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Be The Local Tours and Travel

Address: 5-154B, Municipal Bldg, Main Road | Dharavi, Mumbai (Bombay), India
Phone Number: +91 9930027370
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Owner description: We have lived in Aamchee (‘our’) Mumbai for long and know it like the back of our hand ! So we...
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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’!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I chose a customized tour after doing some research about Mumbai, and decided to engage BTL as my guide as they offered the most affordable and reasonably priced package for what I requested for! My guide Zeeshan Farooqui was super friendly and I was surprised when I found out he was only 19! The driver is also great and was... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

These guys are incredibly knowledgeable and show you another side of Dharavir. They're incredibly warm and friendly and your money goes towards their college education. I have to say that these people go above and beyond in every way. We were with kids who got tired and they took us to their office so the kids could rest in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

At the time of writing this review, I've contributed nearly 300 reviews to TA - and I have to say that this tour was one of the best things I have ever done. Oves was our tour guide and he met us at the nearby station for a tour of Dharavi Slums. Now, if you think you are going to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Oves was our tour guide for the morning. He met us at churchgate station for 30 minute train ride to dharavi. That in itself was an experience especially trying to get off through crowds but oves helped with this. At beginning of tour oves asked what we knew about the 'slum' of dharavi and what we expected from tour. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Oves gave us a wonderful tour of Dharavi. It was so interesting and he did a great job of explaining why this area is really NOT A SLUM. It is filled with industries, has good schools, and provides work for most of its residents. It's very important to see this part of Mumbai to better understand the city and India.

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Dc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

I had one day in Mumbai and gave Be The Locals free reign of my itinerary. They were phenomenal in every respect. I chose them after emailing all of the top tour companies as rated on Trip Advisor. Be The Locals was the only company that put together an itinerary which included the sights I knew I wanted to see... More 

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Tournai, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Really interesting tour of Dharavi. Our guide, Ankit, was very professional and well informed on many details and stories. A fascinating tour of more than 2 hours.

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Having had several trips to India, watched Kevin McCloud (Grand Designs, channel 4 & Youtube) documentary on Dharavi, and reading about the proposed redevelopment of the area I was keen to see Dharavi for myself. As an academic and university professor, I was immediately attracted to the philosophy of student run & operated 'Be The Local Tours & Travel'. My... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This is definitely a must do in Mumbai! Throw away all your misconceptions, and be prepared to be amazed and humbled by the inner workings of Dharavi. This is not a slum. This is a city filled with hard working, vibrant people creating a path for themsleves and their families. Our tour guide, Oves, was extremely knowledgeable, and answered all... More 

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County Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We had a a great tour today with Faiz - really informative and such a great idea to support local Dharavi residents with their higher education. Would absolutely take the tour again and highly recommend to others. Still soaking in all that I learned and saw - overwhelmed and amazed.

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