Learn about the realities of working-class life as you discover Mumbai through its local transport.
Ride the famous suburban train, hop on a classic red bus, cruise around town in a typical black and yellow taxi and look on as millions of Mumbai’s working class head out in the morning. We will discover Mumbai beyond the typical tourist sites; we will see a number of different markets and the world famous Dabbawallahs (the workers of India’s intricate lunch delivery system). This view of the Maximum City will give you an idea of the struggles and challenges felt by the working class, as well as their unconquerable spirit.
At the end of the tour we’ll have a special tiffin (lunchbox) lunch delivered to us by a dabbawallah, picnicking at a nearby park.
See one of the busiest railway stations in the country at rush hour! CST is Mumbai’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site and it was featured in the final song from the award-winning movie, Slumdog Millionaire.
In India, flowers are used everywhere – in temples, in taxis, at home, in women’s hair, and for all kinds of worship. Here, you will see more flowers in one place than you’ve ever seen before!
The world’s largest outdoor laundry! See the dhobiwallahs, or washermen, scrubbing sheets from Mumbai’s largest hospitals and hotels at this busy outdoor laundry area.
The “Thieves Market” is one of the largest and busiest flea markets in the whole country and sells almost anything. Taste some local sweets, take home delicious home-made pickles and chutneys, or shop for a colourful vintage Bollywood film poster!
Witness an extraordinary feat of organization in which hundreds of thousands of lunches are collected from homes and delivered to work-sites using an unwritten system. At the end of the tour we’ll have a tiffin (lunchbox) delivered to us for a picnic lunch!
Wow what a trip! This tour was much more than we expected in a positive way! Our guide Raj was absolutely stupendous!! we met at a well known theater that all the taxi drivers knew! We traveled to places like the local non tourist fish markets, flower markets, fruit and vegetable markets. All the while moving by taxi, walking and on the trains- In a place that moves millions of people everyday it was really fun to see places, people and sites in a small group, that was interactive and very informative. You have to be ready to walk and experience! If you are bothered by crowds and are not comfortable around cultural differences – maybe not the best for you. Bring a small camera and be aware of local customs. When in doubt – Ask. If you want to see Mumbai from a non tourist non large group bus approach- this was an amazing tour! Raj our guide made all the difference. Chelloh (phonetic spelling) – Means Lets GO!!
Being part of Mumbaikars’ daily commute was an amazing experience. Pleasantlynsurprised that the buses and trains were clean (contrary to popular belief that they are stinky and dirty) and comfortable. We had a chatty (in a good way!) guide, Pipin, who shared his insider knowledge of the places we visited and the sights we saw – which just added value to the whole experience. I highly recommend this tour as it’s the safest way of experiencing Mumbai’s network of transportation and traffic!