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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!
So happy we did this tour and also had a private guide. The guide was excellent and very nice too. It was an experience taking local buses and trains. We visited interesting places and it was a good opportunity to ask questions about everything when having a private guide. It was well worth it and I wish I could have more time to visit other places with this company.
Truly exceptional experience with Reality Tours! Would recommend the Half Day by Public Transport Tour without hesitation to anyone looking to become aquatinted with Mumbai. Our guide Nano was very kind and knowledgable about all things Mumbai and answered all of our questions with enthusiasm! The tour itself was very interesting and the local transportation was much more efficient than we anticipated. Don’t hesitate to book with this company!
Another excellent trip run by reality tours -we were taken on public busses trains and rickshaws to experience life and travel around Mumbai like the locals. We visited markets ( including a fish and flower market) the laundry and general street life of the suburbs. We were able to experience local life with the security and reassurance of our guide ( Raj-he was brilliant) so never felt insecure. The whole trip was eye opening but in a good way. The guides in all the reality touts that we took made all the difference
Public transport tour was fantastic-can’t reccomend this company, Reality Tours, highly enough. Really well planned and delivered; a knowledgeable and friendly guide with a wealth of local experience and a great sense of humour. Also went to Elefanta caves, an interesting trip off-shore, with over 200 steps up to a wonderful array of man-made temples and statues, which were really worthwhile. Great organisation and delivery of tours generally. Well done!
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!!