Mumbai’s a mixing pot of cultures and religions, which you’ll learn all about on this trip. You’ll start by driving past the city’s seafront promenade, before heading up to Malabar Hill to check out the extravagant mansions of Mumbai’s swankiest neighbourhood. Then it’s on to Iskcon Temple. It sits in four acres of land, with enough room for a pretty courtyard, a restaurant and a huge prayer room. This is where you’ll hear the melodic chanting of the Hare Krishna devotees. Just across the road is Babulnath – an ancient Shiva temple. Not only is it one of the oldest in the city, but it’s also a great example of Hindu Nagara-style architecture. Next, you’ll visit a different place of worship. You might think you’ve stumbled back to Britain when you arrive at the Afghan Church – an Anglican Church, built by the British to commemorate the dead of the First Afghan War. You’ll finish up with a photo stop at the Gateway of India – a 20th-century monumental arch.
There’s a lot of walking on this tour, especially over uneven surfaces and down narrow lanes, so we wouldn’t recommend it for anyone who has difficulty walking. Plus, you’ll need to dress modestly when visiting the religious sites. Shorts and short skirts aren’t allowed, and women need to cover their shoulders. You’ll also need to take off your shoes before entering the temples, so we’d advise bringing some socks as the pavements can get hot.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.