Bravo Bombay can cater for the tourist wishing to see Mumbai either on a brief visit or in more depth. Guided tours are particularly useful as signs are few, the new visitor is unlikely to know the etiquette, visitors may have anxieties over security and getting around can be tricky initially.
Hemali the proprietor of Bravo Bombay enables the visitor to see many of the sights in a short period of time and is flexible about itinary according to the requirements of the visitor; the markets, the fishing village, the water tank, hanging gardens , Chatapati Shivaji railway terminus can all be seen.
For the visitor who would like to have more of an interactive experience with some of the people then Bravo Bombay is ideal. Hemali’s command of the English language and a number of local languages, knowledge of the city and her easy rapport with people make the dharavi ‘slum’ tour and dhobi ghat visits memorable. It is rare for foreigners in any country to be able to see its citizens hard at work informally and be able to ask questions.
Hemali will also instruct when photographs can be taken and when it is not permitted. The dignity of its people can be preserved. Dhravi contrasted with a visit to Mani Bhavan, Ghand-ji’s former home and visits to elaborate temples.
Preliminary contact by email or phone with Bravo Bombay will give the visitor a feel for what they might wish to see and either specific tours can be booked in advance or organised on a more ad hoc basis. Hemali responds quickly to requests and suggestions.
Bravo Bombay is highly recommended and provides an invaluable insight into a thriving city and its people. Hemali made the visitor feel comfortable with the surroundings thus enabling a fuller experience of Mumbai.
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