5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

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  • Location:Mumbai, India
  • Duration:Varies depending on tour chosen

Dharavi Slum Small-Group Tour in Mumbai

See a different side to Mumbai on this 2.5-hour walking tour of the Dharavi slum. Learn about the challenges of everyday life in one of Mumbai’s most impoverished neighborhoods, and discover the tight-knit community that thrives among the residents. Take the opportunity to chat with locals as you visit the community center, then admire their innovation as you tour the small textiles, recycling and leather tanning businesses. With numbers limited to six on this small-group tour, you’ll enjoy personalized attention from your guide and round-trip transport is available as an optional upgrade.


  • 2.5-hour walking tour of the Dharavi slum in Mumbai
  • Explore the narrow lanes, shops and industries of Dharavi with a knowledgeable guide
  • Visit a local community center, funded by proceeds from your tour
  • Learn how this diverse group of people co-exist in tight spaces
  • Travel by train with your guide or make your own way there (if option selected)
  • Upgrade to include round-trip transport by car from Colaba to Dhobi Ghat
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of six people ensures a personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You have the option of traveling by train with your guide, or choosing an upgrade for round-trip transport by air-conditioned car and stopping at Dhobi Ghat along the way.

What You Can Expect

Dharavi Slum Small-Group Tour in Mumbai

Dharavi Slum Small-Group Tour in Mumbai

Meet your guide at Churchgate railway station and travel together by train, an approximate 30-minute ride at your own expense. Or, make your own way, meeting your guide and small group at Mahim Junction railway station in Mumbai. Alternatively, upgrade to include round-trip transport by air-conditioned vehicle from Colaba; logistical details are outlined in the Itinerary below. All three options can be done in either the morning or afternoon; the choice is yours!

On arrival in Dharavi, set out on your 2.5-hour walking tour that dissects one of India’s largest slums. Follow your guide down a maze of narrow lanes to find a fascinating mix of households and small-scale businesses run by Dharavi’s enterprising residents.

Learn about the working conditions among numerous cottage industries — including textiles, recycling, pottery and leather tanning — in an informal economy that turns over millions of dollars annually. Passing through these small spaces, you will undoubtedly appreciate the sense of community that exists among the innovative residents, whose diversity is reflected in the temples, mosques and churches that stand side by side.

Tour the recycling area, where old computer parts and plastics arrive from all over the world, and step foot inside a bakery where tea biscuits are made fresh daily. Watch artisans create pots from sun-dried clay, and see the women of Dharavi make popaddoms: the essential appetizer of any Indian meal.

Visit a replica resident's house, observe the expansive view from a Dharavi factory rooftop, and see photos on exhibit — taken by children in a local art program. At an NGO-sponsored community center, you’ll witness a vibrant gathering of people learning library, English and computer skills, or engaging in activities such as dancing and yoga.

Finish with a refreshing soft drink at the reception center in Dharavi, and then make your own way back from Mahim Junction or return by train with your guide.

Please note: we are sensitive to the issues and concerns surrounding slums and we understand that this tour may not be suitable for everyone. We strongly believe that the purpose of this tour is for educational reasons alone and allows for a better understanding of Indian life inside Dharavi. Furthermore, the majority of the proceeds from your local tour operator goes back into the local community to support a variety of projects on education, health and livelihood.


Optional Upgrade with Transport by Air-Conditioned Vehicle:
Meet your guide at the tour operator's office in Colaba and travel by air-conditioned vehicle to Dharavi, taking in a few points of interest along the way. During the approximate 1-hour drive, pass through the red-light district of Kamathipura and make a brief stop at Dhobi Ghat, the world's largest open-air laundry.

On the way, hear knowledgeable commentary from your guide about the history of the slums as well as issues affecting the poorer members of Mumbai society, including street children and pavement dwellers. After your 2.5-hour walking tour of Dharavi slum, travel back to the Colaba office by car with your guide.

Customer Reviews

Thuy-Van L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Aakash, our guide, was very enthusiastic and profesional. A very instructive visite.

Alison M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We really enjoyed our tour and it was great to know that a majority of the money we paid for the tour goes back into the Dharavi slum. We would totally recommend this tour.

Alan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This is a great experience to really See the true story about life in the slum. Our guide, Jitu, had lived I the slum for most of his life and was able to give expert comment about what goes on. We would thoroughly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Amazing! To see industry and vibrance in this city within a city called 'Dharavi'. The migrant workers keep the city going, while living in deprived conditions. It exists because there is no easy way to purchase the land you are living on from the government. Recognize property rights of the people that add value to the society!

שוש מ

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The tour was extremely interesting and informative. Strongly recommended! The guide was excellent!

Chris D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great tour would recommend it. Not an eye opener as such as I have heard a lot about the slums, but to actually experience it first hand was good. The tour guide was informative and interesting, explained how the system operates.
Unfortunately the group were left waiting for an hour and a half without an explanation as to why they were late


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A well organised tour providing lots of views of different parts of the slum and giving lots of information. The guide also spoke very good english

Bobbie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour that takes you to the heart of Mumbai. An important tour that highlights a wide gap between the haves and have nots. Tour guide - Chetan was excellent company and very knowledgeable about Dharavi,Mumabi and its people and the importance of their contribution to Mumbai.

Phyllis J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent! One of the best tours we have ever been on anywhere. One complaint, though. The tour guide asked us not to take photos in the slum but said they would email photos to us. Please check into this and advise us as to when we will receive the slum photos. Thank you.

Mariusz K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour. Absolutely friendly, competent guide, highly recommended.

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