A World Heritage Sites Tour in Maharashtra
World Heritage Site is a landmark or area which is selected by the UNESCO as having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance, and is legally protected by international treaties. The sites are judged important to the collective interests of humanity.
A World Heritage Sites Tour in Maharashtra, India – If you are planning to begin exploring the world heritage sites of India then this is the right post for you. This post trail will guide you through a trip covering all the World Heritage Sites of Maharastra from any where in the world.
- Trip Duration – 6 Days, 5 Nights (This post covers day 1)
- Cost of day 1 for 4 People – Rs. 18.9k to 30.9k / 276$ to 456$
- Best time to visit – September to February
- Elegible for day 1 – Sunday,
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
- Day Coverage – Elephanta Caves, The Victorian, Marine Drive, Night Life of Mumbai
India is one of the highest growing countries in term of its number of World Heritage Sites. In an average, there are at least one new World Heritage site got enlisted every year in India. The Victorian and Art Deco (2018) is the most recently added world heritage site by UNESCO. Here is the trend line of India’s World Heritage Sites growth by year.
Arrive at Mumbai by Air/ Train/ Bus before 7 am at morning. Take a cab and reach to your hotel as soon as possible and get fresh. Uber/ Ola is always available so try to avoid normal cabs as you are very new in the city.
Hope you will get some refreshment at the hotel so not adding any special breakfast guide for the day. Anyway there are a lot of street foods available in Mumbai, so when ever you feel hungry stop some where and buy anything you want.
The Ferry Journey
The journey begins with Elephanta Caves which is a World Heritage Site since 1987. To reach Elephanta Island, you have to take a boat from Gateway of India. The ferries start there service at 9 am and the return ferries stops there services at 5.30 pm (Know more). The to and fro cost of ferry of one person is not more than Rs. 300 (considering the pick time). The ferries are mostly available and frequent so pre-booking not required. The ferry journey is quite adventurous and it will take around 1 hr to reach Elephanta. Believe me, you will enjoy the scenic beauty of the boat journey which will include the Mumbai Port View and Mumbai city Skyline.
1.The Elephanta Caves
Once you reach the Island, buy some refreshment and have it on the go. Now you have to climb around 130 steep steps to reach the main caves. There are around 7 small and medium size caves and every cave have its own history. The entry fee is Rs. 10 (Indian citizens)/ Rs. 250 (Foreign citizens). It is recommended to hire a guide inside the caves which will not cost much (around 300 in pick season) but give you a great historical knowledge. It will take at most 3 hour to explore the caves, so once you done with it, get back to Mumbai city with a return Ferry.
You will reach Mumbai again around 1.30 to 2.30 pm, so it is time to lunch. You will have a lot of options to choose for your appetite. Just open Zomato and check near me for the best option for you. My favorite place in Gateway area is Bagdadi. This place is rated 4+ in zomato by around 2K people. If you wanted to witness the signs of 26/11 Mumbai Attack, you can also visit Leopold Cafe . This cafe still not removed the signs of the attack, so in the wall of the cafe you will find the marks of the bullets of that day.
3.The Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai
Post lunch, take a cab to “The Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai”, the newest member of World Heritage Sites of India (enlisted in 2018). It will not be more than 3km radius from your place of lunch so you can reach there by 3.30 pm. Now you have another 3 hr to explore the arts there. I have not visited the place yet as it got enlisted as World Heritage Site on November, 2018 and before that it was around 1 year under construction and then covid19 started. Anyway, once you finish exploring the palace, take a cab and reach Marine Drive. Sit on the rocks, watch the sunset, have some street food. People says, if you visit Mumbai and not visit Marine Drive then your journey to Mumbai is incomplete.
After having a quality time at Marine Drive, you can go for clubbing or some fine dine restaurant. I will suggest you to take a cab to Kamla Mill’s as you can get a lot of options here in a single compound. Select a place and get in, enjoy the dinner and then get back to your hotel. Go for sleep as early as possible because your body need rest after the entire eventful day.
4.Cost Estimation A World Heritage Sites Tour in Maharashtra, India – Day 1
|Day 1: Cost Components||Cost for 4 (Taken maximum possible exp.)|
|Mumbai Hotel (two rooms)||Rs. 8k to 20k / 120$ to 300$|
|Airport/ Station to Hotel (Four in single cab)||Rs. 300 / 5$|
|Hotel to Gateway||Rs. 300 / 5$|
|Gateway to Elephanta – to and fro||Rs. 1200 / 18$|
|Elephanta Entrance & Guide||Rs. 350 (Indian) / 20$ (Foreigner)|
|Lunch||Rs. 3000 / 20$|
|Dinner||Rs. 4000 / 60$|
|Return Cab to Hotel||Rs. 300 / 5$|
|Other Cabs||Rs. 450 / 7$|
|All Other Stuff||Rs. 1000 / 15$|
|Total||Rs. 18.9k to 30.9k / 276$ to 456$|
|Total for one person – 4.7k to 8k / 69$ to 114$|
Let me know in comments, what more information you may need to have before making a trip to visit all the World Heritage Sites in Maharastra, India. You can get in touch with us for any help on your trip to Mumbai. We will help you out with every possible way to make your Mumbai visit memorable. My next post will be on day 2 and 3 which will cover Ajanta and Ellora Caves. These caves are formed around 2nd Century BC.
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