We spend the morning tracing a sense of Bombay’s character through some of its symbols and icons;
Our first stop is at the 'Dhobi Ghat', the city’s open air laundry! Where “Dhobis’ (washermen) attend to an astounding quantity of washing daily. Clothes, linen, towels …. are washed in small open air cubicles rented out eachday. An itemized account islogged in a notebook and clothes collected from households are returned a weeklater. Through the apparent chaos incredibly nothing gets lost from a countless number of pieces and most clothes somehow survive the beating they receive on the washing stones.
Proceed to visit Mani Bhawan, Gandhi's Bombay residence between 1917 and 1934. Mani Bhawan is now a permanent museum and memorial to the Mahatma. It contains a research library of more than 20,000 volumes, and a series of tiny dioramas depicting his life story in an interesting fashion. The walls are covered with photos of historic events and noteworthy people. During your visit, you will also see a number of personal artifacts, including a letter to Hitler asking him not to go to war, along with correspondence with Roosevelt, Tolstoy and Einstein. Gandhi's sitting and bedroom areas are preserved behind glass.
Drive to the Churchgate Railway Terminus to see the `Dabbawallas’ members of the Bombay Union of Tiffin Box Carriers, described by Prince Charles as the symbol of this enigmatic and intriguing city. Each morning, the 2500 dabbawallas call on suburban housewives who pack a freshly cooked lunch into small circular aluminium or stainless steel containers - `dabbas’. Typically the dabbawallas collect 30-40 boxes, range them out on a long pole and cycle to the nearest station. Here he hands them over to a fellow dabbawallas who then transports them into the city for delivery to the consumer. Over 100,000 lunches of maybe sabze (vegetable curry), chapattis (Indian bread), dal (lentils) and pickle, make their way daily across town to the breadwinner and back again. The service which costs a few rupees a week is a good example of the fine division of labour in India, reliable and efficient for the dabbawallas pride themselves on never losing a lunch.
(Closed on Sundays & Public holidays & few days in month of April)
Drive past the handsome buildings of Victorian Bombay, including the University, Raja Bai clock tower, High Court to arrive at the CST (earlier known as Victoria Terminus) a remarkable railway station highlighted by domes, spires, Corinthian columns and minarets. India’s first train departed this station in April 1853; today half a million commuters use the station each day. - Photo Stop.
Later, proceed to the Crawford Market, named after Bombay's first municipal commissioner, Arthur Crawford. Poised between what was once the British Fort and the local town, the Crawford Market has elements of both. The markets façade features a blend of Flemish and Norman architecture, with a bas-relief above its main entrance depicting Indian peasants in wheat fields. Lockyard Kipling, father of the famous author Rudyard Kipling, designed the frieze; the Kipling’s' cottage still stands in the market to this day. The Crawford Market resembles a scene from Victorian London, with its sweet smell of hay and 50-foot-high sky-lit awning that bathes the entire venue in natural sunlight. As Mumbai's main wholesale market for fruit since March 1996, you will find mountains of fresh fruits and vegetables amongst a wide variety of items for sale here....
Drive along the Marine Drive, Mumbai's seaside promenade, to see its shops, restaurants, bars and throngs of people. At the northern end of Marine Drive, you will find popular Chowpatty Beach. Continue to drive to Malabar Hill, Mumbai's most exclusive neighborhood. Popular since the 18th century due to its forested slopes, fresh sea breezes and panoramic views, Malabar's hillsides are filled with picturesque mansions and bungalows built by merchants and Colonial governors. Today,luxury high-rise apartments also dot the landscape. Drive past the Jain Temple, Hanging Garden, the Parsi Towers of Silence, and the teeming commercial areas, Crawford Market and many handsome buildings of Victorian Bombay, including the University, Victoria Terminus and General Post Office
The Prince of Wales Museum, is the main museum in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India.
(Closed on Mondays)
It was founded in 1904, by some leading citizens of Bombay to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales, the future King George V. The museum was renamed as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in the 1990s or early 2000s after Shivaji, the founder of Maratha Empire.
Following an open design competition, in 1909 the architect George Wittet was commissioned to design the Museum building. Wittet had already worked on the design of the General Post Office and in 1911 would design one of Mumbai's most famous landmarks, the Gateway of India. The museum building is built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, incorporating elements of other styles of architecture like the Mughal, Maratha and Jain.
The museum houses approximately 50,000 exhibits of ancient Indian history as well as objects from foreign lands, which exhibits artefacts representative of the rich and diverse lineage of India. The collection includes rare Indian, Tibetan, Nepalese, Japanese and Chinese miniature paintings, decorative arts and archaeology. The museum also houses Indus Valley Civilization artifacts, and other relics from ancient India.
Drive to the close by Colaba Causeway Market, a narrow, busy street filled with shops and Indian designer Boutiques, souvenirs, trinkets and handicrafts are a highlight of this particular area and it is often referred to as a delightful visual introduction to the sights and sounds of ‘Maximum-City Mumbai’.
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS :
TOUR DATE: Jan 28th- 2nd Feb 2020 (Everyday)
COST: INR 7,500 per person (Minimum of 02 guests)| INR 5,500 per person (Minimum of 08 guests) | INR 4,500 per person (Minimum of 14 Guests)
TIME: 0900 hrs from the Nehru Centre (Tour will end at 1700 hrs - 07 hours Tour)
Note: The above cost is exclusive of 5% GST.