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.
Drawing on Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, the Gateway of India sits on the waterfront of southern Mumbai, and since 1924 was the first thing visitors to the city would see when arriving by boat.
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.
One of the city’s largest wholesale fruit, vegetable, and meat market— and the first building in India to get electricity!
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!
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.
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 did the bike tour on my first morning in Mumbai, thinking it would help me acclimate to the city a bit. It ended up being an amazing tour (not just an acclimatization experience) and I highly recommend! The tour guides were so patient (and I had a couple of ‘interesting’ folks part of the tour). We got to see some of the big things, but a few hidden gems as well, that I would have never knew existed. A nice breakfast after the ride was just perfect! Total bike was 12ish KM, and at a very slow pace. Definitely recommended!
Went on the Mumbai bike tour this morning with Javed and Vishal. The bikes were all in good working order and Javed and Vishal did a great job of navigating the streets and traffic in safety for our group of 5. They shared lots of local information and made our tour an amazing experience. Thoroughly recommend this tour!
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.