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Be The Local Tours and Travel

5-154B, Municipal Bldg, Main Road | Dharavi, Mumbai (Bombay), India
+91 9930027370
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: We have lived in Aamchee (‘our’) Mumbai for long and know it like the back of our hand ! So we venture down small lanes to find stuff that otherwise... more » Owner description: We have lived in Aamchee (‘our’) Mumbai for long and know it like the back of our hand ! So we venture down small lanes to find stuff that otherwise just doesn’t get discovered. You will be in for many a surprise – plenty of amazing and varied stuff, people and activities!We, at Be The Local, work to support local full time students in pursuing higher education as well. We achieve this by simply offering them employment in our company and training them to be our ‘tour guides’. This gives the students two very distinct benefits. One is that they are able to receive sustainable income to support themselves in education and second is that it boosts their self-esteem and self-confidence, as they meet widely travelled and experienced tourists. Being The Local, we can offer you a fascinating ‘getaway’ that gives you a ringside view of the ‘madness and magic’ of MUMBAI – the living city that ‘never sleeps’! « less
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Napier, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This is a walking tour of approx 2 hours. The advice given was wear covered shoes plus the usual tour advice. We were met by our guide Razak (Raz). He is a young student whose family have lived in Dharavi for 3 generations. He is a credit to his family, the tour company and the people of Mumbai. It is... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I have taken foreign delegations from Japan, the UK, the US and France on the Be The Local Dharavi tour. Every single time, I volunteer to go with them because they conduct the tour so well. The guides are absolutely brilliant because they are born and brought up in Dharavi and speak good English. The best guide I have had... More

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london
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014 via mobile

A really worthwhile few hours in exploring a side of Mumbai that most people won't see. Great guides, all of who are from the "slum" community and using the income to find their studies. It was evident from the relationship with the people in the communities we visited, how much respect the team have built up. Thank you!

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Adelaide, Australia
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8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Our hotel recommended Be The Local tours which turned out to be an excellent choice. Not only did we get a more intimate experience with our guide Oves but from talking to a couple of locals it sounds like this company really is giving back to the local community compared to some of the others. Oves comes from the area... More

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Mumbai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Most people had reactions of awe, disgust and surprise when I told them I went on a local tour to Dharavi (most of them Mumbaikars). They just couldn't imagine what would be there in Dharavi to see apart from slums, poverty and filth. If you're one of those, you're in for a surprise. We went for the 'Dharavi Hectic Walkie!'... More

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Houston
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We spent a half day with Salman and Ganja. We learned a lot and had an amazing time. They picked us up on time in a very confortable vehicle. Living in India and working in a slum, I would point out that their description of poverty is sometimes edulcorated. Although Dharavi has some striving businesses and great people with ambition,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We went on the Dharavi Slum tour with Salman. It was very interesting, salman and his friend are really friendly and spontaneous, and know very well how the slum works. Besides, They will show you places that you cannot see by your own. It is not an ordinary tour, at the contrary, and we were just the two of us... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I got to know Mumbai from a local's eye, only possible thanks to you guys! Absolutely amazing and mind-blowing! The highlight of my trip for sure!

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New Orleans, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I went on a tour of the Dharavi slum with Faiz. Like most of India - it wasn't at all what I was expecting. Instead of a miserable slum teaming with poverty and lack of opportunity -- what I saw was a thriving community. Muslims and Hindus worked side-by side recycling and manufacturing everything under the sun. Everyone there was... More

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Zürich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My first time in Mumbai I wanted to see the "must sees" but not only. By coincidence I came across Be The Local Tours and Travel and booked a tour - actually three tours in one day - with them. I don't know what I expected, but it could not have been better. Youssef took great care of my friend... More

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