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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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  • August 3, 2017
    What about this completely atypical visit? First, my fears: is this not of voyeurism? Can we call 'activity' observing people as in a zoo? These moral aspects passed, isn't this dangerous? It's quickly gone. Indeed, it is a tour (approx. 2H) disconcerting, rewarding, and exciting in some ways. I learned a lot of things, that it is certainly a slum, but that it is almost a middle class, they we the means to pay for a roof, wouldn't it a dump, while others sleep on the sidewalks. They have TV, electricity... all in the middle of the course. Mind boggling to see that. Of course this doesn't remove the dilapidated state of the places: little toilet, rare and precious schools, dozens of people for a few square meters... Not to mention the entire side of the slum for different work: recycling, sorting, bread for hotels and supermarkets, creating clothes and leather bags... Between that and dirt (relative seen the place) is a strange smell. And a twinge of elders and children's work... But the visit watch faces, smiling, players children, women clean and elegant shops, friendly relations between people, laughter, no resignation, they are there and live. No one, not even the children, begging money during the visit. I found the whole very dignified, very beautiful and poetic once the visit is over. I can't really explain what I felt. And finally, from a purely selfish point of view, we get out of this visit... I'm glad what we a. aware that our small daily troubles are nothing contrary to what they endure. END NOTES: I spent the money I had in the end shop is, among other things, bought a bracelet made in fabrics of old saris for women... This bracelet makes an incredible effect whenever someone sees. Yet it does not mine, and the history behind me filled with good vibes. But beware: I spent my money there because it serves for the creation of schools, etc. but once out, the guides remain by your side in order to get a tip and do well feel (very good the problem is not from there). So, I gave a ticket, but ended up with nothing. It is not stinginess on my part, but at no time I have thought that guides making us visit misery would want money, and that make purchases in the shop would satisfy them... It's good to know I think, to avoid embarrassing situations. I recommend this activity completely.
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  • July 18, 2017
    Dharavi houses a huge slum colony, providing not only housing but also livelihood to a huge number of families with limited resources. It is a major producer of leather goods, particularly purses and ...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    Guided we really see the slums of Mumbai, a heartbreaking feeling. Mumbaide, we heard about the people who live in conditions so bad but the fact that a completely different feeling to see with our own eyes. How poor and how bad the conditions they live in. But people are very friendly, smiling and they seem happy with where they live because they don't know they are seen and better than that. They live in dirt here, it's a terrible image, a terrible smell, what kind of lifestyle incommunicable. If you are not curious, and if you certainly obsessed with hygiene, even going to think about it. Keep in mind that you can see in Mumbai leave, the better.
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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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