“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 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 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|
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
- 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 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.
- Haji Ali Dargah (Near Mahalaxmi Race Course & Before Nehru Centre).
- Next, when crossing Mahim (Before Junction) on the 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 a glimpse of Bandra Reclamation. Now at Bandstand towards fort and back both ways you can get a glimpse of Salman Khan Home and SRK’s Mannat too. Check the 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 : +91-22-69107600.
MTDC Tourism Office Address (Mumbai): Directorate of Tourism (Maharashtra), 15th Floor, Nariman Bhavan, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021.
Online Booking and Registration : MTDC Offical.
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