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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
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.
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.
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!
Our bicycle tour is a fantastic orientation to south Mumbai. We will visit must-see sights like the Gateway of India, Marine Lines, CST Station, and Mumbadevi Temple as well as some hidden gems like Sassoon Dock and a cow sanctuary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A private tour is for up to 6 people.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
I had the luxury to be the only tourist on the tour, so I had the full attention of the guide, Javed.
Using the bike in the early morning is a wonderful way to move around. Way faster than walking, a bit of fresh breeze from the ride, and you see way more compared to sitting in a taxi.
Actually traffic wan’t an issue at all in the early morning, and Javed was extremely careful while moving around. We went to see some interesting places that I wouldn’t have discovered on my own, had some good chats, and finally had a nice south Indian breakfast in Colaba.
I doubt you’ll find a better guide than this young man – great explanations of life in Mumbai in flawless English.
I did it again … its the best way to show a Indian newcomer Bombay…. and also for old Bombaywallas its always great fun because you see your city early in the morning, awakening and get to know places where you usually not go. The people from reality tours are very professional and very lovely. Highly recommended!!!! I also booked the private Dharavi slum tour … an experience and you learn a lot, mostly about yourself and the way you are living …
An early start but well worth the effort! We were accompanied throughout the cycle ride by two guides one of whom cycled at the front, and the other at the rear, so we were never at risk at getting lost. traffic was light early on but became heavier as the morning wore on but we never felt in danger, albeit that the Highway Code is probably not part of the Indian DNA! We cycled past and along many of the city highlighted buildings and roads and finished up at a local eatery for breakfast. Just do it-another brilliant tour from reality Tours
Great tour and hosted by the excellent and charming Mr T and Simrun. Having done a car-based guided tour earlier in our trip and only thought it was so-so, we approached this tour with some trepidation. We needn’t have worried because it was fun and funny and we had a great time. Loved it all – entertaining and thoughtful and different. Thank you Reality Tours and thank you Mr T and Simrun. Fiona and Richard
Don’t hesitate to take part on this tour. My wife and I joined J and Simrun a week ago for a fantastic bike ride around beautiful / intriguing Mumbai. It is busy on the roads but J and Simrun look after you well and there aren’t any problems with safety. They were really knowledgeable and showed all the highlights of the city. Some of the sights and smells will live with me forever .
Mumbai is a fantastic city and it is easy to see why with people like J and Simrun living there.
This is a must do tour! Thanks Matt and Kellie