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Be The Local Tours and Travel

#11 of 340 Tours in Mumbai
Mumbai, India
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About Be The Local Tours and Travel
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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If visitors are expecting extreme poverty and despair based on movie depictions, they will be disappointed. In fact this tour actively breaks stereotypical depictions of slums.

The tour will take you through the proud and industrious area of Dharavi. You will be able to see where people work, where people live and where people relax. We will show you the vast industrial areas with many important industries like the bakeries serving the whole of Mumbai. We will show you the residential areas where whole families live in a small room, local schools and even the pottery industries.

Some of the areas will be familiar if you have seen the film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ as much of the film was shot in Dharavi.
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Konstantin & Patrycja wrote a review Mar 2020
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It was a very interesting excursion around the second famous Mumbai slum with an excellent guide ! It was totally safe and unexpectedly better from our initial expectations. Recommend going there with a very welcoming, friendly and knowledgable guide Musa.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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33judes wrote a review Mar 2020
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There is no doubt that visiting Dharavi is an informative tour and very thought provoking. Our guide, who had grown up in Dharavi, was about to graduate from Mumbai University and had aspirations to study for an MBA in England. He knew his way round and at all times we felt safe. Initially, the narrow streets looked pretty much like other market areas we had been to but soon they became even narrower and more squalid with festering rubbish, the cables and wires above more mesh-like in their complexity and the 'buildings' more and more resourceful in their construction. We were shown some of the 'industries': men sitting on the floor of windowless shacks sorting plastic; boys in no more than a pair of shorts dying fabric in huge vats of boiling dye; others in a dark room repairing machinery, to name a few. We came across a couple of shoeless children pushing their toys through the mire in the street. This was the real slum. The workers are all migrants, who leave their families to come and work here for no more than £5 a day, often less. They live in cramped accommodation above their workplace, with no light or sanitation. Contrary to other reviews, I did not think they looked happy - just getting on with life, and work, as best they could. Towards the end of the tour we were shown the 'residential' area with more solid accommodation, a school and a tower block where the government is trying to rehome some of the residents.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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annyvitu wrote a review Mar 2020
Clichy, France3 contributions
My guide Yahya was born and lives in Dharavi, so he was the perfect person to show me around. It was a real eye opener and not what I (wrongly) expected. The people of Dharavi will surprise you by their résilience. It is a visit not to be missed
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Dazzla wrote a review Feb 2020
Leigh, United Kingdom40 contributions
Just spent a fantastic Morning touring the Dharavi slum and Dhobi Ghat with our tour guide Ahed. He was knowledgeable and passionate and helped to make an unforgettable trip. Ahed arranged for a local to take us around the Dhobi Ghat to give us a real insight into the area, Everything was really well organised and very safe, highly recommended!
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RogerD272 wrote a review Feb 2020
Edmonton, Canada120 contributions58 helpful votes
Torab was our guide on our tour yesterday. Excellent English and a great tour through his community. Hard working residents and felt completely safe and comfortable. Highly recommended Torab and this tour.
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