Mumbai: Slum Half Day Tour
- 4 Hours
- 4 Hours
- On request
Dharavi is a slum in the suburbs of Mumbai. With an area of 0.67 square miles and a population estimated at over 1 million people it is one of the largest slums in the world. Originally an island, Dharavi was a mangrove swamp prior to the late 19th century, inhabited by Koli fishermen. The fishing village disappeared as the swamp area filled in and the newly drained marshes provided space for the new communities to move it. Migrants from Gujarat established the potter colony, Maharastrian tanners set up the leather tanning industry, and the embroidery workers from Uttar Pradesh started up the ready-made garments trade. Today the slums of Dharavi stand in the centre of Mumbai conveniently connected to the different parts of the city and the National Highway corridors.
Your tour begins in the industrial part of the Dharavi Slums in Mumbai and you will walk through the area, stopping en route to visit several units that are engaged in recycling of plastic, metal, copper, corrugated boxes, etc. You will also come across several bakeries, soap manufacturing units, tanneries, and women making snacks like chips, papads etc.
Continue your walk through the residential part of the slum, passing through the narrower lanes that are so congested that some of the houses have probably never seen sunlight!
Duration: 4 Hours
Departs: 9 a.m. - Returns: 1 p.m.
Departs: 1 p.m. - Returns: 5 p.m.