Mumbai has grown as a city through the contributions of every community across the religious spectrum but few have made an impact as much as the Zoroastrians. Originally from Iran, the 65,000 strong have, over the years, have carved out an image for themselves.
During this Half Day Experience we will take a trip that aims at exploring the lives, cuisine, faith and people that help constitute this illusive community. We will also explore the symbolism and religious practices that have over the years influenced today’s Abrahamic Religions and Hinduism.
Open to people of all faiths with an aim to help promote Cultural Understanding, we will engage though pragmatic discussions and if need be, on prior notice and subject to availability, we will also organize a meet with a Zoroastrian priest.
You will also understand the difference between a Zoroastrian and a Parsee.
What is included in the tour
- Bottles of Water
- Offerings at the Atash Behram [Basilica]
- Cultural Souvenir
- Local Transportation
- Local Masala Chai
- Services of a Local Priest
- Local Lunch
- Zoroastrian Special Ice-cream sandwich
- Zoroastrian Special Raspberry Soda
What is NOT included in the tour
- Outsourced vehicle ADVISED FOR LARGE GROUPS ONLY – To book as an add on package, you can send an enquiry
- Personal Shopping
- Personalized pick up and drop to hotels beyond Central Bombay into the suburbs.
- For hotels located in the surburbs in Bandra and beyond the tour will have to be a Full Day Experience.
- Meet at the hotel / Church Gate Station
- Have a local breakfast at a Zoroastrian Café and discuss the religion and the arrival of the Zoroastrians in India and Bombay
- If not then we will enjoy an ice cream sandwich as we walk along the Marine Drive discussing the Zoroastrian Faith.
- We then take a walk to the open air Bikha Behram Well built in AD 1725 and is the only of the two Fresh Water Springs in Mumbai when we are surrounded by Salt Water.
- Take a local taxi to the Atash Behram in the Metro Area and meet with the locals, understand the symbolism, religious practices and place an offering before the Holy Fire.
- Take a taxi to the famed Britannia Café and have an Iranian styled lunch along with the illusive Bombay Duck Fish and the Limited serviced Raspberry Soda.
- Take a walk along the Ballard Estate area and understand the role of the Zoroastrians during the British Raj.
- Drive to the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel built by the Tatas where the Tour will end.
- If time permits we will make a stop at the Jehangir Cowasjee Free Art Gallery along the way.