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Dharavi Slum Tour

Enjoy an authentic Dharavi slum tour with local Dharavi guides

Dharavi, a sprawling slum base in the heart of Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, is home to predominantly low-cost skilled workers in one of the world’s most crowded shanty places. The last census pegged Dharavi’s population at 2 million, but activists believe the actual number is much higher. It was established in 1884 during the British colonial era for the tanning business; migratory fluxes have resulted in many small-scale industries that produce export quality leather goods, plastic, pottery, and embroidered garments.

Dharavi is a warren of narrow lanes, interconnected shacks, and single-room living spaces that double as factories, with people working as potters, leather weavers, and soap makers amid the slum’s open drains. Dharavi, romanticized in the Oscar-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire,” is an economic powerhouse that generates $1 billion in revenue every year. Despite the community’s daily challenges, Dharavi has expanded its worldview and become a part of a transformational and inspirational story.

Magical Mumbai Tours provides you with a safe and exciting Mumbai slum tour in the warren lanes of Dharavi. Our guides, who were born and raised in Dharavi, will show you around Dharavi and the daily life of the people of Dharavi. See how the people of Dharavi are improving their lives, and be inspired by their dedication and friendliness. Our 3-hour walking Dharavi tour in Mumbai will show you the hardworking local community that generates business worth billions for Mumbai city. explore the streets of Dharavi with our group and private Dharavi tour

Your Dharavi tour itinerary highlights:

  • Start your guided Dharavi walking tour at Third Wave Cafe, Mahim
  • Gain insights about the worker community from a resident Dharavi tour guide

Explore the thriving Industries of Dharavi

  • Walk through the local community with your guide to witness the Dharavi lifestyle
  • Meet the impressive potters of Dharavi and look at their work from their small homes.
  • See and meet the beautiful mural art of Dharavi

What’s included?

  • Private/Group guided tours for you
  • English Speaking local Dharavi tour guide
  • Hotel Pickup & Drop in Air-conditioned car (optional)
  • Walking tour from Mahim Railway Station
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Complete assistance from your Travel Concierge

Dharavi Tour at a Glance

While visiting the Dharavi slums may seem intimidating, the experience of spending a few hours in this thriving, multifaceted community is educational and informative. Dharavi, with its maze-like network of narrow alleys, is best visited in the morning. Our tour guides in Mumbai have a razor-sharp knowledge of the inspiring creativity, perseverance, and ingenuity employed by Dharavi residents to survive under difficult circumstances in what is called the “city of hope.”

Slum tourism Mumbai has been growing rapidly and we offer you a glimpse into the life of Mumbai’s largest slum. Our Dharavi Tour lets you experience a thriving area home to thousands of people. Book a Dharavi industry tour with a tour guide born and raised in Dharavi, see the leather industries, pottery making, and soap-making process, then see how local craftspeople repurpose plastic collected from Mumbai.

The Dharavi Slum tour will take you to some of the fascinating industries in Dharavi. Every hour brings something new and exciting, from the interactive Dharavi tour to dining at a local restaurant.

Your Dharavi tour booking gets you to the unseen side of Mumbai city. Your Group Dharavi tour/ Private tour begins at the Third Wave Coffee shop in Mahim West, where you will meet your tour guide and start your walking Dharavi tour. Continue with seeing the small industries accommodated in the cramped spaces. There are few better ways to experience the lives of the slum dwellers than on a Dharavi walking slum tour with Magical Mumbai Tours.

Your Dharavi Trip itinerary

1. Dharavi tour

Total duration: 3 hours

Availability: Every day

Pick-up time: 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Your tour guide will meet you at Third Wave Coffee shop in Mahim West at your chosen pickup time. Visit Dharavi slum, India’s largest slum, where dilapidated buildings churn out business worth billion. Tour starts in the commercial section of Dharavi; here, small factories recycle plastic and aluminum, make clothing, and manufacture leather items.

As the tour progresses to different industries, your Dharavi tour guide will explain the processes of the sectors you visit. You’ll also get to visit Dharavi’s residential section to see both worlds of Dharavi. Dharavi residents are creative and hardworking beyond imagination, you can view the beautiful clay pots and mural wall paintings.

2. Dharavi tour and Mumbai sightseeing tour

Total Duration: 8-9 hours

Tour Availability: Every day

Pick up time: 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 Noon, 1:00 PM

Your half-day Mumbai sightseeing and Dharavi tour begins with our English-speaking tour guide and professional driver picking you up from your location. You get to explore India’s financial capital, winding your way through the city’s busy streets, delving into its history at the Gateway of India, exploring the Mani Bhawan- Gandhi’s House, and heading down to the beautiful Queen Victoria Railway Station. Head to Dharavi for a Dharavi walking tour to get a time of a lifetime as you meet the hardworking residents of Dharavi working and living happily in meager living means.

We will visit various industries in Dharavi while explaining how we live and how life is organized. We will meet the potters, embroidery artists, and leather makers who utilize the smallest space to create visions of their world. Another stop is at the plastic and aluminum recycling industries in the alleys, which have been an important business in Dharavi.

3. Dharavi slum tour and food tour

Total Duration: 5-6 hours

Tour Availability: Every day

Pickup time: 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM

Your local and authentic Dharavi slum tour and food tour experience will begin with our tour guide at your hotel. You will be assisted by a tour guide to an air-conditioned, sanitized car driven by a professional driver. You’ll get a taste of life in Asia’s largest informal settlement (slum).

Dharavi houses close to 500 businesses in single-room factories, from leather tanning to pottery, from wall painting artists to plastic and aluminum recycling workers, you will see the most diligent craftsmen at our Dharavi slum tour.

Spend your day with the locals understanding their means of livelihood amidst the challenging conditions they face. Magical Mumbai Tours tries to remove the stigma around the Dharavi slums and show you the thriving leather industry, recycling industry, beautiful wall murals and the lives of the very first settlers of Dharavi- the Kumbharwada. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have during the walking tour.

You will be driven to where you get lip-smacking food in Mumbai. Food Tours are an exciting and fun way for foodies to explore the city and its culture while discovering the best of the city. A food tour is a one-of-a-kind event in our itinerary that will appeal to people of all ages.

You will be able to sample excellent and delectable food from Maharashtra and other parts of India. Because of the spectacular variety of foods available on this tour, it is appropriate for travelers of all ages and fitness levels. Our Dharavi tour ends with our guide dropping you off at your hotel.

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Enjoy Mumbai with Magical Mumbai Tours

Magical Mumbai Tours offers authentic travel experiences with local people and the community. We offer multiple Mumbai city tour packages and help you experience a part of the unseen Dharavi with Magical Mumbai Tours. To tailor your ultimate tour to Dharavi get in touch with our tour operators. So book your personalized Dharavi tour today on our website.

FAQ’s

– What is the best way to get around Dharavi?

Transport options to reach Dharavi include taxis, cabs, and railway to reach Mahim station or Third Wave cafe, Mahim. Then a convenient and recommended option is to walk, considering the narrow alleyways and cramped lanes. Walk around the commercial and residential areas with your Dharavi tour guide to witness the contrasting lives of the local community.

– Can you visit the slums in Mumbai?

Yes, you can visit slums in Mumbai. The locals from the slums arrange slum tours for you with all the necessary arrangements and safety. Book Dharavi tour with us to experience the lives of people living in Dharavi.

– What is Dharavi famous for?

Dharavi is famous for its plastic recycling and leather production units, which generate a huge business. A Dharavi tour has been made famous by the many Bollywood movies shot in Dharavi. Dharavi exports goods like leather, clay pots, accessories, and textiles worldwide.

– What is the purpose of slum tourism?

Slum tours aim to dispel notions that people may have of slums being a place of misery; however, the glorification of slum tourism has changed the worldview of ghetto tourism. A Dharavi slum tour is created as an awareness-raising venture, resulting in the employment discovery of skilled workers and young innovative minds.

– What industries are found in Dharavi?

Dharavi has the most prominent industries and is the hub of small-scale industries. Dharavi generates employment through its leather industries, plastic recycling industries, aluminum-making industries, pottery units, soap-making, textile-making, and embroidery industries.

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