Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Approximately 3 Hours
Mumbai never sleeps. People are out and about at all hours and, as the evening lights come on, the city sparkles as if bedecked in jewels. On this evening drive you will see the transformation for yourself. The monuments are beautifully lit, so it is a good time to view Gateway of India—the city’s most famous landmark. This Indo-Saracenic archway was built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. It was originally conceived as an entry point for passengers arriving on P&O steamers from England; today it is remembered more often as the place from which the British staged their final departure. Marine Drive is Mumbai’s seaside promenade—an eight-lane highway whose graceful curve sweeps from the skyscrapers at Nariman Point to the foot of Malabar Hill. The whole stretch is popular for strolling. As the sun sets and the city is illuminated, it becomes a glittering necklace of a million lights. At the northern end of the drive is Chowpatty Beach—a Mumbai institution that comes to life at night. Your drive includes a look at a most remarkable railway station. Inspired by St Pancras Station in London, the Victoria Terminus was built during Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee year. It is an extraordinary conglomeration of domes, spires, Corinthian columns and minarets in a style that was described by journalist James Cameron as Victorian-Gothic-Saracenic-Italianate-Oriental-St Pancras-Baroque. The first train in India left from this station in April 1853; today, half a million commuters use the station every day. Dinner is served at Ziya—the Indian specialty restaurant at the Oberoi Hotel. Meaning splendor and light, Ziya celebrates the return of the prodigal, twice Michelin-starred chef, Vineet Bhatia. Weaving a fabric of regional traditions, religious beliefs and customary cooking techniques with contemporary presentation, he will make your dining experience tonight a veritable feast for the senses.
Please note: Tour operates only on sailings that depart Mumbai after 11pm.