Local Tours

Welcome to the City that never sleeps! Pulsating, alive, vibrant and fun - this is Mumbai, or as it is still frequently referred to - Bombay. The most modern city in India, it captures the spirit of the changing pace set by liberalization and modernisation, with thriving markets, business houses and many different communities reflecting a cosmopolitan atmosphere rarely seen elsewhere.

Gourmet restaurants and fast-food outlets abound in this busy city. It is a shopper's delight with bargain buys, exclusive boutiques, ethnic markets and mini-bazaars, as well as the hub of a thriving cultural life, with a constant stream of performances in music, dance and drama. The home of Bollywood, Mumbai produces the largest number of films in the world and caters to all tastes through its sporting activities, nightclubs, pubs, theatres, beaches and restaurants.

Participants and accompanying persons at the Mumbai Congress can enjoy a taste of Mumbai, and of India, through the specially designed sightseeing programmes and tours that have been carefully put together by the organisers.

  We have been recently advised that the Maharashtra State Assembly Elections are scheduled on 15 Oct’14 from 0700hrs- 1800hrs. In light of smooth conduct of these elections, there will be diversion of routes and various areas may be closed on that day. In view of this we have cancelled all the tours on 15 Oct’14 and rescheduled them except for "LT 13 - Mumbai by Dawn". For more information on the cancelled and rescheduled tours please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Code Tour Date Sun Oct 12 Mon Oct 13 Tue Oct 14 Wed Oct 15 Thu Oct 16 Fri Oct 17 Price
LT 1 Mumbai Panorama 09:00-12:00 & 14:00 - 17:00           Included
LT 2 City Must Sees & "Dabba-wallas"   09:00-13:00 & 14:30 - 18:30 09:00-13:00   Cancelled 09:00-13:00   INR 1250/ USD 22
LT 3 Elephanta Caves     08:30 -13:30   Sold Out 14:30 - 18:30 08:30 -13:30   INR 1700/ USD 30
LT 4 Spirit of Dharavi   09:30-13:30 Sold Out 1430-1830     Cancelled     INR 1450/ USD 26
LT 5 Tour de Art         Sold Out 0900-1300 & 1430-1830 09:00-13:00   INR 1600/ USD 29
LT 6 Lalbagh Spice Market & Bhau Daji Lad Museum     09:00-13:00   09:00-13:00 Sold Out 1430-1830   INR 1600/ USD 29
LT 7 Shopping Tour   10:00-15:00 10:00-15:00   Cancelled     INR 1500/ USD 27
LT 8 Cooking Demo- nstration
(Lunch included)
    Sold Out 10:30-14:00 10:30-14:00       INR 6405/ USD 114
LT 9 Indian Aesthetics Dance workshop   14:30-18:00         INR 3250/ USD 58
LT 10 Vipassana Pagoda
(Lunch included)
    08:00-15:00     08:00-15:00 INR 4100/ USD 73
LT 11 Kanheri Caves (Lunch included)         Cancelled   08:00-15:00 INR 4100/ USD 73
LT 12 Bollywood Studio Tour
(Lunch included)
        08:30-15:00   Sold Out 08:30-15:00 INR 9985/ USD 178
LT 13 Mumbai by Dawn     05:00-08:30 05:00-08:30 05:00-08:30   INR2900/ USD 52
LT 14 Old Financial District Walk     08:00-11:00   08:00-11:00   INR 1100/ USD 20
LT 15 Let us say Shalom - Jewish Heritage Tour   14:30-17:30     Cancelled     INR 2550/ USD 46

Local Sightseeing Tour - LT 1 - Mumbai Panorama

Sunday, 12 October/09:00 - 12:00 & 14:00 - 17:00
This orientation tour will take you past the main sights of Mumbai

  • The Gateway of India
  • St. Thomas' Cathedral
  • Bombay University and the Oval Maidan
  • Town Hall
  • Victoria Terminus
  • Crawford Market
  • Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach
  • Mani Bhavan, home of Gandhi
  • Malabar Hill and the Hanging Gardens

On the way, we will stop briefly at Dhobi Ghat - a unique feature of Mumbai. The dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. The "laundries" are called "ghats".
The tour is free for all Accompanying Persons and Participants. Please note that this tour cannot be booked onsite - pre-registration is necessary. Seats will be assigned on a first come first served basis – please ensure that you are at the assembly point well in time. Price: included in fee

Local Sightseeing Tour - LT 2 City Must-Sees & Dabbawallas

All days from Monday, 13 Oct to Thursday, 16 Oct/09:00 - 13:00

Monday, 13 October & Wednesday, 15 October/14:30 - 18:30

Similar to Mumbai Panorama, this tour tells the 500-year story of Mumbai's transformation from a small fishing hamlet into India's commercial capital. In addition, we will also see the "dabbawallas", Mumbai's famous food-delivery system. Dabbawalas can be seen only on the morning tours.

The tour covers all the must-see places on any traveller's itinerary:

  • The Gateway of India
  • St. Thomas' Cathedral
  • Bombay University and the Oval Maidan
  • Town Hall
  • Victoria Terminus
  • Crawford Market
  • Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach
  • Mani Bhavan, home of Gandhi
  • Malabar Hill and the Hanging Gardens
  • Dhobi Ghat

Local Sightseeing Tour - LT 3 - Elephanta Caves

Tuesday, 14 October/08:30 - 13:30 & Thursday, 16 October/08:30 - 13:30

Once known as Puri or Gharapuri, Elephanta island was the proud capital of a powerful coastal kingdom. It was named Elephanta by the Portuguese, who took possession of it several centuries later, and found a monolithic stone elephant at the place they first landed.

Today Elephanta is a World Heritage Site, showcasing legends of Lord Shiva carved in rock cave temples. The cave complex is a collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls and porticos arranged in the splendid symmetry of Indian rock-cut architecture, and filled with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The island is an hour's boat ride from the Gateway of India.

Local Sightseeing Tour - LT 4 - Spirit Of Dharavi

Monday, 13 October/09:30 - 13:30 & Wednesday, 15 October/09:30 - 13:30

This tour takes you to Dharavi, Asia's largest slum, home to nearly a million people. In spite of the grime and the squalor, Dharavi is an area bustling with activity, with an economy estimated to be worth US $ 500 million, and many rags-to-riches stories.

The first migrants to Dharavi were people from the Konkan coast, as well from Gujarat. Potters from Saurashtra were allocated land in Dharavi to establish what is called Kumbharwada. The other settlers were direct migrants to the city, many of them trained in a trade or a craft. Muslim tanners from Tamil Nadu migrated to Dharavi and set up the leather tanning industry. Other artisans, like the embroidery workers from Uttar Pradesh, started the ready-made garments trade. From Tamil Nadu, workers joined the flourishing business of making savouries and sweets.

On this tour, you can see the people of Dharavi, their homes, their work places, and their spirit. This is a fascinating tour – but not for the squeamish.

Local Sightseeing Tour - LT 5 - Tour De Art

Thursday, 16 October/09:00 - 13:00

This tour includes a visit to Mumbai's Kala Ghoda Art District for a look at the vibrant world of contemporary Indian art. The Kala Ghoda district has several historic buildings with interesting architecture. It houses art galleries, popular restaurants and shops, giving it a distinct character of its own.

We will see the excellent collection of great contemporary Indian artists at the National Gallery of Modern Art, as well as some art galleries and small boutiques in this area.

This tour will be conducted by an expert curator, Ruchika D'souza,who is an independent artist and has had her work exhibited at prestigious galleries in London & Delhi.

Local Sightseeing Tour - LT 6 - Lalbagh Spice Market & Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Tuesday, 14 October & Thursday, 16 October/09:00 - 13:00

The Lalbagh area is the heart of the textile mill industry which flourished in Mumbai from the mid-1800's to the late 1900's. This walk provides a cultural introduction to the area and its people. We will explore the religious, economic, political and social fabric of this multi-cultural area which is home to Marathi-speaking Hindus as well as small communities of Parsis and Muslims.

Apart from a colourful spice market, there is a bustling vegetable market here, a farsan (fried snack) market called Chivda Galli, and a busy fish market. Wedding and religious paraphranelia, shops selling daily needs items, kitchen utensils and provisions, all make for an interesting introduction to local cuisine and culture.

After the walk, we will visit the award-winning Bhau Daji Lad Museum which is located at the zoo in Byculla. In the zoo grounds, we will see the massive stone elephant which gave Elephanta island it's name.

Local Sightseeing Tour - LT 7 - Shopping Tour

Monday, 13 October, Tuesday, 14 October & Wednesday, 15 October/10:00 - 15:00

Shopping in Mumbai is bipolar - air-conditioned and hassle free or street-market and lots of fun.

But whichever way you look at it, in many ways, Mumbai is a shopping paradise. There are bargains to be found everywhere, whether you're looking for antiques, curios, carpets, handicrafts, textiles, jewellery, or literally anything.

You can make special requests if you like - If there's a special gift you want to buy, our Guides can help you find the right place. There are fixed price shops for those who don't like bargaining, and other shops for those who do! Either way, our Guides will do their best to help you find what you want.

Local Sightseeing Tour - LT 8 - Indian Cooking Demonstration, Including Lunch

Tuesday, 14 October/ 10:30 - 14:00

In this hands-on cooking experience, you will work with our culinary expert to create the dishes that Indians love to eat at home. You will be introduced to Indian cuisine and gain hands-on experience with the cooking implements, techniques, and ingredients used in an Indian kitchen.

Our food connoisseur has had a 25 year-old love affair with food. She has been conducting workshops and imparts knowledge to chefs and students across the world.

Local Sightseeing Tour - LT 9 - Introduction To Indian Aesthetics - Dance Workshop

Monday, 13 October/14:30 - 18:00

Originally a temple dance form centuries ago in Tamil Nadu, Bharatanatyam has become a popular Indian dance tradition in present-day India. No journey in India is complete without an experience of Bharatanatyam.

Join this workshop, where an experienced Bharatanatyam teacher will teach you a few basic dance steps, while giving you a brief history and legends associated with the dance form. She will also present a brief performance along with her protégé especially for you. Mira has a Master's degree in Classical dance and has been performing for 20 years. To make the journey even more fascinating, we will also take you to a fifty year old workshop near Byculla, where the Indian classical percussion instrument, Tabla, is made.

Local Sightseeing Tour - LT 10 - Vipassana Pagoda, Including Lunch

Tuesday, 14 October & Friday, 17 October/08:00 - 15:00

The Global Vipassana Pagoda has been built out of gratitude to the Buddha, his teaching and the community of monks practicing his teaching. Its traditional Burmese design is an expression of gratitude towards the country of Myanmar for preserving the practice of Vipassana or meditation. The shape of the pagoda is a copy of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon., Myanmar. It was built combining ancient Indian and modern technology to enable it to last for a thousand years. It has been declared one of the Seven Wonders of Maharashtra by the Maharashtra Tourism development Corporation. On this tour, you will drive to Gorai jetty (approximately 1.5 hrs) to board a ferry to Pagoda Island, 15 minutes by ferry. Buffet lunch at a 5-star hotel will be provided on the way back.

Local Sightseeing Tour - LT 11 - Kanheri Caves, Including Lunch

Wednesday, 15 October & Friday, 17 October/08:00 - 15:00

These are Buddhist caves or monasteries where monks practiced their austerities around the first century AD. Unlike the artistic extravagance of Elephanta, the caves are spartan and bare. Situated in the heart of Mumbai's National Park, the complex contains more than a hundred tiny cells cut into the flank of a hill, each fitted with a stone plinth that evidently served as a bed. There is also a congregation hall supported by huge stone pillars that contains the dagoba, a kind of Buddhist shrine.
It is approximately a 1.5 hr drive from South Mumbai, where the Congress venue is located. Buffet lunch at a 5-star hotel will be provided on the way back.

Local Sightseeing Tour - LT 12 - Bollywood Studio Tour

Thursday, 16 October / 08:30 - 15:00

This interesting tour gives you an opportunity to observe shooting on a film set or location. Get a peek behind the scenes and watch the technicians work. If you're lucky, you may get to see the star's make-up rooms or have your photograph taken with a star on the set. Lunch will be arranged at a good local restaurant. Later, you will visit VFX studio to get a first-hand view of the creation of animation and sound effects, vision mixing, special effects, set making, choreography, stunt rehearsals, etc. OR we could take you to a Bollywood movie.

Local Sightseeing Tour - LT 13 - Mumbai By Dawn

Tuesday, 14 October, Wednesday, 15 October & Thursday, 16 October/05:00 - 08:30

Mumbai by Dawn is a unique experience, through which you can see the bustling city of Mumbai wake up. You will get a peek into what makes this magnificent city tick.
From seeing hundreds of newspaper vendors sort out newspapers in seven different languages, experiencing a one-of-its-kind fish auction selling 20 tonnes of fish, to seeing an ‘only green' herb market sprawled across a popular bridge. You can watch milkmen drive past with their canisters, the melee of colour at the flower markets, and experience the clamour and chaos of the arrival of over 100 tonnes of vegetables, fruits and meat – Mumbai by Dawn truly defines the mercurial character of Mumbai.

Local Sightseeing Tour - LT 14 - Old Financial District Walk

Tuesday, 14 October & Thursday, 16 October/08:00 - 11:00

This is a walk through the historic Horniman Circle and the adjoining financial district. Located within the heart of the city, this area is the nucleus, the very birthplace of Bombay. The presence of several important institutions – financial, religious, governmental as well as intellectual – gives this area a special character.

Our walk will start at the historic Town Hall, and include the Old Customs House, Reserve Bank of India building, Horniman Circle, the Bombay Stock Exchange, State Bank headquarters, the RBI Monetary Museum, Flora Fountain, offices of various banks and financial institutions, the house of Tatas etc.

Through this walk, we will trace the history of the city, the flow of ideas and the formation of wealth. We will see how it was that Bombay became the economic nerve centre of the country. We will see the bustle of daily business life, and get a feel for what makes Bombay tick! This is an interactive, interesting walk.

Local Sightseeing Tour - LT 15 - Let Us Say Shalom - Jewish Heritage Walk

Monday, 13 October & Wednesday, 15 October/14:30 - 17:30

Let us say Shalom is an ode to the two thousand year old Jewish heritage existing in India. This tour takes you on a historic journey, where you learn about Jewish history and visit places of interest that have dotted the map of Mumbai for centuries.

On this tour, we drive to the Kala Ghoda Art District, to visit the David Sassoon Library, built by an influential family of Baghdadi Jews. We will walk across to visit the Kenneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, with its beautiful interiors. Next, we will visit the oldest synagogue in Mumbai, the Shaar Harahamim or Gate of Mercy Synagogue, built in 1796, by Samaji Hasaji Divekar (Samuel Ezekiel Divekar), a Bene Israeli.

From here, we will drive to the Magen David Synagogue, a tall blue building with a Gothic feel that towers over all the other buildings in the area. We will visit the Sassoon Children's school in the same compound. From Magen David, we will drive to The Tippereth Israel synagogue of the Bene Israelis & drive past the Sassoon Docks.

Terms & Conditions for Local Sightseeing Tours & Pre- and Post-Congress Tours

  • All local sightseeing programmes will depart from and return to NCPA, the Congress venue, at the time specified in the final programme and on your ticket
  • Participants who have registered for the Pre/Post Congress Tours will be picked up/dropped off at their hotels
  • You are requested to assemble at the departure point 15 minutes prior to the departure time. Please present your ticket to the coach escort at the time of boarding
  • Dress Code: light cotton or linen clothing, with comfortable shoes
  • All prices are in United States Dollars (USD) and are inclusive of transportation by air-conditioned coach , entrance fees, an English-speaking tour guide, and currently applicable taxes. In case taxes are revised, the additional amount will be collected onsite.
  • Participants/accompanying persons can register for sightseeing programmes and the Pre- and Post-Congress Tours either online, by filling out and returning the enclosed registration form, or onsite at the Congress if there is still space available (for local tours only)
  • Onsite registration for the pre- and post-Congress tours will not be possible. These will have to be booked in advance.
  • The Congress Secretariat reserves the right to adjust or change the programmes as necessary. A minimum number of 15 persons per tour is required for the tour to operate. The Congress Secretariat may cancel the tour in the event of insufficient advance reservations. In the event of cancellation by the Congress Secretariat, a full refund will be made.
  • Participants and Accompanying Persons are advised to take adequate coverage for health, travel and private liability prior to their departure to the Congress. The Congress Secretariat will not take responsibility for personal injury, loss or damage to private, personal property.

Payments & Cancellation clauses for Local Tours

  • Local tours will be confirmed on receipt of 100% payment in advance. Tours may be booked by the Congress participant online through the Congress website
    www.ifa2014mumbai.com or via the enclosed registration form.

Cancellation clauses:

  • All cancellations must be received in writing to KW Conferences . Applicable refunds will be made 1 month after the conclusion of the Congress.
    Cancellations charges will be as follows:
  • Cancellations received 16-30 days prior to the start of the tour 25%
  • Cancellations received 8-15 days prior to the start of the tour 50%
  • Cancellations received within 7 days of the start of the tour & no-shows 100%

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