City Tour of Mumbai - AHM : 1209
Arrive at the Indira docks / Green Gate, complete the immigration formalities and meet our representative and Guide at the exitgate of the arrival halland proceed for your experience of Mumbai City. Mumbai is the party capital and a financial district of India.On this Tour we would visit the famous Gateway of India, situated at the Apollo Bunder Road. It was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911, replete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone.
Our next stop will be the Prince of Wales Museum. This fabulous Gothic and Moorish style building is crowned by a sparkling white dome, and houses a priceless collection of art, sculpture, china and other antiques. Drive past the old colonial buildings like Victoria Terminus or CST as it is called now (undoubtedly the British Raj's piece de resistance, featuring carved stone friezes, stained glass windows and flying buttresses), Mumbai University and Rajabai Clock Tower. Later drive past the Crawford Market and the most famous landmark of Mumbai - Marine Drive road, South Mumbai’s windswept promenade, flanked by the sea and a row of art deco buildings. Drive past Chowpaty Beach, the Parsi Towers of Silence and Malabar Hill. We also visit Mani Bhavan, the old Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. It's a pretty, two-storied structure that now houses a reference library with over 2000 books, a photo exhibition of the Mahatma's life, and well-preserved memorabilia, including an old charkha or spinning wheel that Gandhiji used to use. Later make a photo stop at Dhobi Ghat, the open-air laundry of the city. It’s a fabulous site and indeed interesting. You can have a lunch break before we start our next tour.
This tour takes you to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park to see the Buddhist caves at Kanheri.
Kanheri Caves is over 2000 years old, and offers you a rare opportunity to understand monastic life that existed in ancient India. Located in Borivali which is North of Mumbai, Kanheri saw continuous occupation from the 1st century BC, until the decline of Buddhism in India in the 9th century AD. These carvings and the architecture of KanheriCaves reflect the older, more austere Hinayana Buddhism as well as the later, more popular Mahayana.
This place was a large settlement of Monks, which was like a mini-university, carved into the cliff face. The monks devised ingenuous ways of sourcing and harnessing rainwater, to provide for their daily life of study and prayers. Water cisterns, well planned stairways chiseled into the hill, halls for praying in Groups or large numbers, dormitories, common dining hall to accommodate all and the living quarters of senior monks – all of these make Kanheri indeed a very fascinating place to visit.
The caves are located inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park which is spread over 9000 hectares. Its home to several species of bird and animal life, including deer, four horned antelope, leopards, macacques, civets, mongoose and langurs. This place transforms in the monsoons, and immediately after. The Park changes to a lush green haven.
After the Tour return back to the Cruise Terminal to board your Cruise for onward destination.