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“Eye Opening Experiences with fantastic guides”

Reality Tours and Travel
Ranked #1 of 34 Food & Drink 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.
Reviewed 9 December 2016

We took both the Colaba Walking tour and the Dharavi tour. Both were excellent and remain among our favorite experiences in Mumbai.

The Colaba Walking tour (provided by guides Neil and Nano) gave us a good overview of some of the most important sites in Mumbai with lots of interesting historical and cultural tidbits. We had a fantastic local lunch at one of Mumbai's oldest restaurants and were able to ask questions and tailor the tour to our interests and pace. Our guides Neil and Nano were a wealth of information, enthusiastic, and a pleasure to meet and spend part of a day with walking in Mumbai.

The Dharavi tour was also a trip highlight, and our guide was fantastic. We can't recommend Reality Tours enough!

Thank Erin B
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Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

I looked online for a tour company involved in NGO work within the community itself, because of the ethical issues associated with poverty / slum tourism. Reality Tours were great. Efficient, informative, friendly and ethical. The tour was really very positive, focusing on the complex and impressive ways that Dharavi works as a highly productive, thriving and diverse part of Mumbai. Our guide Ajay was knowledgeable, well received by locals within the community, approachable and respectful of the residents and workers. The company's sister NGO Reality Gives works hard within Dharavi to give back 80% of its profits, and their hard work has repeatedly been recognised locally and internationally by a range of awards and in Lonely Planet. Can't recommend them enough.

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Reviewed 7 December 2016

My husband and I spent about 2 1/2 hours this week touring the Oklah Slum of Delhi where about 45,000 residents live. Our guide, Vijay, grew up and proudly still lives in the slum. His explanations of daily life in the slum were both educational and touching as he gave us a perspective on their simple lives we would not have otherwise understood. The slum community is vibrant, self sufficient, and very active. Both men and women work in nearby textile factories and support their families with their wages. There is a school within the slum which children attend, a Buddhist temple, a full time physician .(who also grew up and still lives in the slum), and a wholesale market where textile merchandise is sold for profit. With proceeds from the tour, Reality Tours provides a variety of educational services to the slum residents including computer instruction and life skills training to both children and adults.

Vijay was a wondeful guide, eager to answer questions and provide us with a energetic perspective of the vibrant community. We highly recommend his services and the tour to anyone interested in understanding more about this active community and how simple people have created vital and productive lives amidst the challenges of limited means. This was an A+ tour!

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Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

If you want to experience the real incredible india, you should visit the dharavi slum of mumbai. An unforgettable tour with competent guides in very small groups. The revenues goes directly into social projects in Dharavi. A respectful and sustainable tour to great people, you do not forget so quickly. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 4 December 2016

We were a bit affraid going to the '' zoo ''
but the tour is well organized by a guide and driver from the slum.
Interesting visit and very good explanations
Interesting to discover the organization and economy of the slum
Photos are not allowed and 5 people maximum for the visit
Very safe and no aggressivity
Don' t hesitate , apply for this visit

Thank olfedi
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