Elephanta island, Gateway to India,
Chhatrapati railway station, Chhatrapati
Shivaji Maharaj Museum
Fully escorted day tour by air
conditioned car and private driver/guide.
MUMBAI DAY TOUR
"From the Vedas, we learn a practical art of surgery, medicine, music, house building under which mechanized art is included.
They are encyclopedia of every aspect of life, culture, religion, science, ethics, law, cosmology and meteorology." William James
Your private tour begins at your local Mumbai hotel or train station. Pick-up is at 8:00 am and we'll begin our tour at the historic Mumbai waterfront.
We will start our tour at The Gateway to India - the massive gates built at the entrance to Mumbai's harbour. The gates were constructed in 1920 to welcome King George V and Queen Mary into India
Nearby is our ferry to Elephanta Island. and a short walk to explore the Elephanta Caves. In 1987, the caves were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The first boat departs at 9am and this journey, which gives a good panoramic view, takes 1 hour. The walk from the jetty to cave temple is less than a mile away, though there is also a small toy train from the jetty to the base of the hill.
Climb the 120 steps to the plateau where the caves are located to reach a small site museum. The museum resembles more of an old house with terracotta roof, but is a great precursor to the Elephanta caves. If time and energy remains after visiting the main caves, trek up the the Cannon Hill. There is a old cannon post overlooking the harbor where you can see few un-excavated Buddhist sites, dating back to 2nd century BC, of Shiva with his consort Parvathi.
There is only one panel in Elephanta Caves where the lower portions of the images are not damaged, and it depicts the marriage of Shiva and Parvathi. The Nataraja Panel is located at the entry point of the main cave, opposite of the Mahayogi Shiva at Elephanta. After passing the three panels (Gangadhara at Elephanta, Mahesh Murthi at Elephanta and Ardhanarishvara at Elephanta), which are located in the deep wall of the cave, see the most dynamic and expressive of all the panels of Elephanta.
Board the boat at 12:30 for an hour-long journey back to the Gateway of India. After an authentic Indian lunch at 2:30pm we proceed to Mumbai University, whose British heritage building was built in 1857.
See the Hanging Gardens, built on top of water tanks near the Tower of Silence (Parsi burial place), as well as Mani Bhavan- a hallowed memorial to Gandhiji.
Hear about his stay here and the activities he participated in. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum, which is one of the premier art and history museums in India.
Drive past Marine drive and Chowpatty beach, as well as Bombay High Court, which is a Beautiful British Heritage Building, and Victoria Terminus Train Station (CST), a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Tours start at 8:00 am and finish at 5:30 pm.
We will pick you up and drop you back to your
local hotel or the train station
Tours include all monument fees and guides
Tours include a stop for tea/light lunch
Tours are flexible regarding attractions and timings
We customize to suit your interests.