9 Best Mumbai Walking Tours To Explore Mumbai 4

6th Mar 20
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So you are quite excited to explore Mumbai? Then get ready to experience the culture, stories, tales, food, and people. You can check different ways to explore Mumbai either by self-guided or take local tour guides in Mumbai or professional tours in Mumbai.

Below are top day tours that showcase a variety of city aspects. Starting from Heritage walk which showcases old forgotten stories about people, architecture, and monuments. Another famous tour which takes you through the largest slum in Asia - Dharavi.

You also get to know more about India's glamorous Bollywood industry you can take the film industry. Tours that include water sports where you get to ride speed boats on Juhu beach.

The best way to explore is to visit the city's old and historical part to know what the city was and how it is evolved the current time.

List of 9 Best Mumbai Walking Tours:

1. Heritage Walk in Mumbai

2. Bollywood Tour in Mumbai

3. Dharavi Slum Tour (Slum Walk)

4. Walking Tour of Elephanta Island

5. Mumbai Temples Walking Tour

6. Mumbai Nightlife Walking Tour

7. Colaba Mumbai Walking Tour

8. Mumbai Street Food Walking Tour

9. Naval Dockyard Mumbai Walking Tour

1. Heritage Walk Mumbai

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(Image Courstesy : Vikrant, Mumbai Expert)

  • Heritage is an essential part of a city’s culture and history, and so it important to go beyond the shimmering buildings and fast-paced crowd to discover its origin. Mumbai, the economic capital of India has a rich and intriguing heritage that must be explored.

  • The ancient buildings are a testimony of time and history such as the Bombay Castle or the majestic Asiatic Library. Walk along with the age-old Afghan church or the Flora Fountain, standing since the birth of Mumbai city.

  • The art district of Kala Ghoda being host to numerous ancient structures such as the Bombay High Court, the Post Office or various cafes and offices are an integral part of its heritage. The glorious past of the city comes to a full circle with the facades of the iconic Gateway of India and the Taj Palace Hotel standing valiantly garnishing the tip of Mumbai near the Arabian sea.

  • As you explore more such heritage spots across Mumbai city, you would consider going back in fear of missing something out. Heritage tours are offered on your site as given below

Tourist at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Heritage of Mumbai Walking Tour

Location - All the heritage sites of Mumbai are located in and around the Southern parts of the city such as Colaba.

Accessibility - These heritage sites can be accessed through the Western Suburban Railway line, with the likes of Mahim Junction, Churchgate station or the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.

Catch - These sites are highly photogenic in nature and so it is recommendable to carry a camera. Click as many as pictures to capture your memories during these day trips.

Duration expectation - 3 hours is an ideal time

Cost - If you wish to take a guided tour then it will range from USD 50 to USD 150, depends on the day slot, and type of agents/ tour guides you choose.

What to expect - Explore sites such as the Asiatic Library, Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Afghan Chruch, The Horniman Circle, the Flora Fountain, Bombay Castle, Kala Ghoda, Regal Cinema and much more.

2. Bollywood Tour in Mumbai

Bollywood Studio Mumbai Walking Tour

  • Bollywood, as the name sounds is the ‘Hollywood of India’. One of the largest and most glamorous cinematic industry of Mumbai. If you are in Mumbai and fail to get a glimpse of the iconic Film City then you would risk losing some of the most incredible memories of your life.

  • During the Bollywood tour, you can expect big-budget films getting shot live. If you are lucky you may even get to meet and click a photo with some celebrities, making this tour even more memorable.

  • Bollywood tour is conducted in the film city that was built by the Maharastra state government in 1978 with the objective to make the Bollywood industry grow. This tour will take you through the grand Bollywood sets be it Palaces, Hospital, Police station, traffic signal whatever you have seen on the screen you can experience behind the scene.

Location : Located in the suburban area of Mumbai called “Goregaon”, sprawling in 350 acres. Its grand landscape hosts more than 20 indoor sets or studios. It is spread amidst the Aarey colony and Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

Accessibility - Easily reachable through the western express highway. The nearest station is Goregaon. On the eastern side, you can hire a rickshaw, local bus or cab.

Catch - One can’t just walk in casually since the area is not open for the general public. You need to take a guided tour from for your day trip to enjoy this experience.

Duration expectation - 3 hours

Cost - If you wish to take a guided tour then it will range from USD 50 to USD 150, depends on the day slot, and type of agents/ tour guides you choose. What to expect - Arrival at Shooting Sight, Escorted to a specially created studio, see the work of backend technicians, live shows if you pick that type of tour and lot more.

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3. Dharavi Slum Tour

Dharavi Mumbai Walking Tour

  • A walking experience like never before. Stroll through the narrow lanes of the slum of Dharavi and prove wrong the popular depictions of this poverty-driven area.

  • The Dharavi Slum walking experience will bring you face to face with a large community that thrives valiantly upon numerous small scale businesses. A mangrove swamp of the 18th century, it is currently home to more than 700,000 people.

  • From textiles and soap-making to handicrafts and leather goods, the people of Dharavi are capable enough to put you in awe with their down-to-earth yet strong lifestyle. A region with an annual turnover in millions, Dharavi is a plethora of heart-warming and inspiring stories of people belonging to various backgrounds.

  • Let it be NGO-backed coaching programs, the underground hip-hop culture, a whooping recycling industry or the brilliant local technological inventions created by children, Dharavi is another enigmatic world within itself which will draw you back towards it over and over again.

Dharavi walking photo

Location - Spread across an area of 520 acres, the slum of Dharavi lies between two suburban regions of Mahim and Bandra.

Accessibility - The region is accessible from Mahim Railway Station on the western line and the Kings Circle railway station on the central line. You can hire local buses, cabs etc to reach Dharavi.

Catch - It is more preferable to walk through the region since taking a vehicle inside the narrow crowded lanes is not a great idea. A slow-paced walking experience would give you first-hand enriching glimpses of the region.

Duration expectation - 3 hours

Cost - If you wish to take a guided tour then it will range from USD 50 to USD 150, depends on the day slot, and type of agents/ tour guides you choose.

What to expect - Witness the brilliant recycling industry, small scale businesses like leather tanning, handicrafts, pottery, electronics assembly, soap making, accessories, bakeries and much more right in front of your eyes. Also come across varied education centers, vocational training centers, and cultural centers.

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4. Walking Tour of Elephanta Island

Elephant Caves in Mumbai Walking Tour

  • One of the few archaeological attractions near Mumbai city, Elephanta Island is a must-see destination on your weekend getaway from Mumbai. With the backdrop of the incredible skyline of Mumbai, revisit the medieval times with incredible glimpses of Elephanta caves.

  • A fine example of rock-cut architecture, these captivating caves date by to the 5th century. Explore this prominent UNESCO World Heritage site and mesmerize your senses with breathtaking sculptures of Lord Shiva and its various incarnations.

  • The intricate carvings upon the basalt rock walls create an aesthetic ambiance all around. Climb 120 steps to explore this magnificent site or hop on the lively toy train, an incredible historical experience awaits you.

Location - Elephanta Caves is located on Elephanta Island also locally known as the Gharapuri island. It is located at a distance of 11 km from Mumbai.

Accessibility - Catch a local train to Churchgate or CST station. From there you can either walk to the Gateway of India or hire a taxi. Alternatively, you can reach the Gateway of India directly through the local bus.

A ferry ride from the Gateway of India is the only way to reach the island. Steps lead up to the entrance of the caves. You can even opt for the toy train starting near the ferry dockyard.

Catch - There is no other roadways option available to reach the Elephanta Island. It is advisable to leave the caves before sunset and always tag along with your group or tour guide before venturing further.

Duration expectation - 2-3 hours

Cost - If you wish to take a guided tour then it will range from USD 50 to USD 150, depends on the day slot, and type of agents/ tour guides you choose.

What to expect - Elegant and fascinating sculptures and wall carvings dating back to the 5th century. Spectacular depictions of the life and various incarnations of Hindu Lord Shiva.

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5. Mumbai Temples Walking Tour

Haji Ali Mumbai Walking Tours

  • Mumbai city is the microcosm of different cultures and ethnicities, and so it is home to numerous religious places of worship which are popular tourist attractions.

  • From the elegant Siddhi Vinayak Temple to Haji Ali Dargah, the people of Mumbai tend to pay a visit to these religious sites during weekends or during special occasions.

  • Fall in love with the magnificent Mount Mary Church and its fair while chanting mantras and hymns at the ISKON Temple. These local cultures all across Mumbai will take you to the next level of mysticism.

  • Get around more temples like the Babulnath temple, the Mahalaxmi Temple and the Jain temple of Malabar Hill cater to the larger than life devotion of millions and millions of people.

Siddhi Vinayak Temple Mumbai Walking Tour

Location - All these temples are located in and around Mumbai. The Siddhivinayak Temple is located in the suburb of Dadar while the Haji Ali Dargah and Mahalaxmi temple are located in close proximity to each other in the suburban region of Mahalaxmi.

Accessibility - You can reach these temples easily by using the Western railway line. Get down at respective stations and hire a cab, get a bus or rickshaw to reach your destinations.

Catch - These religious places are prominent sites for families, children, and senior citizens. Moderately conservative clothing is a must while visiting these places. Make sure to take care of your valuables and belongings.

Duration expectation - 3 hours

Cost - If you wish to take a guided tour then it will range from USD 50 to USD 150, depends on the day slot, and type of agents/ tour guides you choose.

What to expect - Visit the prominent temples of Mumbai such as the Mumba Devi Temple of Goddess Mumbai, the Shree Siddhivinayak Temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Babulnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Mount Mary Church of Mother Mary, Mahalaxmi Temple portraying Adi Shakti - three forms of Goddess Laxmi, Goddess Kali and Goddess Saraswati. Architecture and structural attractions are the takeaways from this tour.

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6. Mumbai Nightlife Walking Tour

Bandra Worli Sealink Nightlife Mumbai Walking Tour

  • If there is one thing Mumbai is known for, it is its nightlife. Also known as the ‘City that never sleeps’, Mumbai has gained quite a notorious reputation for its incredible blend of quaint as well as loud nightlife.

  • Witness the enigmatic sight of the lit-up marvel called Gateway of India. Standing valiantly every single day as if guarding the city, this monument is god-like after sunset and is host to numerous cultural events of the city. Drive through the fast-paced streets of the iconic Bandra-Worli Sea Link.

  • Appreciate life as the serene breeze from the sea face hits you taking you to places unimaginable. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus is not an ordinary suburban railway junction but the history and magnitude of its structure go way beyond that. Witness to millions and millions of people crossing in front of it, it is a fine example of British architecture capable enough to captivate the onlookers.

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  • The skyline of Mumbai is graced by the Queen’s Necklace, Marine Drive is the most favorite spot of every individual staying in the city. Sit on its curb and reflect your inner thoughts as you watch sea waves crash upon the rocks.

  • Either choose to go for a solitary walk on the Girgaum Beach or enjoy the green retreat of the Hanging Gardens, make memories and enjoy the night in Mumbai as dawn approaches slowly and steadily

Location - Most of these sites are located in the South of Mumbai in the regions of Colaba, Mahim, Marine Lines, and Worli. South Mumbai is quite famous for its exuberant nightlife

Accessibility - Western Suburban Railways are the most convenient and preferable mode of transport to reach these locations. The stations of Mahim, Marine Lines, Churchgate, and CST are in quite a proximity to these places. You hire cab or a local bus to proceed further.

Catch - These places are highly photogenic and so it is recommendable to carry a camera. Click as many as pictures to capture your memories during these day trips.

Duration expectation - 3 hours

Cost - If you wish to take a guided tour then it will range from USD 50 to USD 150, depends on the day slot, and type of agents/ tour guides you choose.

What to expect - Visit popular tourist destinations of Mumbai in the wake of the night such as the Gateway of India, Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Haji Ali, Antilla, Hanging Gardens, Girgaum Beach, the Taj Hotel, Bandra-Worli Sea Link and much more. You even delve into the local street food at these places which are prominent during the night time.

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7. Colaba Mumbai Walking Tour

Cafe Mondegar Colaba Mumbai Walking Tour

  • One of the most prominent areas of South Mumbai, Colaba is the endpoint of the city which is graced by the spectacular landmarks of Old Bombay.

  • Stroll through the Colaba Causeway and shop for bracelets, perfumes, antiques, artifacts and much more. Home to the popular Cafe Mondegar and Cafe Leopold, the aura of these tourist attractions is spellbinding.

  • Visit the historic fort area and come across the Sassoon docks where you get a chance to chat with local fishermen and see them in action. The dual facades of the Gateway of India and the Taj Mahal Palace hotel will baffle you with its sheer magnificence.

  • The old and rugged Afghan church also stands to give you glimpses of the earlier Portuguese culture. The prong’s lighthouse is amped enough to guide you through the rich history of the landscape of Colaba and come across countless stories of the bygone era.

Location - The lanes of Colaba are located in the region of Mumbai. It is near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station.

Accessibility - You can reach Colaba by catching a train for Churchgate or CST. From there you may opt for a local bus or taxi or choose to explore the place by walking.

Catch - These places are highly photogenic and so it is recommendable to carry a camera. Capture many as pictures to hold your memories during these day trips.

Duration expectation - 1-2 hours

Cost - If you wish to take a guided tour then it will range from USD 50 to USD 150, depends on the day slot, and type of agents/ tour guides you choose.

What to expect - Visit numerous food places and explore the age-old dockyards of Mumbai. The monuments surrounding Colaba are must-see.

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8. Mumbai Street Food Walking Tour

Mumbai Street Food

  • Street food is an essential part of the culture of any city across the globe. And the same stands true for the ‘City of Dreams’ - Mumbai. One of the most unique forms of gastronomy in the world, Mumbai is famous for its wide array of street food choices that draws countless people across the world.

  • Let it be the sizzling trademark of Mumbai, the Vadapav or the mouth-watering must-have bites of Shev puri and Bhelpuri near the Juhu Beach, there is much more to tantalize the tastebuds of foodies of every taste. Either it is Misal or the sweet cold Kulfi icecream, delicacies of munchies and desserts fill the streets of Mumbai.

  • It is important to try the relishing Pav Bhaji and the scrumptious Dosas. Places like Mohammed Ali Road are for aficionados who crave the best of the best non-vegetarian food in the market. From chicken kebabs to liver and fried kidneys, no stone is left unturned here to cater to the hunger of the crowd.

  • You might be able to fulfill your hunger but not your cravings are you witness a long list of marvelous and drool-worthing cuisine of Mumbai’s street culture.

Location - Literally present everywhere, the most street food places are located near the Juhu Chowpatty or any beaches of Mumbai for that matter, Mohammed Ali Road, all the ‘Khau Gallis’ of Mumbai which are right outside every suburban railway station, the most notable are the Ghatkopar Khaugalli, Carter Road Khaugalli and the Tardeo Khaugalli.

Accessibility - Street food areas are accessible from anywhere. You can go by local trains, buses and hire a cab or rickshaw.

Catch - It is important to note that even though these are street food places the conditions of hygiene and clean surroundings are a must. It is advisable to avoid too much street food to prevent dysentery.

Duration expectation - 3-4 hours

Cost - If you wish to take a guided tour then it will range from USD 50 to USD 150, depends on the day slot, and type of agents/ tour guides you choose.

What to expect - A wide variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food dishes such as Dahi puri, Sev Puri, Pani Puri, Vada Pav (Indian Burger), Dosa’s, Pav Bhaji, Biryani, Ice Gola, Sweets and much more.

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9. Naval Dockyard of Mumbai Walking Tour

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  • Ever dreamed about walking through the insides of a warship? This dream of yours may come true as you experience the breathtaking sights of the ships and dockyards belonging to the Indian Navy.

  • The Bombay Dockyard, also known as the Indian Naval Dockyard organizes an intriguing heritage tours to showcase the model of the HMS Trincomalee, the oldest ship in the world.

  • A rich historical show incredible enough to captivate history lovers and technical buffs. A fascinating trip down the docks for repairs of warships is good enough to give a truckload of memories.

Location - The Naval Dockyard is located in the Fort region of South Mumbai near the Bombay Castle.

Accessibility - It can be reached by a local bus or cab after getting down at the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

Catch - The Dockyard is open only on the first Sunday of each month.

Duration expectation - 3 hours

Cost - If you wish to take a guided tour then it will range from USD 50 to USD 150, depends on the day slot, and type of agents/ tour guides you choose.

What to expect - Old reworked warships belonging to the Indian Navy. Historical galleries and exhibits reflecting back to the earlier technology used by the Navy.

There you go! This simple and extensive list shows you 9 best Mumbai Walking Tours that will help you explore Mumbai city at its best! If you like this article share with your friends!

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