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About Mumbai

Gateway to one of the world's most vibrant cities, India's cruise port Mumbai (formerly Bombay) offers so many memorable experiences it is hard to know where to begin. Perhaps a stroll along Marine Drive, the broad seafront promenade, which links the skyscrapers and bustle of Nariman Point with the serene greenery of Malabar Hill, is the best introduction to the sheer variety of this fascinating city.

Or climb to the top of Malabar Hill to visit the terraced Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens, which overlook the Arabian Sea and the famous Towers of Silence. Then make your way to Crawford's Market (now Jyotiba Phule), which will take you back in time to Victorian days - the frieze above its entrance was designed by Rudyard Kipling's father, and Rudyard's childhood home lies right opposite.

Bargain hunters should not miss the famous Chor Bazaar and the antique shops of Motton Street at its heart, where you can pick up fabulous memorabilia - and do not be afraid to bargain.

 

Shore excursions in Mumbai

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Bollywood - The Mumbai Dream

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 7½ hours

An opportunity to be part of Mumbai’s Indian film industry ‘Bollywood’ for a day.

Experience ‘The Mumbai Dream’ and gain an insight into the world of Bollywood. With close to 1,200 films made each year, Bollywood has captured the hearts of over a billion people, worldwide.

Arriving at the studio, visit a filming set, where you’ll watch part of a live shoot of a TV, film or advertisement. As you engage with the crew, you’ll gain an understanding of the processes involved. Your host will provide you with information about the studio’s operation and take you on a guided tour of the studio.

Afterwards, your tour continues with a short dance workshop, where you’ll be introduced to the numerous styles of Bollywood dance. During the workshop, join your instructors and shake a leg to the sounds of popular Bollywood songs!

A short walk then brings you to a recording studio to learn about the equipment used for recording and dubbing.

During your tour a delicious buffet style lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

Complete your tour at a small theatre where you’ll watch part of a Bollywood film

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 30 minutes of walking on this tour, as well as a 20-25 minute dance workshop. Passengers must also negotiate approximately 30 steps. The section of the Bollywood film will last approximately 30 minutes.

Caves of Kanheri

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 7 hours

Visit the Kanheri Caves, believed to be one of the oldest rock formations in India.

The Kanheri Caves are an impressive group of rock-cut monuments, dating back to the 1st century BC. Comprising of more than 100 caves, carved from basalt rock, the Kanheri Caves were used as places of worship between the 2nd and 9th centuries by Buddhist monks of ancient India.

The smaller caves were used by the monks for living, studying and meditating, whilst the larger ones, lined with intricately carved Buddhist sculptures, were used as halls for congregational worship. The most elaborate however, is the great Chaitya Cave, a congregational hall supported by vast stone pillars which contains the dagoba, a Buddhist shrine.

You’ll also find channels and cisterns, remnants of an ancient water system that channelled rainwater into huge urns. The monks later constructed an elaborate drainage system to channel excess water during the monsoons. This water eventually finds its way into the neighbouring lakes that in turn are responsible for much of Mumbai's water supply. In fact, Kanheri is probably the only evidence of the rise and fall of Buddhism in Western India.

After your tour of the caves, a delicious buffet-style lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

During your journey back to the pier, photo stops will be made at Dhobi Ghat - the open-air laundry and the Gateway of India.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour, as well as around 100 steps to negotiate. The journey to Kanheri Caves is approximately 1½ hours each way.

Elephanta Caves

Activity high

Duration: 5 hours

Elephanta Island’s caves are home to magnificent sculptures of Hindu deities carved from solid rock.

After a short drive to the Gateway of India, Mumbai’s most famous landmark, you’ll board a motor launch for the hour-long trip to Elephanta Island.

Elephanta Island was named after the statue of an elephant was found near the landing area of the island. The caves date from the 8th century and house remarkable statues in bas-reliefs that unfold a story carved in stone. The guides will bring to life the panels as they elucidate stories from Indian mythology. The carvings centre on the life of Lord Shiva, The Destroyer, but the most impressive panel is that of the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva: The Creator, The Preserver and The Destroyer.

After your fascinating insight into the Hindu religion, the boat will return you to Mumbai, where your coach transfer will be waiting.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. This tour involves a considerable amount of walking on rough, rocky slopes and uneven ground with over 120 steps to climb. The steps are not steep and they are interspersed with landings, however the tour is quite strenuous. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended and a sunhat and sunscreen should be worn. Video cameras are not permitted inside the caves and there is a charge for the use of video photography outside the caves.

Heritage Walk

Activity high

Duration: 3 hours

A walking tour is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the culture, architecture and heritage of this historic city.

As you travel to the Fort area of Mumbai you’ll pass many architecturally impressive buildings, including the General Post Office; Victoria Terminus; Municipal Corporation Building; St Xavier's College and St Thomas Cathedral.

Enjoy a brief visit inside St Thomas Cathedral, Mumbai’s first Anglican church, before beginning your historic walking tour. As you stroll through parts of the Heritage Precinct, your guide will regale you with stories and facts about this bustling city. You will see and learn all about the many buildings and monuments that contribute to the special history of Mumbai. These include the ornate Flora Fountain, the gothic style Mumbai University and High Court buildings. View the unusual façades of the David Sasson Library, Jehangir Art Gallery and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly named the Prince of Wales Museum) with its carved features and elaborate brackets.

Absorb the local culture around you as the horns blare out from the passing traffic and spicy aromas waft from the food stalls. Watch the locals rushing about their daily activities and the ladies with their colourful clothing. As you reach the waterfront, you’ll notice the imposing Gateway of India. This famous monument, erected to commemorate the visit of King George V, combines both Hindu and Muslim architecture. You’ll have time to take a photo before boarding the coach for your journey back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There will be approximately 1½ hours of walking over some uneven ground. Flat, comfortable, enclosed shoes, water, sunscreen and a sun hat are recommended.

Leisurely Mumbai and Cultural Dance

Activity low

Duration: 3½ hours

A leisurely tour with a cultural dance performance – a great way to see the city, without the walking.

In the heart of the city, you’ll find some of the most beautiful buildings dating from the British period. A leisurely drive takes you along Marine Drive, a seafront promenade, past the Old Town Hall and the Mumbai University, dominated by the famous Rajabai Clock Tower. Past these landmarks, the High Court comes into view, topped with the statues of Justice and Mercy and then you’ll see the highlight of all the buildings from the Victorian era - the Victoria Terminus Station. This neo-Gothic building boasts flying buttresses, friezes and stained glass.

A short stop will be made to take a photo of the famous Gateway of India. Built to commemorate King George V’s visit to India in 1911, it is situated opposite the Taj Mahal Hotel. The Hotel was built in 1903 and is an architectural marvel, bringing together Moorish, Oriental and Florentine styles (exterior only).

The highlight will be the cultural dance performance held in the National Centre for Performing Arts. Enjoy the colours and sounds of the 5 different dances, each representing a different Indian State. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. All sightseeing is conducted from the coach, with the exception of the photo stop. The National Centre for Performing Arts is wheelchair accessible.

 

A selection of cruises to Mumbai

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