Mumbai Slum Tour

Mumbai Slum Tour

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
4.6 (354)

Mumbai Slum Tour Highlights

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  • In this 3-hour tour, you will explore the lives of people living in the biggest slum in Asia, Dharavi.
  • Explore the recycling area, which receives plastic and metal from across the globe for recycling purposes. Also, see the recycling process, starting from sorting them to creating plastic pellets.
  • Explore the narrow lanes of Dharavi to discover multiple communities with different religious beliefs. 
  • Discover the many small-scale industries creating soap factories, leather tanning, bakeries, and embroidery. 
  • Learn the art of making papads, or poppadoms, made by Dharavi women for their residents. Be part of this impressive process.
  • Explore one of the oldest regions of Kumbharwada neighborhood, creating earthen pots that are shipped all over India.

Mumbai Slum Tour Overview

About Mumbai Slum Tour

Dharavi is known as the largest slum in Asia and also as the true heart of Mumbai. Housing over one million of Mumbai’s locals, it is the other side of a city that is mostly known for its glitz and glamor. Also, did you know that the industries here have an annual turnover of over $665 million? Impressive, right?

Thus, taking an educational walking tour in Dharavi is recommended to experience all the activities happening here, like pottery-making, soap factories,leather, recycling, poppadom making, and so on. The tour also includes going to the residential area of Dharavi to see how people from different religions and communities live in harmony. You can visit the mosques, churches, and temples all in harmony to witness a true secular India.


Quick Facts 

➔ Start Point: Hotel or resort

➔ End Point: Hotel/Resort

➔ Duration: 3 hours.

➔ Attractions Covered: Dharavi slums’s recycling factories, papad-making residential areas, religious monuments, and more.

Note: Taking photos on this tour is not allowed.



  • The package includes sightseeing of multiple factories, mosques, temples, churches, and residential areas of Dharavi.
  • Air-conditioned private vehicles are available for pickup and drop-off.
  • Refreshment is part of the package.
  • Driver and guide fees, along with toll taxes, are available. 


How To Reach

By Air

Traveling to Mumbai via air is relatively easy due to its connectivity with all Indian cities and most cities in the world. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport connects Mumbai well to major cities in India like Lucknow, Goa, Jaipur, Delhi, and more. From here, you can book a cab to your destination.

By Train

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station connects Mumbai to other cities in India. Also, there are other train stations like Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Mumbai Central, and more connecting Mumbai to major cities.

By Road

The Mumbai roadways have great conditions for connecting to major places like Gujarat, Pune, Nashik, Goa, and more.

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Itinerary For Mumbai Slum Tour


Day 1 - Dharavi Slum Itinerary


Visit the Recycling Area-
Waste or used plastic and tins collected from all over the country are recycled and made into plastic pellets and sheets. Plastics are grouped before being melted and then molded into pellets to be sold again whereas Tins are burnt to remove the outside signage to be reused and sometimes they are also used to cover the roofs of slum houses as well. Visit this area to see people working tirelessly to turn the waste into reusable products.

Test your pottery skills at Pottery Workshops-
You will next visit the 150-year-old Kumbbharwada Pottery colony which also happens to be one of the oldest neighborhoods of Dharavi. Famous for its pottery, pots made here are shipped all across India. You can visit one of the workshops there and try making earthen pots yourself after a short demonstration and learn about pottery as well.

Witness the vastness of Dharavi through Rooftop visit-
You will head to the rooftop and experience the vast stretches of tin houses that provide a view that will be hard to forget. It offers a grand, panoramic view of the whole Dharavi with long urban buildings in the backdrop providing a stark contrast between two parts of the city.

Learn about Poppadom making-
Poppadom is a famous and tasty side dish that you may easily find in every Indian home and restaurant. Poppadoms are one of many small scale industries in Dharavi, which is largely run by women and provides a major source of income for hundreds of families. Learn about the whole process of Poppadom making from the preparation of dough to drying it under the sun.

Enjoy the lunch at local residence-
This tour provides the experience of enjoying lunch at one of the local resident’s houses. You will be able to see the food making process and interior of local houses. The lunch usually includes simple Indian food consisting of dal, rice, roti, and pickle. There is nothing that can beat the taste and experience of enjoying the home-cooked food in a local style.

Walkthrough the Art District-
If you are fond of Instagram worthy wall paintings and graffiti, then this is a perfect place for you. Take a walk through the art district of Dharavi and enjoy the beauty of colorful wall murals created by artists from all over the world

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per Adult
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Mumbai Slum Tour Reviews


Myra Joshi

An enlightening experience

Visiting Dharavi was an enlightening experience, as we learned how a village-like city within Mumbai works. It was a surreal experience, and our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, making our tour super exciting.


Vedant Mehra

Super awesome experience

Our guide was knowledgeable, answering all our questions with ease. Moreover, we did not feel unsafe as we explored the many places, factories, and sites in Dharavi. One piece of advice: carry enough water, and if you are here during monsoons, be ready to get wet.


Amaira Chawla

The best way to experience Mumbai

If you want to explore Mumbai and see a different site, not the glamorous one, a Mumbai slum tour is the best way to do so. Just ensure you dress modestly. Otherwise, you will be frowned upon.


Ishaan Deshmukh

A great experience for the kids

I will recommend everyone bring their kids to a Dharavi tour. It is safe, and the locals are humble. Kids will learn so much about unity as they visit the various temples, mosques, and churches in one frame. A must-have and unique experience for all.


Aadhya Sharma

An eye-opening experience

Dharavi in Mumbai has over a million people living and working in different sectors like embroidery, pottery, and more. Seeing them work hard and in harmony was definitely an eye-opener to all the privileges we have.


Samar Khatri

An informative visit

We all consider Mumbai to be the city of dreams. But it also has another side, which you will see if you go for a slum visit. The Dharavi visit is informative, and you learn so much from your guide and the locals.


Aanya Iyer

A must-visit off-beat tour

It is an off-beat tour, and I am so thankful to Banbanjara for organizing this. Seeing different people engaged in multiple activities and working hard day and night is super inspiring.


Vivaan Gupta

It is truly the heart of Mumbai

If I hadn’t taken this tour, I would never have believed that Dharavi is the heart of Mumbai. It is true with so many people earning money doing things like recycling, pottery making, and more.


Dia Jaiswal

The largest slum in Asia

Dharavi is the largest slum in India, and I am so happy that I visited it during the tour of Dharavi Slum in Mumbai. Such an eye-opener and informative tour.

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Mumbai Slum Tour FAQs

Is Dharavi slum hygienic?

Dharavi has a very high population density with narrow, unorganized streets and poor sanitation infrastructure. There are areas that are quite dirty and smelly. We ask you to wear covered shoes and a mask.

Why can we not bring cameras on the Dharavi Slum Tour?

Dharavi has received a lot of attention from the media. So, in order to respect the privacy of the local residents, We have a strict no-camera policy. The policy may be considered strict but our relationship with the Dharavi community has been built over a number of years based on mutual respect. 

Where is Dharavi?

Dharavi is well connected with local trains, buses, and taxis. The nearest railway stations are Mahim Junction or King’s Circle and Sion Railway station. Dharavi is situated between Mahim and Sion and 10 km( 6.21 miles) south of International Airport.

Confirmation Policy

  • Upon booking, the traveller will receive a confirmation voucher via email, within 24 hours.
  • In the special cases of slots not being available, feasible alternatives will be provided to the customer, in regards to the customer’s preference. In such cases, a new voucher would be sent via email, consisting of the new travel details.
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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellation made 25 days before the date of departure, would levy 15% of the total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Any cancellation made within 15-25 days before the date of departure, would levy a 25% of total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Any cancellation made within 7-15 days before the date of departure, would levy 50% of the total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Any cancellation made within 0-7 days before the date of departure, would levy 100% of the total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Due to any restrictions such as sudden government policies or regulations, health hazards, medical emergencies, or unprecedented weather conditions, activities and tours may be nonoperational and be canceled. In cases such as these, operators will attempt to cater to the traveler as an alternate, which is feasible in nature. However, any refund would not be catered.
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Refund Policy

  • Any refund applicable will be processed within 7 business days.
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