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Mumbai (Bombay) City & Mumbai Suburban Sightseeing Tour
 

The city of Mumbai has a history that is both long and diverse. The city is actually a combination of seven islands that was reclaimed slowly. The place was a part of the kingdom of Ashoka, a famous king of medieval India. After the death of Ashoka, the region was ruled by a number of rulers in succession and then it fell in the hands of the Muslim invaders. In the year 1534, Mumbai was occupied by the Portuguese. St. Andrew's church at Bandra in Mumbai still stands testament to the Portuguese occupation.

After occupation of the land, the place was named "Bom Baia" which in Portuguese means "good bay". The city was, however, gifted to the English when King Charles II of England married a Portuguese princess. The influence of the British tongue corrupted the Portuguese name Bom Baia and made it Bombay. In the year 1668, the island was acquired by the English East India Company for 10 pounds of gold per year. The English turned Bombay into an important port in south Asia.

Bom Baia

Then known as Bombay, the city became the home of Parsi families who came to India from Iran to avoid religious persecution. The original inhabitants of the islands, however, were the Kolis who were fisher folks by profession. Kolis worshiped a Hindu deity called Mumbadevi. Bombay was later renamed Mumbai taking into consideration the culture and tradition of the inhabitants of the region.

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Bombay took a quantum leap towards modernization when in the year 1853 the first train in India ran between Bombay Victoria Terminus and Thane. With the development of railway communication, Bombay became a very important port and large amount of raw materials like cotton were shipped to England through the Bombay port. The outbreak of the American war of independence saw textile industries develop in Bombay and the industrialization of the area that began with the introduction of railways, picked up speed.

Bombay Victoria Terminus and Thane

After ruling India for over 200 years, the British left India in the year 1947 on August 15. Handing over sovereign power to the Indian government, the last British officials left India for England from Bombay. The Government of India split the State of Bombay into two states, Maharashtra and Gujarat. The division was done on a linguistic basis and Bombay became the capital city of Maharashtra. The Stock Exchange in Bombay was established in the year 1875 and it was the first of its kind in the country. Bombay is now arguably the most economically prosperous city in India

year 1947 on August 15

Detailed Itinerary

Duration : 1 day
Destination : Mumbai
Mumbai City Sightseeing Tours by Air-Conditioned Deluxe Sedan Cars: (Tata Indigo / Maruti Esteem ) & Coaches

Mumbai City Sightseeing Points: Tour I

    4 hours

  1. Gateway of India
  2. Assembly Hall *
  3. Secretariat *
  4. Nariman Point *
  5. Marine Drive *
  6. Hanging Garden
  7. Kamla Nehru Park
  8. Mahalaxmi Temple
  9. Mani Bhavan
  10. Chowpatty Beach *
  11. Taraporwalla Aquarium
  12. World Trade Centre
  13. Jehangir Art Gallery
  14. Prince of Wales Museum
  15. Haji Ali *
  16. Bandra - Worli Sea Link
  17. Race Course *
  18. Nehru Planetarium

Gateway of India Mumbai Nariman Point Mumbai Mahalaxmi Mandir Mumbai World Trade Centre Mumbai Bandra - Worli Sea Link, Mumbai Vidhan Bhavan Mumbai Hanging Garden Mumbai Chowpatty Beach Mumbai Haji Ali Mumbai Bandra - Worli Sea Link, Mumbai

Mumbai Suburban Sightseeing Points. Tour II

    8 hours

  1. Shivaji Park *
  2. Aarey Milk colony
  3. Mini Kashmir
  4. Film City *
  5. Nehru Science Centre
  6. Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple (ISKON)
  7. Juhu Beach

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE TOURS CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AND COMBINED BASED ON PREFERENCES

ISKON Temple Juhu Mumbai Nehru Centre Worli Mumbai Film City Goregaon Mumbai Juhu Beach Mumbai

* Star indicates no stop. View from outside only. Tour price does not include entrance fees

Mumbai City Sightseeing rates as per group size for the group: effective from 1st October 2012

Group Size Mumbai City Sightseeing Tour I (4 hours) Mumbai City & Mumbai Suburb Sightseeing Tour  11 (8 hours) Air-Conditioned Vehicle Type
Rs. Rs.
Up to 3 persons 3000 4500 Air-Conditioned Tata Indigo Sedan Car
Up to 5 persons 3500 4750 Air-Conditioned Tata Sumo SUV
Up to 12 persons 5150 6750 Air-Conditioned Tempo Traveller Micro Bus
Up to 22 persons 6000 9000 Air-Conditioned Mini Bus
Up to 42 persons 11500 14750 Air-Conditioned Large Coach

Price Inclusions

Cost Includes:
  • Cost of hired car / coach with fuel & chauffer.
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Pick up & drop from residence / hotel in Mumbai.
Cost Does not include:
  • Entrance fees at monuments & places of interest as charged by Govt. of India
  • Service tax as applicable.
  • French Speaking Tourist Guide, German Speaking Tourist Guide, Spanish Speaking Tourist Guide, Italian Speaking Tourist Guide, Arabic Speaking Tourist Guide, Japanese Speaking Guide
  • Extra cost of traveling for the guide is the reporting place is between Bandra & Borivali. @Rs.300/=

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