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Slums and an informal economy- trail through the heart of Dharavi

Slums and an informal economy- trail through the heart of Dharavi

By Wandertrails

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Duration: 5h
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Live guide: English

  • English speaking local guide
  • All taxes and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Pick-up from meeting point
  • Drop-off to meeting point
  • Transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Any additional services provided

  • Mumbai, Mumbai, Maharashtra
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travellers can participate
    • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
    • Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag. Oversized or excessive luggage (e.g. surfboards, golf clubs or bikes) may have certain restrictions, please inquire with the operator prior to travel to confirm if your excess luggage is acceptable

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      “The slums are not a place of despair. Its inhabitants are all working towards a better life”- Vikas Swarup There are two sides to every coin. The city of Mumbai, although known for its glitz, glamours, Bollywood industry, nightlife and mixed culture, is also home to the largest slum in the world. This half-day trail takes you through Dharavi, as you dwell into a life, that is unheard of in the papers, but can be beautifully captured through one's eyes. 'Slums', what comes to your mind when you hear this word? Break those preconceived notions as you explore the sights and sounds of a locality that is much more than just a place where poverty-stricken people reside.  It is the place that is alive with a flourishing small-scale industry and the spirit of the community! During this tour, gain an insight into the positive side of Dharavi as you observe a wide range of activities such as pappadum-making, recycling, pottery making, embroidery, soap making, and leather tanning. Starting at Regal cinema in Colaba, you will pass through several historical locations of the city of dreams. The knowledgeable guide will surely capture your attention with interesting stories and snippets relating to these famous localities. You will pass by Kamathipura, a well-known red light district of Mumbai and Dhobi Ghat, a well-known open-air laundromat where washers wash clothes from Mumbai's largest hospitals, hotels, and garment industries. Now, it is time to enter Dharavi and see a completely different side of Mumbai. Visit the recycle area of Dharavi where everything old from plastics to metals come for recycling. Know how the process of recycling works at the recycling plant. Visit a bakery and treat your taste buds to some delicious Khari biscuits and enjoy a hot cup of tea as you take a break. See how the women of Dharavi makes the popular disc-shaped appetizer- poppadom. As you pass through the residential area,  feel the spirit of unity that exists despite the diversity in religion, custom, and belief. Last but not the least, visit the Kumbharwada pottery colony. Interact with the local artists of Dharavi and learn a thing or two about the beautiful art of pot making. As  this tour comes to an end, you will realize that the city of dreams is not just about those in the limelight. There are other hardworking hands and hopeful eyes, that have dreams too. For us, their dreams might be simple and small, but for them, it means the world. And to achieve this, they strive tirelessly day and night.
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    • 31rakeshk
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    • 31rakeshk
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      Should Be tried
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      Best place to visit
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      Bumpy road from vandiperiyar, mostly full of lemongrass forest ride. Dangerous off road drive, with no roads. One way muddy track created by jeep's of jeep safari. On the way to from kumily, we can see huge view points. On the day of our visit, misty clouds were passing through us in a view point. There are tea gardens, Elaichi estates, guava gardens, etc. The off road drive is over muddy mountains,so patients should be avoided.
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    • John G
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      Avoid priests and celebrants
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      Informative, eventful and a memorable activity :)
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      A refreshing experience!
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      Quiet, beautiful picnic spot
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      Freshness Available
      While at Mangaladass, got this wonderful opportunity to visit the market as well. Fruits and vegetables here are indeed fresh and was told that they are freshly delivered from farms and orchards within the area. Besides the fruits and vegetable, one can also purchase various spices in both pure form and grinded for use. Raisins, Almond and various nuts and dry fruits are available for selection at a very reasonable pricing.
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