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Mumbai: Slumdog Millionaire Tour of Dharavi Slum

1. Mumbai: Slumdog Millionaire Tour of Dharavi Slum

Explore the Dharavi Slum, the largest slum located in a megacity in Asia. The slum is now famous thanks to the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire". The tour will open your eyes to this bustling area of small businesses and a thriving community. Start the journey by meeting your guide at Dharavi, and experiencing the everyday happenings of this unique area. Numerous small businesses are thriving in every corner, making anything from exotic soaps and handmade cosmetics, to pottery and textiles. Throughout the walking tour, benefit from being a small group. Stroll easily through the narrow alleys and see how locals live their life here. You'll have a chance to interact with many people in the community. You'll also learn how the local recycling industry works.  You'll also be amazed at how diverse Dharavi is, with many different traditions and beliefs gathered in the same place. Your 2-hour tour will end at a pottery factory, where you can ask the guide to get you a taxi. You can also add on a vegetarian meal in a local family's home if you would like to stay in the slum a bit longer.

Mumbai: Full-Day Private Customized Tour

2. Mumbai: Full-Day Private Customized Tour

Experience Mumbai according to your own interests with this full-day customized tour. Design your very own itinerary to spend 8 hours touring around the city to see Mumbai's top tourist attractions and areas.  Get picked up from your hotel and travel in comfort in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Choose to see major city attractions such as the Gateway of India, an arch-shaped monument built in the early 20th century, or the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Train Station, which has been made into a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Other places to visit could be the Crawford Market, a British-era market with an array of spices, or the Dhobi Ghat, a large open-air laundry. At the end of your tour you will be dropped back to your hotel. If you would like to gain some insider knowledge, choose the option with a local guide.

Best Combo of City, Dhobighat, Slum & Dabbawala

3. Best Combo of City, Dhobighat, Slum & Dabbawala

Your guide will meet you at your hotel then take you on a city tour. Highlights of the tour include Marine Drive, Victoria terminus, the Gateway of India, Colaba Market, and Mani Bhavan. You will also get to go on a ferry tour at Colaba, cruising along Mumbai's city coast line. Next, learn about the Dabbawala - the people whose job it is to carry and deliver freshly made food from home in lunch boxes to office workers in the city. See Dabbawala in action and hear how the success of the system depends on teamwork and time management. Next, you will learn about the Dhobighat. A dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. The laundries where clothes are taken are called ghats. Stop for a lunch break at a local restaurant. Finally, go on a 2-hour Slum Tour with your guide. The Khumbarwada area is the place occupied by the potter’s community from Gujarat, and you will be able to see pottery being made here.

Dharavi Walking Tour with Options (Private)

4. Dharavi Walking Tour with Options (Private)

Engage in an award-winning ethical tour through the slums of Dharavi. With an annual turnover of approximately $665 million, Asia's largest slum is home to more than one million people. Book a private walking tour with a convenient hotel pickup and drop-off facility. The first portion of the tour is by car as way we make our way north from Colaba to Dharavi. On the way you’ll receive some information on the history of Mumbai. As we drive past the historical textile mill area, for example, we’ll learn about this once crucial Mumbai industry and how it helped make the city what it is today. We’ll also discuss some of the city’s ongoing social issues as we pass by areas like the red light area of Kamathipura. This added information will help you better understand the historical and social context of Dharavi. We’ll also stop off at Dhobi Ghat, the largest open air laundry in the world. Your friendly local guide will help you navigate the narrow maze-like alleys of Dharavi as they recount the stories of entrepreneurship and community that define its inhabitants. Profits from this tour are re-invested in community initiatives such as education, skills development, and healthcare projects. The guide takes great care to ensure the walking tour is non-intrusive to local residents and safe for visitors. The area is home to more to more than 20,000 businesses. Observe recycling, pottery-making, embroidery, bakery, soap making, leather tanning, poppadom-making among other ways of living is done here. Climb on a rooftop to get a view of the entire settlement. Navigate through the maze-like alleys and stop to talk to friendly locals. The tour will also visit the residential areas of Dharavi. People from all over India have come to live in Dharavi, making it a microcosm of India. This diversity is apparent in the temples, mosques, churches, and pagodas that stand side by side. This private tour is ideal if you want a more personal interaction with your guide and the locals.

Mumbai: City Highlights Private Tour with Dharavi Slum

5. Mumbai: City Highlights Private Tour with Dharavi Slum

Your journey will start with a dedicated hotel pickup, before visiting the Gateway of India and the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Following this, you will head to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Train Station, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then you will head to the Crawford Market, a British-era market that has been standing for over a century and is a great place to see an array of spices. Following this, you will enjoy an insider's tour of the Dhobi Ghat, a colorful open-air laundry.  Next will be a 2-hour exploration of the Dharavi Slum, the largest slum located in a megacity in Asia, now well-known thanks to the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire".  Visit Mahatma Gandhi's residence, where the famous "Non-Cooperation" started. Just off the coast of Mumbai, you'll also visit the iconic Haji Ali Dargah mosque. You will then head to Malabar Hill, before seeing the Banganga water tank and having a stop at Marine Drive, where you'll see a spectacular panorama of Mumbai. The guide will also take you for a short train ride on the Mumbai Local to experience the so-called "lifeline of Mumbai". You'll also be visiting the cow shelter or "Panjrapole". Finally, take a look at the famous Mumbai dabbawallas, who drive around the city delivering lunches from homes to workplaces. The guide will take you to the assembly point of the dabbawalas, where you can take photos and learn about their interesting business model. You'll be amazed at how much they can carry by themselves. After a day of exploring Mumbai, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

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Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Here is my a bit late review: It was AWESOME! :-) Seriously! Even though this particular tour was the first private sightseeing tour in my life, but certainly not the first one in general, it was perfect! If you're in India and especially in Mumbai for the first time - TAKE IT! I was lucky enough to get into hands of - I made this name up ;-) - AA team, with Alam as the guide and Arun as the driver. All respect and special tribute to Alam for spending the most of a very hot day without food and water, i.e. due to ongoing Ramadan, of course, but still keeping top level guiding performance in all the aspects (knowledge, attentiveness, communication, understanding, proactiveness, (emotional) intelligence, assistance, kindness, having sense of humor, integrity, suggestiveness, adaptability, openness, helpfulness, to name just a few) for the whole time of the tour (8h+). Also Arun wasn't bad in his knowledge at all! He provided lots of interesting information and was very supportive, too!

after meeting up with the guide, he explained what a slum is and what to expect during this tour, then we walk right into it! to be honest, it can be a little scary at first, the place is crowded and dirty but the people are nice and hard working, the kids want to say “hi” and we learn about the different jobs they do. Overall it was an amazing experience, life is not easy for everybody, I truly recommend the tour while you're in Mumbai

It was a super interesting tour with our guide Mohammed! Thanks very much! Only to be recommended!

The guide told a lot about the location. Even though I was late for 10 minutes, he waited for me.

Great guide, who told us lots of information about the place.