General Information About Mumbai Tour
09.30 am - After breakfast pick up from the hotel and drive through the cloistered Navy Nagar, Mumbai's hidden bastion of the army and naval base and reach Afghan Church Heritage site. Afghan Church was built to commemorate the martyrs of the Three Afghan Wars fought between 1835 and 1843. Back in 1820s, the church used to be simply the attached roof shape. On 7th January 1858, Bishop Harding consecrated the church. Afghan Church was given a façade of brown basalt and limestone spire, complete with wide Gothic arches, wrought iron railings, and an eight-bell tower. Weekly masses continue to be held at Afghan Church
10.15 am - Embark on BEST Bus route123 from the Church. The bus takes you thru the Colaba Causeway, CST (Prince of Wales) Museum, Kala Ghoda, High Court, Churchgate. Disembark at Churchgate Station to watch Dabbawallahs. Dabbawallahs (lunch meal carrier) are 5000 strong members co-operative run by a bunch of Mahashtrian semi-literate men for the last 125 years, earning between Rs 3000 to Rs 5000 per month.
11.45 am - Embark on a Local Train from Churchgate Railway Station to Mahalaxmi to visit Dhobi Ghat. Even if you are not interested in other people's dirty laundry, you will be fascinated by the Dhobi Ghat. Each morning washing from all over Mumbai is brought here to be soaped, soaked, boiled, beaten and thrashed. Next day, after being aired, pressed, folded and wrapped, the bundles are returned from when they came. Photo Stop.
12.30 pm - Leave for Worli Village Fort Tour. An Indian lunch awaits you at a local restaurant Tent Jewellery. Meet Mr. Tarun Thadani who is contributing to the development of the village – a place abandoned by the progress. Tent Jewellery has brought together women of Worli village to help retain the intrinsic culture, using natural elements such as fallen wood, glass and porcelain.
13.30 pm - Walking tour of Worli Koliwada – the opportunity to soak in the experience, pauses, and be a part of the surroundings is unique to a walking tour. This village originated nearly 500 years ago, is an ancient civilization, next to the ultra modern Worli Sea-Link. The village has the Hanuman Temple, built in 1800, the Mahadev Temple and the Golpha Devi Temple. The centre of the village through maze-like lanes where houses are packed closed together, pass the village chowk to reach the fish market that buzzes with activities in the mornings when fresh catch is brought, packed and sold. Reach Worli Fort built by the British in 1675 as a watch-tower for enemy vessels. This area was dotted by mangroves but was hacked in 18th century. There is Vyayamshala (traditional Gym) atop this ruined fort.
16.30 pm - Before you return to your hotel, stop by at Mani Bhavan – Gandhi’s Bombay base between 1917 and 1934. It is now a museum and memorial to the Mahatma, and contains a research library of more than 2000 volumes. The number of personal artifacts – including the correspondence with Hitler, Roosevelt, Tolstoy, and Einstein.