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Dharavi, Mumbai (Bombay)

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Experience the authentic and remarkable culture of Mumbai through the slums of Dharavi. Existing as one of the largest slums in the world, this area features an ethnically diverse culture and approximately 1 million inhabitants living in a seemingly endless labyrinth of narrow lanes. Although home to a poor population of city dwellers, this district boasts a lively economy and produces an abundance of various products, such as leather, pottery, embroidery, and cosmetics. Take an organized tour, which includes rooftop views and home cooked meals with a local family. Use our Mumbai (Bombay) holiday planner to visit Dharavi on your trip to Mumbai (Bombay), and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • And raccontiamola, so this slum. Really I've entered with Hakim thought pretty much know everything already. Alexander and David, two days before, had taken hundreds of photos and they say much. Not everything, because nothing can give you a feeling of fullness as the encounter with those eyes, those eyes mixed with annoyance and undisguised pride. Yes, the pride of its inhabitants have been able, despite everything, to organise the life and a job with everything for us is scrap, junk, yucky. To the point that I did not visit the entire slum. Hakim could and wanted to offer me more, but my head was full, tired. A visit you easily forget. In Dharavi we live and work around one million people. Until a few years ago was overrun by delinquency. After police intervention, that without too much about put to jail hundreds of criminals, Dharavi has become an immense and laborious workshop, where everyone has their role. We come from the Muslim side, the one where you make and sell all vases and terracotta containers of this world. It is Friday and kids are not in school. Don't have smartphones as our children. Those are in the hands of adults who, being a holiday, and most lunchtime, you are relaxing while granting a break from work that still goes on. Playing with the Yo-Yo, young kids, as did us in years gone by. They are happy and seem happy. To work they think adults and on weekdays these boys go regularly to school. Walk in the alleys. Everyone knows about Hakim and let him and me in their homes-workshops. Some families are preparing the clay kilns, women are colouring of Red without any protection to the hands of the vessels already baked. A couple is intent on stepping with their feet the clay emptied from bags and mixed with water. Later an oven has finished cooking, was uncovered and review the thousand boxes light measurements just treated by heat. There is running water and sewerage in Dharavi, just that the supply lasts only a few hours a day and supplies. To live and work. We get more inside. Is the area where we recycle cardboard, what we would resend directly through the shredder. Here, instead, the boxes are opened, turn and put back together for another ride. The first buyers of these boxes turned are the shops of clay pots placed along the perimeter of that part of the slum. Even more inside. Here we recycle the plastic. In the sense that, from all over the city, collects all of the pieces of this material that are no longer needed. See dashboards of cars and scooters that caps are literally blown to pieces, washed and coloured to become uniform balls ready to be put back into the production cycle most industrialized. Some gymkhana between buildings and additions where recycle metal buckets where there were paints and who knows what else. Without much regard for hands and lungs any solvent washing interiors, the bins are burned and piled for reuse. Somebody, in spite of Hakim, does not like to be photographed. Gets me kind of Titan that, at his home-furnace, scrambling a bin full of aluminum. In the vestibule of his home a stack of ingots of the metal is ready to be reshot to other more specialized sectors. I feel the full head. Of smoke, odors, puddles. But also of respect for these people who do not surrender and that, like ants, reduces to a minimum the raw materials and contributes to our gross wealth. I've had enough. I saw what I wanted to see. Better the Mumbai travel more correctly. I want to see the market of colorful flowers. I want to light. I want to be a tourist who buys banal saree.
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  • We'd been in India 7 weeks when we booked this tour. We have seen our fill of forts and temples, and were looking for something more interesting than a standard City Tour. This tour exceeded our expec...  more »
  • I booked the tour with Dinesh of Slumgods ,we met at CCD opp Mahim station.He is such a sweet guy with warm smile and very much informed about the slum tours.He himself is resident of Dharavi.We took ...  more »