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

We arrived 30 min late, and our phone had died so we were unable to contact our guide to assure him we were still on our way. Thankfully he was still there waiting for us, and he still did the full 2 hour tour. Oves (our guide) confidently lead us through each of the major industries giving details about life... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

oves was our tour. he is a college student who is from the slum and had an open, "ask me anything" attitude. the tour was respectful of the community and their lives. no pictures on the tour. there is lots to learn and very worthwhile. if you visit india, you will encounter slums, and best to know about them in... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I went on this tour as part of an American school trip and I was dreading it. I thought it was going to be depressing and abject, and I would just leave feeling guilty and ineffectual. The tour ended up being one of my favorite memories from my India trip. I wish I remember my guide's name, but he was... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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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