Mumbai'is considered the commercial capital of India and a cultural center with the moniker City of Dreams. During this 9-hour shore excursion, discover some of the city's most popular'attractions including the Gateway of India, UNESCO-listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai market, Marine Drive, and the Hanging Gardens. Also visit Mani Bhavan, which highlights Gandhi's life; Dhobi Ghat, an open-air laundromat in Mumbai; Haji Ali Dargah, the tomb of a'Muslim saint; and the Prince of Wales Museum. Entrance fees not included.
Your shore excursion'begins with pickup from the cruise port in Mumbai. Aboard an air-conditioned minivan, your guide takes you'to'the Gateway of India, a colossal structure constructed in 1924. The gateway overlooks Mumbai Harbour, which is bordered by the Arabian Sea in the Colaba district.
The'first stop is Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), a UNESCO World Heritage site formerly known as'Victoria Terminus. The historic railway station serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways. Next, make your way to Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai (formerly Crawford Market). The popular'wholesale market is a'preferred location to purchase festive decorations, dried'fruits, fresh produce, and more.
Moving onward you'll discover'Marine Drive, built on reclaimed land in 1920. It arcs along the shore of the Arabian Sea from Nariman Point past Girgaum Chowpatty and continues to the foot of Malabar Hill. Its twinkling nighttime lights earned it the nickname Queen's Necklace.'
Around noon, visit the Hanging Gardens (Ferozeshah Mehta), located at Malabar Hill. Admire panoramic views of South Mumbai, then delight in a'visit to Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum. It is here that Gandhi laid the foundation for many independence movements. The'three-story building now honors the man who put the interests of the nation above all.
A 1-hour stop is made at one of the best local restaurants in the area (own expense).'After lunch, you're taken to Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat to see the 140-year-old unmechanized laundry facility, which houses more than 1,000 open-air troughs for beating the dirt out of thousands of pounds of soiled clothes and linens.'
Then you will take a drive past Mumbai University, the colonial buildings of the Mumbai High Court, and Haji Ali Dargah ' the'tomb of the Muslim saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. This'Indo-Islamic shrine located on an offshore inlet is a striking sight floating like a sacred mirage off the coast.
Your last stop is the Prince of Wales Museum, which has'a mix of exhibits from across India on display. The full-day tour concludes with drop-off at the port'or your desired location in Mumbai.