Arrive at V.T Station
Modeled 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 And the old steam engines have been replaced by electric ones.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.
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!
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.
Arrival at Mahim Station (Starting point for a 2 hrs walk for Slum Tour)
The east flank of the Mahim Station is dominated by the plastic and metal recycling catacombs of 13th compound. It is amazing to see the heavy machinery’s melting and molding the plastic pellets for toys and button manufacturers producing Barbie Dolls of India. The delicious aroma from tiny bakeries and sweet shops, the exotic smell of soaps and cosmetics creates new magical incense, one can feel instantaneously. The dime-sized cyber cafes’, mass-producing tailors, altar shapers and the children waving from the precipitous balconies is the most happening in slums that qualifies an active show and tell.
Arrival at Kumbharwada
Kumbharwada area is the place occupied by the potter’s community from Gujarat, the origin habitat of Dharavi zone, they set up their communal clay pits and kilns in the 1930. Where the mud wells and kilns portray the story of struggle and hardships with each round of the potter’s wheel and unfurl the lustre of this region. Come and had a look what you can’t experience at any other place other than the Brazil’s Fevalas and India’s Dharavi.
Arrival at hotel/Location in Mumbai.
DO’s and Don’ts
Prepare a copy of important documents such as passport and credit cards and distribute them in separate wallets or bags.
Pack your luggage yourself and keep an eye on it.
Keep an eye on your luggage, toys, backpacks of children, and stuffed animals. Someone may slip drugs inside without your knowledge.
Choose your travel companions wisely. Crossing border with a hitchhiker can put you in trouble.
Respect the cultural and religious values of locals.
Don’t discuss, show, or flaunt your financial status in public.
Don’t carry all your cash, pay checks, credit/debit cards in one bag.
Don’t let strangers, fellow travellers, or just made friends about your travel plans.
Don’t disclose personal or financial matters with strangers or fellow travellers.
Don’t arrive late for events or places of public transport.