EXPLORE THE QUEER SIDE OF MUMBAI

Today, while travel companies across the country have started offering travel packages tailored for Queer tourists, most of them conflate the idea of a ‘Queer-tour’ with what is really just a ‘Queer-friendly tour’. In the name of Queer tour, many companies offer Queer friendly guides/hotels/drivers but tourists are taken to the usual tourist spots which have nothing particularly Queer about them (neither in fact nor symbolically.)

If you are the kind who wants in on the dirty gossip, who wants to know how Queer folx in Mumbai engage in cruising, who is interested in how Queerness is performed in Mumbai, how it is fought for and what is it fought against… We have a Queertastic day curated for you!

No Footprints’ Queer’s Day Out is unique in its offering- with a tour that involves a full day of flirting with various aspects that frame Queer lives of persons in the city. It starts with the question ‘What makes Bombay Queer?’ and journeys to various spots across South Bombay to find the answer, while experiencing the dynamic Queer culture of Bombay. Or as Queer folx here call it—Bomgay!

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Section 377 of the Indian Constitution, which criminalized homosexual carnal acts, was read down on September 6th, 2018 and India went from being ‘dangerous for Queer persons’ to ‘accepting’. 

Today, while travel companies across the country have started offering travel packages tailored for Queer tourists, most of them conflate the idea of a ‘Queer-tour’ with what is really just a ‘Queer-friendly tour’. In the name of Queer tour, many companies offer Queer friendly guides/hotels/drivers but tourists are taken to the usual tourist spots which have nothing particularly Queer about them (neither in fact nor symbolically.)

If you are the kind who wants in on the dirty gossip, who wants to know how Queer folx in Mumbai engage in cruising, who is interested in how Queerness is performed in Mumbai, how it is fought for and what is it fought against… We have a Queertastic day curated for you!

No Footprints’ Queer’s Day Out is unique in its offering- with a tour that involves a full day of flirting with various aspects that frame Queer lives of persons in the city. It starts with the question ‘What makes Bombay Queer?’ and journeys to various spots across South Bombay to find the answer, while experiencing the dynamic Queer culture of Bombay. Or as Queer folx here call itBomgay!

Immerse in the rich Queer History and Culture

Trans Now: One of the most exciting and fulfilling parts of the tour entails a visit to a temple of a goddess worshipped by the traditional transgender communities. Conversations will revolve around traditional communities of trans women in India, their identities and lifestyles, livelihood opportunities, focusing on sex work and the state denying it legitimacy and much more. 

Cruising in the world of Grindr: Cruising has been intrinsic to Queerness and Bomgay has a rich heritage when it comes to the sub-culture. We will take you to the place of crime and while you may not be able to witness the action live but we will fill you up with enough insider knowledge. 

Home is where the Pride is: There has been so much Queerness tied to food and eateries. While we take a break from the excitement and have lunch at a cafe where folx gather after the Mumbai Pride March every year, our tour guide will engage you in a conversation about Mumbai Pride: History, conflicts, the joy, the colours, its failuresand collectively try to answer the question, What makes us Proud? 

Coming Out: We also visit a lovely Irani cafe which was a hub for Queer folx through the late nineteenth century and continues to retain remnants of its Queer past. We try to understand what made spaces attractive for Queer folx, even when they were not designated spaces for Queers. We also explore the act of coming out. The act of ‘coming out’ is a pivotal part of every Queer person’s life journey. But, what is our understanding of ‘being out’ and does the same practice exist everywhere?

Indulge in Crazy activities: From Art workshops to Drag to street Shopping- we make sure to bring out your Queer self!

Queer is Fashion, fashion is queer: The understanding of the Queer culture of a place is incomplete if one doesn’t understand how Queer locals respond to fashion. We take you to a place where middle class Queer folx from in and around the city come to pick up things that they would be too shy to shop from a store near their house! You will get to know about how caste and class is subverted with fashion, how gender is challenged, and how Queerness is performedall in a shoestring budget! 

Dragged and Gagged: The drag culture, though nascent in India, has taken the Queer community by the storm. A popular Drag Kween from Bombay will take you under her wings and teach you some of the tricks from her trade, at our Drag Workshop. 

Queerness and Art: In this activity, by way of collaborative art therapy, we explore creative ways of navigating our identity and address the issues faced by the Queer Community with a fun takeaway in the end. 

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Inclusions

  • Private Transport
  • Private Explorer
  • Interactions
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Studio Rental
  • Expert Fees
  • Temple Donation

Instructions

  • TIMINGS 1000 hrs – 1700 hrs (South Mumbai Hotels)
    0915 hrs- 1730 hrs (Central Mumbai Hotels)
    0830 hrs – 1800 hrs (North Mumbai Hotels)
  • TOUR DAYS
    All days of the week
  • BEST TIME TO VISIT
    All year round
  • PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
    Moderate to heavy
  • SPECIAL NOTE
    Comfortable walking shoes
    Please carry a hat and sunscreen

Points to be noted

  • The taxes are currently at 5%
  • The taxes might be subject to change
  • We work on a 100% advance payment before the tour
  • This tour needs to be booked at least 7 days in advance
  • For high – end luxury cars, please contact our office
  • This tour is subject to 100% cancellation fee if cancelled in 3 days before the tour
  • This tour is subjected to a 50% cancellation fee if cancelled between if cancelled 4 days before the tour
  • This tour can be rescheduled only at the discretion of No Footprints
  • We do not conduct this tour on the day of the Mumbai Marathon
  • The sequence of the tour is at the discretion of No Footprints and its guide on-ground
  • The Start and End timing can be changed based on the discretion and traffic situations
  • The tour can be cancelled based on the discretion of No Footprints. The partners will be informed in advance of the same.

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