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Explore Mumbai’s colonial past

We focus on the tales behind the city’s famous colonial buildings, not just the dates and facts…

By Harshvardhan Tanwar
Co-owner of No Footprints Tours, Alfred&'s partner in India

Explore Mumbai’s colonial history on this half-day tour, led by one of our local storytellers. We focus on the tales behind the city’s famous colonial buildings, not just the dates and facts. These landmarks are woven into Mumbai’s past, set against a backdrop of modern Indian culture; people still work at the BMC building and thousands of travellers pass through the Victoria Terminus Station every day. It’s living heritage and a vital part of understanding our city.

The tour starts at the Victory Arch, the Gateway of India, which was built to commemorate King George V. We continue to key sites like the high court and Yacht Club, which are examples of stunning colonial architecture with stories to tell. At the police headquarters, which used to be the Royal Alfred Sailors’ Home, you’ll learn about its connection with the film Alien – the film director Ridley Scott named the spaceship Narcissus after a boat in one of Joseph Conrad’s books, which was set in Mumbai.

Highlights include the Regal Cinema, where you’ll hear about the first Bollywood film that came to Mumbai and visit Watson’s Hotel, which hosted Mark Twain and was the city’s first iron cast building, located in the Kala Ghoda art district of Mumbai. Guests love meeting the Dabbawalas, the couriers who deliver over 500,000 lunch boxes in the city per day, with a staggering 99 percent accuracy despite the fact that they still work without any kind of technology – they’ve have been praised by the likes of Richard Branson.

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Alfred & Harshvardhan Tanwar

Harshvardhan is a Mumbai local who trained as an engineer before moving into advertising and copywriting. A keen traveller, he took a walking tour in Paris and fell in love with the concept, so upon returning to Mumbai, co-founded No Footprints with his wife Eesha in 2013. Together they offer storytelling tours of Mumbai and Delhi that focus on the people, unexplored history and hidden sides of the cities.
Harsh and Eesha, No Footprints tours Mumbai and Delhi