One Day Mumbai Darshan Bus Tour Services by MTDC

“Structures, Edifices, Beaches, and Heritage Monuments, Everything is seen since 11th August 2016 with guided bus service for Mumbai Darshan & Ho-Ho Mumbai Darshan Services bus 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 provide booking, Bus services and type (AC NON-AC), Meal Details, Fees and Ticket Charges, Packages and other things for an Indian and Foreign national (NRI) which one needs to know prior to board the bus for New Mumbai Darshan services by MTDC..”

MTDC Tourism
MTDC Tourism

MTDC Ho-Ho (Hop-ON Hop-Off) Bus Tour

Updates December 2022: After the open deck bus tour, The much-awaited (Planned in 2014 & Tour buses procured in 2016) Mumbai Darshan tour services by MTDC are final and by end of December 2022, 2 Buses with a capacity of 45 Mumbai darshan passengers will be seen touring around selected main sightseeing locations of Mumbai and Suburbans.

Below is the list of attraction places and fares (Both Tentative). By early 2023, a total of 11 such buses will be on road to cater to tourists availing of the services. One of the special things about this bus tour is that one or more Government places will be on the attractions list which is not possible by private tour operators.

Below are the details which were planned initially and will be updated soon once the HO-HO bus tours are operational.

Unrestricted by time for any spot you enjoy at this one-day Mumbai darshan bus is what the Ho-Ho services differ compared to the regular tourism bus that moves around the city. This means tourists can Hop-Off at any destination for any amount of time and can catch another next bus in the queue to continue the tour ahead between fixed timings of 8:00 Am and 9:00 Pm.

About 11 Semi-Air-conditioned open-roof double-decker buses are ready for tourists willing for One day Mumbai darshan tour. This service from MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism Department Corporation) is quite similar if you have already experienced HO-HO (Hop On, Hop Off) services in other cities like Delhi and Goa.

With a fixed route planned to start in South Mumbai and Ending at the North suburban location of Borivali, This Mumbai Darshan tour will be much more convenient with more facilities like never before.

Beautiful-looking double deckers buses with a seating capacity of 26 people will start their route from CST at every 1-hour interval and will have about 25 tourist attractions covered along the route as detailed below. The Rooftop will be open which is fun during winter and monsoon, Yet summers can be adjusted at the lower deck which is Air conditioned with snacks and toilet facilities all inside.

Mumbai Darshan Ho-Ho Bus Highlights

  • Total Tourist Spots : 25.
  • Timings : Daily operation timings will be between 8:00 Am & 9:00 Pm. Every hour 1 bus and the Expected timings of one complete tour is 1 Hour as per planned, But practically it will take much more.
  • Ticket Charges: Yet to finalize, Yet Per Person charges will be around Rs.500.
  • Facilities : Snacks & Toilet facilities inside bus AC section.
  • How Different from Other Mumbai Darshan: No time restriction, Get Down at any attraction, Enjoy as much as wanted, and hop on in the next coming bus with the same ticket.

Tentative Planned Bus Route

CST  Flora Fountain  Bombay High Court  Shivaji Museum  Gateway Of India  Marine Drive Promenade  Taraporewala Aquarium  Girgaon Chowpatty  Hanging Garden  Mahalakshmi Temple  Haji Ali Dargah  Nehru Planetarium  Shri Siddhivinayak Temple  Mount Mary Church  Bandra Bandstand  Juhu Chowpatty  Aarey Colony  Goregaon Filmcity  Borivali National Park.

Which attractions takes more time

Although every spot in this Mumbai Darshan tour is unique, I would like to recommend and share my experience on where one should spend more time, Or say which tourist spot will need more of your time. Below are the same.

Quick Move / Less Time-Consuming Tourist Spots

Flora Fountain, Bombay High Court, Gateway of India, Marine Drive Promenade and Girgaon Chowpatty, Mahalakshmi Temple, Siddhivinayak temple, Mount Mary Church, Juhu Chowpatty.

Below are attractions that will need more time

Shivaji Museum, Taraporewala Aquarium, Hanging Garden, Haji Ali Dargah (Long Walk), Nehru Planetarium, Bandra Bandstand, Aarey Colony, Goregaon Film city, and Sanjay Gandhi National Park at Borivali.

Regular Old Mumbai Darshan Bus Services by MTDC

IMP NOTE: Although we update this article with the latest charges, cancellation process, contact, and other details related to this tour, The frequency of updates 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.

The tourism department of Maharashtra focused on South Mumbai jewel and sightseeing locations to be coved for these 2 tour packages their services operate only on SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS (Weekends). The beginning looks great with the service offered and sure more improvements are possible with feedback from citizens and tourists. Why South Mumbai? Because that is where BOMBAY started with.

It’s the prime location that has maximum Structures, Old Heritages, and Edifices that are stupendous and a must to be seen in a day tour for a tourist visiting Mumbai. Below are details of the two routes covered.

Mumbai Darshan
Mumbai Darshan

Mumbai Darshan Tour/Itinerary 1 (CST to SOUTH MUMBAI to CST)

Dates: MTDC updates tour dates online for the current and Upcoming months, So you need to register and log in 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 of age) and Children (3 to 12 Years) (All Inclusive taxes). Kids below the age of 3 years have free entry. According to my understanding, a few attractions in the list of Mumbai Darshan tours have individual entry fees, and the below package, charges are designed accordingly. If one selects the Silver package which has low fees, then individually has to go to destination ticket counters to get an 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. Also see BEST bus routes.
What Languages Bus Guide Speaks: Hindi, Marathi, and English. As experienced at starting the week, the Guides were not professionals with limited knowledge about attractions and by-pass locations.
Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, etc): According to the MTDC website it is not included, But the latest tourist experience gives 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 lists and terms visit their website.
Tickets Cancellation: Deductions / Cancellation charges are according to the date you do the cancellation from the tour date, i.e Before 15 days (5% of the cost), Before 8 to 14th day (25% deduction), Before 4 to 7 days (50% refunded), Less than 4 days of the 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 sightseeing locations that are covered. Foreign nationals and citizens from other states who visit Mumbai for the first time have absolutely no idea of where city attractions are.

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
Silver Package Without Entry Fees 499 499

Tourist Attractions and Destination Covered

As detailed, the Journey Starting and Ending point of the 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 links which we as Mumbai city and travel guide helpers have already covered via this blog of these listed individual places, 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.

Sightseeing locations in the above list WITH entry fees

  1. Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya at Fort.
  2. Nehru Science Centre at Worli.
  3. Taraporewala Aquarium at Marine Lines.
  4. Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum Dhobi Ghat Byculla.
  5. Shree Siddhivinayak Temple at Dadar.
  6. 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 remaining the same as tour 1 except for Starting points and Bus routes, 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 the 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 the bus one has to be alert or might miss these places to be seen during the journey as the bus won’t stop there. I would recommend asking your guide to help point the below spots when around and he must help you with the same. Here you go.

MTDC Booking and Contact Details

MTDC Mumbai Tour Booking
MTDC Mumbai Tour Booking

Contact Number : +91-22-69107600.
MTDC Tourism Office Address (Mumbai): Directorate of Tourism (Maharashtra), 15th Floor, Nariman Bhavan, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021.
Online Booking and Registration : MTDC Offical.

Here ends your 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.

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My love towards Mumbai city took me to passion blogging from hobby. Upon quitting job, now i am one of the online city & travel guide since 2007. Hope my efforts helps citizen, foreign nationals & tourists in some or other ways.

23 Replies to “One Day Mumbai Darshan Bus Tour Services by MTDC

  1. Deven, your blog is a one-stop solution for a newcomer like me. It is a tough task to gather so much information in detail as I am new to Mumbai and want to explore as much as I can on weekends. You have saved my time and money. Thank you!

  2. deven,your blog is helpful.i have a question .I want to explore Mumbai with my family on weekdays not on weekends.so I want to know further information about that.
    awaiting for your reply.thankyou.

  3. Hi
    Can I know that new bus Mumbai Darshan Ho-Ho Bus when it will be in the action and from where we can book that bus?

  4. Hi Devan,
    Planning for Mumbai tour with my cousins. All are youngsters. Can you suggest places to visit in one day without much hurry.

    1. Oops i feel i am late in reply. If not here is the quick to go for you young chaps. Bandra Bandstand and Can hand around more places in Bandra like Linking road & Hill road, Reclamation promenade & Carter Road promenade. Take a bus or cab to Juhu chowpatty if like. (That was all Suburban).

      South Mumbai Darshan has equal one day opportunity Like Nariman Point, Gateway of India & Elephanta caves from gateway ferry. Connected are Girgaum Chowpatty, Taraporewala Fish Aquarium & Hanging Garden Kamla nehru House (Famously Shoe House).

      Hope that helps.

  5. My american friend is visiting mumbai n will b staying at bandra west. She wants to have a guided bombay tour.
    Please send contact details and brief about packages.

  6. MTDC Mumbai Tour Booking contact number as well as site not working.
    Can any one ask me is there any MTDC Ho-Ho buses running now.

    Thanks

  7. I am planning for a 2 day Mumbai tour next week. Need more information about the Mumbai darshan best package that covers all the important attractions pickup point from around CST area

  8. Hello Deven, Thanks for providing such a useful information for Mumbai Darshan Tour. Just one thing, could you please update the phone number and website address for booking? As MTDC site is updated, I can’t find the way to book this tour from their website.
    Thanks in advance.

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