Dharavi Slum Small-Group Tour In Mumbai

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Departure Details :
    Tour without Transport: start from either Churchgate or Mahim railway stations Tour with Transport: start from the local operator's office in Colaba
  • Return Details :
    Tour without Transport: Reception center in Dharavi or Mahim railway station Tour with Transport: Leopold Cafe in Colaba
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable

Overview

Take a walking tour of the Dharavi slum on this unique exploration in Mumbai. Follow a guide through Dharavis narrow alleyways, where youre introduced to local residents and their small-scale industries recycling, ceramics, embroidery, soap making and more all manufactured by innovative means. Travel on your own or by rail with a guide, or upgrade to include round-trip transport by air-conditioned vehicle and see points of interest along the way. Numbers are limited to six people, ensuring an informative experience with a small group. Proceeds from your local tour operator goes back into the local community to support a variety of projects on education, health, and livelihood.

Highlights

  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Led by a local guide
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Small-group tour
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day

Know More about this tour

Meet your guide at Churchgate railway station and travel together by train, an approximate 30-minute ride at your own expense. Or, make your own way, meeting your guide and small group at Mahim Junction railway station in Mumbai. Alternatively, upgrade to include round-trip transport by air-conditioned vehicle from Colaba; logistical details are outlined in the Itinerary below. All three options can be done in either the morning or afternoon.

On arrival in Dharavi, set out on your 2.5-hour walking tour that dissects one of Indias largest slums. Follow your guide down a maze of narrow lanes that comprise a mix of households and small-scale businesses run by Dharavis residents.

Learn about the working conditions among numerous cottage industries including textiles, recycling, pottery and leather tanning in an informal economy that turns over millions of dollars annually. Passing through these small spaces, you'll learn about the sense of community that exists among the residents, whose diversity is reflected in the temples, mosques, and churches that stand side by side.

Tour the recycling area, where old computer parts and plastics arrive from all over the world, and step foot inside a bakery where tea biscuits are made fresh daily. Watch artisans create pots from sun-dried clay, and see the women of Dharavi make popaddoms: the essential appetizer of any Indian meal.

Visit a replica resident's house, observe the expansive view from a Dharavi factory rooftop, and see photos on exhibit taken by children in a local art program. At an NGO-sponsored community center, youll see a vibrant gathering of people learning library, English, and computer skills, or engaging in activities such as dancing and yoga.

Finish with a soft drink at the reception center in Dharavi, and then make your own way back from Mahim Junction or return by train with your guide.

Please note: Your tour guide is sensitive to the issues and concerns surrounding slums and understands that this tour may not be suitable for everyone. Guides strongly believe that the purpose of this tour is for educational reasons alone and allows for a better understanding of Indian life inside Dharavi. Furthermore, the majority of the proceeds from your local tour operator goes back into the local community to support a variety of projects on education, health, and livelihood.

Itinerary:

Optional Upgrade with Transport by Air-Conditioned Vehicle:
Meet your guide at the tour operator's office in Colaba and travel by air-conditioned vehicle to Dharavi, taking in a few points of interest along the way. During the approximate 1-hour drive, pass through the red-light district of Kamathipura and make a brief stop at Dhobi Ghat, the world's largest open-air laundry.

On the way, hear knowledgeable commentary from your guide about the history of the slums as well as issues affecting the poorer members of Mumbai society. After your 2.5-hour walking tour of Dharavi slum, travel back to the Colaba office by car with your guide.

Inclusions

  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle (if option selected)
  • Local guide

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Train fare
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Out of respect for its residents, no photography is permitted while in the Dharavi slum

A minimum number of 2 travelers is required for this tour to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

A minimum number of 2 travelers is required to book this tour with transportation

Please note that dress codes are conservative throughout India; modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees is required

A significant portion of the proceeds from your local tour operator goes back into the local community to support a variety of projects on education, health and livelihood