Discover Mumbai the Local Way - AHM : 1187
In this tour you explore the real Mumbai the local way. We ride Mumbai buses known for its wide network, experience ride on the lifeline of Mumbai which is the Mumbai local train. Experience taxi ride in a way the Mumbai local commute.
Ride in a famous suburban train, hop on a classic red bus, Drive around town in a typical black and yellow taxi and look on as millions of Mumbai's working class head out for work in morning. We will discover Mumbai beyond the typical tourist sites. This view of the Maximum City will give you an idea of the struggles and challenges felt by the working class, as well as their unconquerable spirit.
At 08:00hrs : Meet at Regal Cinema, Colaba with your guide. From here hop on the local bus for a ride from Colaba to Churchgate station [02 kms]. Disambark and visit the famous Stadium Restaurant. It's one of the few authentic Irani Restaurant which exists in Mumbai. The ambience takes you back to the 60's – 70's to relish the Mumbai breakfast delicacies. Have a sumptuous breakfast and continue your tour.
From the Churchgate station we take the train to Mahalaxmi station. At Churchgate station the Guest will see how the people stand in the Ticket Counter Queue and take their tickets to reach their offices. Now the guests will be escorted towards the platform to board the Local Train for Mahalaxmi Station.
Local Train are the major means of transport in Mumbai. The extensive network of Railways has three lines, namely the Western Line, the Central Main Line and the Harbour Line. Being a linear city, Mumbai is totally covered by local train network.
This Tour will give you an opportunity to experience the Mumbai Local Train. We travel in First Class Compartment and will be traveling from South to North Mumbai when there is no crowd. The Guests will escorted out from the Mahalaxmi Station. The guests will proceed to the Open Air Laundry firmly known as DHOBI GHAT.
A unique feature of Mumbai, the dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, washit, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. All for a pittance. The "laundries" are called "ghats": row upon row of concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone. The clothes are soaked in sudsy water, thrashed on the flogging stones, then tossed into huge vats of boiling starch and hung out to dry. Next they are ironed and piled into neat bundles, where almost two hundred dhobis and their families work together in what has always been a hereditary occupation.
To enhance our experience further we hop on to a Black and yellow local taxi from Mahalaxmi station to Chattrapatishivaji terminus [Victoria terminus], which is a historic railway station and serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways.
The station was designed by Frederick William Stevens, a consulting architect in 1887-1888, for the princely sum of 16.14 lakh rupees. The station stands as an example of 19th century railway architectural marvels for its advanced structural and technical solutions.
It was put on the UNESCO World Heritage List on July 2, 2004. We shall halt here for a photo stop for 10 to 15 min and later drop to Regal Cinema, Colaba.Tour Ends