Hollywood stars descend on Mumbai

Do you know who was behind the city tours that Hollywood celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Zendaya, and Tom Holland took recently in India? Meet Eesha Singh and Harshvardhan Tanwar, Co-founders of No Footprints, who curated the experiences of the stars in Mumbai and brought the city back on the global tourism map.

Hazel Jain

Mumbai city recently played host to some of Hollywood’s biggest names – Gigi Hadid, Tom Holland and Zendaya. These stars were in the city for the inauguration of the Nita Mukesh Ambani Convention Centre, but they didn’t miss the chance to explore the city’s vibrant streets. No Footprints, the boutique travel experience company that took them around the city, introduced them to the vibrant sights, sounds and culture. The company has been in the industry for nine years and has curated tours for names like Nigella Lawson, Madhuri Dixit and Eric Roth.

Harshvardhan Tanwar, Co-founder, No Footprints, says, “We conducted ‘Jio (live) Mumbai’ city tour for Gigi Hadid, which showed highlights of the city but through storytelling. For Tom Holland and Zendaya we did a yacht ride called ‘The Strange Stories of the Sea’ because Mumbai is connected to the sea. So, we did a mixed bag for different people depending on their interests. Since all of them were from the US, they enjoyed the American history in Mumbai. For instance, the Star-Spangled Banner written on HMS Minden – a ship that was made in India, or Watson Hotel in Mumbai that Mark Twain had visited. The fact that we do the tours in a storytelling narrative really intrigued them.”

Tanwar adds that foreign tourists are back and the company has had a good February and a decent March 2023. “We get a lot of tourists from the UK, US, a bit of French and the Aussies as well. The cruise market is also coming back slowly, mostly from the UK,” he adds.

The company has been founded by Harshvardhan Tanwar and Eesha Singh, offering 35 signature experiences in Mumbai and Delhi, including the iconic ‘Mumbai by Dawn’ tour, the ‘Queer Day Out’ tour, and the ‘Refugee Food Tour.’ The team’s connection with the larger community they live in is rapidly diminishing in urban setups, and they created No Footprints to bring that connection back to the fore. With their expert curation and attention to detail, No Footprints promises to deliver a travel experience that is truly one-of-a-kind. There is also a customized tour option for those who want to explore Mumbai at their own pace. Singh says, “We believe that travel should be personal, and our tours are designed to help you discover Mumbai in your own unique way. Whether you are a foodie, a history buff, or just someone who loves to explore new places, we have a tour that’s perfect for you.”

Speaking about promoting India in the international market, Singh says, “Marketing definitely needs to be a massive priority for India. when we attend international travel discussions, we understand that inclusion and diverse tourism has become a priority for the industry at large.

 

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