Aamchi Mumbai is undoubtedly one of the best cities to visit in India. The city of dreams has attracted tourists from time immemorial and trust us, it only gets better with every passing day. Mumbai has it all, from Bandra Worli Sea-Link to the suburbs, it is a repository of extremes. In this city, you’ll find the richest and the poorest but somehow everything falls into place as everything seems to come together in a unison.
The city that never sleeps is home to migrants from all over the nation, who come to the city to try out their luck, to let the ocean bless them in their endeavors. Mumbai, apart from being the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India, is renowned for attracting tourists all over the globe.
Mumbai is tourists’ paradise in the correct sense because it has it all, from remnants of Colonial architecture to beaches to National Parks. Mumbai is bound to touch every heart as it has specific attractions for people of different age groups. For the elderly or the religious, it has some of the most celebrated religious sites, right from Siddhivinayak Temple to Haji Ali Dargah. For the teenagers, it has attractions like Gateway of India and for the lovebirds, what else but a walk along the Marine Drive.
A Glimpse of One Day Mumbai Local Sightseeing Tour
Our package of Mumbai one-day local sightseeing tour by car offers a wholesome deal wherein we’d take you to the best spots in the city in just one day, keeping in mind the taste of the elderly and the young. The best time to visit Mumbai is from October to March as the summers are extremely humid and monsoons can make travel very difficult.
In the Mumbai private sightseeing package, we will be covering spots such as Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Siddhivinayak Temple, Colaba Causeway Market, Haji Ali Dargah, and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. All of our private rental cabs are GPS-enabled, air conditioned and luxurious, offering you the best possible experience.
1. Gateway of India
One just can’t imagine Mumbai without the Gateway of India. It dates back to the 20th century, is built in the Indo-Saracenic style and was erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Start your one day Mumbai private tour by car with Gateway of India as it is a popular tourist spot which receives the attraction of families and couples. One can sit here leisurely for hours and enjoy the serenity of the Arabian Sea.
We recommend you to visit Gateway of India in the evening as that way, you can enjoy the sunset. The view of ships and boats at a short distance and the world-famous Taj Hotel in the forefront is something that you shouldn’t miss from the Gateway of India. The perks don’t end here as Marine Drive is a walking distance away from Gateway of India and you could take a walk, to make the most of your visit.
- Must See / Things Do:: If you have time at your disposal, then you could take a ferry ride to Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ferry ride will enable you to take a great view of Mumbai’s coastline and Elephanta caves.
2. Marine Drive
Marine Drive is a 3 km long stretch along the South Mumbai coast along the Arabian Sea and is one of the best spots to visit in the Mumbai sightseeing package. You can visit Marine Drive any time you like because it is always spectacular but we highly recommend you to either visit it in the morning to watch the sun go up or at dusk to take in the sunset.
Marine Drive becomes all the more beautiful at night because one can witness lights glowing in a perfect arch which is nothing less than breathtaking. Marine Drive is a popular hangout spot for runners, lovers, and families. What will strike you the most about this place is the serenity and the calm that it will bring to you as opposed to the chaos you’d have to deal with in the rest of the city.
You must try the street food at Marine Drive and have a cup of tea. You can also plan your trip in Monsoon because Marine Drive becomes all the more special when it rains. If you happen to visit during a high tide, you will get splashes of water from the strong waves crashing on the rocks below, which will add to the romantic aura of the place.
- Must See / Things Do:: After a walk at Marine Drive, you can treat yourself with food from some very popular restaurants some of which are Pizza by the Bay, Gaylord and Tea Center.
3. Siddhivinayak Temple
Siddhivinayak Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is visited by thousands of devotees every single day. From commoners to famous celebrities, Siddhivinayak is a temple visited by everyone because of how well managed it is. There is no entrance fee for entering the mandir, thus making it more accessible for people from all walks of life.
Our Mumbai private sightseeing package would implore you to visit the temple in the morning around 4:30 am so that you can avoid the queue and can also attend the Morning Aarti. After visiting the mandir, we insist that you do street shopping as there are a number of shops near the mandir where you can buy religious idols and trinkets for cheap. Also, make sure that you try the special Modak ke laddu that are made especially for the Mandir.
- Must See / Things Do:: There are a lot of street food shops right outside the mandir that offer great food at cheap price. Our personal favorite is Vada Pav and Medu Vada.
4. Colaba Causeway Market
Colaba Causeway Market is the perfect stop for a shopaholic. You will find everything here from garments, shoes, totes to even gems! The prices are pretty moderate but if have a knack for bargaining, you can talk your way to even cheaper prices. You can procure a memento here with your name engraved on it or likewise you can get your name etched on a rice grain.
With the Gateway adjacent, it makes for a great place to shop for Indian antiques. It remains open from 10 in the morning to 10 in the night so you can plan your visit with ease. This is the perfect market to gather mementos for your friends and family from your one day Mumbai local sightseeing tour.
- Must See / Things Do:: After you are done with the shopping, we’d suggest you to try out Parsi, Sindhi or European food from the many eating outlets that are present in this bazaar.
5. Haji Ali Dargah
Haji Ali Dargah is situated five hundred yards from the shoreline in the middle of the Arabian Sea that houses the tomb of Muslim Saint, Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. This structure is around 400 years older and is revered not just for the stunning architecture and intricate Indian and Islamic detailing, but also as one of the most important religious sites in Mumbai.
Not just this, to add to the treat, the local stalls outside the dargah offer some of the most delectable cuisines and specialties that one can feast on. We recommend you to try the Kebabs, Mughlai Biryani, and Hyderabadi fast food.
- Must See / Things Do:: If you have time at your disposal, we recommend you to witness the stunning sunset from Haji Ali Dargah
6. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in India. It is a historic railway station and is headquarters to the Central Railways. The site is a fine illustration of Victorian Gothic Revival Architecture in the country. It is operated by Central Railway Zone of India and has eighteen platforms in total.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus has been the favorite spot for a lot of Bollywood filmmakers and is also famous for this reason. The main highlight of this station was filming of the song, ‘ Jai Ho’ from the movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ that got India an Oscar. There is a popular market in the subway of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus where you can buy all sorts of stuff from garments to toys at a very cheap rate.
- Must See / Things Do:: If you get exhausted after this escapade, we recommend you to feast on the food available in the nearby food plaza which offers a variety of food right from South Indian cuisine to staple North Indian food like rajma chawal.
Thus, your Mumbai local sightseeing tour will be a success because of this wholesome package that will enable you to navigate through the many varieties of experiences that Mumbai has to offer. It is a beautiful mixture of spiritual and cultural experiences, coming alive for you through these places.