First free tour for is­land city


OF­FER­ING a chance to lo­cals to ex­plore their city, a travel bou­tique called No Foot­prints is set to in­tro­duce free guided tours. This will be done on the lines of free tours that are pop­u­lar across Europe, which func­tion on a tip-only ba­sis. Esha Singh, head, con­sumer op­er­a­tions said, “We have been bud­get trav­ellers all our lives and have greatly ben­e­fit­ted from the free guided tours around the world. There is no bet­ter way to learn about the his­tory of a place. And, we thought it’s about time Mumbai had its own.”

While they have worked ex­ten­sively to de­sign tours in the city for for­eign tourists, this one, Singh says, will cater to both. “There are sev­eral her­itage tours in the city but they come at a price. And most lo­cals would not want to burn a hole in their pock­ets. Also, the fact re­mains that as lo­cals too, we have a lot to learn. Re­cently, we did a Mumbai by Dawn tour, that is usu­ally aimed at for­eign­ers, for lo­cals, and we got a great re­sponse. That egged us more to launch this tour,” she adds.

No Foot­prints has a net­work of 30 trained guides, and around 15 of them have vol­un­teered to con­duct the free tour. “Any­one can vol­un­teer to be a tour guide. They shall be trained,” Singh says. The guides will take tourists around the listed spots and at the end of the tour, guests can leave tips with him, any amount of their choice. The choice to pay, too, is 100 per cent vol­un­tary.

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