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Daksha Khanna

5.0

Mumbai is a city of dreams. Many people come here to fulfill their dreams of becoming something. Some of the dreams get fulfilled while others remain i...

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Star Mumbai

5.0

Had a marvellous Dharavi tour this weekend for 1.5 hrs.Tour guide Paras was very categorical in telling that this was not a slum tour for showing pove...

Dharavi Slum Tour Overview

Location: Mumbai

Start Point:  Mahim railway station
End Point: Dharavi Kumbharwada

Timings: Between 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Dharavi is Asia’s largest slum area and home to millions of people. Through this tour, you will get to see the local industries how people there produce things without the help of expensive machines and earn their livelihood. You will also get to see how they are happy in their small area. 

A professional guide will be there to explain the beauty of the place. Experience life in the Slums of Dharavi. Spend time with some kids and local people in the slums. Experience the life in the slum of Mumbai the way in which industrial and residential life mingles here beautifully.  Our 2 hour and 30-minute introduction to Dharavi aims to give visitors a much more nuanced understanding of life and work in Mumbai slums. You can also add lunch with a local family cooking class, pottery class or street art walk after the morning tour. Not only will you get additional insight into Dharavi, but you’ll provide a local family with some extra income!

It will take 2 and a half hours to explore the place.

Suitable For: All age groups.

Package Offer: A tour to the slum area of Dharavi of Mumbai

How to Reach: The location mentioned is easily accessible through public transportation and local trains. However one can book a private taxi toward the starting point as well.

Dharavi Slum Tour Itinerary

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    Recycling Area- Metal and plastic come from all over the world to Dharavi to be recycled. See the entire recycling process from sorting to the finished plastic pellets.

    Rooftop Visit- The tin hutments that house so many human lives stretch on as far as you can see. You will never forget this view!

    Community Centre- Our Community Centre, supported by funds from the tour, provides education in English, computers, and life skills to the teenagers and young adults of Dharavi. Other activities such as sports, dancing, and yoga are also hosted at our community centers.

    Popaddom Making- Two tons of food is produced every day in Dharavi and a large part of that is poppadoms, the essential appetizer or side dish of many Indian meals. They are typically made by women in Dharavi in the residential areas.

    Kumbharwada Pottery Colony- The Kumbbharwada neighborhood is more than 150 years old and is the oldest part of Dharavi. Artisans create various types of earthen pots that are shipped all over India.

Activity

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  • Walk inside Asia’s Largest Slum

Other Inclusions

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  • Highly trained and friendly Storyteller/ Guide who can speak English & Hindi
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  • Great conversations and interesting stories

Things To Carry

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  • Thrillophilia Booking voucher
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  • Valid ID proof
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  • Any special medical requirement
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  • Water bottle
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  • Hat
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  • sunglasses

Advisory

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  • Dress comfortably and conservatively, it is advisable to have your arms and legs covered.
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  • Wear Shoes

Tour Type

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  • This activity can be availed as a private or group tour

Dharavi Slum Tour: Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
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  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

Dharavi Slum Tour: Refund Policy

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  • If refunds are in Thrillophilia wallet, it will be added in 3 business days.
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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Dharavi Slum Tour: Booking Confirmation Policy

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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 15 minutes of successful booking

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Sightseeing, Highly trained and friendly Storyteller/ Guide who can speak English & Hindi, Great local tips and recommendations to save money and to explore the best of the city, Access to hidden lanes and places, Great conversations and interesting stories

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    Story by Daksha Khanna

     Rated : 5.0

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    Mumbai is a city of dreams. Many people come here to fulfill their dreams of becoming something. Some of the dreams get fulfilled while others remain in the eyes only. The people who are in the second category often do not return and stay back. Dharavi is one such place in Mumbai, which is full of these kinds of people. It s one of the largest slums of Asia and also the heart of Mumbai. Many people who visit Mumbai, often want to see this place. Thus a special walking trip is arranged to this place. I enjoyed this trip thoroughly as I got to know more about their lifestyle. I suggest this trip to everyone.

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    Story by Star Mumbai

     Rated : 5.0

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    Had a marvellous Dharavi tour this weekend for 1.5 hrs.Tour guide Paras was very categorical in telling that this was not a slum tour for showing poverty to foreigners but to show them the reality about entrepreneurial inhabitats of Dharavi who work vey hard for their daily needs.After taking this tour i feel a proud indian and a proud mumbaikar.Would definetly recommend this to every mumbaikar and to every indian to see dharavi from a perspective other than one projected by hollywood movies

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    Story by Anal Embranthiri

     Rated : 5.0

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    Wanted to take my kids here, for obvious reasons. Our tour guide Dev was very pleasant and helpful. The service was flawless by the locals. It was very safe, with maximum efforts taken for safety. Kids were not scared, rather amused and thoughtful. Saw the various mosques, churches and temples - diversity in the purest form. Everything was well planned out. You should bring your kids here once. Thanks Thrillophilia.

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    Story by Mandakini Nehru

     Rated : 5.0

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    Dharavi is a witness to many unfulfilled dreams. Mumbai is said to welcome anyone who comes to the city with eyes full of dreams. But, destiny is not with everyone. People who do not taste success and yet want to stay back in Mumbai, often choose Dharavi as their place. It s one of the largest slums of Asia and also the heart of Mumbai. How can I miss a trip to Dharavi? I suggest everyone to visit this place.

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    Story by Aasha Reddy

     Rated : 5.0

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    About one million of Mumbai residents live in Dharavi. Obviously their lifestyle and their professions will be different. Recycling, pottery making, embroidery and soap making are few of them. I got a taste of all of this in Dhravai tour.

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    Story by Sheela Somayaji

     Rated : 4.0

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    As people say the heart of Mumbai is Dharavi. Even I think that is true. Unbelievable place to learn life in a different way. Couldn't even imagine there were places like pottery making, recycling, etc. It was a good learning experience for me. Thanks Thrillophilia.

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    Story by Devesh Pillai

     Rated : 4.0

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    our driver and local guide, Dharmesh took us to the largest slum of Asia and we heartfelt the lifestyle of people closely with enriching experience. Kudos to Thrillophilia for the amazing sightseeing experience.

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    Story by Gopaal Devar

     Rated : 4.0

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    I always saw Mumbai as a city of dreams and celebrities, and last week on this tour I was able to see the other side of the city, in Dharavi. It was really informative of the guide, Hemanth, to explain to us the hard working lifestyles of the people and what their day-to-day activities and jobs are.

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    Story by Gurdev Somayaji

     Rated : 4.0

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    Never knew this side to Bombay existed and I'm happy that Thrillophilia arranged such a tour for us to be able see the lesser known side of the city.

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    Story by Swarnalata Iyengar

     Rated : 4.0

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    Its called the largest slum in Asia and I am glad I booked this tour to see another side to life. Saw many people engaged in different activities, thanks Thrillophilia for organising offbeat tours like this

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    People Also Ask About Dharavi Slum Tour

    1. What will I see in Dharavi Slum Tour?

      We focus on the small scale industries in Dharavi, such as recycling, pottery, embroidery, bakeries, soap factories, leather tanning, papad (poppadom) making, and many others, most of which take place in very small spaces.

      We also pass by the residential areas, where you really get a feel of how the people live and the sense of community that exists in the area.  We also visit one of the community centers run by our sister organization and NGO Reality Gives. Here you will learn more about the programs that are supported by the profits from the tour.

    2. Is Dharavi safe?

      Although we cannot take responsibility should anything happen, we believe that the places that we visit are very safe. There are a lot of people in Dharavi (one million approximately in an area of 0.7 square miles) and there is a strong police presence in the area.

      Dharavi is generally full of hard-working, honest people, although for security purposes we ask you not to take valuables with you on the tour. In the small alleys you have to be careful of low hanging roofs, open drains, and occasionally exposed electric wires.

      Also, in some of the factories that we visit there are fumes that can be hazardous. Since April 2014 we have been tracking whether our guests felt safe throughout the tour on our post-tour questionnaire; 99.7% of our guests felt completely safe throughout the tour.

    3. Is Dharavi hygienic?

      With the very high population density and the limited infrastructure and sanitation facilities, there are areas which are quite dirty and smelly. We ask you to wear covered shoes.

    4. What clothing should be worn on the Dharavi Slum Tour?

      We recommend that you wear covered shoes as some areas can be dirty, especially during the monsoon months from June to mid September. We ask ladies to dress modestly which means no sleeveless shirts, short shorts, or low tops.

    5. Why can we not bring cameras on the Dharavi Slum Tour?

      We have a strict no-camera policy in order to respect the privacy of the local residents. Dharavi has received a lot of attention from the media and the residents are very wary of being exploited.

      The policy may be considered strict but our relationship with the Dharavi community has been built over a number of years based on mutual respect. We do not wish for even the occasional photo as it could be incorrectly perceived as our starting to permit general photography on our tours.

      We can, however, send you a link to Dharavi photos which can be downloaded. There is also the opportunity to buy postcards and photos at the end of the tour, proceeds from which go to the community projects in the area.

    6. Can I buy anything on the Dharavi Slum Tour?

      We don't sell or ask you to buy any products made by the residents of Dharavi Slum Tour. We don't want you to feel obliged to buy anything. If there is anything in particular that you find interesting on the tour, then, by all means, you can speak to the guide and he can help you buy it.

      There is also the opportunity to buy postcards and other merchandise at the end of the tour, proceeds from which go to community projects in the area.

    7. Is it appropriate to bring small children on the Dharavi Slum Tour?

      There are health hazards highlighted above which parents of children need to be aware of. Otherwise, we see no problem with bringing children of any age on the Dharavi Slum Tour. Indians are very welcoming and receptive to young people.

    8. I don't like going on organised tours. Is it possible to visit Dharavi on my own?

      Yes, it is possible to visit Dharavi Slum Tour on your own, and in our opinion it is safe to do so. However you will not know the best places to go, the area is like a maze and you will not gain the same insight as with one of our guides.

    9. I want to do a Dharavi Tour and another tour on the same day. Is this advisable?

      Absolutely! Our tour timings were decided with this in mind. The Market Tour fits nicely with our Dharavi Tour and Family Lunch and the evening Street Food Tour fits perfectly with an afternoon Dharavi Tour.

    10. I hear that Dharavi is going to be redeveloped. Will I still be able to see the area?

      The redevelopment plan has been stalled many times and now it looks like the original plan has been scrapped and a new one is being suggested. Due to the value of the land in Dharavi now, some say that redevelopment in some form is inevitable but there are still a lot of issues to be resolved and the developers have still not been announced.

      It should be possible to go for Dharavi Tour Mumbai even while the development (which would take several years) takes place.

    11. The Dharavi Slum Tour with Car Transport seems very long. Why is this?

      For the "with car transfer" option, the total time is approximately 4.5 hours. This includes transport to Dharavi and back from our office in Colaba, or to and from your hotel.

      For people staying in Colaba, if you were to catch the train/taxi to Dharavi from Colaba, the transport time would be approximately 50 mins to an hour each way, so the total time to do the Dharavi Slum Tour and the Dharavi Tour with Car Transfer is approximately the same.

    12. How is the private tour with car transfer different from the shared version?

      On the shared version, you will need to meet outside our office in Colaba at the stipulated time. On the private tour with car transfer, other visitors will not come on the tour with you and we will come to your hotel or residence to pick you up and drop you back.

      The Dharavi Slum Tour is more flexible as well to what you want to see. Since we pass by areas of interest between Colaba and Dharavi, to get the most out of the private tour, it is best to start from Colaba, Fort, or Marine Drive.

      For people staying in other parts of Mumbai who wish to do the Dharavi Tour private tour with transport (and hence be picked up from their hotel), we can advise on what will and will not be included in the tour depending on the location of your hotel.

    13. I want to do a slum and sightseeing tour in a group with other people. Is this possible?

      Unfortunately, the slum and sightseeing tour is a private tour only.

    14. Where is Dharavi?

      Dharavi is situated between Mahim and Sion - two areas at the northern tip of South Mumbai, just before the suburbs commence (Bandra and Kurla). It is sandwiched between the Western and Central Railway lines. It is about 10km south of the International Airport and 18km north of Colaba.

    15. I am staying in Colaba. Where should I meet for the short tour?

      The easiest place to meet the guide is at Churchgate station- this is a 15-20 minute walk from Colaba.

    16. I am staying near the airport/Juhu/Bandra. Should I do the Dharavi Slum Tour with Car Transport?

      As you are staying north of Dharavi, it would make the most sense to do the regular Dharavi Tour and meet us directly at Mahim Station.  If you would like car transport then a private tour with car transport would be a good option.

      This way we could pick you up directly at your hotel. But please note that only the Dharavi part of the trip would be covered (ie. you would not see the red-light area and open-air laundry). There would also be an additional charge to cover the extra distance that our car would have to come.

      If you wish to do a private tour with car transport and also see the other parts of the tour such as the red-light area and the open-air laundry, then contact us and we will try to arrange something. 

       If you would still like to do the shared Dharavi Slum Tour with Car Transport, you will need to be at our office at 8.30 am. It will take about 80 minutes/80 minutes/60 minutes to reach by taxi so it would be an early start! If you still wish to go, then you might con

    17. I am meeting you at Dharavi. How long does it take to get there?

      FROM COLABA: 

      - By train: it is a 15-20 minute walk to Churchgate station and then it takes approximately 45 minutes to buy the ticket and catch a "slow train" to Dharavi (Mahim Junction).
      - By taxi: By taxi, it takes about 50 minutes to an hour (cost approximately Rs 200)

      FROM AIRPORT AREA: 

      - By train: it is a 15-20 minute walk to Churchgate station and then it takes approximately 45 minutes to buy the ticket and catch a "slow train" to Dharavi (Mahim Junction). 
      - By taxi: it takes about 35 minutes in the afternoon, and 50 minutes in the morning. Cost: approximately Rs 100. (note: by auto-rickshaw not possible)

      FROM JUHU: 

      - By train: you need to go to Vile Parle or Santa Cruz Station and catch a "slow train" to Mahim Junction. Total time approx 30 mins.
      - By taxi: it takes about 35 minutes in the afternoon, and 50 minutes in the morning. Cost: approximately Rs 100 (note: by auto-rickshaw not possible)

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