Get an inside look at one of Maharastra’s most popular religious festivals.

Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10 day Hindu festival in honour of the elephant headed god Ganesh, the remover of obstacles and god of wisdom.

Families and communities install a clay statue of the god in their home or a communal space and honour the god each day, at times led by a priest, with a variety of rituals. At the end they lead a procession with the statue to a body of water and immerse him. The immersion

represents sending the god home along with the troubles of man and everyone prays that he will come again early the following year.

We’re going to look at this festival from all angles. We’ll start by understanding the different ways the festival is celebrated in Dharavi by visiting the homes of families from various regions of India. Next, we’ll learn the history of the festival’s modern form by a visit

to the community that started it. Finally we’ll witness the immersion at the most famous location: Chowpatty Beach.

Note: This tour can easily be combined with our afternoon Dharavi Tour.

  • 1

    Community Visit

    We’ll start by visiting a public pandal (temporary shrine) in Khumbharwada, the pottery colony in Dharavi.

  • 2

    Family Visits

    Next, we’ll visit multiple families in Dharavi from different regions and see the variations in the celebrations across different regions of India.

  • 3

    The First Ganesh Festival

    To better understand Ganesh Chaturthi in its modern form, we will visit the society that started it. A local activist, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, devised the communal celebration of the festival as a way to circumvent the curfew imposed by the British.

  • 4

    Chowpatty Snacks

    We’ll stop for some food at our favourite Chowpatty street food stalls. Sev Puri, Pav Bhaji and Kulfi are a must!

  • 5


    The grand finale. After several days of offerings and prayers, families and communities bring their Ganesh to Chowpatty for a final pooja (prayer) and immersion. (Note: it will only be this crowded on the final day)


3:30pm - 7:30pm

August 2017


Rs 1,000 per person

Start/End Points

Starts at Mahim Station

Ends at Chowpatty Beach

(See Directions tab for details)

Group Size

Minimum: 2 people

(For larger groups, please get in touch)

No Photography Policy

  • For the Dharavi portion of the tour. Photography is allowed inside the homes as long as permission is given.

What To Wear

Please wear modest clothing (for women: no sleeveless shirts, short shorts, or low tops) and closed-toed shoes.


The final day at Chowpatty can get very crowded and chaotic. Accordingly, we will have very small group sizes on the final day to ensure the best experience for everyone. But be prepared, the final day can be quite an adventure!

Can Be Combined With:

Our Dharavi Tour. The afternoon Dharavi Tour can lead into this tour perfectly. If you would like to add a Dharavi Tour please email .

Meeting Point

Mahim Station

End Point

Chowpatty Beach


3:30pm - 7:30pm

Mahim Station:

We meet at the main entrance and ticket office on the West side of the station (photo 1). To check if you are in the right spot, verify that V-Jai Restaurant and Bakery is opposite and Cafe Coffee Day is diagnolly opposite. (Photos: One, Two, Three)