3 Days in Mumbai: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, January 2015

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India is filled with marvelous metropolises, but Mumbai offers something very different in its heady mix of markets, colonial heritage, cultural hot spots, beaches and big city mayhem. Experience the many rhythms of life in Mumbai on strolls past elegant lines of colonial-era buildings and monuments, and glimpse the best of contemporary India at the city’s cosmopolitan cafes and convivial beaches.

Day 1: Mumbai Meander

Start your Mumbai Meander on the southern tip of Mumbai, in the former colonial area known as Colaba. There are colonial buildings to admire and plenty of contemporary flair in the upmarket district’s cafes and malls. Browse the local fruit market and electronic gadgets at Colaba Causeway bazaar, then bone up on Indian history at Gandhi’s House, the city refuge where the Mahatma stayed when visiting Bombay in pre-Independence days.

Day 2: Mumbai Markets and Munchies

Mumbai locals love to shop and eat, and with some of the best markets in the country to browse, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t join in. Whether you’re looking for jewelry, saris, antiques, contemporary fashion or seasonal fruit and veg, you’ll find it at one of Mumbai’s many markets. When you’re feeling hungry after all that hard bargaining, head to Chowpatty Beach at dusk to watch the sunset and snack on Mumbai street food sold by the bagful by beach vendors. For a sit-down feast, order savory pancakes at legendary Swati Snacks, a few streets back from the beach.

Day 3: Harbor and Caves Excursion

Mumbai has always looked out to sea, tracing its history back to the seven islands that formed its core, way back in the 2nd century BC. So what better way to spend your last day in Mumbai than by admiring the port and Gateway of India monument before taking a scenic boat cruise over the waters of Mumbai Harbour. Or ride a ferry over to Elephanta Island, to explore its acclaimed network of subterranean caverns and the sumptuous Hindu temple sculptures of the Elephanta Caves. On your return to terra firma, relax with a drink in one of the sumptuous bars of the harbor-front Taj Mahal Hotel.

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Private Tour: Kanheri Caves, Elephanta Caves or Karla and Bhaja Caves from Mumbai

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Journey back in time on this private tour from Mumbai to ancient Indian rock-cut caves. You have three cave options to choose from: the Kanheri Caves, the ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 5, 6 or 7 hours

From USD $61.25

Eat Like a Local: Mumbai Street Food Tour by Night

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Foodies will love this night tour, which takes you through Mumbai’s bustling street food scene to several popular local food stalls. Savor delectable Indian ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 2-3 hours

From USD $44.00

Mumbai in Motion: Mumbai Sightseeing Tour by Public Transportation

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Experience Mumbai (Bombay) like a local as you tour the city via a range of public transportation! Travel by suburban train, bus, taxi — and on foot — as you ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $18.00

South Mumbai Walking Tour: Markets and Mumbadevi Temple

4 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Experience the day-to-day market life of Mumbai on this 2-hour walking tour. A local guide accompanies you through several historical markets of South Mumbai ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $15.00

Small-Group Mumbai Night Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Reviews

Mumbai (Bombay) is a city that never sleeps, so experience the atmospheric streets by night on this 2.5-hour tour! Join local families for snacks at Chowpatty ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $18.00

Experience Diwali: Celebrate with a Local Indian Family in Mumbai

Experience Diwali, India's Festival of Lights, firsthand with a local family and knowledgeable guide in Mumbai. Learn about this ancient Hindu holiday as you ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 5-6 hours

From USD $163.99

Private Tour: Malabar Hill, Mani Bhavan and Dhobi Ghat in Mumbai

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 6 Reviews

Get a look at the culture and history of Mumbai on this private tour to diverse relics of Mumbai's past. With your expert guide, visit Mani Bhavan, a mansion ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.50

Mumbai by Night: Tonga Ride to Gateway of India with Dinner

Travel through an illuminated Mumbai at night in a private tonga, a traditional horse-drawn carriage, passing the Gateway of India, Regal Circle, Elphinstone ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00

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