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Abovetheclouds
2,489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Business
I did a two hour tour which was guided by a gentleman that is originally from the slum. It is the biggest in Asia. I have travelled the world and done these things before but this was the worst I had seen and very sad. It was shocking how many people lived in such close proximity. I learnt a lot but at the same time, this was difficult to see. The guided tour took us through the market, working area and residential parts. It was a two hour walking tour. I wouldn't suggest going on your own. It isn't unsafe but you will get 'looks' and pickpockets are common not just here but everywhere. A few tips. I wore sandals but I had to scrub my feet after as it was very dirty. Paving and lighting were not great. I figured washing feet was easier than washing shoes. Whatever you wear, make sure they are not new. Also suggest using a scarf or mask to cover your face in some parts as the dust is bad and smells are not great. I came out with a horrible cough. Many of the children want to greet you so bring hand sanitiser with. Don't wear a long skirt or anything that will touch the grounds as the area is not clean. We were told that we can take photographs in some parts. To be honest, I wouldn't. This is how these people live, it is their home. They are not a museum or tourist attraction. We are going to learn and educate ourselves.
Written 27 December 2023
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Ram Jadhav
Dharavi, India3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Explore one of the world's largest slums, the Dharavi Slum in Mumbai, with a dedicated guide on this tour. Learn about the history and culture of this area and the daily lives of the inhabitants through your guide's enlightening commentary. See the Dharavi market place, where vendors daily necessities, then visit four different schools and Kumbharwada
Written 19 December 2023
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Joanna B
Melbourne, Australia100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This was the favourite part of my tour of Mumbai and definitely a must do if you are looking for a short list of attractions.

I was concerned it is wrong to be looking into peoples’ windows, but the guide reminded me that it is actually a vibrant community of $1.8 million and they are well used to seeing tourists. In fact, our guide actually lived there himself.

If you can, I recommend going on a private tour because there are lots of little alleyways and in a small group it is easier and faster to move so you can immerse better. We went with Amaze Tours, highly recommended.

Wear sensible shoes (my husband did it in thongs, not a great idea) and given diversity of religions living there, I felt more respectful with a scarf over my shoulders when in some of the more private areas.
Written 17 December 2023
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina65,228 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
I went without my mobile phone and other valuables. I took a little pocket money. It is sad to see how some of India’s poorest people live. Here I got a good haircut for 100 INR. Going solo, I felt unsafe.
Written 18 March 2023
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Michael H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Visiting a slum? Does one really want a cheap holiday in someone else’s misery? To address this dilema, we opted for a tour operator established in the community, which reinvests 80% of its profits in the community, mostly education (reality tours and travels). The well-organised tour itself was educational and totally fascinating because of the sense of community that emanates from the dark alleyways, so narrow that 2 persons cannot cross. It is buzzing with activities, pottery, leather and recycling. Dharavi now has its own designer label (Dharavi) and produces high quality leather goods. Unfortunately, all housing rehabilitation plans have failed so far. The biggest challenge is how to upgrade the habitat of the population without destroying the community.
Written 21 February 2023
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dgomez2022
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
I have made my tour with my teen daughters (12 & 15) and my son (11). No risk, our guide, Razak, a student, has his family leaving in Dharavi for 5 generations : we visited the industrial area, the old residential part and the new one. For my kids, thanks to Razak comments it has been a "normal" visit. I strongly recomment this visit
Written 31 December 2022
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Nilesh Kumar
Ranchi, India1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Dangerous place to visit . All people will stare at your clothes and try every possible ways to steal money from you. All people will not bother about whether you lost money or life
Written 4 May 2022
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Anthony
Canada4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Solo
I guys follow me for too long
… and at the moment he got a opportunity he try to stab me with a big knife… I run but Indian people are just spectator. Nobody will help you. I jump in a cab. And the driver stop to take the guys… I almost die this day. I need to hide myself in a garbage for one hours waiting for the police.. don’t go there
Written 6 January 2022
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Ananya Bajpai
New Delhi, India1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Fabulous place to go and meet Divine's mom and have handmade food. Vivian Divine was my tour guide, when I reached Pune, I received a phone call, it was Divine, he said chal naa tu bombay maa see milaana hai hath see khilaana hai and I was sold
Best food and hospitality ever!
Written 17 December 2020
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Wen-D K
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin315 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is a confusing story of slum life in Mumbai. According to our guide, the many hard working and industrious people we saw are not the main residents of the slum. The main residents, it seems, all work at jobs outside of the slum and rent these spaces to the newly arrived, who earn a fraction of what the long term residents earn on the outside. So, are we to believe that life is good here? It is a crowded metropolis of people struggling to earn a living. Better than one might perceive a slum to be, but hardly what they are trying to sell us as a self sustaining, working community.
Written 17 July 2020
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