Experience Mumbai in the calm and cool of the early morning.
Sleeping bodies dot the pathways, devotees perform their morning puja (prayer), and early birds head out for a jog before the heat of the day arrives. This is Mumbai as you have never seen it before: calm and peaceful.
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. As we wind our way through the back lanes, we’ll visit must-see Mumbai sights like the Gateway of India and CST Station as well as some hidden gems like Sassoon Dock and Bombay Panjrapole (cow sanctuary).
At the end of the tour, we’ll stop for a well-deserved South Indian breakfast of dosa, idli, upma, and much more.
See the famous facade of one of the busiest railway stations in the country. Gaze up at the station’s Victorian Gothic architecture as you learn about Mumbai’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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.
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.
This is the historical Hindu temple that Mumbai was named after! We’ll take a break from our bikes and have a look inside.
Cycle 3km along the Arabian Sea on the Marine Drive promenade. Typically packed with friends and couples in the evenings, Marine Drive is empty in the morning and just waiting to be cycled!
Cusrow Baug, Colaba Causeway
A guide will meet you at the entrance to Cusrow Baug on Colaba Causeway to pick up your bicycle. The tour will finish in the same place after a typical Indian breakfast.
Cusrow Baug is on Apollo Bandar Road, nearby RUOSH Colaba and Cafe Churchill. (Photos: One)
Kailash Parbat Restaurant, Colaba
6:15 – 10 am
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.