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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 3 hours

Departs: Mumbai, Mumbai

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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This 3-hour long tour pioneered by No Footprints gives you an insider's access into the soul of Mumbai! You will be prive to the backbone of the city's trade and what makes it truly tick. From exploring community trade and auction of 50 tonnes of fish at the docks, to the sorting of 7 different languages of newspapers; from flower markets to the story of the mills; this tour pays homage to the people of Mumbai- restless, hardworking and affluent.

From the markets to the communities who make it possible, get a chance to see all the action for yourself.

Witness a unique side of Mumbai, almost like secret, unfold as you you explore the city at Dawn.

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


What's Included

A fruit

Bottled water

Coffee and/or Tea

Driver and private transport

GST (Goods and Services Tax)

Hotel pickup and drop-off


Private tour

Professional guide

Shoe Covers at docks

What's Not Included

Additional cost for the services of a language guide (besides English)

Additional transport cost for pick-up from suburban Mumbai hotels


Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 70

Additional Info

  • The newspaper vendors are not available on the day after a public holiday
  • The tour can be cancelled based on the discretion of No Footprints, the guests will be informed in advance of the same
  • We do not conduct this tour on the day of the Mumbai Marathon
  • The docks are shut in June and July
  • The sequence of the tour is at the discretion of No Footprints and its guide on-ground
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness

Cancellation Policy

What To Expect

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Possibly the most architectural stunning building in India, Victoria Terminus Railway Station, now CST, sees a record of six hundred and sixty thousand footfalls daily, making it the busiest station in Mumbai.

At dawn, the CST station also serves as the city's largest newspaper sorting area.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Sassoon Dock
Travelers understand the life of the Koli fisherfolk (the original inhabitants of Mumbai) and also witness the arrival and grading of 50 tonnes of fish. They also witness a one-of-its-kind fish auction of the famous Bombay Duck.

40 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Witness the early morning colour and fragrance of this market.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Mumbai By Dawn with Adi!
SHARI A, 08-01-2023
This is my second trip with No Footprints and Adi is an excellent guide whom I requested again. It’s a great way to see life in Mumbai. When I come back again I’ll do another tour with them and ask for Adi again! Very varied and interesting tour of all the morning markets. Adi is also a good photographer and makes memories along the way!
Fab Foray at Five am
Uday W, 28-12-2022
We lived in Bombay (now Mumbai) for many years, and took so many services for granted. Seeing it as a visitor, this tour really underlined how soooo many people work at keeping the city humming.

As residents years ago, we saw the fish seller and the fruit seller, with their baskets of fresh produce. We seldom saw the newspaper delivery man or the person who dropped off a packet of fresh flowers early in the morning.

On this tour, led by knowledgeable Aman Walia, we saw the wholesale fish market with its orchestrated chaos, the fruit and vegetables market, with both retail and wholesale buyers, and the flower market. We saw how the many newspapers printed in this city are custom packed for delivery to different areas. Fascinating, all of it. One knows it, but seeing it is something else!!

Would recommend this tour highly. It’s an early start but worth it!!
Loved our morning trip!
Halbo v, 28-12-2022
First time INDIA and with our Daughter of 17 and Son of 13. We had the most pleasant morning tour to all these exciting places like the fish market and flower market. Also loved the cricket field.

It’s early but worth it. You really see Mumbai waking up. Thanks Sreeya, best tour leader ever!
A different side of Mumbai !
Essaji, 26-12-2022
We did the tour with our family who were visiting from the US. Adi (Aditya) was a great guide, who had lots of information to share and a great sense of humour ! Although I live in Mumbai, the tour took me to places I have never really been and helped see a different side to our Mumbai. We had 4 kids between 5-12 who loved it as well, despite the early morning start. Highly recommend NFP ! Looking forward to some of their other tours.
A new way to wake up to Mumbai!
meera0654, 26-12-2022
I live in mumbai but I haven’t seen my city this way before. There are so many fascinating aspects of life in the city I had not explored or known of.
The bustling life early morning with the various markets and the efficiency with which it all works is amazing.

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