See Mumbai by foot on a 3-hour heritage walking tour of the city. On this excursion, you will visit major sites of Mumbai, including the Gateway of India, the Prince of Wales Museum, Elphinstone College, Bombay High Court, the Flora Fountain, and more.
What to Expect
Get to know the city of Mumbai on a 3-hour walking tour that passes by its heritage buildings. Listen as your guide shares with you the history of each site, along with a description of the elaborate architectural styles of the various buildings.
The starting point of your tour is Mumbai's most famous monument, the Gateway of India. It was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay in December 1911. Built next to the Taj Mahal hotel, it was the symbol of power and majesty of the British empire. Today, it serves as a monumental memento of colonization and subjugation by the British over the people of India.
Next, walk toward the Regal Theater. Opened in 1933, it was designed by Charles Stevens with the interiors designed by the Czech artist, Karl Schara. It was the only Art Deco cinema in India when it opened. The Governor of Bombay formally inaugurated the Regal Cinema in 1933. It was fully air conditioned, had an underground parking lot for patrons, and a lift up from the parking lot at that time.
Continue your path to the Prince of Wales Museum, which you will observe from the outside. It was founded in the early years of the 20th century. Designed by George Wittet, the foundation stone was laid in 1905 by the Prince himself. The building was completed in 1914, converted to a military hospital during World War I, and finally opened in 1923 by Lady Lloyd, the wife of Sir George Lloyd, then governor. The museum collection comprises of 50,000 artifacts.
Located opposite to the Museum is the majestic facade of the late 19th-century Elphinstone College, a Gothic-Victorian-style university campus replete with stone balconies, balustrades, turrets, and gargoyles. It is one of the oldest colleges of India. Also on Mahatma Gandhi Road, slightly further north of the college, you’ll pass through another historic building, the 19th-century David Sassoon Library which houses some very rare old books. Adjacent to the library on the same road is the Army and Navy Building, worth a look for its fine mid-19th-century Neoclassical facade. This building was originally used as a British army navy store.
Walk further to visit the University of Bombay. Established in the year 1857 at Town Hall, it is one amongst the first 3 universities in India. It was relocated in 1874 to the new complex near Oval Maidan. One of the esteemed universities of the country, it is ranked among the top 500 universities of the world.
Next to the University is the High Court of Mumbai, or Bombay High Court. It was inaugurated on 14 August 1862 and designed by British engineer Col J.A. Fuller. The architecture of the building is Gothic revival in the early English style. The first sitting was on 10 January 1879.
Keep walking to arrive at the Flora Fountain. Built in 1864, the beautifully adorned stone fountain is located in the Fort area in the heart of South Mumbai. The fountain depicts the Roman goddess Flora, "the goddess of abundance."
Proceed to the Victoria Terminus Railway Station, also called the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a historic railway station that serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways. The station was designed by Frederick William Stevens, a consulting architect in 1887-1888. The station stands as an example of 19th-century railway architectural marvels for its advanced structural and technical solutions. It was put on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 2 July 2004.
Hop into a taxi for a 10-minute ride from VT Station to a cafe located in Jehangir Art Gallery. This gallery is one of the most sought-after venues for artists to exhibit their oeuvres. Here, you can stroll around the gallery and see the various paintings. Cafe Samovar, a 44-year-old landmark eatery, was started as a cafe catering to artists in Bombay but soon became the city's cultural hub. It also houses Natesan's Antiqarts, the country's oldest licensed antique dealer. Don't be surprised if a world-famous painter is sitting next to you, sipping tea. Stop here for tea or coffee, served with light snacks, before your tour comes to an end.
- Meeting and assistance service by Gets Holidays
- Transport by air-conditioned car from hotels outside of the city
- English-speaking guide
- Light snacks at Cafe Samovar
- All taxes
What's Not Included
- Any air and train fare
- Monuments fee
- Medical insurance
- Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay, cancelation, hike in fare, strike, or any other natural calamities
- Items of a personal nature
- Camera fee at monuments