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How to Spend 1 Day in Mumbai

How to Spend 1 Day in Mumbai

Mumbai is a colorful hodgepodge of glimmering cosmopolitanism, regal colonial architecture, and ancient tradition. It’s also huge, so if you have just one day in the city, you’re best off concentrating on one area. Fortunately, many of the top attractions are clustered in the southern parts of town. Here’s how to make the most of one day in Mumbai.

 

Morning: The Road to Colonial Colaba

Start your day off at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and arguably the most dazzling building in the city. This huge railway station features a magnificent blend of neo-Gothic, Mughal, and Indian design elements known as Indo-Saracenic architecture. From here make your way to the Bombay High Court, which is fronted by a massive cricket ground, perhaps stopping at the open-air shops at Fashion Street along the way. Continue south to Colaba, the city's main tourist hub, to peruse rows of market stalls and stop for lunch at one of the many good and affordable spots in the area.

 

Afternoon: Elephanta Caves

After lunch, make your way to Colaba’s Gateway of India. This triple-arched monument, built in the 1920s, is reminiscent of a Mughal take on the Arc de Triomphe and looks out over Mumbai Harbour. From here, regular ferries depart for the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of rock-hewn temple caves, the oldest of which date back to the seventh century. Here you'll find Buddhist shrines and Hindu temples alike; one of the Hindu caves houses a gargantuan statue of Lord Shiva in his 3-faced form.

 

Night: Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach

After heading back to the mainland, make your way up to Marine Drive, a 2-mile-long road that flanks the Arabian Sea. The area is known for its lovely art deco buildings and is a popular spot for Mumbaikars out on an evening stroll, owing largely to its pleasant, pedestrian-friendly promenade and sunset views. From here you can continue all the way up to Chowpatty Beach, another popular evening spot among local families. The beach is a great spot to try out local treats, with food stalls and roving vendors selling everything from traditional ice cream known askulfi to the puffed-rice snackbhel puri. Make a dinner of it, or try the cuisine of the Konkan coast in one of the restaurants along the seafront.

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Best of Mumbai by Night Private Tour with Dinner and Transport.

Best of Mumbai by Night Private Tour with Dinner and Transport.

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Discover Mumbai as it lights up for the night on a private 5-hour evening tour with a local guide. Ride around town in an air-conditioned private vehicle to see illuminated landmarks such as Victoria Terminus Station, Gateway of India, Chowpatty Beach, and Marine Drive. You'll also get the inside scoop on the nightlife in this vibrant city. Customize the itinerary to your interests on this tour that includes dinner, private guide and driver, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
Price varies by group size
From
$100.00
Price varies by group size

Mumbai Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Mumbai Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Experience the best of Mumbai in a single day on this private tour. Traveling by private air-conditioned vehicle with a guide to organize the details and provide insight, see highlights like the Gateway of India and UNESCO-listed Chhatrapati Shivaji train station as you discover Mumbai’s history and culture. Plus, visit the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, view Dhobi Ghat, drive the ‘Queen’s Necklace’ of Marine Drive, and more. Hotel pickup and drop-off and entrance fees included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.16
From
$96.16

Mumbai Day Tour With Elephanta Caves

Mumbai Day Tour With Elephanta Caves

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Marvel at the labyrinth of ancient rock-carved cave temples when you visit the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO world heritage site. Get there without the hassle when you book this package tour with a professional guide. Enjoy seamless transportation to and from Elephanta Island, then spend the afternoon touring Mumbai’s iconic landmarks. This tour Includes private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$137.00
Price varies by group size
From
$137.00
Price varies by group size

Mumbai Sightseeing Full-Day Tour by coach.

Mumbai Sightseeing Full-Day Tour by coach.

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See the best of Mumbai and visit some of its star attractions on this full-day tour. Take photos as you drive past 34 city landmarks, and stop to visit the Taraporewala Aquarium and Prince of Wales Museum (own expense). Plus, take in Marine Drive and the Hanging Gardens, and ride a coastal ferry to admire the city’s skyline. Transport, ferry, selected admissions, and hotel pickup and drop-off for groups of four or more are included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.29
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$51.29
Price varies by group size

Private Half-Day Mumbai Colonial Heritage Walking Tour

Private Half-Day Mumbai Colonial Heritage Walking Tour

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Discover the colonial heritage of Mumbai on a half-day walking tour with a local guide. Visit major sites including the Gateway of India, Regal Theater, the Prince of Wales Museum, and the Victoria Terminus Railway Station—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll also take in Elphinstone College, Bombay High Court, the Flora Fountain, and learn about the 19th-century architecture and rare books of the David Sassoon Library. Your guide shares commentary about India's colonial era on this comprehensive tour of India's largest city.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$40.00
From
$40.00
Taking safety measures

Full day city tour of Mumbai with guide & lunch

Full day city tour of Mumbai with guide & lunch

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Mumbai is of the world’s biggest and busiest cities, and navigating the bustling streets to explore independently can be tough. On this tour—ideal for travelers short on time—begin with pickup at your Mumbai accommodation and hit the highlights with your guide in one day. Discover top attractions like the Gateway of India, take a Portuguese heritage walk through Khotachiwadi, and visit the magnificent Siddhivinayak Temple.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$108.68
Price varies by group size
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$108.68
Price varies by group size
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Half-Day Private Mumbai Chowpatty Tour Including Dinner

Half-Day Private Mumbai Chowpatty Tour Including Dinner

Dig in to some of Mumbai's famous Chowpatty food on this evening tour in Mumbai. Learn about Indian culinary history while tasting dishes such as kulfi, panipuri, masala dosa, and pav bhaji. Take in the evening bustle of activity around Chowpatty Beach and see some of the top sights on a walking tour. A private guide ensures personalized attention, a flexible itinerary, and plenty of chances for you and your private party to ask questions.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$50.26
From
$50.26
Taking safety measures

Excursion to Elephanta Caves from Mumbai

Excursion to Elephanta Caves from Mumbai

Explore the mysterious Elephanta Caves with a guide providing in-depth commentary on this private tour from Mumbai. Learn about the monks who once called these caves home and the history of different religions who used them for different purposes. All transportation is provided (land and water) on this private tour, which includes undivided attention from your dedicated guide.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$170.00
Price varies by group size
From
$170.00
Price varies by group size


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