Guided tour

Mumbai: Ethical Dharavi Walking Tour with Options

4.8 / 5

35 reviews

Activity provider: Reality Tours and Travel

Mumbai: Ethical Dharavi Walking Tour with Options

Activity provider: Reality Tours and Travel

From US$ 20 per person

Experience a city within a city on this ethical walking tour of Dharavi. Known as the largest slum of Asia, it is home to small-scale industries and residents from all over India. Engage with locals to learn about its social and economic realities.

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Duration 2.5 - 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Hindi
Small group
Limited to 6 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Take a respectful and educated guided walking tour through Dharavi
  • Observe the various businesses here, like recycling, pottery and leather
  • Understand the complex issues regarding the area and its communities
  • Navigate through the maze-like alleys with your guide.
  • Learn how the profits from this tour support the community
Full description
Known to many as one of the largest slums in Asia, Dharavi is Mumbai’s beating heart. Home to about one million of Mumbai’s inhabitants, its industries have an annual turnover of approximately $ 1 Billion. Learn the challenges of migrants as they settled into this community, their entrepreneurial stories and how to debunk the negative stereotypes of slums. For more insight, opt to have lunch as a family opens their home to you or go on a street walk tour to explore art. This walking tour takes care to be non-intrusive and community centric. Contrary to sensationalist media and films, Dharavi is an area of entrepreneurship, an estimated 20,000 businesses thrive here. Observe recycling, pottery-making, embroidery, bakery, soap making, leather tanning, poppadom-making and many more. Climb to a rooftop to get a view of the entire settlement. Navigate through the maze-like alleys and stop to talk to friendly locals. The tour will also visit the residential areas of Dharavi. People from all over India have come to live in Dharavi, making it a microcosm of India. This diversity is apparent in the temples, mosques, churches and pagodas that stand side by side. 80% of the profits from this tour are re-invested in educational community initiatives.
Includes
  • Walking tour through Dharavi
  • Local English speaking tour guide
  • Water / Cold drink at the end of the tour
  • Lunch (if option chosen)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Meals
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  •  Please wear modest clothing, no low-cut or sleeveless tops or short shorts (pants) are allowed
  •  This tour is conducted in small groups of up to 6 people, you may be joined by other tourists on this walking tour
  •  Guests are recommended to wear comfortable closed-toe walking shoes as some areas can be dirty, especially during the monsoon months from June to mid September.
  •  This tour has a strict no-photography policy to respect the privacy of local residents.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 35 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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Anyone coming to Mumbai should go on this guided tour to gain the valuable knowledge found in the slums. We took a roughly 3 hour tour with our fantastically fun and knowledgeable guide Javeed and stopped and ate home cooked food. This is the second time I have taken this tour and in eight years an incredible amount has happened which is amazing to see.

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February 7, 2020

Got a quick glimpse of the life in Dharavi and the economy driving it. It was a real eye opener and was very much contrary to what was in our mind before the tour. Felt very safe walking around the entire trip. Our guide Rishi was very informative and gave his best to make the Tour even more memorable.

January 7, 2020

It was a eye opening experience, getting an idea of the scale of Dharavi, as well as how close the buildings are together and how hot and dark it is, even in the day. The street art walking tour afterwards was fascinating and to get an understanding behind the meaning of each artwork was enlightening. Only downside for me, was it was soooooo hot and not great if you are tall or claustrophobic but the company and guides are doing a really great job

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November 5, 2019

Product ID: 238917