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Experience Independence Day with us in Mumbai

We’ll catch the flag hoisting ceremony and then proceed to explore the quiet, winding lanes of South Mumbai.

While the rest of the city is only just beginning

to wake up, we take advantage of the empty streets and cool air to explore South Mumbai by cycle. We’ll stop by some of the famous sights such as Crawford Market and Marine Drive as well as some fascinating lesser known

stops that might even surprise Mumbaikars! At the end of the tour, we’ll stop for a well-deserved South Indian brunch consisting of dosa, idli, upma, and much more.

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    Flag Hoisting

    Experience first hand the flag hoisting in South Mumbai. Gaze up at the sky and celebrate the 2017 India Independence Day amongst the local crowd.

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    Sassoon Dock

    Built by David Sassoon, this dock is the main fish loading and trading center in South Mumbai. The people working here are Kolis, the original inhabitants of Mumbai, represent the city's original culture.

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    Bombay Panjrapole

    Visit a sanctuary for the welfare of more than 350 cows nestled away in the heart of the city. The cow is considered sacred by Hindus, and to increase their karma, people will come to the shelter to feed the cows.

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    Mumbadevi Temple

    This is the historical Hindu temple that Mumbai was named after! We'll take a break from our bikes and have a look inside.

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    South Indian Brunch

    At the end of the tour enjoy a South Indian brunch of dosa, idli, upma and tea or coffee.

Availability

15 August 2017

6:15am - 10am

Price

Rs 1,800 per person

(includes bicycle rental and South Indian brunch)

Group Size

Minimum: 2 people

Maximum: 20 people

(For larger groups, please get in touch)

Testimonial

"I had arrived in Mumbai less than 24 hours before going on this tour, and I couldn't have felt more at ease. It was a very accessible way to see a number of wonderful sites in a short period of time. Our guide was incredible, he was eager to please and very charming."

Annabelle via TripAdvisor

Start/End Points

Starts and ends at Kailash Parbat Restaurant, Colaba

(See Map/Directions tab for details)

Safety Concerns

We start the tour early before the roads get crowded. We avoid the major roads and use the inner streets wherever possible.

Bicycle helmets are available on request. There is a second tour guide who cycles at the back of the group.

Level of Difficulty

The tour is very easy riding; the terrain is very flat, we go at a slow pace and stop regularly to see the sights on the tour and to listen to the guide.

Inclusions

Bicycle and helmet (upon request)

Drinks and snacks during the tour

Includes North indian breakfast after the tour

Meeting Point

Kailash Parbat Restaurant, Colaba

A guide will meet you at Kailash Parbat restaurant in Colaba to pick up your bicycle. The tour will finish in the same place after a typical Indian breakfast.

Kailash Parbat is on 1st Pasta Lane, just off Colaba Causeway. Taxi drivers will know Regal Cinema, and then 1st Pasta Lane is just another couple of minutes down the street from there. (Photos: One , two )

End Point

Kailash Parbat Restaurant, Colaba

Timings

6:15 - 10 am

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Cycling in Mumbai!? Is it safe?

Yes! Safety is our number one priority and we take several precautions to ensure safety. First, we leave early in the morning while the streets are calm and the weather is cool. Second, we provide helmets for everyone. Finally, we have a second guide who rides in the back of the group with the sole task of keeping an eye on everyone.

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Are the bicycles and helmets included?

Yes, both bicycles and the helmet are included in the tour price. While helmets are not compulsory in India, you can request a helmet either when you sign up or on the day of the tour.

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Why is it so early?

We leave early to avoid traffic and the heat of the day. Trust us, this is the absolute best time to see Mumbai by bicycle and it is well worth the early wake up call!

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What will we see?

Our bicycle tour is a fantastic orientation to south Mumbai. We will visit must-see sights like the Sassoon Dock, Bombay Panjrapole and Mumbadevi Temple.

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What should I wear?

Clothing you would wear for exercise is ideal, but not necessary. Depending on the season, it can be chilly at the beginning of tour. Our recommendation is to dress in layers and wear comfortable clothes.

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What do I need to bring?

Everything including snacks and drinks will be provided. Don’t forget your camera! There is a back rack on the cycles to hold the water bottle provided. We recommend a small backpack should you want to bring anything else.

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Is it appropriate to bring small children on the tour?

The tour involves quite a bit a cycling so it would be difficult to manage if children aren’t strong riders. That said, smaller bicycles are available for children. We can’t, however, provide child seats.

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How far do we ride?

In total we cycle 14km (about 9 miles) but that is spread over 3 hours and punctuated by frequent stops for drinks, visiting sights, and some food. In general, the difficulty is very low and doesn’t require participants to be in exceptional shape.

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How many people can go on a private tour?

For this special occasion we don't do a private tour.

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Do you provide private tours for large groups?

Absolutely! We regularly work with several schools and travel groups and provide them private tours for their groups. It’s always one of the highlights of their India trip! Please get in touch if you are the organizer of a group visit: info@realitytoursandtravel.com

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Is the breakfast at the end of tour included?

Yes! At the end of the tour we stop at a local cafe where you get to try a typical South Indian breakfast (dosa, idli, etc). All part of the price of the tour.

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What types of bike do you use?

We use reputable brands such as Hero, which is widely used in India. They are fixed gear models for easier riding and maintenance. The terrain is flat so gears and experience are not required! The bikes are adjustable but we can also provide larger or smaller bikes as required.

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What if I have an issue with my bike?

We fully maintain our bikes and they are checked before every tour. Issues are rare but we have a kit for quick repairs such as punctures and our second guide will offer their bike to ensure the tour keeps moving. We can also replace any bike without much delay if necessary.

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