• Gateway of India, Mumbai

Mumbai by Dawn

Discover the true spirit of Mumbai with our extension tour. ‘Mumbai by Dawn’ will let you witness the hubbub of activity that takes place in the early hours as India’s largest city starts the day.

From the market vendors, dockers, fisherman and cricket grounds, this tour is an authentic snapshot of Mumbai and its people as they go about their daily lives.

The following day, you’ll also get to visit Elephanta Island and discover it’s seven cave temples that date back to the 5th century. The journey there by motorboat from the Gateway of India in Mumbai is an experience in itself. After climbing the hillside trail, you’ll arrive at the Elephanta Caves. You’ll marvel at the details of the sculptures that are carved into the rock face along with the rock-cut pillars, halls, and courtyards of these ancient temples.

This four-day tour is the perfect option if you’re looking to see the authentic side of Mumbai.

Duration
4 days
Best time to go
October - February
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
The Taj Mahal

Trip highlights

  • Enjoy a day trip to Elephanta Island where you’ll be enchanted by the seven rock-cut ancient cave temples there
  • Book an early morning tour to discover the real spirit of Mumbai, visiting its busy docks, colourful markets and much-loved cricket ground
a group of people walking in front of a crowd with Gateway of India in the background

After landing at Mumbai airport, a transfer will meet you and take you to the Fariyas Hotel.
Once you have checked in, you are free to spend the rest of the day exploring this captivating city at your own leisure.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Mumbai Fariyas Hotel
a large white building with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in the background

Today, there is an early morning (optional) tour Mumbai by Dawn. Starting at the crack of dawn (5.30am), you’ll head to the chaotic docks to see the daily lives of the Koli fisherfolk. 

You’ll watch the arrival and grading of around 25 tonnes of fish and witness the one-of-a-kind fish auction of the famous Bombay Duck. All the action takes place in the middle of the road, even down to the sorting of the international newspapers. The bustle of activity sees the workers sort and distribute more than 100 tonnes of meat, fruit, and vegetables to the various markets.  The morning scene is a hive of activity: from the vibrant colours of the flower market and the setting up of the bazaars to the milkmen whizzing past, loaded up with their milk canisters.

Another highlight of the tour is walking through the green market. Here, you’ll find thousands of vendors selling green leafy vegetables atop a bridge. What’s mystical about this market is that in a couple of hours, the vendors will have completely packed up and gone. 

The final stop on the morning tour is a walk across a cricket ground, where you’ll learn about the sport and how it has captured the heart of India. 

Mumbai’s chaotic mornings are a great insight into the people of Mumbai, showing you the real spirit of this busy city and its people.    

Returning to the hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore and take in the sights of Mumbai at your own leisure.

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Mumbai Fariyas Hotel
a man in a dark room

Today, you’ll enjoy an excursion to see the Elephanta Caves. You’ll take a launch (motorboat) from the Gateway of India in Mumbai across to Gharapuri or Elephanta Island. 

The island was named by the Portuguese after the large stone elephant statue that originally stood near the shore. This stone carving can now be seen at the Jijamata Udyaan (Victoria Gardens) on the mainland. The caves are reached by a stairway up the hillside from the ferry landing.  Dating back to the 5th and 8th century, you’ll discover the labyrinth of temple caves here. As one of the most important examples of rock carving in India, the seven rock-cut temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main temple with its halls, courtyards, pillars, and shrines has a number of large sculptures depicting the Hindu god of creation and destruction, Shiva. It’s most impressive carving is the 6m tall three-faced statue of Shiva.  After the excursion, you’ll return to the mainland and the rest of the day will be free for you to enjoy at your own leisure.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Mumbai Fariyas Hotel

Today, a transfer will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Mumbai airport. Bidding farewell to India, you’ll board your flight home.

Included

  • Accommodation – On single / twin / double bedded room for a total of 3 nights
  • Meals - Room plus breakfast basis
  • Transport - Services using an air-conditioned medium-sized car throughout
  • Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing in Mumbai
  • Assistance & Porterages - Meeting and assistance on arrival/departure at airports, hotels by Le Passage To India representative and porterages at airport for one standard baggage per person included
  • Elephanta cave visit in Mumbai
  • Ferry charges for Elephanta cave
  • Monument entrance fee
  • International Airfare

Not included

  • Expenses of personal nature such as table drinks, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, tips to drivers, local guides, and hotel staff