000 years ago, geographical spread, the different sects, and their culture. The guide will provide you with illustrated handouts and notes to deepen your understanding of India’s Jews. Over these 2,000 years, the Jewish people and their customs have been accepted. You will start with Sassoon Docks, built by an influential family of Baghdadi Jews, which are bustling with activity in the mornings. From here, you will drive to the Gateway of India - Kenneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue - with its beautiful interiors, and the David Sassoon Library. Next, you will visit the oldest synagogue in Mumbai, the Shaar Harahamim, or Gate of Mercy Synagogue, built-in 1796, by Samaji Hasaji Divekar (Samuel Ezekiel Divekar), a Bene Israeli. From here, you will drive to the Magen David Synagogue, a tall blue building with a Gothic feel that towers over all the other buildings in the area. You will discover Victoria Terminus (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Bombay Municipal Building. Drive to Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai’s unique outdoor laundry system. Your tour will also take you through Marine Drive/Chowpatty, Oval Maidan, High Court, Bombay University, Flora Fountain and many more unseen places.
After being picked up from your accommodation in Mumbai, set off to explore in an 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. Bollywood dances have evolved as a unique and energetic style. The groups of dancers will perform 5 Bollywood dances in front of the audience and you will get a chance to learn and dance along. You'll get thorough explanations about special effects, seeing Bollywood cafés, Bollywood costume gallery and Bollywood museum. Continue to see Mumbai by visiting Gateway of India, Mumbai's most famous monument. Just around the corner is the iconic The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, the hotel's original building was commissioned by Jamshedji Tata and first opened its doors to guests on December 1903. You will visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station, Mumbai University, Rajabai Clock Towers Oval Cricket Ground, Bombay High Court. You will also be seeing Asia’s largest open-air laundry “Dhobi Ghat” where clothes are washed in full view of the public and then move on to see Mahatma Gandhi's residence in Mumbai “Mani Bhavan”. You will be visiting Jain temple, Banganga tank, and Kamala Nehru Park, Hanging Gardens built on top of water tanks near and the Tower of Silence. Take a drive around Marine Drive also known as “Queens Necklace”, many British Heritage Buildings like Prince of Wales Museum, Maharashtra Police Headquarters, Flora Fountain and Hutatma Chowk, Telegraph Office, India Post Office Building, Kala Ghoda Area, David Sassoon's Library and the National Gallery of Modern Art.
Start your private tour with a pick–up from your accommodation in Mumbai, head to the Kanheri Caves, located deep within the green forests of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, one of Asia’s major national parks. The caves are a marvelous architectural feat. All 109 of them were chiseled and carved out of a huge basaltic rock outcrop. The smaller caves, known as viharas, served as resting places for the monks. The larger caves, known as chaityas, are lined with various exquisitely carved Buddhist sculptures and were commonly used as places for worship. In the main hall stands the towering figure of the Lord Buddha measuring about 7 meters in height. The interior has a colonnade of 34 majestically carved pillars. The eleven-headed Avalokiteshwara is the most distinctive motif. There are about 100 inscriptions in different scripts - Brahmi, Devnagri, Pallavi and Sanskrit. At the end of your tour, head back to your accommodation in Mumbai with excellent memories of the day.
You will board your flight from Mumbai to Delhi at 6:00 AM . Upon arrival at Delhi at 8:00 AM, you will meet your chauffeur and proceed to Agra via the Yamuna Expressway, a journey taking between 3-4 hours before you will reach the Mughal city of Agra. Once you have reached Agra, you will begin by first visiting the Taj Mahal, a construction defining the undying saga of love between Shah Jahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal has marked its position in the list of the Seven Wonders of the World because of its magnificent architecture, defining the tale of love of Emperor Shah Jahan. It is located on the banks of the river Yamuna, giving it an extremely soothing effect. It is believed that about 20,000 workers labored for 21 years to complete this monument, and on completion the hands of all the workers were cut-off. After this incredible visit, you will have time for a lunch break. If time permits, you can also visit Agra Fort, which was constructed in 1565 A.D. by the great ruler Akbar. This fort was robustly built and, has served a military purpose throughout history. Later that evening, you will proceed back to Delhi to board your flight at 10:45 PM back to Mumbai.
After pickup in the morning or afternoon (depending on your selection), Your host will teach you to cook five items and their accompaniments. You will assist the instructor, so your experience will be hands-on and help you understand the right timing for adding ingredients and spices. paneer butter Masala, rice, chappati, papad, and dal will be demonstrated during this 3-hour class. Also, you'll learn about the accompaniments served with the meal which include gulab jamun as the sweet dish. After the class, you will enjoy eating what you have prepared for a complete meal. In the end, you'll receive a recipe booklet and enjoy lunch with Local Family. The class will end approximately 3 hours after starting, then you'll be transferred back to your accommodations, cruise port or airport in Mumbai
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 about special effects, seeing Bollywood cafés, Bollywood Costume gallery, and Bollywood museum. Continue on 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 traveling experience.