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Dharavi Slum Tour with Add on options

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

See a different side of Mumbai on this 2.5-hour walking tour of the Dharavi slum. Visit the community center and tour the textiles, recycling, and leather tanning businesses run by the local residents. 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. Proceeds from your tour go back into the local community to support a variety of projects on education, health, and livelihood.
  • 2.5-hour walking tour of the Dharavi slum in Mumbai
  • Explore the narrow lanes, shops, and industries of Dharavi with a 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

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Water / Cold Drink
  • Hotel/Residence pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

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  • Reality Tours & Travel
    Shop No. GNMC, A/122, Sant Gora Kumbhar Marg, opposite Eleven Heights, Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar, Subhash Nagar, Kumbhar Wada, Dharavi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400017, India

    This is where we sit and have a cold drink after walking through Dharavi. Afterwards your tour guide will help you to go wherever you want to go. If you want to return back to Churchgate or catch a local train to another part of Mumbai, he/she will escort you to the train station

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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It can definitely feel claustrophobic at times because of the narrow alleys and commercial locations; but it’s all worth looking at to understand how this corner of society isn’t cared for.
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A fantastic insight
John_S, Aug 2022
A fantastic experience, this allowed me to evaluate how lucky we are and we have no reason to complain for wanting more .
1 traveler found this review helpful
Dharavi walk tour
Nuno_S, Jun 2022
Awesome tour with a great guide (thanks to Jay and his community that are found a great job with school and other needs in the community) A tour that take us to the comercial area where we can see the recycling center, leather manufacturing, bakeries, pottery and residential areas. Many people don’t know how important are these people and community to the rest of the city. A must see and understand Highly recommend to everyone. Also we are helping these communities to build s better future for their families Greetings from New Zealand
Humbling experience
Neil_C, May 2022
A tour delivered by Javed a local from the Dharavi community. An articulate young man with a genuine understanding of the community. Introduced us the industrial enterprises and different residential communities within the Slum. Couldn’t recommend highly enough!
The chance of a lifetime@
shannoconnell, Jan 2020
A must-do tour if you want to understand Mumbai its culture, peoples and history. Cooking lunch with a Dharsvi local was the highlight of our 3 days on Mumbai and our tour guides were excellent
1 traveler found this review helpful
Dharavi
Peter_H, Jan 2020
Our guide Suraj was excellent, he gave us a really interesting tour and answered all our many questions. We would definitely recommend any visitors to Mumbai to take the Dharavi tour.
Humbling but really inspiring
Susan_R, Jan 2020
Really enjoyed this trip with our lovely young guide Hitesh who is a resident of Dharavi himself. Learnt the history of the huge community of Dharavi, how its progressed over the years and saw the positive side of the industry that happens here. Fantastic, authentic shop for the leather goods produced here - the makers have started their own Dharavi brand. We arrived on a festival day - lots of music and smiley children. Really like the fact that reality Tours pour money back into community projects - we saw one such in action. Young men being taught communication skills for the workplace. A great tour, would thoroughly recommend. I also think that Reality attracts like-minded individuals - we had a lovely group.
Interesting tour, excellent guide!
zdenkob317, Jan 2020
Everything was as described in the itinerary. We did not take photos but memories are still alive: narrow alleys, children playing on the common playground, men sewing brand name jeans in dark rooms, mixing colour for textil with their own hands or ironing using a machine with open gas flame inside...This tour is simply "must do" during your stay in Bombay!
Superb
Jockenissen, Dec 2019
We has boojsd the wrong date but they helpes us anyway and gave us the best tour we ever been on. Thank you, great company!!
Dharavi tour in Mumbai
Lena_S, Dec 2019
Divya was an excellent and most knowledgeable tour guide for Dharavi. She was very funny and also hospitable. Good luck x
Eye opening and for a good cause
903ankurb, Oct 2019
I was initially apprehensive of going on a tour of Dharavi, because I was conscious of not being disruptive to residents. I was glad to hear that the tour operator puts 80% of its profits into the community projects in the area itself, with a lot of tour guides having lived and come up from Dharavi. It can definitely feel claustrophobic at times because of the narrow alleys and commercial locations; but it’s all worth looking at to understand how this corner of society isn’t cared for. We also took the Street Art was extension, which touches areas not in the main tour and is highly recommended for some stunning artwork covering entire buildings. The tour ends at their gift shop / office which I was initially iffy about, but it has genuinely cool gifts made within Dharavi from recycled materials such as paper and saris, which was quite fairly priced and went to fund their community projects too. We were never hard sold anything at any point, in fact, that didn’t even show us the souvenir area and left it to us to discover ourselves! After being hard sold again and again in India, we appreciated this a lot. Loved our guide Shailesh who did both halves of the tour and was very knowledgeable about the tour and accommodating
wow
Cosmopolitan585173, Oct 2019
especially the art street tour unique and wonderful I recommand that to anyone who like art phenomenal
Interresting trip
PerA240, Mar 2019
Good guide and when asked if we couldt take pictures he Said vicely no. Other guides wasnt so good ad that👍 Very good to here about the fabriks and School
Excellent and well worth the money and time!
tuckeracheryl, Sep 2018
This was a highlight of our trip to Mumbai. The tour gives a great inside view of the slum. The tour guide went the extra mile as well. Would do all over again.
It was with great trepidation that I...
S_G, Aug 2018
It was with great trepidation that I booked the Dharavi Slum Small-Group Tour in Mumbai. Like everyone else who watched Slumdog Millionaire, I expected the Dharavi Slum in which the movie was filmed to be dirty, impoverished and quite possibly dangerous. Boy was I wrong. What an eye-opening experience this tour proved to be! Our guide, Champ, is a former resident of the slum and expertly navigated our group through the narrow passageways therein. At no point did I feel unsafe throughout the entire visit. What Champ also successfully did is reset my definition of slum. He pointed out how the slum served as a place of immense opportunity for its inhabitants, as well as illustrating the sense of community within the slum. If you are hesitant to book this tour, do it. You will get a rare glimpse into a completely different world.
A very eye opening tour. The slum...
Lisa E, Mar 2018
A very eye opening tour. The slum is huge and functions as any city yet with limited access to normal resources. It was remarkable the infrastructure which was present through out this city within Mumbai. Definately do this tour if you want to experience a striking reality of Mumbai. I suggest closed shoes as the paths through the slum can be a bit dirty. Be prepared to also go in very dark alleys and climb precarious stairs with in the plastics recycling factory.
This tour was the absolute highlight...
David S, Mar 2018
This tour was the absolute highlight of our Mumbai visit. The guide from reality tours was fantastic, took time to explain Govt policy on slums, was considerate and helpful with my wifes slight disability , all in all a most informative ,educational expierience. Would highly recomend this tour for all from 8 to 80.
This was a very humbling experience...
Robyn W, Mar 2018
This was a very humbling experience, lost for words. Guides were very informative, our safety was never in question. Highly recommend this tour!
Our tour was great, we really got to...
Kate L, Feb 2018
Our tour was great, we really got to see Dharavi and learn so much about the people and the place. A very special thanks to our guide Raj, he was amazing, my husband cut his head on the edge of a steel beam and needed to have stitches, Raj was so patient, he took us to the doctor, then to a small hospital clinic, he waited with us then we continued the tour! Raj took us to see his Mum who gave us a warm welcome and a lovely cup of chai. Thanks Raj, you were a great guide and we highly recommend this company -Reality Tours in Dharavi.
V worthwhile and informative tour...
Adam A, Feb 2018
V worthwhile and informative tour. Gives a snap shot of what life is really like. Completely dismisses all the presumptions I had of how it would be. Ganesh tour guide was v good. Would probably be easier to meet at Matunga station than churchgate.
Swathi was our guide, she weaved a...
Jeff_S, Feb 2018
Swathi was our guide, she weaved a tale of the people of Dharavi, India, and her family as easily as she weaved us in and out of the alley ways of Dharavi. If you want to understand the migrations inside and outside of India, how the country, the people, and the economy work, and perhaps where some of your favourite Bombay snacks come from this tour is right up your alley so to speak.
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