On this tour, visitors will see why Dharavi is the heart of small-scale industry in Mumbai. Many people know Dharavi as the 'largest slum in Asia', but there is much more to this historic area of Mumbai than poverty. Dharavi's industries have an annual turnover of approximately US$ 665 million. Through our tour visitors experience a wide range of these activities: recycling, pottery making, embroidery, bakery, soap factory, leather tanning, poppadom-making and much more.
Most of these things are created in innovative ways and in very small spaces!
When passing through the residential spaces, you will undoubtedly feel the sense of community and spirit that exists in the area. People from all over India live in Dharavi, and this diversity is apparent in the temples, mosques and churches that stand side by side. A tour through Dharavi's narrow alleys is quite an adventure, and you will leave with an enlightened sense of the purpose and determination that exists in the area.
On the tour, you will be guided by the local Guide who will be fluent in English. With his extraordinary knowledge that you will experience the sights and sounds of Dharavi as only a local would.
Pick up from Hotel in Mumbai at 9:00am. You'll visit the Gateway of India monument which faces the vast Arabian Sea. Try the famous juice at the Gupta Sugarcane Juice Centre near the gateway, then move on to Kamala Nehru Park, located at the top of Malabar Hill, and named after the wife of then prime minister, Nehru. Visit the Hanging Gardens, directly adjacent to the hill, and overlooking Chowpatty beach.
Then it's off to visit the Mani Bhavan Mahatma Gandhi Museum and maybe even leave a tribute at the Mahatma statue. Pay a visit after to Dhobi Ghat, the world's largest outdoor laundry, and drive past the Flora Fountain at Hutatma Chowk square, as well as Victoria Terminus railway station, the Municipal Corporation Building, University of Mumbai, Highcourt of Mumbai, Rajabai Clock Tower and Nariman Point.
At the end of your journey, approximately 1:00pm, you may sit back and relax on the drive back to your hotel in Mumbai.
After lunch (at own expense) at 1:30 pm proceed to further sightseeing to Dharavi Mahim 2.5 hours on foot When passing through the residential spaces, you will undoubtedly feel the sense of community and spirit that exists in the area. People from all over India live in Dharavi, and this diversity is apparent in the temples, mosques and churches that stand side by side. A tour through Dharavi's narrow alleys is quite an adventure with Guide and you will leave with an enlightened sense of the purpose and determination that exists in the area .
Visitors experience what matters most to Reality Tours... the men, women and children that make this dynamic community one of the most vibrant places in Mumbai.
Recycling Area: Old computer parts and plastics come from all over the world to Dharavi to be recycled. See the recycling plants in which separation and melting of plastics take place. We also show metal recycling, food making, temple making, clothes making, soap factory. They all take place in small rooms, which you’ll observe as you pass through the maze of small gullies.
Roof Top Visit: There is nothing like the view from a Dharavi factory rooftop. The tin hutments that house so many human lives stretch on as far as you can see. You will never forget this view!
Bakery: See the tea biscuits eaten all over Mumbai being made hot and fresh at the source! (Note: sometimes the bakery is closed.)
Poppadom Making: Watch the women of Dharavi make popadoms, the essential appetiser of any Indian meal, by drying them in the sun on wooden baskets that are turned upside-down.
Resident’s House: Gain an understanding of how the incredible people of Dharavi live while visiting our model resident's house. Furthermore, we exhibit photographs here which are taken by kids from Dharavi participating in our art program.
While going through the residential area, you’ll get a sense of the conditions and problems that the residents face.
Community Centre: The Community Centre, supported by funds from the tour, provides education in English, computers, and other soft skills to the teenagers and young adults of Dharavi. Other activities take place here such as a library, dancing, yoga, and indoor games.
Kumbharwada Pottery Colony: Watch artisans create all types of pots out of unfired, sundried clay.