Gregory David Roberts, a man sentenced to 19 years imprisonment in Australia in 1978, escaped the prison in 1980 and became one of the most wanted men in Australia. He fled to India and wrote a book called Shantaram in 2003 about these recent events of his life. The book received commendations for its moving portrayal of the struggle one goes through to make in living in Mumbai.
The tour will cover the places mentioned in the book. It is an offbeat tour that takes you through the crowded Mumbai streets and lanes. It ends at Arthur Jail, which was the protagonist’s last stop in India.
Visit the Sassoon Dock that is next to a large fish market
See the Bazaar gate
Stop at the Great Breach, separating Mumbai from Worli
Browse through various antiques at Bhendi Bazaar
Sample yummy snacks at Bhaji Gali and Khau Gali
Visit Arthur Road Jail - Mumbai's largest prison
You will be picked up and taken to Sassoon Dock, one of the oldest dock in Mumbai. It is home to one of the largest fish markets in Mumbai and thus the overpowering odor of fish and prawns. From here you will be taken to Bazaar Gate. Between 1686 and 1743, the Old Mumbai Fort had been built by the British East India Company with three gates - the Apollo Gate, the Church Gate and the Bazaar Gate. Bazaar Gate was the Northern gate and was also known as 'Black Town' as it was inhabited mostly by locals. All sorts of traders and merchants, bankers and smiths worked here.
After Bazaar Gate, you will be taken to Pydhonie, that translates to "a place where feet are washed". The reason behind this name was probably the small creek that forms at high tide between the Great Breach and Umarkhadi.
Next, we shall go to Bhendi Bazaar. The story behind its name is quite funny actually. The Britishers addressed this Crawford Market area as "behind the Bazaar" but the locals distorted the name to "Bhendi Bazaar". The market is popular for antique and hardware items. There are many other bazaars in this area - Phule Market, Nul Bazaar, Chor Bazaar, etc.
Next, we will proceed to Bhaji Galli and Khau Galli (translates to treat street). The former is famous for fruits and vegetables. There are more than 300 vendors in this area. The latter is famous for typical Mumbai street food - pav bhaji, vada pav, misal pav, bun maska and chai, kheema ghotala, and many other delectable treats.
Our last stop will be Arthur Road Jail. Built in 1926, it is Mumbai's oldest and largest prison. The jail was meant to accommodate 800 prisoners but the average number of inmates in it is 2000 which puts a lot of pressure on the limited space, sanitation and other facilities.
Meet and Assistance service by GeTS Holidays
Transport by A/C Car as per the tour Itinerary with all parking and toll tax.
English speaking Guide
Lunch at city restaurant.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.