Wine and cheese are two words most synonymous with the town of Bordeaux or the plains of Burgundy.
But believe it or not, Mumbai has its own version of the world famous Brie and Camembert cheeses. Indigenous cheese makers have successfully managed to combine local flavours to produce artisanal varieties of cheese. And what better companion to cheese than a beautiful glass of a crip white or a full - bodied red.
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The Dabbawalla Experience.
The ‘Dabbawallas’ of Mumbai are stuff of legend. It started about 125 years ago when a Parsee banker wanted to have home cooked food regularly in office. He gave this responsibility to the first ever Dabbawala. Today there are over 5000 dabbawalas who deliver approximately 200,000 dabbas (food tiffins) a day. They are recognized as delivering 6 sigma level of accuracy in their dabba delivery - that means only 1 mistake in 6 million chances. They deliver their dabbas using local train network, bicycles and hand - carts. They have rubbed shoulders with Prince Charles and Richard Branson. Raconteur offers you a chance to see these local heroes in action and then crack their ‘code’ to deliver the dabba with the help of your friendly Mumbai Raconteur.
Dhobhi Ghat Experience
Known as the worlds’ largest outdoor laundry, Dhobi Ghat is where Mumbai's traditional dhobhis (washermen) wash dirty laundry and return it neatly pressed - all for a very small fee. Dhobhi Ghat came into existence in 1890. Here 731 dhobhis and their families work together to keep their ancestral heritage alive. It is said that the dhobhis wash 1500 articles of clothes everyday and iron 750 clothes a day. Dhobhi Ghat is unique only to Mumbai. Our personalized tours inside the dhobhi Ghat aim to give people a better understanding of dhobhis, their work and their lives.
Malkhamb Yoga is the ancient form of Indian Gymnastics. Its roots can be traced back to the time of the Indian God, Hanuman, the Lord of Monkeys. The art form of Malkhamb was restored in the 19th century in the court of Peshwa Bajirao II of Pune.
The Indian art of Akhara khusti, (wrestling), was established in 1930 to train the youth for the freedom struggle. There are 15 Akharas still functional in the city. Come experience the art form and try your hand at these sports.
We are often asked what comes to mind when we think of Bollywood and we say – a hero who puts Batman and Superman, to shame, a heroine who behaves like she is the modern day Cleopatra, dancing around trees, action, comedy, romance and a whole lot of drama. And what gives you the perfectly flavoured Bollywood Masala movie. Welcome to Mumbai – the hub of Indian cinema and home to the largest film industry in the world. This tour will let you experience a movie shoot first –hand, replete with the glamorous stars, the starry eyed fans, the larger than life sets and the catty paparazzi. It also includes a behind the scenes visit to the campus of one of the leading acting schools in Mumbai and a Bollywood Dance workshop.
Learn to act Bollywood side from a local acting teacher and finally shake those hips to a choreographed Bollywood dance while being guided by a professional dance choreographer.
The credit for introducing tea to India goes to the British. Today, India is one of the world's largest producers of tea with 13,000 gardens and a workforce of more than 2 million people involved in its production. On our customized ‘chai’ experience, you will taste the famous ‘tapri chai’ of Mumbai, followed by the unique Irani chai. The tour will end with an exclusive tea tasting of India’s finest teas at an upscale tea boutique.