Once in a Lifetime: Experience Mumbai like a VIP

By: Katie Manning

January 15, 2013

When it comes to one-off experiences, Mumbai holds quite a few calling cards. We love getting out and about in this vibrant city – whether out on the open seas or behind the scenes on a Bollywood set. Perhaps never to be repeated, these once-in-a-lifetime treats will stay with you forever.

Ocean Independence Private Yacht Tour

Ocean Independence Private Yacht Tours | Mumbai
Ocean Independence Private Yacht Tour on the Arabian Sea. Photo: Saire Elizabeth

With its location slap-bang on the Arabian Sea, Mumbai has always enjoyed strong historical ties to the ocean. Put your seafaring skills to the test, or simply let someone else do the hard work for you, and get out on the water with a private yacht tour courtesy of Ocean Independence. We love their personalized itineraries designed according to your every desire – whether you’re after an on-the-water adventure or purely a great place to enjoy romantic sundowners before dinner.

Colaba Workshop Building, Jamshedji Bunder, Lala Nigam Road, Colaba +91 982 022 9743

Tryst Mumbai

Tryst Mumbai
The ‘King’s Table’ at Tryst Nightclub © Tryst Mumbai

For a night you won’t forget book a VIP private table at Bunty Arora’s nightclub, Tryst. Sleek, sophisticated and hi-tech, all private tables here have screens embedded into the top featuring personalised drinks menus and a designated steward is on hand at all times to make sure you never find yourself with an empty glass. The aristocratic “˜King’s Table’ a large, raised, hexagonal booth that occupies a central position – is perfect for lording it up above the other revellers.

Phoenix Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel +91 22 66614366.

The Oberoi Art Tour

Kala Ghoda | The Oberoi Art Tour
Kala Ghoda artwork at The Oberoi Hotel © Enygmatic Halycon

The Oberoi hotel has begun offering an ‘Art Kaleidoscope Tour’ to Kala Ghoda art, taking visitors round many of Mumbai’s finest museums. Loosely translated as “black horse”, Khala Ghoda refers to a specific statue that was once housed in Mumbai’s Art Center. Now home to the city’s top gallery spaces, this area is a culture vulture’s dream. Check out the Oberoi Tour and you’ll not only get to visit the very best museums, but also to take tea with art gallery owners, giving an insider’s view of India’s burgeoning contemporary art culture.

Marine Drive, Nariman Point, +91 22 6632 4343

Bollywood Tours

Bollywood Tours | Mumabi
Bollywood Stars © Meanest Indian

Go behind the scenes on a luxury tour of India’s most glamorous industry. Bringing a whole new meaning to the term backstage, this tour will take you on set to meet the stars and even allow you a sneak peak inside their private dressing rooms. You’ll also get the opportunity to embrace your inner-Bollywood star and put your moves to the test with a dance lesson or two.

23, Manohar Das street, Hotel Sheel Building, Fort +91-22-65282097

The Yoga Institute of Mumbai

The Yoga Institute of Mumbai. Photo: Andrew Kalat 

One of the world’s oldest yoga centres, The Yoga Institute of Mumbai is a great place to realign those chakras. Head down to the Santa Cruz district of Mumbai for a class and you’re sure to learn a trick or two from the experienced instructors – whether you’re a seasoned pro or a complete novice.

Shri Yogendra Road, Prabhat Colony, +91 22 2611 0506,


Katie Manning

Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning

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