My name is Ader and I like to give tailored tours of my favorites haunts and joints in this home of mine. I love Bombay, and I love to share that love with fellow Americans (I live in San Francisco as well) and world wide travelers who have no idea what to expect, but who will gain a keen appreciation of Mumbai after having gone on one of my tours.
I give these tours because I actually enjoying meeting people and love what I do. All the tours are specifically tailored to your interests. I am a big believer that it is your tour and the tour should cover your interests. I give you a lot of choices. You decide what you want us to cover.
All my tours are South Mumbai centric, cause that is where I live, and it makes it easy for me to coordinate connecting with you. Most of the sights and sounds of this amazing city are all within 30 minutes driving distance. So you can get a pretty good idea of the city after having gone on one of my tours.
My guiding style is playful and entertaining. I won't bore you with any more facts then the ones you are interested in. I will tailor the tour based on your specific interests, and I will always give you choices: we can go here or there, which one is more interesting to you? Or you can let me make all the decisions. My preference is for customized tours where we go deep into the culture of India using the sights of Mumbai as our canvas.
Here is what I can promise you if you tour with me.
I will not be flaky. When I make a commitment, I will keep it. I will be on time. I will not push any stores or vendors onto you. I do not take commissions from any stores, so I will not convince you to buy that magic carpet. I will be happy to make suggestions and give you advise, IF asked.
I will pick you up and drop you off anywhere in the south Mumbai area, including the cruise terminal. I can drive a car, ride a motorcycle, hail a cab, hop a bus, hire a car and driver. Whatever you want.
Now a little bit about myself. I am completely fluent in English and Hindi. I was a docent at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco for over 20 years, so I have tons of experience giving entertaining tours. I have traveled all over Asia, Europe, America, Canada, Middle East, Far East, China, South America, Japan, you name it. My interests include wine, coffee, gourmet food, art and design, fashion, and travel. I am a Parsi Zoroasttrian (google it!) and there are more Parsi Zoroastrians in Mumbai then anywhere in the world. So I will fill you in on that when we meet.
So enough about me and I hope to connect with you soon on a very enjoyable, quirky, not too manic tour of this city I call home.
In the mean time here is a short list of the interesting sights and experiences in Mumbai. If you find something particularly interesting, let me know, and time permitting we will include it on the tour.
Sit down on the steps of Asiatic Society library which has a copy of the Magna Carta
Spend time driving the Nariman Point-Marine Drive-Chowpatty promenade.
Riding the Victoria horse drawn carriage to experience, being a true blue royalty.
Haggle for non-antiques in Chor Bazaar or bargain for cheap clothing & accessories at fashion street and Colaba Causeway.
Figure what all the fuss is about having a beer in Mondegar or Leopold in the day and eat kebabs at Bade Miyan in Taj's back alley.
Bet money on race horses at the Royal Western India Turf Club, Mahalaxmi.
Go for a heritage walk in the Fort Area looking for the Fort wall as you admire the British era architecture at Churchgate station, Western Railway headquarters, High Court, General Post Office, Telegraph Office and Police Headquarters.
A Recent Review of this guide
Ader is among the best of the best Tours by Locals guides we have used. The tour was richly informative and superbly executed. But apart from the tour itself it would have been worth the price just to spend the day with him.
Studied European and Indian art history extensively.
Ran a photography gallery in Mumbai.
Was a docent with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for 20 years.
Worked at Bonham's in their vintage carpets department.