Dharavi Slum Tour: Ethical Visit through Mumbai's Heart
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582 Ratings
Mumbai
Experience an ethical walking tour of Mumbai's Dharavi slum, exploring its narrow alleyways and meeting local residents. Discover their innovative small-scale industries and support educational projects in the community.
Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • Dharavi - Come visit Dharavi, the city within a city and one of Asia’s largest slum. We shall cover places like The Recycling Area, Rooftop Visit, Popaddom Making, Kumbharwada Pottery Colony etc.

The area is an industrial hub and is home to nearly one million of Mumbai’s residents.

  • Reality Tours & Travel - The tour will end at our office in Dharavi where guests can enjoy a soft drink and learn more about how funds are re-invested back into the community.
What's Included
  • Lunch included
  • Guidance by a local English-speaking guide
  • Complimentary water or cold drink
What's Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Additional Information

Take an ethical walking tour of the Dharavi slum on this unique adventure in Mumbai. Follow a guide through Dharavi’s narrow alleyways, where you’re introduced to local residents and their small-scale industries

It is an immersive and educational adventure through the Dharavi slum’s colorful pathways, where societal innovation flourishes among the small industries like recycling, pottery, stitching, soap crafting, and beyond. With the tour capped at six participants, it ensures a comprehensive and intimate encounter.

A portion of the fees for this cultural expedition is invested back into Dharavi’s community, directly aiding educational initiatives.

  • Out of respect for its residents, no photography is permitted while in the Dharavi slum
  • 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 educational projects
Location
Churchgate
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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P9013onlaurab
Feb 21, 2024
Amazing experience - I throughly enjoyed the tour. The guide was local and very informative. I never felt rushed. I would highly recommend this tour
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136fabiag
Feb 19, 2024
An inspiring lifetime must - Just incredible and entirely eye-opening. Resourcefulness and positivity exudes from Dharavi, it was such a privilege to get to know such a special place full of such special, resilient people - it was by far the favourite experience of tour trip Our guide Rishi was simply wonderful - endlessly knowledgeable and passionate. It was so lovely to meet him and hear such an honest and personal insight into Dharavi - as well as, the brilliant work supported by tour funds at Reality Gives. Visiting the Reality Gives classroom was great - it is quite evidently a thriving and integral hub of support and opportunity for many - a very special organisation. Can't thank-you enough - we would recommend Rishi and Reality Tours and Travel to anyone.
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Mariateresa_p
Feb 15, 2024
Can’t miss experience when in Mumbai - Great experience. You gat to see and more importantly understand a side of Mumbai that is not possible to appreciate on your own. The tour is informative and 2 hours go by very quickly. Lela was an outstanding guide and I wish her all the best!
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227elainea
Feb 13, 2024
Not what you expect.. - Put all your preconceptions behind you when you start this tour, some of the slum was what I expected, but I wasn't ready for the sense of community and the positive attitudes. Nothing goes to waste here, other countries could learn a lot from their resourcefulness. A great start was the train ride in with our wonderful guide Sabina, a third generation resident, it was like being shown around with a friend, I really connected with her. Sadly other companies have copied Reality, they are the originals, and quite rightly do not allow photos. It's not a freak show, people are going about their daily lives, we saw other companies allowing them, this may change the friendly attitude we met throughout the tour. Laudibly 80% of the profits are invested in the community, we saw a school project for example. Very well done guys, we wish you all the best. Keep up the good work! 💪👍 💕
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Rhodri_t
Feb 11, 2024
Breathtaking - Fascinating tour! The guide was an amazing person who was from the slum himself, so he really respected the culture and understood it
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935iaint
Feb 10, 2024
A positive glimpse of Mumbai slum life. - Insightful experience providing a glimpse into the life and economy of a Mumbai slum. Overall, while shocking in some respects, the message and impression we were left with, was generally positive. The guide was a local and took her time to take us around and answer our questions.
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Caroline_j
Feb 9, 2024
Excellent tour and very informative ! - I've had trouble finding good guides in India, that doesn't just show the way, but properly explains everything there is to know about the place. I've learnt so much about people's way of life in Dharavi and more widely how modern India deals with thise urban planning issues.
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387iainc
Feb 8, 2024
An Eye Opener - What a tour. I will not say too much about it for fear of spoiling it for others. But it is a “Must Do” whilst in Mumbai. The experience is phenomenal. Be sure to ask for Javed as your guide. He was born and bred in the area and knows it inside out and he speaks excellent English.
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Getaway15220410202
Feb 2, 2024
A fascinating insight into the area - It was a fascinating experience, offering an insight into the area of Dharavi. Our guide was very helpful and knowledgeable. Dharavi may be called a slum, but this tour removes one's preconceptions of a slum. There are many businesses that obviously provide a living for the people. The residential area is very tightly packed but the houses look neat and clean. I would recommend it to anyone interested in seeing the real Mumbai.
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Wimcodriesse
Feb 1, 2024
Very good - It was a very interedting experience with a good guide. We also are impressed about the way the organisation support the People in Dharavi. Very good tour!
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