Explore The Quaint Charms Of Mumbai With This Full-Day Guided Tour

Mumbai for me has always meant local trains, a constant blitz of Bollywood, overly fast-paced life and a place that’s crowded beyond capacity. But visiting the city made me realize, that’s the beauty of Mumbai- the people make it what it is and are the heart and soul of the city. 

I wanted to explore Mumbai to its core- the monuments, the historical sites, and the cultural background that defines Mumbai. So I decided to go on a full-day private guided tour of Mumbai that would introduce me to the prominent sites of this city within minimum time.

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It was a 9-hour tour and the cost started at USD 74.75 (INR 5,515.00). The tour cost included:

  • Hotel/ Airport/ Seaport Pickup and Drop
  • Transport by AC vehicle
  • Professional tour guide
  • Bottled Water

The city left an indelible mark on me and here’s how:

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1. It began with the architectural marvel of Gateway of India

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I was picked up from my hotel around 8:00 am and taken to this arch monument built during the 20th century. The history buff in me could immediately connect with the guide who gave us insights into the history of this heritage structure.

Note: Your pickup and drop will depend upon your location and traffic conditions in the area.

2. Exploring Mumbai’s iconic railway station

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We then reached the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. I was thrilled to know that the station is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and had never seen a railway station so beautiful.

3. The joy of shopping for everything at dirt cheap price

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Our next stop was the old wholesale market- Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai or the Crawford Market. I bought just about everything- from fruits and vegetables to stationary, crockery and decoration items at wholesale prices.

4. The city’s most cherished Queen’s Necklace

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One place that’s frequented by almost everyone in the city- from photographers to daydreamers, is Marine drive which looks like a Queen’s Necklace at night. Words aren’t enough to describe the combination of the endless sea and the city’s skyline. 

5. Unwinding at the Hanging Gardens

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Hanging Gardens was our next stop that provided us beautiful views of the Arabian sea and hedges carved into the shapes of animals. This was possibly the greenest spot which made my Instagram profile look so artsy.

6. Our visit to the Gujarati style residence- Mani Bhavan

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At about 12:30 pm we reached the Gandhi museum. The excitement in me to be at a place where Gandhiji laid the foundation for many independence movements knew no bounds. 

Tired and hungry, we were taken to a local restaurant where we had lunch (at our own expense). We got back to the tour around 2:30 pm. 

7. Exploring the largest laundry facility in the world

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I had seen the iconic Dhobi Ghat in movies several times. But witnessing the largest unmechanised facility and washerman colony in the world in front of my eyes was an unmatched experience.

8. Drive through the colonial buildings of Mumbai

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We then drove past the Mumbai University, Mumbai High Court and the Haji Ali Dargah- floating off the coast. The guide kept me intrigued with striking information about all these colonial sites. 

9. The amalgamation of Mughal, Maratha and Jain architecture

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Our last stop was around 3:30 pm at the Prince of Wales Museum where I could see relics from ancient India housed in an Indo-Saracenic architecture building that incorporates Mughal, Maratha and Jain architecture beautifully. 

The tour ended at about 5:00 pm and I was dropped off to my hotel. 

However short a time I spend here, Mumbai is a city that will stay with me. When it comes to exploring the buzzing city of dreams, there’s no better tour than this full-day private guided tour. I am sure at the end of the tour you are going to fall in love with the city just like I did.

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A writer by day and reader by night, Preksha is a bewildered soul obsessed with strong coffee and deep conversations ...

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