Mumbai has forever charmed people from all walks of life. One a gateway to India, the city of dreams is today a metropolitan with everything to offer to everyone. Mumbai is a beautiful amalgamation of the old and the new, the glitz and glamour and the underworld. It is the financial capital of India and the home to Bollywood. Capturing Mumbai in few words is impossible. Experiencing it in a day is unthinkable. But Xoxoday has the ambition to present Mumbai in its most authentic form to its customers. Below are few curated experiences that will help you know the city a little better.
Here’s a day where you can get a glimpse into the history as well as the present of Mumbai. You will board the ferry from the Gateway of India that will take you to the Elephanta Caves. The caves date back to the 5th and 8th centuries and contain some awe-inspiring rock cut stone sculptures, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Then get set for some glitz and glamour as you head to the Film city for an afternoon of Bollywood. Experience the live action of watching a shoot and enjoy 2 dance performances.
Located along the edge of the backwaters of Gangapur Dam, Soma Vine Village is a great place for a quick getaway to relax with the company of a loved one. Spend a night here in a comfortable room with a beautiful scenic view. Take a wine tour and get to know the process of winemaking. Taste different types of wine and follow it up with a delicious breakfast.
This experience will get you face to face with the real Mumbai. Meet the dabbawalas who are the lifelines of the city. They will explain to you their intricate functioning. Visit Gateway of India, Dhobi Ghat, the Town Hall, Victoria Terminus, the Municipal Building, Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, and Mani Bhavan. You will also have the unique experience of a guided tour of Dharavi slum.
Get one on one with the city during this tour that will take you to all the must-see places on any traveller’s itinerary to Mumbai. Know the city’s various aspects from cultural to historical, taste the authentic flavours and take a Bollywood tour too! Visit all the major attractions – Elephanta caves, The Gateway of India, The Regal Circle, The Oval Maidan cricket ground, Dhobi Ghat, Colaba Market and more. Also, enjoy a great meal at the famous Taj Mahal Palace.
The cricket walk takes you across the historical grounds, clubs, gymkhanas and stadiums where Indian cricket took its birth and came into its own. Walk past the plush grounds of the Bombay Gymkhana, discover the connection between cricket and Independence at the Azad Maidan, explore the history of the community Gymkhanas and visit the magnificent Wankhede Stadium where India won the 2011 Cricket World Cup, leading to triumphant celebrations all over the streets outside.
Taj Mahal Palace is one of the main attractions in Mumbai. Dining here is a must have Mumbai experience. Shamiana, at Taj Mahal Palace, is the original coffee shop of the city, offers an all-day dining experience with an international à la carte menu to suit every mood and palate, from breakfast through to dinner. Shamiana invites you and your partner for a romantic evening with a specially crafted multi-cuisine menu.
In Mumbai with family? Imagica Water Park is the place to go for tons of fun with friends and family. Located off the Mumbai- Pune Expressway at Khopoli approximately a 90-minute drive from Mumbai and Pune and inspired by the Greek Mykonos theme, Imagica Water Park welcomes visitors with 14 thrilling rides like the Loopy Whoopy, Swirl Whirl and Twisty Turvy and 7 exciting restaurants that will entertain your stomach in every way. Enjoy the unlimited access to all the water rides inside the Imagica Water Park and splash the dday with fun and thrill!
Mumbai is truly a place of unity within diversity. From Bollywood to Dharavi, it is a land of extremes. This tour focuses on India’s diversity in religion depicted through temple architecture. Here you get a crash course on various Indian religions such as Hinduism, Islam and Jainism just to name a few. Pick and drop facility will be provided. You will get to see a lot of lovely sites like the Haji Ali Mosque in the middle of the sea as well as the Mahalaxmi Temple. The other places you will visit are Dhobi Ghat, Jain Temple, Banganga Tank, Gandhi museum and Kamla Nehru Pak.
The walking tour takes you through the industries and residential areas of Dharavi and shows the unique strengths, opportunities and challenges of the community. The aim is to raise awareness while dispelling the negative attitudes many people have about slums. The tour offers walking through narrow alley ways of Dharavi for 2.5 hours. The tour will then end with visiting a KumbharWada pottery colony, where visitors will get to have the unique glimpse of artisans creating all types of pots out of unfired, sun-dried clay.
On this tour, you can rock on until the wee small hours, and get your very own piece of the action with the help of an experienced guide. Visit an Ayurvedic massage parlour for a Sarvkaya Abyangam 1-hour full body massage, take a horse carriage ride which is a great way to see Mumbai. The ride will take you through Marine Drive, Nariman Point and around Queen’s Necklace. Now it is time to hit a bar for starters and drinks. After you have had enough drinks, move on to a night club to hear the best DJs from India and around the world. Next up is a midnight buffet at an international-style restaurant, comprising of an English pub, “Geoffrey’s” an award-winning Chinese restaurant.
A visit to Mumbai is incomplete without a Bollywood flavour. Here’s an experience for you that will give you a plateful of Bollywood. Enjoy the guided Bollywood tour in a film studio and get to know the behind the scenes activity. Visit the makeup room and get a chance to click a photo with serial actor or actress during the tour.
How about a DIY camping experience by the beach? Sounds nice and breezy, right? The Kashid beach is located 30 km from Alibaug. You will be provided with all the base equipment and you have to set up the tents yourself. Food and other basic amenities will be taken care of. The campsite is situated near the beach, overlooking Phansad wildlife sanctuary and the majestic Arabian Sea. With access to a secluded beach located just a stone’s throw away, it is a perfect getaway from Mumbai for friends and family. The beach itself is away from the main tourist attraction, which lets you enjoy its pristine white sands and unpolluted waters at your leisure. Relax in the cooling sea breeze in the shacks made completely from bamboo and hay.