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“Transportation Tour” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Reality Tours and Travel - Day Tours
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Dharavi Slum Small-Group Tour in Mumbai
Ranked #1 of 89 Tours in Mumbai
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Owner description: Reality Tours and Travel is a responsible tour operator providing fun and authentic experiences around India. We invest 80% of our profits back into the communities we visit through our NGO Reality Gives. We are especially well known for our educational Dharavi Slum Tour that shows visitors the industrial and residential areas of one of Asia’s largest slums, located in the heart of Mumbai. We also offer city, village, multi-day and customized tours and we recently expanded to New Delhi and the Sanjay Colony Slum. Our tours educate visitors about the issues as well as opportunities in slums and hopes to encourage them to understand underprivileged communities better. We use 80% of the tour profits and 100% of merchandise profits to fund our sister-NGO Reality Gives that runs and supports a variety of programs in Dharavi and Sanjay Colony. Our goal is to provide authentic and though-provoking local experiences through our tours and to use the profits to create change in our communities. Our vision is a world where all tourism promotes cross-cultural understanding and local development. Our NGO, Reality Gives, provides young people in the local community with high quality education and experiences to help them maximize their potential. We do this by focusing on English, Computer and Life Skills classes as well as a series of activities and workshop in expressive art and sport. We run these program out of three community centres around Dharavi.
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“Transportation Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2014

The Transportation Tour was excellent. Suraj was kind, funny and informative - a great guide! The tour was thoughtfully organized and we particularly enjoyed riding on the trains of Mumbai, seeing the famous Dabbawallas going about their work, and seeing the laundry. Reality Tours helped me to see more of Mumbai than I ever expected to see.

Visited December 2014
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Stephanie H, CEO at Reality Tours and Travel - Day Tours, responded to this review, 30 December 2014
I'm glad you enjoyed our public transportation tour and guide Suraj. It's one of our less popular tours, which is a shame as it's one of the most unique, with a lot of fascinating sites! Thanks for helping us spread the word! We hope to help many more visitors explore Mumbai by bus and train! :)
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“A 'must do' tour in Mumbai”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2014

We spent two weeks travelling in India and this tour was one of the highlights of our trip. It is very well organised, informative and completely changed our idea of what a 'slum' is. I had no concerns for our safety through out the tour and was very surprise by the sense of community. It was also great to see the hard work that Reality Tours are doing to improve the lives of so many people.

Visited December 2014
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Stephanie H, CEO at Reality Tours and Travel - Day Tours, responded to this review, 30 December 2014
So happy to help contributed to a nice visit to India! Thanks for the compliments, and for helping to recommend the experience to others.
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“So interesting!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2014

We really enjoyed our tour of Dharavi. I was pleasantly surprised at how small the groups for the tour were with just 5 in ours and how kind our guide was and willing to answer questions. I also really appreciated that you couldn't take pictures during the tour and it felt really informative without feeling like we were intruding too much. I also appreciated the free drinks at the end of the tour and love that most of the tour price goes back to the community. It was such an eye opening tour!

Visited December 2014
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Stephanie H, CEO at Reality Tours and Travel - Day Tours, responded to this review, 30 December 2014
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Small groups are just one of the ways we keep our tours responsible. I'm glad you appreciated that.
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“Excellent choice for tour in Mumbai”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2014 via mobile

I had a great time on this tour. The tour guide (Siddhi) did a great job. He changed my view on slums and opened my eyes on how important this area financially in Mumbai and India. Well done!

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Stephanie H, CEO at Reality Tours and Travel - Day Tours, responded to this review, 30 December 2014
So glad you enjoyed your tour with Siddhi and that he was able to teach you a few things about Dharavi. All the best!
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“Unmissable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2014

I had my doubts about going on a tour of Dharavi (would it border on voyeurism?) but was persuaded by friends whose judgement I trust who had taken the tour on a recent visit to Mumbai. I'm so glad I did - it's one of the stand-out experiences of my many visits to India.

Reality Tours was set up and is staffed by residents of Dharavi, and a percentage of the organisation's profits goes into the NGO they've founded which works with children and young people in Dharavi. They are proud of their roots, of their home, and are right to want to show it to visitors. The guides take you round with honesty, openness, sensitivity and humour. It's eye-opening, humbling, impressive, unforgettable stuff. (Photography is, quite rightly, not allowed.)

Highly, very highly, recommended.

Visited September 2014
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Stephanie H, CEO at Reality Tours and Travel - Day Tours, responded to this review, 30 December 2014
Spot-on review! Really appreciate it. Thanks for complimenting our organisation, our guides, and even our no-photography policy.
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