10 Fascinating Mumbai Tours

Mumbai Tours to Really Get to Know the City

Multi-faceted Mumbai is a city that requires you to dig below its surface in order to properly appreciate it. Unfortunately, many visitors leave Mumbai without touching the city's soul. These fascinating Mumbai tours offer unique opportunities to really get to know the city.

If you like walking, also check out these Top Mumbai Walking Tours.

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    Gateway of India, Mumbai.
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    Visiting Mumbai but only have one day to go sightseeing? Take this comprehensive tour. You'll get to see 21 of the top attractions in Mumbai over the course of seven hours. It provides a unique and thorough introduction to the city. There's no other tour like it!
    • Tour Operator: Grand Mumbai
    • Cost: Based on the number of people doing the tour and the duration of the tour. Contact the company for pricing.
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    Dharavi Slum

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    Mumbai's Dharavi slum has the dubious honor of being the largest slum in Asia, and you can explore this seething mass of humanity for yourself on one of these tours. Rather than being a depressing experience, the tour aims to break the negative stereotype associated with the slum. Put aside your initial apprehensions and you'll discover a place that's alive with small scale industries and high community spirit. The tour is lead by local Dharavi residents, who refer to the slum as the "Land of Opportunity". Read about why you MUST go on a Dharavi slum tour.

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    Urban Safari.
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    Ever been on an urban safari? Now, you can in Mumbai! This offbeat and unique new tour will take you through Mumbai's Fort precinct, covering more than 100 heritage buildings, in an open-top jeep.

    • Tour Operator: Khaki Tours.
    • Duration: 3 hours, departing at 8 a.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. (post-sunset when the city is lit up).
    • Cost: Depends on the number of people. Weekend urban safaris are sold per seat, whereas the whole jeep (seating five people) can be booked during the week.
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    Marine Drive Chowpatty at sunset.
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    Mumbai has a very different vibe at night, and you'll be able to experience it on this tour. Visit Marine Drive Chowpatty, Banganga Tank, the Jain temple, Kamala Nehru Park and Hanging Garden (there's an awesome view over Marine Drive), businessman Mukesh Ambani's towering $2 billion home, Kamathipura red light district, and CST railway station.

    • Tour Operator: Reality Tours & Travel.
    • Duration: 2.5 hours, from 7 p.m. daily except Sunday.
    • Cost: 1,200 rupees per person, or 4,500 rupees for private tour up to four people.
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    Indian street food.
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    On this tour, you'll visit some of Mumbai's famous street food destinations and khao gallis (eating lanes) in the Mohammad Ali Road area and also Marine Drive Chowpatty. (Do note that many of the stalls will be selling non vegetarian food, although vegetarian options will be available).

    • Tour Operator: Reality Tours & Travel
    • Duration: About 4 hours. Departs daily at 5.30 p.m.
    • Cost: 1700 rupees, or 7,500 for a private tour up to four people. This includes all food.
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    This tour is perfect for those who like to step out of their comfort zones and experience the local way of living. You'll be shown all of Mumbai's best attractions on the tour, but you'll get to travel around using the city's famous black and yellow taxis, double-decker red buses, local trains, and on foot. At the end, you can look forward to sampling some real Mumbai tea (chai) and snacks. Heartwarmingly, the tour is lead by three enthusiastic young people from the Akanksha Foundation, who come from underprivileged backgrounds but were trained for three months to become tour guides.

    • Tour Operator: Mumbai Magic
    • Duration: Four hours starting from 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. daily, from the Gateway of India.
    • Cost: 2,000 rupees per person.
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    Mangaldas cloth market.
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    According to this walking tour, Mumbai's heart lies not in its monuments but in its bazaars. You'll be expertly guided through the vibrant but chaotic bazaars of Kalbadevi and Bhuleshwar, where it's otherwise easy to get lost. The area is a fascinating mix of shops, stalls, noise and activity, as well as mosques, temples, and tranquility. The tour includes Crawford Market (fruit, vegetable and spice market), Mangaldas Market (cloth market), Zaveri Bazaar (gold market), and Mumbadevi temple (Hindu temple). The grand finale is a look inside the spectacle of Victoria Terminus train station during peak hour.

    • Tour Operator: Grand Mumbai.
    • Duration: 2-3 hours, from 5 p.m. daily.
    • Cost: Available on request, depending on group or private tour.
    • See Mumbai Markets Photo Gallery.
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    Ganesh festival in Mumbai.
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    Many important festivals take place in and around Mumbai. However, if you're unfamiliar with the city, the prospect of experiencing them by yourself can be daunting. Grand Mumbai runs special festival tours, including walks during the Ganesh Festival and sightseeing of the Mother Goddess and dancing during Navaratri. There's a useful schedule of festivals in Mumbai on the company's website, and custom tours can be arranged depending on what you want to see and do.

    • Tour Operator: Grand Mumbai
    • Duration: Flexible.
    • Cost: Based on the number of people doing the tour and the duration of the tour. Contact the company for pricing.
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    Fisherwoman in Mumbai.
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    Mumbai is a melting pot of different faiths and cultures. On this tour you'll get to visit the areas where they all live and learn about their clothes, religion, food and ways of life. Communities include the Kolis (fisher folk), Parsis, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists. That's quite a mix! The tour visits churches, mosques, and other religious monuments so you can also get a glimpse of the rituals that make up their daily lives. This is a very interesting tour.

    • Tour Operator: Mumbai Magic
    • Duration: 4 hours with flexible timings daily.
    • Cost: Based on the number of people doing the tour. Contact the company for pricing.
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    Female Bollywood dancers doing routine on set
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    Mumbai is the center of India's booming Bollywood film industry. Over 100 films are produced each year there. On this tour, you can visit Film City (where many movies are made), as well as shooting studios, a dubbing studio, take a drive past Bollywood stars' homes, and see a Bollywood dance show. You'll be picked up from your hotel, and dropped off there after the tour is over.

    • Tour Operator: Bollywood Tours.
    • Duration: Half and full day. Can be combined with other sightseeing tours.
    • Cost: $110-$175 per person.