Morning Departure (Pick up at 10:00 hrs / Return at 15:00 hrs)
DAY 1: Shantaram Tour – Approx 5 hours
This Mumbai tour gives you a great opportunity to see various Colonial Heritage Architecture & Monuments and would be fascinating to walk past these, taking pictures and listen to the most interesting & amazing facts and stories linked.
Babulnath Mandir :
The oldest temple in the city where Shiva in the form of the Lord of the Babul tree is the main deity in this temple.
A private home in South Mumbai, India. It is owned by Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries Limited and includes a staff of 600 to maintain the residence. As of November 2014, it is deemed to be the World’s second most expensive residential property.
Haji Ali Dargah :
A mosque and dargah (tomb) located on an islet off the coast of Worli in the Southern part of Mumbai is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Architecture.
Victoria Terminus (VT) which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a historic railway station in Mumbai. It also serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways.
Mumbai University is one of the first three state universities in India and among the largest universities in the world in terms of the number of students.
The Rajabai Clock Tower is a clock tower in South Mumbai designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, an English architect. He modeled it on Big Ben in London. The foundation stone was laid on 1 March 1869 and construction was completed in November 1878.
The Oval Maidan is a large recreational ground situated in South Mumbai, India. The most popular sports being played there are cricket and football. Indian cricket legends like Sachin Tendulkar have played on this ground in their early career.
DAY 2: ANCIENT MUMBAI
Elephanta Island is a network of sculpted caves. The rock cut architecture of the caves have been dated to be between the 5th and 8th centuries. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, to preserve the artwork. An experienced tour guide takes you through the collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls and porticos arranged in the splendid symmetry of Indian rock-cut architecture, and filled with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
The island is named after a colossal elephant found in the island, which is popularly known as ‘Gharapuri’. Different dynasties held their sway over this island, namely, the Konkan-Mauryas, Trikutakas, Chalukyas of Badami, Silaharas, Rashtrakutas, Kalyani Chalukyas, Yadavas of Deogiri, Muslim rulers of Ahmedabad and then by the Portuguese. The Marathas also had this island under their control and from them it passed into the control of the British.
There are seven cave excavations in the Elephanta group and these are datable from circa 6th – 7th centuries A.D. Among the cave excavations, the Cave 1 is the most impressive which represents the evolved Brahmanical rock-cut architecture. The cave is also famous for the exquisite and vibrant sculptures. On plan it almost resembles the Dumar Lena (Cave 29) of Ellora. The cave has a main entrance on the north with two other openings on the east and west respectively and a central hall with six rows of pillared columns, six in each row except on the western corner, where a shrine of lingam is placed.
DAY 3: SHOPPING IN MUMBAI
Dotted with unending stretches of street-side shops, malls and international brand boutiques, the island city is a shopaholics’ heaven. South Mumbai’s shopping hubs include Colaba Causeway, Fashion Street & Crawford Market. These shopping areas are a must visit during a tour of Mumbai.