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Dharavi Small-Group Tour in Mumbai with Optional Add-ons

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Take an ethical walking tour of the Dharavi slum on this unique exploration in Mumbai. Follow a guide through Dharavi’s narrow alleyways, where you’re introduced to local residents and their small-scale industries — recycling, ceramics, embroidery, soap making and more — all manufactured by innovative means.

Travel on your own or by rail with a guide, or upgrade to include round-trip transport by air-conditioned vehicle and see points of interest along the way.

Numbers are limited to six people, ensuring an informative experience with a small group. Proceeds from your local tour operator goes back into the local community to support a variety of projects on education, health, and livelihood.
  • Get a different take on Mumbai on a walking tour of the Dharavi slum
  • Look beyond the tourist sights to see the other face of the city
  • Tour the alleyways and businesses to see how people live and work
  • Explore with a guide for an educational experience without getting lost
  • Choice of transport options and time slots for flexibility
  • Upgrade to include round-trip transport for extra ease
What to Expect
Book your preferred tour option and meet your guide to make your way by train or foot to Dharavi. Alternatively, upgrade for round-trip transport from a designated location (see Itinerary for details). On arrival, take a walking tour through the alleyways of households and businesses, learning from your guide about the working conditions of the textile-making, potteries, leather-tanning, and recycling businesses. Discover the area's tight-knit sense of community and religious diversity, and tour the recycling district, where plastics and old computers arrive from worldwide. Visit a bakery that makes tea biscuits, see artisans crafting clay pots, and watch local women cooking poppadom (flatbreads). Explore a replica home, view photos taken by children in an art project, and visit an NGO-sponsored community hub where people come to learn and enjoy activities. After a soda at a reception center, make your way back according to your chosen option. Please note: Your tour guide is sensitive to the issues surrounding slums and understands that this tour may not be suitable for everyone. Guides believe that the purpose of this tour is for educational reasons alone and allows for a better understanding of Indian life inside Dharavi. Most of the proceeds from the local tour operator goes back into the local community to support a variety of projects on education, health, and livelihood.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400020, India
2h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle (if option selected)
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Train fare
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Out of respect for its residents, no photography is permitted while in the Dharavi slum
  • A minimum number of 2 travelers is required for this tour to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • A minimum number of 2 travelers is required to book this tour with transportation
  • Please note that dress codes are conservative throughout India; modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees is required
  • A significant portion of the proceeds from your local tour operator goes back into the local community to support a variety of projects on education, health and livelihood
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Informative and insightful walking tour through one of the biggest slums in Mumbai. Our guide, Pradeep was friendly, clear and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend!

Thank Rachel D
Reviewed 5 days ago

We booked our trip to Dharavi and was picked up at our home by our guide, Raj. The morning was very informative and Raj was an excellent guide. We will definitely be booking other excursions through Reality Tours.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We had a waling tour of Coloba and a Dharavi tour with Nano who was fantastic and very informative. We had a great day and feel that we covered everything we wanted to see in Mumbai. We were a little worried about the ethics on...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank BeanoBoys
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I first learned about Reality Tours via a podcast with one of their American employees who outlined that 80% of their profits go to the local NGOs. I was not disappointed & went on 2 tours with them (Dharavi Slum & then the Street Food...More

Thank Donal L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At the beginning we were unsure about taking this tour but at the end we booked it and it was the best decision. This tour will change your perception of a slum, it will teach you how a slum is well organized with a strong...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Ana R
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Response from RB68 | Reviewed this property |
There are different start times. Best to check website and / or email them Really recommend.
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We had no problem booking online with reality. Try their Facebook page if having difficulties. They are very responsive.
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