Mumbai By Dawn – A City Awakens

Mumbai has an infectious charm and energy of its own and its early morning sights gives you an interesting peek into the mercurial character of the city. As the city wakes up, one can get a whiff of the cultural insights of the real Mumbai, the underbelly of this magnificent city and understand what makes it tick.

Mumbai by Dawn pays homage to the people of Mumbai such as the newspaper vendors, the fruit and vegetable sellers operating in various markets of the city, the flower vendors and the milkmen unfailingly delivering milk every morning, all striving hard with a sole and focused intent – a better life.

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They toil early morning, so that Mumbai has a relaxed day!

Mumbai is a land infectious in its existence – Be it the energy, the vibrancy, or the constant bustle. The dynamic eclecticism of this city is for all to see. Year after year, millions come from across the country in search of a better future. Mumba Devi, the patron goddess, who overlooks the city from the heavens above, embraces all those who walk the extra mile to fulfil their dreams and aspirations. These people in turn leave a permanent imprint on the city’s culture. They give Mumbai its cultural definition – A city that’s hardworking, productive, jostling with undying vigour and constantly on the move. Little wonder then, that Mumbai is christened as the Industrial capital of India.

This mercurial character of the city, when observed in the morning is quite unique. Seeing this lively city wake up, gives you deep cultural insights into the real Mumbai, one that goes beyond the glossy glass facades and urban boardrooms. You experience the underbelly of this magnificent city, and understand what makes Mumbai tick.

Mumbai by Dawn is a detour that pays homage to the people of Mumbai and venerates all those who go about their business obstinately with one purpose – a better life.
At the start of this detour you will find yourself at the clamorous and chaotic docks, where amidst understanding the life and times of the Koli fisher-folk (the original inhabitants of Mumbai), you will see the arrival and grading of 25 tonnes of fish. You will also be privet to a one-of-its kind fish auction of the famous Bombay Duck.
You will be right in the centre of all the action, as thousands of illiterate vendors sort out newspapers of 7 different languages, that too in the middle of the road.

You will understand the logistics of the food distribution in the city as 100 tonnes of meat, fruits and vegetables enter the various markets. These markets are not only a great introduction to the people of Mumbai, but also a photographer’s dream come true.

Milkmen driving past with Milk canisters; delivery of freshly baked bread, to the melee of colour and fragrance at the flower market, all these bazaars add to the frenzy of Mumbai. Another highlight is the ‘all herb mandi’ spread across a popular bridge. Possibly the only market of its kind in the world, this green market has thousand vendors sitting atop a bridge selling various leafy vegetables.

What’s interesting is that when you walk the same lanes a few hours later, you wouldn’t find any evidence of the morning’s flurry.
We end this detour with a walk across a cricket ground and learn about the game that has captured the hearts of a billion.
All in all, we assure you, this cavalcade of life in the morning will show you the real spirit of Mumbai.

Needless to say, it comes at a price – Waking up at 5.15 am for one.

Inclusions

  • Private Innova Car
  • Private Explorer
  • Interactions
  • Tea on tour

Instructions

  • Timings: 0515 hrs – 0830 hrs (South Mumbai Hotels)
    0445 hrs – 0830 hrs (Central Mumbai Hotels)
    0415 hrs – 0845 hrs (North Mumbai Hotels)
  • Tour Days – All days of the week
  • Best time to visit: September – May
  • Physical Activity: Moderate
  • Special Note: Please wear closed shoes for the tour

Points to be noted

  • The taxes are currently at 5%
  • The taxes might be subject to change
  • There is a hotel pick up and drop facility for south and central Mumbai
  • The cost for drop and pick up for a north Mumbai hotel will be at an additional cost
  • We use our own transport services for the above tour
  • For high-end luxury cars, please contact our office
  • The docks are shut in June and July
  • The newspaper vendors are not available on the day after a public holiday
  • 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 tour can be cancelled based on the discretion of No Footprints, The partners will be informed in advance of the same
  • The Start and End timing can be changed based on the discretion and traffic situations

Cancellation Policy

  • We work on a 100% advance payment before the tour
  • This tour is subject to 100% cancellation fee if cancelled in 24 hours or less before the tour schedule
  • This tour is subjected to a 50% cancellation fee if cancelled between 72 hours – 25 hours before the tour scheduled
  • Rescheduling a tour 24 hours or less before a tour will be subjected to a 50% service charge. The tour rescheduling is at the discretion of No Footprints
  • Rescheduling a tour between 72 hours – 25 hours will be subject to a 25% service charge. The tour rescheduling is at the discretion of No Footprints

Extras

We can have a home cooked Breakfast at a contemporary Indian household after the tour at an additional cost – The menu will be Maharashtrian and includes a fare of Poha, Missal Pav, Vada Pav, Shira among others.

  • Home Made Breakfast @home (Maximum 12 people) – INR 1750 pp + Taxes
  • Breakfast @ Restaurant (Continenetal, Maharashtrian, Irani): INR 900 pp + taxes
  • If you want to include Dhobhi Ghaat an addition of INR 500 pp will be charged on top of the tour
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