Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore Mumbai on a fully escorted group tour
  • Racing at Mahalaxmi Race Course
  • Visit Poonawalla Stud Farm in Pune
  • Take a walk on Marine Drive, a picturesque promenade along the Arabian Sea
  • Explore the Gateway of India, Mumbai's most famous landmark

Price Includes

  • Roundtrip flights to Mumbai in economy
  • 7 nights in luxury accommodation
  • Racing at Mahalaxmi Race Course
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 24-hour emergency assistance throughout

Overview

Join us trackside at Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mumbai at for a day of exhilarating action and witness first-hand why the Mumbai Derby is a must-visit for horse racing enthusiasts.

The Mumbai Derby, also known as the Indian Derby, is one of the most prestigious horse racing events in India and has a rich history dating back to 1943, where it was won by Princess Beautiful ridden by Australian Jockey Edgar Britt. The race traces its origins to the colonial era when horse racing was a popular pastime among the British elite in India. Over the years, the Mumbai Derby has grown in stature and significance, becoming not only a sporting event but also a social and cultural extravaganza. It is a highlight of Mumbai's social calendar, drawing high society, celebrities, and racing enthusiasts alike to witness the excitement and glamour of this iconic race.

The big race is run over a turf course at a distance of 2,400 metres and is open to horses aged four and over. 

 

 

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Accommodation

The Oberoi, Mumbai

Centrally located in the heart of Mumbai’s commercial district on Marine drive, overlooking the Arabian Sea, The Oberoi is an elegant hotel offering impeccable service. The hotel offers understated luxury and excellent facilities including an exclusive spa and fitness centre, outdoor pool and a choice of superb dining options.

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Itinerary

28 January

Depart the UK on your scheduled flight to Mumbai in economy. Upon arrival you will be met by our VIP meet and greet service and transferred by private car to The Oberoi, Mumbai for 7 nights' accommodation in a Premier Bay View Room on a bed and breakfast basis.

29 January

This morning, indulge in brunch at the exclusive, members only, Bombay Gymkhana Club, renowned for its colonial-era architecture and charm, dating back to 1875. Explore Mumbai with a scenic orientation tour after brunch. Drive to Dhobi Ghat, the iconic public laundry, and then proceed to Marine Drive, famously known as the Queen's Necklace. Continue to Malabar Hill and catch glimpses of the terraced Hanging Gardens, offering panoramic views of Mumbai's skyline. Drive past the Parsi Tower of Silence for a unique cultural insight. Make a photo stop at Victoria Terminus station before concluding the tour with a visit to the historic Gateway of India.

30 January

Embark on a picturesque drive from Mumbai to Pune, spanning approximately 180 km/4 hours each way. Refreshments will be provided on the journey, along with multiple comfort stops. Experience the renowned Poonawalla Stud Farm upon arrival, immersing yourself in the world of champion racehorses and allowing a glimpse into the esteemed tradition of horse breeding in India. Delight in local flavours during a satisfying lunch at a nearby restaurant. As the day winds down, journey back to Mumbai, wrapping up a day filled with unforgettable memories.

31 January

Embark on an enchanting journey through the heart of Mumbai with "Mumbai Magic by Dawn." Begin your day with a short drive to the iconic Victoria Terminus railway station, where you'll witness the city coming to life amidst the hustle and bustle of morning commuters. Witness the city's vibrant energy as newspapers are sorted, bundled, and dispatched to their destinations, providing a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of Mumbai's daily life. Experience the vibrant energy of South Mumbai as you explore Sassoon Docks, West India's largest and busiest trawler harbour, and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of the city's largest fish market. Continue your sensory adventure at the Dadar flower market, where you'll be captivated by a kaleidoscope of colours and fragrances. Conclude your morning exploration with a visit to the bustling vegetable and fruit market, where you'll discover the freshest produce Mumbai has to offer. Return to your hotel for a hearty breakfast. In the late morning, engage with and observe the remarkable Dabbawallas at work at Churchgate station, gaining insight into their intricate lunchbox delivery system and the seamless efficiency that keeps Mumbai moving. Experience the rhythm and pulse of the city first-hand with these authentic encounters, promising an unforgettable immersion into the very heart of Mumbai.

01 February

Following a leisurely breakfast at the hotel enjoy a day at leisure. If you would enjoy more sightseeing please ask your travel consultant about optional sightseeing excursions tailored to your interests.

02 February

Begin your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel, setting the stage for an unforgettable experience ahead. In the morning, relish a sumptuous lunch at the prestigious Willingdon Club. After lunch, make the short journey over the road to Mahalaxmi Race Course. As the afternoon unfolds, immerse yourself in the excitement of the Indian Derby at the renowned Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC). Witness the thrill of horse racing amidst the backdrop of elegance and tradition. In the evening, return to the comfort of your hotel.

03 February

Start your day with a delightful breakfast at your hotel followed by a morning at leisure. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a sophisticated High Tea experience at the iconic Sea Lounge restaurant, located within the iconic Taj Mahal Palace hotel. Delight in an array of delectable treats and beverages while soaking in the timeless elegance and breath-taking views of the Arabian Sea.

04 February

You will be met at your hotel and transferred to Mumbai Airport. Upon arrival at the airport you will be met curb side by a representative who will assist you through check in. You will then be escorted to the lounge (depending on class of travel) and finally onwards to the boarding gate for your homeward flight.
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Off-site Racecourse Hospitality

Enjoy a full lavish lunch at the members-only Willington Club opposite Mahalaxmi Race Course before prior to the Derby. After lunch you will make your way to the racecourse, your seats are located on level three of the Grandstand ready for you to enjoy the afternoon of racing.

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Indian Derby

28 January - 04 February 2025 | Prices from £4,295 pp

Includes flights, accommodation, excursions and race tickets
 Your package will include:
  • Roundtrip flights in economy
  • Airport fast-track on arrival & departure
  • Air-conditioned transfers throughout
  • 7 nights' accommodation at The Oberoi Mumbai on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Pre-race Hospitality at the Exclusive members-only Willingdon Club and Grandstand seats at Mahalaxmi Race Course
  • Brunch at the Bombay Gymkhana Club and Mumbai Orientation Tour
  • Mumbai at Dawn Tour
  • High Tea at Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
  • Assistance of a Spectate Representative and local agent throughout
  • Airport passenger duty & taxes
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  • Expert hosts take care of you every step of the way
  • All transfers and fees are included

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