Alone in Bombay - night tour?

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Hello - I've arrived in Mumbai excited to see the city but as a blonde chick travelling solo i am not psyched to do the fun things - bollywood movie, chowpatty etc. - alone at night. i was thrilled to read in Lonely Planet about a tour outfit called Bombay By Night that runs you to all the cool stuff (including the red light district!) for a whopping-but-hopefully-worth-it $25 usd. Unfortunately the number in the book is incorrect/disconnected. can't fined these guys anywhere on the web.
Any suggestions? anyone want to team up? I'm here (after tonight) for only one night... possibly another night or 2 before i fly out of India.

thanks!
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Originally Posted by archicarla Hello - I've arrived in Mumbai excited to see the city but as a blonde chick travelling solo i am not psyched to do the fun things - bollywood movie, chowpatty etc. - alone at night. i was thrilled to read in Lonely Planet about a tour outfit called Bombay By Night that runs you to all the cool stuff (including the red light district!) for a whopping-but-hopefully-worth-it $25 usd. Unfortunately the number in the book is incorrect/disconnected. can't fined these guys anywhere on the web.
Any suggestions? anyone want to team up? I'm here (after tonight) for only one night... possibly another night or 2 before i fly out of India.

thanks!
What is the old number? One can find out the new number if the outfit is still operational.

Since I don't have the LP with me, can you tell me what all "cool stuff" the tour promises? For 25 USD? [the red light distt is not really WoW, quite the opposite...]

25 USD is around a thousand rupees. Peanuts in Mumbai if you really know the place. The young crowd blow up 10K on a saturday night at a disco. And around 2k or 3k for a simple drive at night with exotic eats on the streets. Currently the navaraatrii festival is on. All the rich Gujju youngsters are keen on blowing up 10K per night for the weekend... dancing for all they are worth.

Sorry to sound discouraging. I can help out by searching thru mtnl's database for the new number [assuming the old one was a mtnl number] if you can discover the outfit's new number, 25 dollars is a steal, grab it. Bollywood movie can be seen alone, if you go to some of the expensive theatres... no problem at all. Chowpatty has new rules... cops start driving out people by 23:00 hrs and physically empty it by 24:00 hrs. It is quite safe for a solo female in the evenings... only pedlars of various eats will keep bothering you.

An aircon taxi from CST to Vashi and back will cost you 1200 at night with absolutely nothing else thrown in. The driver won't even speak English.

Most tourists who come to India with the "inexpensive" tag in mind get a shock when they come to Mumbai.
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Originally Posted by AvidTrekker Most tourists who come to India with the "inexpensive" tag in mind get a shock when they come to Mumbai.
I find Mumbai to be more expensive than Vancouver/Seattle. $25 for a tour of Mumbai is quite reasonable in my opinion considering the fact that petrol(gasoline) is almost Rs 50/litre.
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Bombay by night -- hmmm... Red light area trips are not exactly cool and not something I would encourage! If you are really keen on seeing the red light areas ask your hotel people what would be the safest way to do so. Maybe they will fix you up with a taxi driver who can "chaperone" you around the area and ward off touts/pimps and assorted vermin.

As AvidTrekker says its Navratri time and that is fun. Make your way to somewhere with a festival going on and they will let you in for free to see and enjoy the dancing.

But $25 don't stretch much in Mumbai anymore.
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Originally Posted by archicarla Hello - I've arrived in Mumbai excited to see the city but as a blonde chick travelling solo i am not psyched to do the fun things - bollywood movie, chowpatty etc. - alone at night. i was thrilled to read in Lonely Planet about a tour outfit called Bombay By Night that runs you to all the cool stuff (including the red light district!) for a whopping-but-hopefully-worth-it $25 usd. Unfortunately the number in the book is incorrect/disconnected. can't fined these guys anywhere on the web.
Any suggestions? anyone want to team up? I'm here (after tonight) for only one night... possibly another night or 2 before i fly out of India.

thanks!
Contact the Govt. of India Tourist Office at 123, M.Karve Road, opposite Churchgate station. They'll guide you correctly on the various tour options available in the city today, including a night tour.

Today's a Saturday, so they will be open only half day.
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NOT that it was all about the red light district!

Thanks for the tips...
I DID go to a (bad) bollywood flick at a theater near Churchgate last night. No Entry? the plot had repeated itself 6 times by intermission, and i feel that I had gotten more than my fair share of dance numbers by then, so i made my exit :+)

the tour i read about in LP promised drinks at the yacht club next to the Taj, Chowpatty Beach, a performance at the Performing Arts Center (i forget the correct name), a drive through the red light district, and dinner at a mangalorean seafood restaurant (i might be leaving something out). I don't know how much of the booze/chow, if any, was included in the $25.

Thanks for the advice on Chowpatty - i will give it a whirl on my own this evening! i wandered around last night without too much hassle, in Colaba and Fort areas. Navratri is good! can't for the life of me find a paper or magazine in mumbai that has listings for Navratri events though!

thanks again indiamikers.
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Question 25 dollars in Mumbai

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Originally Posted by archicarla The tour i read about in LP promised drinks at the yacht club next to the Taj, Chowpatty Beach, a performance at the Performing Arts Center (i forget the correct name), a drive through the red light district, and dinner at a mangalorean seafood restaurant (i might be leaving something out). I don't know how much of the booze/chow, if any, was included in the $25.
Too much of a good thing. Even I would take this tour, as it would cost at least 3k to 4k on my own. The seafood restaurant is VERY expensive. NCPA performances do not happen every day.
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fun things - bollywood movie, chowpatty ,red light district
bollywood movie can be watched anytime and maybe film city .
chowpatty at night -passed it yesterday was deseted and lots of cops around .
red light district!! - definately a no-no
These places are NOT the fun things a mumbaiite goes to hang out at night . BUt if its pubs, discos, coffee shops , local festivals (dandiya etc ), maybe take in a play ,concert for these umm yea sure would like to team up .
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The red light district is not really something worth seeing and you may be put off seeing the cages (literally cages with iron bars for keeping them safe from the outsiders) from which the poor women and their unfortunate children stare at the passers by. If you still want to go take a look try taking a taxi and ask the driver to slow down as he approaches the place. The best way to do it is to visit Chor Bazaar (thieves market or flea / antiques market) and on the way back take a taxi from there so you pass by the red light district without actually going there to see it!!!

The other night spots to see are the Haji Ali Dargah which looks great at night with the lights on the white structure in the middle of the sea, Chowpatty beach if you want some Indian snacks and icecreams or heaven forbid a massage on the beach (No female masseurs here!!!), Marine Drive for a long walk after dinner if you wish. A Mangalorean seafood dinner is best had at Mahesh Lunch Home at Fort and is one of the best places for Indian seafood. Dandiya is played at private parties or at big grounds like Sankalp in Goregaon in the suburbs and the place is usually full of people with traffic jams all around the place.

There used to be a BEST bus ride that gave a night sight seeing trip of the city in the South Mumbai region in a open top double decker bus but it is now discontinued as far as I know.

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Originally Posted by archicarla a drive through the red light district
These red light districts aren't a thing to actually want to drive through, especially, I would think, if you are on a night out......they are very sad, heartbreaking areas which would leave even the coldest human, haunted...
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These red light districts aren't a thing to actually want to drive through, especially, I would think, if you are on a night out......they are very sad, heartbreaking areas which would leave even the coldest human, haunted...

Hi Shanthi,

But isn't that exactly what I said?!!! Not worth looking at especially since they are in cages literally and it really is very sad that there is nothing that is done to improve their lot. It seems there is going to be a new law (if it is passed in legislature) that will also fine the persons caught using their services as well as the ladies of the night.

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Wow - Mumbai by night for 25$ - better keep the money and stay in your hotel - its for sure more exiting

Mumbai by night - the best way is with an indian friend - if you don't know an indian you can although ask eg at your hotel for a good guide - his fee will be about 25$ - but than you have to add the costs for drinks, entrances ..... depending from your interests
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like senilix said make a pal from www.globalfreeloaders.com or www.couchsurfing.com or www.hospitalityclub.org and go dutch and gets the see the best and not get ripped off .

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