Dharavi Slum Tour
Arrive at the Indira docks / Green Gate, complete the immigration formalities and meet our representative and guide at the exit gate of the arrival hall and proceed for tour.
Arrive at the Indira docks / Green Gate, complete the immigration formalities and meet our representative and guide at the exit gate of the arrival hall and proceed for Dharavi tour of Mumbai.
If you visit Mumbai on a Tour for a few days and spend your time in the posh South Mumbai around the Gateway of India and Marine Drive, you would never even know that a big part of the urban population in India lives in slums and has to fight for a livelihood every day. Around 60% of the citizens of Mumbai live in slums and Dharavi because of its location between Airport and city. Dharavi has a astounding population of at least half a million. This place became more relevant and famous after the sleeper Hollywood hit “Slumdog Millionaire”.
This tour will get you inside Dharavi up and close. It starts with you accompanying Guide taking you through the commercial area of the slum. Especially waste recycling which is a big business in Dharavi and the residents and workers who scavenge materials from all over the city bring them to the workshops here to process and recycle them. You would also be able to visit bakery and see how they make the famous Mumbai Bread ( Pao ) and other snacks.
This Tour is guided by an expert Guide who is from Dharavi and would be fluent in English. The expertise of this Guide lies in the fact that he is a local and knows every small lane here and has easy access to each place. With this Guide your experience of Dharavi would be like a local.
After Dharavi its time to see other parts of Mumbai
Shopping Tour in Mumbai
It is said for the Mumbai Markets; that even a week’s stay in Mumbai is less to cover all its Markets. The tour covers different Markets in Mumbai or Bazaars as we say in Hindi.Highlights
Mumbai's wide streets and narrow lanes are alive with activity. In front of colonial buildings, alongside temples, and everywhere in between, vendors shout from carts selling everything from colourful birds and flowers to traditional Indian clothes and food. We'll guide you through the chaos and introduce you to Mumbai's must-see markets such as Crawford Market and Mangaldas Market as well as some lesser known ones such as Flower Alley. Alongthe way we’ll also visit some of the oldest lanes in Mumbai and their most famous temples.Linking Road
Linking Road was one of the first arterial roads "linking" the far-flung suburbs of Bandra and Juhu during the 1940s. The oldest name of the road was Dadabhai Navroji Road. Linking Road and Hill Road were two of the main shopping hubs in the suburbs of Mumbai. Over the years this shopping hub has stretched beyond its original length.Colaba Causeway
Shopping at Colaba Causeway is like visiting a carnival. There is not one thing that a person will not find here. Handicrafts, books, clothes, shoes, jewellery; you name it and Colaba Causeway has it.Chor Bazaar
Chor Bazaar, located near Bhendi Bazaar in South Mumbai, is one of the largest flea markets in India. Chor Bazaar is said to sell mostly second-hand goods rather than stolen goods. The market is now famous for antique and vintage items.A store called Mini Market offers old Bollywood posters for sale. Others offer authentic Victorian furniture, replacement parts for automobiles, etc. Although bargains are sometimes staggering, haggling is considered mandatory. This is basically an "organized" flea market, where one has to rummage through junk to find what one wants.Mangaldas Cloth Market
Mangaldas Market, traditionally home to traders from Gujarat, is a mini-town, complete with lanes of fabrics. Even if you’re not the type to have your clothes tailored, drop by DD Dupattawala for pretty scarves and dupattas at fixed prices. Zaveri Bazaar for jewellery and Bhuleshwar Market for fruit and veg are just north of here. Just a few metres further along Sheikh Menon Rd from Bhuleshwar is a Jain pigeon feeding station, flower market and a religious market.Zaveri Bazaar
The market houses the headquarters of many jewelry institutions of India including Jagawat Sons(of Mankhush Jagawat) and Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri, one of the biggest jewelry retailers of India, established in 1864. All kinds of gems and precious stones are available in the market as well as ornaments of traditional Indian designs to modern designs made of every possible gem and precious metal. Zaveri bazaar is regarded as being secured because it has CCTVs installed in order to avoid almost any crime, private protection involved for every shop, industry is under 24 hr vigilance because it does a huge trade in diamond and also other mettle jewelry. Zaveri Bazaar is also famous for photo frames, clips, tea-sets, dinnerware, toys and other luxury lifestyle articles crafted out of expensive metals. Zaveri Bazaar gets the maximum credit of jewelry and gems export from the country. As we complete the market visits with buying enough stuff the tour ends with our memorable shopping spree at 18:00 hrs and then we proceed back to hotel
crescent shaped sub-precinct that has developed into a prominent cultural center in Mumbai. The distinctively highlighted crescent shape is transformed into a Cultural center house with a vivid collection of Heritage structures including Victorian Neo-Gothic, Indo Saracenic, Renaissance Revival and Edwardian Neo Classical styles.
During the walk, you will be introduced to the history of Mumbai’s beautiful Heritage buildings, and visit the galleries showcasing different schools of Indian Art. The walk attempts to give you a firsthand understanding of Modern Indian Art and its Evolution from the early 1900s to the present day. They have questioned the role and function of an artist in a country like India, and established a distinct identity and idiom for Indian Art.
If you are looking to buy a piece of contemporary Indian art, please let the guide know before the tour begins. Since this is a group walk, you can use the walk as the first step to identify something that you like and perhaps come back later to buy it. Starts at the National Gallery of Modern Art, opposite the Prince of Wales Museum.