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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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  • It is said to be the largest slum in Mumbai and for sure it's the most famous for Slumdog Millionaire being fimed here. We were so impressed how 'normal' everything is and we learned a lot about how l...  more »
  • Take the chance to see the incredibly commerce and residences in the slums. To Western eyes it is hard to comprehend that such small, hot and sparse conditions could be tolerated. But these are proud ...  more »
  • A must see activity if you're traveling to Mumbai, India. Today, Dharavi is a well known slum due to the movie Slumdog Millionaire which shot some scenes there. To get there we walked from our hotel t...  more »

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In a cramped city like Mumbai, finding a budget hotel can present a serious challenge. Many business travelers and tourists choose to stay in South Mumbai, the oldest and richest neighborhood in the city. Accommodations here put you close to most top museums, restaurants, bars, art galleries, and shops. Proximity to major attractions comes at a premium price, though--not surprising for one of the most expensive cities in Asia. If you plan to visit on a tight budget, look for options near railway stations, but prepare for low-grade rooms and few or no amenities.
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