Guided tour

Dharavi Walking Tour with Options

4.8 / 5

44 reviews

Activity provider: Reality Tours and Travel

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
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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Participants

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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 44 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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Elephanta caves was a really interesting experience, Mr Dhaivat was an excellent and informative guide. The rest of the tour was ok, some really interesting elements but a lot of time spent in the car due to Mumbai traffic so would recommend to do the two separately so both can be done in the morning to avoid traffic and areas becoming busy as much as possible.

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February 2, 2023

The use of the "Ethical" in this tour's name is critical. We did not want to experiece poverty porn, and because the operators contribute to an educational programme in Dharavi, they obviously know the area and more importantly the people living there. The no photos policy felt right and respectful and the link to their photo gallery at the end of the tour had better photo's than I could have taken anyway! The tour was jam packed with history and facts. This tour offered a huge shift for us in the narrative around slums in India. There was so much ingenuity, entrepreneurship and recycling it was astounding! The people are friendly, the guides are outstanding and we felt safe even in the depths of the narrow corridors.

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January 9, 2023

In case you are (like I was) still considering if it’s ethical to join a slum tour and which one, stop looking. This is the one. We’ve seen how they support the community and got first hand insights about the production sites and daily live in the neighborhood. It changed my mind. Highly recommend Reality Tours. Thanks a lot!!

December 14, 2022

Product ID: 238917