City Tour of Mumbai - AHM : 1210
Arrive at the Indira docks / Green Gate, complete the immigration formalities and meet our representative and guide at the exit gate of the arrival hall and 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.
Shopping Tour in Mumbai
It is said for the Mumbai Markets; that even a week’s stay in Mumbai is less to cover all its Markets which is indeed true. This activity covers different Markets in Mumbai or Bazaars as we say in Hindi.Highlights
Mumbai's narrow lanes are alive with activity in front of colonial buildings, alongside temples, and everywhere in between, vendors shout from carts selling everything from colourful clothes and flowers to traditional Indian attires and food. We'll guide you through the chaos and introduce you to this side Mumbai which is a must-see markets such as the market which is famous for spices called Crawford Market and Mangaldas Market which is the best place to get branded and best quality fabrics as well as some lesser known ones such as Flower Alley. Whilst we navigate this lanes you will also be able to see few temples which are very old and stand tall amongst the new highrises.
Few other markets we will visit :Linking Road :
Linking Road was one of the first arterial roads "linking" the far-flung suburbs of Bandra and Juhu to the main Mumbai city during the 1940s. The oldest name of the road was Dadabhai Navroji Road. Linking Road and Hill Road were two of the main shopping hubs in the suburbs of Mumbai. Over the years this place is become a shoppers paradise with wide variety and the best price. You do need to bargain here. The accompanying Guide with you will come handy on this for you.Colaba Causeway :
Shopping at Colaba Causeway is like visiting a carnival. This street is always buzzing with activity. It is famously said that there is nothing you cannot get in Colaba market. Be it Jewelry, Books, Clothes, Food, Shoes, fashion accessories, Handicraft and the list is endless. You will indeed get it here. Colaba also has the best of the restaurants. Café Leopold is a must visit after your tiring shopping spree.Chor Bazaar :
Chor Bazaar, located near Bhendi Bazaar in South Mumbai, is one of the largest flea markets in India which is open 363 days in the year except during Eid Festival. Chor Bazaar or thief market ( English translation of this market ) is known for its second-hand goods rather than stolen goods. The market is the best place to buy Vintage furniture’s or Antiques. You can also visit a store which has the best collection of old Bollywood Posters and Gramophone player records which are for sale. Others offer authentic Victorian furniture, replacement parts for automobiles, etc. Although bargaining here is a must as the shopkeepers keep huge margin here. But a good bargain would fetch you best price. Your Guide will certainly be of great assistance here.Mangaldas Cloth Market :
Mangaldas Market, traditionally home to traders from Gujarat, is a mini-town, complete with lanes of fabrics. Even if you’re not wanting your clothes stitched but you must visit DD Dupattawala for pretty scarves and dupattas at fixed prices. Bhuleshwar Market for best fabrics at cheapest price are available.Zaveri Bazaar :
The market houses the headquarters of many jewelry institutions of India including Jagawat Sons (of Mankhush Jagawat) and Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri, one of the biggest jewelry retailers of India, which was established in the year 1864. In this market you will get all kinds of gems and precious stones. Zaveri bazaar is regarded as one of the safest markets as its secured with round the clock surveillance through CCTVs installed in order to avoid almost any crime, This market is also known for its photo frames, clips, tea-sets, dinnerware, toys and other luxury lifestyle articles crafted out of expensive metals. As we complete the market visits with buying enough stuff the tour ends with our memorable shopping spree at 18:00 hrs and then we proceed back to hotel. Note : Its better to inform your Guide what market interests you more so that the Guide can plan your day better.