Guided tour

Delhi: Ethical Sanjay Colony Slum Tour

4.9 / 5

51 reviews

Activity provider: Reality Tours and Travel

Delhi: Ethical Sanjay Colony Slum Tour

Activity provider: Reality Tours and Travel

From US$ 20 per person

Participate in an educational and ethical walking tour through the Sanjay Colony slum area in Delhi. Discover the rich sense of community and entrepreneurship that flourishes within the narrow alleys and gain new insights into the lives of locals.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Hindi
Small group
Limited to 6 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Engage in a safe, respectful and non-intrusive walking tour through Delhi's slum
  • Observe the various micro-industries that flourish here, especially the garment industry
  • Witness the rich sense of community with the help of your local guide
  • Gather a local's perspective on social and economic realities in Indian slums
Full description
Sanjay Colony is a relatively small slum built on 25 acres of land located near the famous Bahá'í Lotus Temple and ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple. Originally built on forest land, this slum is surrounded by one of India's largest industrial areas and is home to approximately 50,000 people. Join an educational walking tour that aims to encourage conversation around the realities of living in slums. Come with an open mind and be prepared to debunk negative stereotypes surrounding slums. Observe the process of garment recycling and manufacture, one of the main industries in Sanjay Colony. It is also home to several other businesses, including automotive parts and electronics. Understand the complex social structure that exists within this community, and stop to wave at friendly children from the neighborhood. You will also have a chance to visit a Hindu temple and a mosque. Additionally, visit a doctor's clinic and learn about the health issues that are present in a slum environment and the different initiatives started to try and combat these. Navigate through the narrow alleys and climb a rooftop for an unparalleled view of the surrounding area. For a truly authentic experience, choose to have lunch with a local family. Enjoy a simple, home-cooked vegetarian meal lovingly prepared by your friendly hosts. Proceeds from this tour are re-invested into community development projects such as education, skills development and healthcare for the residents of Sanjay Colony.
Includes
  • Group tour
  • English-speaking Guide
  • Local lunch (if option chosen)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Please meet your guide outside Gate 1 of the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, in Connaught Place. This place is easily accessibly by Metro or taxi. Your guide will be wearing a light blue, button-up, blue shirt with our company logo embroidered on it. If you have any problems finding us on the day, please call us: +91 9818227975.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Cameras
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • This is a group activity, and there may be other guests on the same walking tour. Maximum group size is 6 participants.
  • Guests are recommended to wear comfortable closed-toe walking shoes as some areas can be dirty, especially during the monsoon months from June to mid-September.
  • Please do not carry your camera on this activity. This tour has a strict no-photography policy to respect the privacy of local residents.
  • Please wear modest clothing. No low-cut or sleeveless tops or short shorts are allowed.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 51 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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This is an eye opening experience. If you want to see not only the pretty, grand, beautiful monuments but also real lives of the most hidden corners of society, you would learn a lot and feel a lot. There are not many tourists these days so Sam, my tour guide gave me a private tour. I could engage with people living and working in the slum, which was very touching.

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December 11, 2022

It was an awesome tour with a lot of explanations about the development of Sanjay colony with a lot of background information. Tour guide Victor (can’t pronounce his name) was able to answer all questions and shows a lot of understanding about the questions. Luckily one of the founders was in their office that day and he gave me further information about their work in India and other countries. I can truly recommend the tour and think it’s a important experience, people should have. Thanks a lot to the team and as well to people from Sanjay colony who where really friendly as well

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November 10, 2022

What an experience, I would highly recommend it! We initially booked it for Monday, but due to food poisoning we had to reschedule twice, Reality tours were extremely accommodating and understanding. We eventually went on the tour on Thursday. The slum experience was unique and very insightful - a very different experience, from the usual sightseeing and we loved it. Also, they are really making a positive impact on the community which is wonderful!

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November 6, 2022

Product ID: 171810