Guided tour

Delhi: Ethical Sanjay Colony Slum Tour

Delhi: Ethical Sanjay Colony Slum Tour

Activity provider: Reality Tours and Travel
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Participate in an educational and ethical walking tour through the Sanjay Colony slum area in Delhi. Discover the rich sense of community and entrepreneurship that flourishes within the narrow alleys and gain new insights into the lives of locals.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Hindi
Small group
Limited to 6 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Engage in a safe, respectful and non-intrusive walking tour through Delhi's slum
  • Observe the various micro-industries that flourish here, especially the garment industry
  • Witness the rich sense of community with the help of your local guide
  • Gather a local's perspective on social and economic realities in Indian slums
Full description
Sanjay Colony is a relatively small slum built on 25 acres of land located near the famous Bahá'í Lotus Temple and ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple. Originally built on forest land, this slum is surrounded by one of India's largest industrial areas and is home to approximately 50,000 people. Join an educational walking tour that aims to encourage conversation around the realities of living in slums. Come with an open mind and be prepared to debunk negative stereotypes surrounding slums. Observe the process of garment recycling and manufacture, one of the main industries in Sanjay Colony. It is also home to several other businesses, including automotive parts and electronics. Understand the complex social structure that exists within this community, and stop to wave at friendly children from the neighborhood. You will also have a chance to visit a Hindu temple and a mosque. Additionally, visit a doctor's clinic and learn about the health issues that are present in a slum environment and the different initiatives started to try and combat these. Navigate through the narrow alleys and climb a rooftop for an unparalleled view of the surrounding area. For a truly authentic experience, choose to have lunch with a local family. Enjoy a simple, home-cooked vegetarian meal lovingly prepared by your friendly hosts. Proceeds from this tour are re-invested into community development projects such as education, skills development and healthcare for the residents of Sanjay Colony.
Includes
  • Group tour
  • English-speaking Guide
  • Local lunch (if option chosen)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Please meet your guide outside Gate 1 of the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, in Connaught Place. This place is easily accessibly by Metro or taxi. Your guide will be wearing a light blue, button-up, blue shirt with our company logo embroidered on it. If you have any problems finding us on the day, please call us: +91 9818227975.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Cameras
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • This is a group activity, and there may be other guests on the same walking tour. Maximum group size is 6 participants.
  • 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.
  • Please do not carry your camera on this activity. This tour has a strict no-photography policy to respect the privacy of local residents.
  • Please wear modest clothing. No low-cut or sleeveless tops or short shorts are allowed.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 22 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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Our guide Vijay was really nice and friendly with us. He has been living in the Sanjay Colony Slum for 24 years and he knows every street of that place. He explained us how the people live and work there, where the children study and how the organization helps. It was a really interesting and different experience. I would recommend to anyone who want to explore Delhi in a different way.

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May 9, 2022

Probably the best thing I did while staying in Delhi. The tour is very informative and eyeopening. You get to see a side of Delhi you normally wouldn’t see as a tourist and visit people in their daily lives. I chose the opinion with lunch, which was in a family home and absolutely delicious. The people were really friendly and also the children on the street didn’t miss a chance to talk to me. The guide was very knowledgable and spoke good english. If you’re in Delhi don’t miss this tour. Part of the money going to the slums you’re visiting is also just awesome!

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January 5, 2020

Very good tour, chance to see real life in slums: how they work, live. Really recommended! The money from the tour go to a non-commercial organization which educates people from this slum. For such a small amount of money so much impressions and you help the community at the same time! The tour is safe, didn’t feel any danger. It’s dirty there of course so just be attentive, no real threat from people.

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December 20, 2019

Product ID: 171810