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Formerly Bombay, but renamed Mumbai to reflect its true origins, this city is a multifaceted destination in India that offers quite a variety of foods, sites and neighborhoods, including iconic structures like the Taj Mahal. There’s a dazzling private tour waiting to whisk you to stunning places, or a local that can take you deep into the veins of Mumbai, to taste authentic foods and learn age-old techniques. The western portion of India is ready to take you on an exhilarating ride, and these tours are a great place to start.

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Private 5-Hour Mumbai at Night Tour Including Dinner Private 5-Hour Mumbai at Night Tour Including Dinner
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Private 5-Hour Mumbai at Night Tour Including Dinner

Private 5-Hour Mumbai at Night Tour Including Dinner

Victoria Terminus Station, Gateway of India, Chowpatty Beach, and Marine Drive are some of the sites to be experienced along this private, semi-personalized tour of the city. Mumbai becomes a wonderland of colorful lights that enhance the architectural wonder of some of the very best cultural attractions. By private vehicle, guests are driven and informed by a knowledgeable local. Dinner and light refreshments allow a taste of India to be incorporated into the nocturnal adventure.

Dharavi Small-Group Tour in Mumbai with Optional Add-ons Dharavi Small-Group Tour in Mumbai with Optional Add-ons
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Dharavi Small-Group Tour in Mumbai with Optional Add-ons

Dharavi Small-Group Tour in Mumbai with Optional Add-ons

While Dharavi slum is indeed cramped and encircled by dusty paths, locals that live here display transparency of the way life is for those who take a simpler route to a sustainable life. Textile shops, tanneries and small businesses meld with modest residences, but things here run efficiently. An hour and a half walking tour takes travelers through this immersive “city within a city”, to learn about this particular part of Mumbai’s culture. Generally, photography isn’t well-received here, so just enjoy the experience.

Sunset Sailing in Mumbai Harbour Sunset Sailing in Mumbai Harbour
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Sunset Sailing in Mumbai Harbour

Sunset Sailing in Mumbai Harbour

Change up the perspective by hopping on a racing sailboat in Mumbai Harbor. Many significant city sites are viewable while far out into the ocean waters. Guests can just relax and let their toes dip into the sea, or even take temporary control of steering the vessel, which is as thrilling as it sounds. Watch the sun fade behind the horizon, simultaneously illuminating lighthouses and the coast in a golden hue.

Mumbai Street Food Tour Mumbai Street Food Tour
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Mumbai Street Food Tour

Mumbai Street Food Tour

Mumbai’s street food game is solid, and travelers want to visit the best of the many stalls cooking up fragrant, authentic eats of the country. At a great price, a guide will venture with you, into the heartbeat of this delicious area, to take you to the top spots for real Indian drinks and eats. Come hungry and ready to snack—vegetarians included!

Mumbai City with Kanheri Caves Tour Mumbai City with Kanheri Caves Tour
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Mumbai City with Kanheri Caves Tour

Mumbai City with Kanheri Caves Tour

Temples were once carved into rock along the edges of the city—these mesmerizing structures are referred to as Kanheri Caves. After getting to see these up close, it’s time to head to the city, to see the mesmerizing Gateway of India, Mani Bhavan, Taj Hotel, Marine Drive, Girgaum Chowpatty, Hanging Garden, Iskcon Temple, Victoria Terminal and Haji Ali Mosque. Historical tidbits add significant complexity to the well-guided excursion.

Dharavi Tour & Cooking Experience Dharavi Tour & Cooking Experience
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Dharavi Tour & Cooking Experience

Dharavi Tour & Cooking Experience

Dharavi should certainly be understood as a well functioning community, that cares about tradition. Fresh markets allow residents to buy seasonal offerings to incorporate into a predominantly vegetarian diet. Get to the center of mouthwatering Indian cooking, by attending this real deal culinary excursion. Collect ingredients and learn how to make dishes like dhal tardka and paneer masala, and use those skills when returning home.

Bollywood Private Half Day Tour Including Transport and Lunch Bollywood Private Half day Tour Including Transport and Lunch
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Bollywood Private Half day Tour Including Transport and Lunch

Bollywood Private Half Day Tour Including Transport and Lunch

Bollywood is the equivalent of Hollywood but in India. The film nook is an essential part of Mumbai. Get an inside look at an actual studio, where filming may even be taking place if you’re lucky. A dance performance and a stroll through memorabilia at the museum will give guests a well-rounded understanding of this unique industry in India. Lunch, snacks and a fun actor guide are included.

Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide
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Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide

Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide

Elephanta Caves reside on an island in Mumbai’s harbor. Carved out of rock ages ago, the UNESCO Heritage Site, once was a place of Hindu worship of the god Shiva. Such early documented evidence is a true treasure, and many of the statues and monuments have been meticulously preserved. A short ferry ride brings the intrigued to the island, to explore five beautifully crafted caves. A well-versed guide will provide more incredible details.

The Original Mumbai by Dawn - Recommended by Nigella Lawson & Nat Geo Traveller The Original Mumbai by Dawn - Recommended by Nigella Lawson & Nat Geo Traveller
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The Original Mumbai by Dawn - Recommended by Nigella Lawson & Nat Geo Traveller

The Original Mumbai by Dawn - Recommended by Nigella Lawson & Nat Geo Traveller

We’ve delved into the nightlife of the city, so now you must see the other side—the buzzing environment just as dawn approaches. This is when markets are being set up for the day, and when fish auctions take place. It’s the unfolding of Mumbai’s daily structure and a truly invigorating addition to a trip. Those who’ve visited this part of the world many times will find this to be a refreshing take.

Five Senses Tour with Guide, Sightseeing, Bollywood Dance, Lunch & Spice Market Five Senses Tour with Guide, Sightseeing, Bollywood Dance, Lunch & Spice Market
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Five Senses Tour with Guide, Sightseeing, Bollywood Dance, Lunch & Spice Market

Five Senses Tour with Guide, Sightseeing, Bollywood Dance, Lunch & Spice Market

Whether a kick-off or phenomenal send off to your Mumbai stay, this tour dips toes in all the significant aspects. Also venturing to Bollywood, this time guests will join in and learn a few moves. And of course, there will be flavorful foods included in the experience. A trip to the spice market is profound in its own right and an exceptional addition to a list of essential stops. The beauty is that so much can be experienced along one guided outing, which completes a truly memorable journey.

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