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Pickup from hotel. (Transportation depends on number of PAX)
Our Representative “guide” for Bollywood tour will receive you at your hotel/Cruz.
VICTORIA TERMINUS STATION
Arrive at V.T Station
Modelled on the lines of the St Pancreas Station in London, Victoria Terminus is undoubtedly the Raj’s piece de resistance, Complete with carved stone friezes, stained glass windows and flying buttresses. It is Gothic architecture at its best, an awesome edifice that most citizens view with deep pride. At the top of the central dome stands the triumphant figure of Progress. The station was christened to commemorate Victoria Jubilee Day in 1887 when India’s first steam engine puffed out to neighboring Thane, about 45 kms away. Today it has been rechristened Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus after the Maratha warrior. And the old steam engines have been replaced by electric ones. But to the 2.5 million commuters who push past its massive portals every day, this is still VT, the pulse of a throbbing city.
Arrive at Flora Fountain
It stands at a busy five-point intersection in the heart of the commercial Fort area. The beautifully sculptured fountain was erected in the memory of the Governor, Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere, as a tribute for his contribution towards the building of Mumbai.
GATEWAY OF INDIA
Arrive at Gateway of India
Mumbai’s most famous monument, this is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. It was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. Ironically, when the Raj ended in 1947, this colonial symbol also became a sort of epitaph: the last of the British ships that set sail for England left from the Gateway. Today this symbol of colonialism has got Indianised, drawing droves of local tourists and citizens. Behind the arch, there are steps leading down to the water.
Arrive at Nariman Point
Nariman Point is the leading business center in Mumbai, previously called Bombay. Located on the southern end of Marine Drive in South Mumbai, Nariman Point owes its name to Khusheed Framji Nariman – a futurist Parsi, who wished to retrieve the land from the sea in 1940.
Arrive at Marine Drive
Marine Drive is a skillfully laid-out boulevard in South Mumbai. It is actually an upturned ‘C’-shaped six lane concrete road, which lengthens to 3 km along the coastline – a natural bay. This avenue connects Nariman Point with Malabar Hills. Situated over domesticated land, facing west-south-west, its coastline forms the part of the Arabian Sea. What draws attention to this avenue is the striking esplanade next to the road, where scores of people come to breathe fresh air and view sunset.
Arrive at Hanging Garden
Perched at the top of Malabar Hill, on its western side, just opposite the Kamala Nehru Park, these terraced gardens, also known as Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens, provide lovely sunset views over the Arabian Sea. The park was laid out in the early 1880s over Bombay’s main reservoir, some say to cover the water from the potentially contaminating activity of the nearby Towers of Silence.
Arrive at Mani Bhavan
Mani Bhavan is 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 Gandhi used to use. Today, its only a symbolic exhibit that lies unused, but many old Gandhians still visit the place to pay homage to their hero and demonstrate the noble art of spinning your own yarn!
PRINCE OF WALES MUSEUM
Arrive at Prince of Wales Museum
Counted among the most famous art museums in Mumbai, this museum showcases huge collection of natural history artifacts, Indian miniature paintings, decorative art, Tibetan and Nepali Art, European paintings and armory and textile galleries.
Arrive at Dhobi Ghat
A unique feature of Mumbai, the dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. All for a pittance. The “laundries” are called “Ghats”: row upon row of concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone. The clothes are soaked in sudsy water, thrashed on the flogging stones, then tossed into huge vats of boiling starch and hung out to dry. Next they are ironed and piled into neat bundles, almost two hundred dhobis and their families work together in what has always been a hereditary occupation.
Start with matrix. It’s a large white building with clothes out the front and in the window displays.
If you’re looking for traditional Indian clothing such as kurta tops and salwaar kameez, you are at right place. You’ll find decent quality items for a decent price, and in a full range of sizes. The best thing is the variety. The kurta tops are particularly useful for wearing casually over a pair of jeans or loose pants. Expect to pay $10 to $25 for kurta tops, $25 to $50 for salwaar kameez, and $10 to $25 for dress materials.
Head straight 5 min walk.
This stretch of road is lined with elegant, up market jewellery stores. To encourage the impression of opulence, some stores are fronted with ponds, fountains, and lights.
Dhanraj Jewellers: has white and yellow gold, as well as silver jewellery, to suit every budget starting from only $2. It’s definitely worth a visit.
Lokdeep Jewellers: is a relatively new store with attractive in-house gold and diamond designs.
A.K. Motiwala: has been in business for six decades and deals in all kinds of precious and semi-precious stones. Celebrities love the stunning jewellery from this store.
Popley & Sons: sells popular jewellery and watch brands, as well as gold and diamond items. You’ll find Tag Heuer, Omega, and Dior.
Tanishq: located on the left just before Sanjay Bhaguram Tambe Chowk, this store has one of the most exquisite displays of jewellery that you’re ever likely to see. The current collection was featured in the Bollywood movie Jodha Akbar. If you’re willing to pay $580 you can take home a gold plated sword, or $280 will secure you a stunning gemstone encrusted ring. Simple but stylish jewellery is also available for everyday wear.
Cross road and continue straight along road.
A selection of small shops bursting with groovy clothes and other items.
High by Harry’s: is located on the left after Sanjay Bhaguram Tambe Chowk. It stocks hip hats, shoes, shirts, and club wear.
Reiss: here you’ll find funky tops and dresses.
Rumours: has a great range of jackets, jeans, boots and bags.
Outfits: is located on the right just after Shri Harishchandra Goyal Chowk. You won’t miss the front of this store as it’s lined with mannequins decked out in crazy hats and coloured wigs. Expect to pay $20 for caps, $20 to $30 for belts, $40 for guy’s shirts, and $95 to $140 for guy’s casual jackets. Girl’s denims and dresses are $40, and singlet’s $12. (The Viking hat in the photo is $20).
Continue along road until it meets another t road. You’ll know you’re there when you reach the rows of street stalls overflowing with people and brightly coloured Indian outfits.
A fusion of modern and traditional, and east meets west, where streets stalls contrast with brand name shops. Find an Indian roadside food vendor on one side of the road and a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet on the other.
The street stalls tend to be grouped together according to the type of goods they sell. You’ll come across Indian traditional clothes first, followed by shoes, then bags and belts. Further along Linking Road is the territory of the brand name stores.
Grab a chic pair of shoes or bag from a street stall for $9.50, or pay $35 onwards at a shop. The decision is yours depending on how much you want to spend and the quality you’re after. The sheer variety of merchandise and styles on offer can be bewildering. Therefore, it’s recommended that you first take a good look around before buying anything.
DROP AT HOTEL/ LOCATION
Arrival at hotel/Location in Mumbai.
What guest will get to see?
Including Transportation A/C Vehicle
Above mentioned sightseeing
All charges for fuel, Driver allowance, Toll tax, parking