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
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
Fantastic way to start your day. The guides tour around a good number of interesting sites. Good organization, good detail, very informative. My friends discouraged me from doing the tour due to ‘safety concerns’, I can definitely state that with these team there are none really, perfect way to see Mumbai.
Very well organized, friendly, and informative. Highly recommended. I did the cycling tour and the dharavi tour.
My husband and I went on the bike ride today. The our guides were very knowledgeable. One stayed in front and another at the back of the group. It was a nice small group with only another couple. It was easy riding and went off the beaten track as well as main roads. At no time were we made to stop at preferred shops and buy something which we have been caught out before with other tour company’s. We will be using Reality tours again before we go home.