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TAJ MAHAL TOWER, MUMBAI

Mumbai by Dawn

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The city that never sleeps is a revelation as the sun comes up every day. This exclusive tour, arranged by the Taj Mahal Tower concierge desk, reveals the underbelly of the city, far from the gloss of sky rises and fine dining restaurants, but equally bursting with hope and ambition.  The tour begins at the Mumbai docks where kolis (fisher folk, Mumbai’s original residents) oversee the arrival, grading and auction of over 25 tonnes of fish, including the famous Bombay Duck. Your guide will proceed to get you a glimpse into the work lives of ‘morning people’ – newspaper, milk and fresh produce  vendors – who sail through excruciating physical labour and disappear magically before you can say ‘breakfast’. The tour ends at Mumbai’s famous Azad Maidan where youngsters pad up to excel at one of India’s favourite obsessions - Cricket.  Expect your camera to work overtime during this exciting tour.