“Structures, Edifices, Beaches and Heritage Monuments, Everything is seen since as on 11th August 2016 started is the Guided Bus Service for Mumbai Darshan tour by MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism Department) covering 12 to 14 main attractions and many other on drive view locations in 2 different tour packages and locations of South Mumbai and Suburbs. On this page are the details of what tourist locations / attractions are covered and also about starting location (Pick up), How to Book the tour online, MTDC Authorised travel agents who provides booking, Bus services and type (AC NON-AC), Meal Details, Fees and Ticket Charges, Packages and other things for a Indian and Foreign national (NRI) which one needs to know prior to board the bus for New Mumbai Darshan services by MTDC..”
Mumbai Darshan Bus
IMP NOTE : Although we update this article with latest charges, cancellation process, contact and other details related to this tours, Yet he frequency of update is not guaranteed and visiting MTDC’s official Mumbai Darshan website for latest updates is recommended.
Foreign nationals might be wondering what the word DARSHAN means ? So let me help it clear before going ahead with other details, This Hindi word means ‘SIGHT SEEING’ and according to Indian Mythology it is used major when seeing any God / Goddess, which means getting Darshan. Tourism department of Maharashtra focused on South Mumbai jewel and sight seeing location to be coved for this 2 tour packages which their services operating only on SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS (Weekends). The beginning looks great with the service offered and sure more improvements are possible with feedbacks from citizens and tourists. Why South Mumbai ? Because that is where BOMBAY started with. Its the prime location which have maximum Structures, Old Heritages and Edifices which are stupendous and a must to be seen in a day tour for a tourist visiting in Mumbai. Below are details of the two routes covered.
Mumbai Darshan Tour/Itinerary 1 (CST to SOUTH MUMBAI to CST)
Dates : MTDC updates tour dates online for current and Upcoming month, So you need to register and login to their official website to check the available dates.
Days : Only on weekends i.e. Saturday and Sundays.
Starting / Pick up Point : For this Itinerary CST (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Bus Depot) is where the tour starts from.
Timings : 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Charges / Entry Fees / Cost : Below are the detailed tour packages per person for adults (Above 12 Years age) and Children (3 to 12 Years) (All Inclusive taxes). Kids below age 3 years have free entry. According to my understanding, few attractions in the list of Mumbai Darshan tour have individual entry fees and below package charges are designed accordingly. If one selects Silver package which has low fees, then individually have to go to destination ticket counters to get entry ticket by paying charges which may be time consuming. Charges and fees may vary from time to time.
Bus Service Type : BEST AC Buses.
What Languages Bus Guide Speaks : Hindi, Marathi and English. As experienced on starting week, Guides were not professionals with limited knowledge about attractions and by pass locations.
Meals (Breakfast, Lunch etc) : According to MTDC website it is not included, But latest tourist experienced they give snacks and lunch within package fees. Siddhivinayak Temple Prasad Costing Rs.50 charges extra, Any food items etc purchased have to be paid personally. For updated list and terms visit their website.
Tickets Cancellation : Deductions / Cancellation charges are according to the date you do the cancellation from tour date, i.e Before 15 days (5% of cost), Before 8 to 14th day (25% deduction), Before 4 to 7 days (50% refunded), Less than 4 days of tour (No Refunds).
Tour Brochures : No handy brochures are given which actually should be that will help the tourists get some help on locations and sight seeing locations which are covered. Foreign nationals and citizens from other states who visits Mumbai for the first time have absolutely no idea on where about of city attractions.
|Mumbai Darshan Packages||Charges (INR / Rs.) for Adults||Charges (INR / Rs.) for Children|
|GOLD Package for Indian National Including Entry Fees||735||667|
|GOLD Package for Foreign Nationals (NRI, PIO and OCI) Including Entry Fees||1440||786|
Tourist Attractions and Destination Covered
As detailed, Journey Starting and Ending point of tour is CST Bus Depot and below are individual locations / tour attractions / Spots which are covered throughout this one day bus service. Below are the listed with links which we as Mumbai city and travel guide helpers have already covered via this blog of these listed individual place, So do pull out time and go through first to get more in-depth details of what you are going to experience in this Mumbai Darshan tour. There are many more places to visit personally and cannot be covered in such one day tours, But you can keep in touch with us socially and read this blog to get some insights.
Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum Dhobi Ghat Mahalaxmi Race Course Shree Siddhivinayak Temple Bandra Bandstand Bandra Worli Sea Link Nehru Science Centre Nehru Centre Mani Bhavan Hanging Garden Girgaum chowpatty Taraporewala Aquarium Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya Taj Mahal Hotel Gateway of India.
Sight seeing locations in above list WITH entry fees
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya at Fort.
- Nehru Science Centre at Worli.
- Taraporewala Aquarium at Marine Lines.
- Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum Dhobi Ghat Byculla.
- Shree Siddhivinayak Temple at Dadar.
- Mani Bhavan, Grant Road West.
Mumbai Darshan Tour/Itinerary 2 (DADAR to SOUTH MUMBAI to DADAR)
Tour number 2 which Starts and Ends at Dadar East MTDC Counter has all the details related to package, timings and cost remains same as tour 1 except Starting points and Bus route, journey destinations etc. Below are the same.
Shree Siddhivinayak Temple Bandra Bandstand Bandra Worli Sea Link Nehru Science Centre Nehru Centre Mani Bhavan Hanging Garden Girgaum chowpatty Taraporewala Aquarium Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya Taj Mahal Hotel Gateway of India CST Terminus Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum Dhobi Ghat Mahalaxmi Race Course
Other On The Way Drive by Locations and Attractions to Peep On From MTDC Bus
Apart from main Darshan attractions the bus journey will pass through many other locations which are tourist attractions and a must see when in Mumbai. When inside bus one has to be alert or might miss this places to be seen during the journey as the bus won’t stop here. I would recommend to ask your guide to help point the below spots when around and he must help you with same. Here you go..
- Haji Ali Dargah (Near Mahalaxmi Race Course & Before Nehru Centre).
- Next, when crossing Mahim (Before Junction) on Left will be Makhdoom Ali Mahimi Dargah and On the right will be famous Mahim Church.
- Heading towards Mumbai’s famous lovers point and a beautiful promenade Bandra’s Bandstand and after crossing Mahim you might get glimpse of Bandra Reclamation. Now at Bandstand towards fort and back both ways you can get glimpse of Salman Khan Home and SRK’s Mannat too. Check videos on those links.
- Peep on Worli Fishing Village Connected to Bandra Worli Sea Link.
- When around Taraporewala Aquarium (See this Video), You must see Nariman Point Video & Queens Necklace Video.
MTDC Booking and Contact Details
Contact Number : +91-22-22845678
Online Booking and Registration : MTDC Offical.
Here ends you guided MTDC bus tour, But Mumbai has many more things to see, and to help you in the simplest way with information and Mumbai videos i am all set since 2008. So Do connect with Mumbai77 socially on Google+ first and other social options too.