Tours and Excursions

If you are spending time in a new city, guided tours and excursions are a great way familiarize yourself with the area, as well as see some of the great sights. Tours can vary from regular walking tours to helicopter or boat tours, depending on the location. If Mumbai is where you will be heading, Cox & Kings is among our top picks.


The reservation office for the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation exists mainly to sell tours and accommodation packages at government-owned hotels and lodges around Maharashtra, but it can also provide advice on attractions in Mumbai. The Mumbai Museums tour leaves daily except Monday at 9:30am and 1:30pm, visiting the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Ballard Gate Museum, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum and Mani Bhavan.

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Each morning, dozens of ornately decorated horse-carriages gather around the Gateway of India offering sightseeing joy-rides around Fort and Colaba. The carriages drip with flashing coloured lights and hammered metal panels depicting flowers and peacocks. The most common route runs along Colaba seafront and around the Oval Maidan but you'll have to negotiate a fare and route directly with the drivers. Rates differ acording to the routes taken. It is best to carry a local route map along with you on these rides.

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Mumbai's largest and longest established travel agency, Cox & Kings can arrange everything from tours around India and domestic travel to long haul flights and foreign holidays. Their Fort office is a one-stop shop for all aspects of travel in India. Prices are fair, but budget airline tickets may be cheaper if you book on the airline websites.

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The most useful tourist office in Mumbai, Indian Tourism has information about the whole of India, as well as maps and brochures on Mumbai. It's conveniently located upstairs at the Western Railway reservations office at Churchgate Station. You can purchase tourist quota tickets for trains out of Mumbai at the office downstairs.

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Foreign exchange offices abound in Mumbai, but Thomas Cook offers the reassurance of a recognised, international name. As well as exchanging cash and cheques, Thomas Cook sells travellers cheques and can make arrangements for domestic and international travel. They also offer travel insurance and support for business travellers.

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