Dharavi Slum Tour in Mumbai
About Dharavi Slums India is a country of contrasts, with slums sitting beside opulent palaces. In this tour, you will get an insider’s insight into Dharavi slum is Asia's largest slum, used as the setting for the blockbuster movie Slumdog Millionaire. After this movie, this slum is now famous in the whole world for a fairly good reason. This experience will bring you face to face with a large community that thrives valiantly upon numerous small scale businesses. Rather Dharavi is wrongly portrayed in poverty tourism or slum tourism. A concept that can be traced to the act of “slumming” in the 1860s – added to the Oxford English Dictionary is Slum tourism. One must check the fact before assuming things about Dharavi slum. Often Dharavi is compared with the world's biggest slums like South Africans cape town slums which host 400,000 people or Rio de Janeiro slums.
About this Tour
As you walk around the area, you’ll get an intimate glimpse into the daily lives of local residents.
These Dharavi tours are meant to showcase the reality. Offerings of this tour are shown by a tour guide we have selected based on his understanding of the area. He has been staying in this area and part of the middle-class family. But he will help you understand this is not a shanty town and it has its own clean image. By the way of tourism, we feel it will help the local community to showcase its art and products. Tour Guides are college students live in Dharavi Slum. The earning from these tours will help them with their studies.
10 facts about Dharavi
- Systems in place for more than 1 million people.
- Dharavi is India's largest slum which hosts the industry worth more than a billion USD.
- Whole area is spread in a small 2.1 square KM area.
- It hosts more than 5000 plus production units which include over 1100 plus textile, 900 plus pottery making units
- The recycling industry in Dharavi is employing ~250,000 people
- It has more than 15000 single rooms factories
- The exports of Dharavi are sent across the world
- Monthly rental for a room could be as low as USD 5.
- Dharavi is the suppose to be the most educated slums in India with 69% literacy rate
- In 18 Century, Dharavi was an island inhabited by fishermen. When the swamp got filled fishing gradually stopped, and Dharavi slowly transformed into the gigantic urban space that it is now.
This is why it is imperative if you are in Mumbai and you must explore this tour by a reliable tour guide. We at theindiantrip have shortlisted this tour guide based on his background where he himself has been staying in this slum.
- We will meet at Dharavi or Mahim Railway Station or we can speak and fix a convenient point of meeting.
- During this half-day guided tour, you will get to go inside the slum to see how the residents live and work.
- There is a strong sense of community that exists in Slum, you will wind through the slum’s narrow alleyways and be greeted by friendly locals who live in Slum.
- Walkthrough narrow lanes and by-lanes taking in the wafting aromas from local bakeries and sweet shops.
- Exotic smells from soap and cosmetic making units are bound to make some heads turn.
- Dime sized cyber cafes, locals brushing past, mass-producing tailor shops all make up for an exciting trip.
- Friendly locals and enthusiastic tiny tots waving from their rooftops and balconies simply add in a touch of regular life being lived here.
- An alternative sightseeing experience that’s ideal for first-time visitors. Explore narrow alleys and interact with locals with the help of a guide.
- Your tour will end here after that you can head to your hotel for rest.
We will meet at Dharavi or Mahim Railway Station
Duration of tour
- This tour will take approximately 3 hours.
What to expect on this tour?
- Learn about one of the world's most famous slums and its people, food, and work. You will get a chance to click great photographs of Mumbai life.
What does this tour include?
- A professional English speaking tour guide would be escorting this tour. Bottle of WaterPermission of photography on the tour.
What are the tour exclusions
- Any personal nature expenses.Lunch or snacks not included in the tour Pick up and drop from the hotel.
Things to Note
- This tour would be operating only on the daily
- Please wear comfortable walking shoes as this tour include walking
- The dress code for this tour would be smart casuals. Modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees is recommended
- This tour is not wheelchair accessibleA minimum of 2 people per booking is required. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
Cancellation policy of Tour
- If you cancel the tour before 3 days of the tour start date, a full refund will be given.
- If you cancel within 1-3 days of the tour start date, there is a 30% cancellation fee.
- If you cancel within 1 day of tour start, full cancellation charges would be applied
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