This tour takes you to Dharavi, Asia's largest "slum", home to nearly a million people. In spite of the grime and the squalor, Dharavi is an area bustling with activity, with an economy estimated to be worth US $500 million, and many rags-to-riches stories.
Dharavi is as old as Bombay. The original inhabitants of Dharavi were kolis, the fisher folk, who lived at the edge of the creek that came in from the Arabian Sea. A dam at Sion, adjacent to Dharavi, caused the creek to dry up. Dharavi's fisher folk were deprived of their traditional sustenance, and the newly emerged land from the marshes provided space for new communities to move in.
The first migrants were people from Maharashtra, and in particular from the Konkan coast, as well from Gujarat.
Potters from Saurashtra were allocated land in Dharavi to establish
what is even today
The other settlers were direct migrants to the city, many of them trained in a trade or a craft. Muslim tanners from Tamil Nadu migrated to Dharavi and set up the leather tanning industry.
Other artisans, like the embroidery workers from Uttar Pradesh, started the ready-made garments trade. From Tamil Nadu, workers joined the flourishing business of making savouries and sweets.
On this tour, you can see the people of Dharavi, their homes, their
work places, and their spirit. This is not a "slum" tour. If you are
expecting extreme poverty and despair based on movie depictions, you
will be disappointed. In fact, this tour actively breaks sterotypical
depictions of slums.
All days of the week. Timings are flexible based on your convenience, but usually at 9:00 a.m. in the mornings and 3:00 p.m. in the afternoons. Starts at an easy to find location opposite Mahim Station, on Tulsi Pipe Road. You can get there by local taxi or by train. Alternatively you can ask us to arrange private car transport to/from your hotel. Group sizes vary from 2-6 people.
Costs and Booking:
- INR 800 per person for 2 or more persons
- INR 1200 for a solo traveller
- Children below 10 will be charged INR 500
If you want us to arrange private transport, that will be charged extra depending on number of people and vehicle size.
Prior reservation is mandatory and payment to be made in cash before the tour.