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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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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This was such an inspiring experience and my student tour guide was excellent. It was a privilege to be shown people's homes and the way that they live and work in such a densely populated community. Respect!

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Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The experience I had with these guys were amazing. Razak (my guide) took me all around dharavi. I was amazed right from my first step. It totally changed my views about a slum. I thought it would be dirty and will find a lot of beggers inside. I was totally wrong. It infact has a better drainage than mumbai city.... More

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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Met up with Ankit and discovered that while the other tours running from the same location had at least 4-8 people per group, I had Ankit to myself. Really good couple of hours spent moving around the Dharavi streets learning about the people, the history and the industry of these hard working people. Couldn't have asked for a better guide,... More

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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

When one of our friends suggested this tour while we were on Mumbai; I wasn't sure what to expect - and all I can say is, if you have time definitely take this tour, it was an amazing experience and the highlight of our trip. I don't want to share more because learning there is the best part, in my... More

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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

A very interesting tour with Oves Ahmed, our tour guide in Dharavi. He gave us detailed, accurate information as we walked through Dharavi's narrow lanes from the industrial area to the residential area, with a short stop over at their office. He provided us with insights about how Dharavi was laid out, and how people are living and working on... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Zeeshan met me at my hotel in Colaba and we took the train together to Dharavi. He's an interesting, kind, thoughtful guide and he sure knows his way around Dharavi. I appreciated seeing how people live and work in a less pampered way than us in the affluent West. I don't know what to do with these impressions but it... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Just come back from spending the morning with Ankit in Dharavi. Well worth a visit. Ankit was informative and generous with his time.

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Lancing, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Sunday City tour..... Monday Dharavi tour..... Both with Zeeshan..... Who was a fantastic guide.... With lots of local knowledge .... Made sure we saw everything and took account of our needs. Would definitely recommend this company, and you are supporting students from Dharavi. And, everything explained so we understood. Well worth doing this tour and seeing some of the real... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful experience.a lot of thinks to learn from that.. The best guide is Oves. A lot of thinks to do inside and a lot of beautiful people live e work in this unique place

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Al Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

A 2 hours Dharavi slum tour full of talks questions (of course answers duhhh) walking seeing and experiencing. Our guide was friendly and at the same time professional – taking good care of telling us accurate information and facts about the slum. It was an interesting and varied tour with different things to see and learn from. It was sufficiently... More

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