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
- Cultural Souvenir
- Local Transportation
- Local Masala Chai
- 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 [City - Andheri] hotel reception / Church Gate Station at 8am
- 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.
- Visit the statue of the First Parsee to officially come to Bombay and also fondly called the Grand Old Man of India.
- Walk past the Old Parsee Schools and even see a old Parsee Hospital.
- Walk past the Grand Victoria Train Terminus and meander through the busy lanes and visit the fist Zoroastrian Fire temple and the iconic Wadia Clock Tower.
- Walk past the Art Deco Buildings and Head to the Bombay Samachar Printing Press started by a Parsee Priest in 1822 and is still in print today.
- Swing by the oldest tree of Bombay and head to the Bombay Stock Exchange.
- From here we visit the seat of Power of the famed Tata Group of Companies and then on to the Central Bank of India
- Make a pitt stop at the Bombay University and check out the Parsee hidden in the facade.
- We then visit the Jehangir Art Gallery and the street art district.
- We then head to the Tower of Silence and understand the burial practises of the Parsees and get a vantage view of the city from atop Malabar Hill.
- Head back into British Bombay where we will end the tour at a local Parsee Cafe over some Raspberry Soda and some pastries.
- End of Tour / Drop back to your hotel, if applicable