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Dharavi

Dharavi, Mumbai, India

The Basics

Wander the narrow pathways between sheet iron structures in Dharavi to gain insight into the melting pot that is one of the world’s largest slums, home to many small-scale industries. While educational, a walk through the quarter may be overwhelming for outsiders, so it’s best to visit the slum with a local English-speaking guide who can highlight the experience with context and insight into daily life and show how residents use their ingenuity and creativity to reside in an otherwise challenging socioeconomic environment. Choose a private or small-group walking tour of the slum, or visit as part of a Mumbai sightseeing tour.

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Dharavi Slum Tour with Add on options
Dharavi Slum Tour with Add on options
$21.18 per adult
Traveler Favorite
The chance of a lifetime@
A must-do tour if you want to understand Mumbai its culture, peoples and history. Cooking lunch with a Dharsvi local was the highlight of our 3 days on Mumbai and our tour guides were excellent
shannoconnell, Jan 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Mumbai

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Interesting Tour
Kelly_V, Apr 2022
Walking Tour of Famous Dharavi Slum
Really interesting and informative tour. Our guide was really friendly and answered all our questions knowledgeably.
star-4
Must try
Khurshed_M, Mar 2020
Dharavi slum Tour Private
It was truly an eye opening experience. I appreciate the guide being there before time. Our guide was Rakesh and we had a wonderful experience with him. He was very cooperative, professional, and informative. Please note it can get hot so stay hydrated and carry a cap. Very interesting place Dharavi ! Thank you again
star-5
Dharavi insight
Anita_B, Feb 2020
Dharavi Slum Tour in Mumbai
This is an experience not to be missed. Our guide Rajesh had time to explain what living and working in Dharavi is like, he encouraged us to ask questions and take photo’s. thank you Mystical Mumbai tours.
star-5
Dharavi tour
Christine_B, Feb 2020
Walking Tour of Famous Dharavi Slum
interesting tour, person who guided us was a young man who also was born in Dharavi and spoke English very well. Showed us around and gave a lot of explanation. A must see to get an different impression of a slum
star-5
One Day in Mumbai
paradisetours2012, Feb 2020
Private Mumbai Sightseeing Tour Including Dharavi Slum
Our guide Anthony was very knowledgeable and very familiar with Dharavi and all of Mumbai. He left no questions unanswered. We enjoyed the tour immensely and highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Dharavi
Peter_H, Jan 2020
Dharavi Slum Tour with Add on options
Our guide Suraj was excellent, he gave us a really interesting tour and answered all our many questions. We would definitely recommend any visitors to Mumbai to take the Dharavi tour.
star-5
Thank you
Esther_T, Jan 2020
Dharavi Small-Group Mumbai - Walking Tour with Guide and Optional Add-ons
AJ was the perfect guide, we learnt so much and we now have a better understanding . I was very reluctant to visit a “slum” , it felt wrong for many reasons. But for one thing this word doesn’t exist in Hindi. All Our preconceptions vanished, and we had a true insight into this fascinating community . I can honestly say that I felt safer there than on the streets in London or Paris. The people were very welcoming . Don’t miss the Dharavi handbag shop. Thank you AJ 😊🧡
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A FIVE STAR TOUR
mnortonwv, Apr 2022
Dharavi Slum Tour With Local Guide
just finished this tour and I can tell you it was one of the most interesting, informative, and fascinating tours I've been on. You will find the people of India to be hard working, kind and considerate, and I just cannot say enough of how much I enjoyed and appreciated Chirag giving me the tour. As added bonuses I got my phone working, I downloaded local apps (like Ola, an app like Uber) and so many other tips for touring and visiting India. I felt like I could ask anything thing of Chirag and he would get it done (like my returning PCR test for when I fly out). I guess one of the other reasons I liked the tour so much is he's local and knows the area and many people of the area, he moves through the area effortlessly while he explains what's going on.Book this tour, if you get a chance, you will not be disappointed.
star-5
Once in a lifetime
Anne_C, Mar 2020
Dharavi Slum Tour in Mumbai
My guide was very knowledgeable he answered all my questions I felt comfortable from start to finish
star-5
Do it!
Alexander_P, Feb 2020
Dharavi Tour and Street Art Walk
Great experience! Was a very informational day with a great guide, she answered all our questions - was absolutely worth it!
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Private Full Day Tour Mumbai with Dharavi Slums
Billyddennis, Jan 2020
Private Full-Day Mumbai Sightseeing Tour with Dharavi Slums
Excellent tour guide and driver, Sahil & Saddam. Visited Ghandi Museum, great info for a great man! Stopped @ Victoria Train Station , formerly Palace of Queen Victoria. Visited Crawford Mkt, fruits, Vegs and animals. History of Gateway of India and Taj Mahal Hotel. Visited the local Dhobi , open air laundry. Thank you Sahil & Saddam for a fabulous day!!!
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Bollywood Tour
Libby W, Jan 2020
Private Slumdog Millionaire Tour in Dharavi with Slum Visit
Informative visit on the film making in Mumbai and some of the Bollywood films. Fun dancing, dress up for photos. Sam was a good guide, informative and helpful.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • This neighborhood offers travelers the opportunity to learn about the history of the area and gain a well-rounded understanding of Mumbai.

  • Proceeds from Dharavi tours of the slum often go back to the local community.

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces.

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How to Get There

Dharavi is situated in the northern suburbs of Mumbai between the Western and Central Railways lines. While it’s possible to visit the area independently, it’s quite easy to get lost in the maze of streets and narrow alleys, so it’s much safer to visit with a tour guide.

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When to Get There

The most pleasant time to visit Dharavi Slum (and Mumbai as a whole) is during winter, from November to February, when the weather is mild and dry. Expect temperatures upwards of 100°F (38°C) in May, and frequent—sometimes continuous—rainfall during July and August monsoons.

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A Note on the Ethics of Slum Tourism

We are sensitive to the issues and concerns surrounding slums, and we understand that tours of them may not be suitable for everyone. We strongly believe that these tours are educational and allow for a better understanding of Indian life inside Dharavi.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Dharavi?
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