Dharavi is one of Asia's largest slums and with an annual turnover of $665 million, it is the centre of small-scale industry in Mumbai.
A visit to Dharavi will challenge any preconceptions you may have about slums and will open your eyes to how 60% of Mumbai lives. This unique neighbourhood is packed with 15,000 small-scale industries and is charged with an unbelievable community spirit despite the challenges residents face.
The best way to be introduced to Dharavi is through one of the tour operators that run walking tours of the area. Reality Tours & Travel was the first company to do so, is the most committed to running the tours responsibly and works the most with the community (80% of the tour profits are used for community programs).
On the 2.5 hours tour you can visit 9 different industries and several different residential neighbourhoods including the famous Kumbharwada (Potter's Colony). You will be introduced to the challenges as well as the opportunities that exist in the slum.
Visiting Dharavi is a must do for anyone visiting Mumbai.