Mumbai: Private 4-Hour Colonial Era Walking Tour

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4 hours
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What You'll Do
  • Hit all the most important monuments and sites from the Colonial Era
  • Learn from a private tour guide
  • Explore the mix of architectural styles that found expression during this time
Overview
Visit the major colonial era sites of Mumbai including the Gateway of India, the Prince of Wales Museum, Elphinstone College, Bombay High Court, the Flora Fountain and much more. A private guide ensures personal attention, optimum information and safety.
What to Expect
Start the walking tour after meeting your guide who also happens to be a city expert. Get to know the colonial era city of Mumbai on this 4-hour walking tour. 

First, walk to the Gateway of India, 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.

Walk toward the Regal Theater opened in 1933, 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 even a lift from the parking area.

Continue the walk to the Prince of Wales Museum, (outside). 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 artefacts.

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, walk through the 19th-century David Sassoon Library which houses some old rare 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 among the first three universities in India. It was relocated in 1874 to the new complex near Oval Maidan. One of the most esteemed universities in the country, it is ranked among the top 500 universities in 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 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.

Walk back to the starting point or consider hiring a taxi (at your own expense) if you are tired.
What's Included
  • Private guide
  • Heritage walking tour
  • Meeting and assistance service
  • All government taxes and surcharge
What's Not Included
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
Meeting Point

Starbucks - The Taj Mahal Palace // The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Lobby Level, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai Phone No: 022-66551915 (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
• Carry a bottle of water and wear comfortable walking shoes

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