UNESCO Heritage

UNESCO Heritage Tour of Mumbai

The ICOMOS (International Council for Monuments & Sites), an advisory body to UNESCO helps to sight and list structures all over the world to possess heritage value. There are some marvelous structures in Mumbai which fall in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage site list and are noteworthy for their history, architecture and cultural artwork. Most are located in the south of Mumbai, as historically, access to the city was only through the port there. One can do a tour of these heritage structures in Mumbai capturing the beauty of these building!

Begin the tour from Gateway of India & harbour to board the ferry for a 1 hour ride to the Elephanta Island, home to Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Upon return, absorb the spirit and excitement of Mumbai, India's commercial capital, at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) - an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic-Revival architecture in India, blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. The terminus was built over the course of 10 years, starting in 1878.

The latest addition to the list of UNESCO Heritage sites in Mumbai are the Art Deco and Victorian buildings, and hold the privilege of being the third site after the Elephanta Caves and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. The tour can then extend to view these magnificent works of art. It is advisable to take a walk along the lanes of these structures to awe the magnanimity of their wondrous construction. The city's 19th-century collection of Victorian structures and 20th century Art Deco buildings includes:

The row of public buildings of the High Court, Mumbai University
Old Secretariat
Elphinstone College
David Sassoon Library
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Western Railways headquarters
Maharashtra Police headquarters to the east of Oval Maidan

These structures have been considered among the collection of Victorian, Neo-Classical and Indo-Saracenic architecture. Residential buildings along Oval Maidan, around the Cricket Club of India and the first row of buildings along Marine Drive are part of the Art Deco buildings, as well as Regal and Eros Cinemas.

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Inclusions

Transport in an air-conditioned car
English speaking guide * on request.
Professional & verified drivers.

Exclusions

Lunch.
Personal expenses.
Entrance fees (if any)/ camera fees as applicable.
Round-trip ferry ride.
Toy Train ride to reach Elephanta Caves steps/ Doli * optional

Highlights

Explore the ancient rock-cut cave temples at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Elephanta Caves.
See monuments including the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus & Crawford Market.
Take a long promenade to explore the Art Deco and Victorian styled architecture of heritage structures.

Notes

Dress code is smart casual.
A moderate amount of walking is involved.
Not recommended for pregnant women, tourists with back problems, heart complaints or other serious medical conditions.
Beware of the monkeys that roam around near the caves.
The caves are open on all days between 9.00 am to 5.00 pm except Mondays.

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