"The tour by Raconteur Walks Mumbai was conducted not only in a truly professional but also friendly manner. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history and architecture of the city and also gives an interesting insight into the everyday lives of the city’s inhabitants" – Anita (Hungary)
"The history of Mumbai opened up itself while I was taking a tour around the city with the team at Raconteur Walks Mumbai. My guide breathed a new life into the statues, buildings and squares around us. If you want to go under the surface and get to know the real city, I strongly recommend that you spend a few hours with Viraat and his team at Raconteur Walks Mumbai" - Bernadett Sebaly (Hungary)
"Raconteur Walks Mumbai is a very friendly and fantastically knowledgeable tour company which has shown me the hidden gems of Mumbai I would have never even thought of going to on my own. I would definitely recommend to all who are visiting Mumbai and hope to bring friends and family for walks in the future. " - Rishi Pancholi (United Kingdom)
"I’ve had the pleasure in taking ‘The Apollo Gate and Front Bay’ street walking tour in the ‘Fort’ area of Mumbai. Viraat and his team are fountains of knowledge that the Lonely Planet guide can never match. He organises a very professional tour and makes sure you stay safe the entire time. He is fully recommended" - Vinh Dao (North America)
Raconteur Walks Mumbai is without doubt the foremost tours company in Mumbai. The research that has gone into making Raconteur Walks Mumbai a reality has spanned over a year and a half and has covered over 110 books, 150 journals, magazines and periodicals and countless number of websites – we are thorough in what we do. Our extremely well trained guides speak immaculate English and are carefully handpicked based on their personal attributes and qualities –Language and formality will never be a problem if you tour with us. We restrict our group sizes to a maximum of 10 guests per group. This enables us to give each and every one of our guest’s personal attention and ensures that everyone can easily hear the narration and can understand what’s being said. Thereby we ensure that we provide the best value for your money – The quality of our tour and the smiles on our guest’s faces are what is most important to us. We want our guests to live breathe and feel the real Mumbai. Be it a historic tour or a cultural one we try our best to recreate the actual environment that relates to the tour - We don’t just take you for a tour; we take you on an experience which allows you to really LIVE THE CITY!
Ranjit Shahani is Country President Novartis India responsible for the overall operations of the Novartis AG Companies in India
He started his career with ICI in India in their businesses of Fibres & Speciality chemicals. Later, he rose to the position of General Manager with ICI / ZENECA in the U.K., overseeing their Asia Pacific and LatAm operations for their Petrochemicals and Plastics division.
This was followed by a period as CEO at Roche Products Limited, after which he moved to Novartis in India in 1997, following the merger of Sandoz and Ciba-Geigy.
Mr Shahani is President, Organisation of Pharmaceuticals Producers of India (OPPI), an organization he also lead earlier from 2001-2007, is Past President of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, President, Swiss Indian Chamber of Commerce, and was on the Council of the International Federation of Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers Associations (IFPMA, Geneva). He is a thought leader in the Pharmaceutical Industry and has been actively involved in lobbying for a strong Product Patent law in the country and Data Protection and liberalization of the price control mechanism for Pharmaceuticals. He has also strongly canvassed for deterrent legislation against counterfeit drugs.
A Mechanical Engineer from IIT Kanpur and MBA from JBIMS, Bombay, was born in Kanpur, India, is married and his wife is a well known educationist and currently also the Sheriff of Mumbai - they have one son - who works with McKinsey in London.
Noted Mumbai historian and former member of the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee, Mrs. Sharada Dwivedi was a principle architect in the guiding us towards starting these tours between 2009 and 2012. We thank you for the great guidance and invaluable contribution you have made in making Raconteur Walks Mumbai a success.