Entrepreneur's entourage - the real dharavi slums

The mind behind the greatest business ideas in the city are not found in big corporate boardrooms, but inside tiny 100 sq. ft. homes.

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Tour Details

Not a slum of despair. But a beacon of Hope! 

The epicentre of Mumbai’s dizzying economic growth doesn’t lie behind glass facades of skyscrapers, but in a run-down neighbourhood of Mumbai. The people here might not be your suit-clad businessmen, but are owners of multi-million dollar companies. These are the people of Dharavi – One of Asia’s largest slums.

In spite of the all the grunginess and squalor, Dharavi is the most bustling and economically proficient part of Mumbai. With thousands of small scale industries thriving in the area, Dharavi generates revenue of a staggering billion US Dollars annually.

An erstwhile marshy fishing village, Dharavi creek dried up when a dam was built in the neighbouring area. This gave way for the migration of potters from Surashtra, Tanners of Tamil Nadu and Artisans of Uttar Pradesh to practise their art and run their business, while setting up homes in Dharavi. As years rolled on, communities thrived economically, which is seen even today in the labyrinth of Leather Goods, Embroidered Dresses and Clay pots of various designs, among others cottage industries. Apart from the mentioned industries, you will also tour the cardboard industries, recycle industry and the Poppaddam industry, to understand the indispensable contribution of Dharavi to Mumbai’s well-being.

Dharavi nurtures a thousand migrant dreams, making it possibly the only slum in the world where people come in vast numbers to make a living. Exploring this part of Mumbai gives insight in the industrious nature of the people, and zeal for life coupled with a hope for a better future.

Your co-explorers, who are natives of Dharavi, are educated, employed, speak impeccable English and more importantly, are very happy.

We assure you, after the tour, you won’t call Dharavi a ‘slum’, but a land of opportunity.

Add-ons:
We can conduct a session at the Dharavi Art Room, A Not for Profit Initiative started to encourage extra-curricular activities amongst the kids. A maximum of 6 guests can paint with the children.
Price and availability on Request

Inclusions

  • Private Innova Car
  • Private Explorer
  • Interactions

Instructions

  • Timings: Start time from 8.30 hrs – 3.30 hrs (Fridays, we do not tour between 1230 hrs to 1430 hrs) – length of the tour is 3.30 hrs hotel to hotel
  • Tour Days – All days of the week
  • Best time to visit: September – May
  • Physical Activity: Moderate to High
  • Special Note: Closed and comfortable walking shoes are a must

Points to be noted

  • The taxes are currently at 5%
  • The taxes might be subject to change
  • If you want us to arrange for transport – please call us for costs
  • For high – end luxury cars, please contact our office
  • We do not conduct this tour on the day of the Mumbai Marathon
  • The sequence of the tour is at the discretion of No Footprints and its guide on-ground
  • The Start and End timing can be changed based on the discretion and traffic situations
  • The tour can be cancelled based on the discretion of No Footprints. The partners will be informed in advance of the same

Cancellation Policy

  • We work on a 100% advance payment before the tour
  • This tour is subject to 100% cancellation fee if cancelled in 24 hours or less before the tour schedule
  • This tour is subjected to a 50% cancellation fee if cancelled between 72 hours – 25 hours before the tour scheduled
  • Rescheduling a tour 24 hours or less before a tour will be subjected to a 50% service charge. The tour rescheduling is at the discretion of No Footprints
  • Rescheduling a tour between 72 hours – 25 hours will be subject to a 25% service charge. The tour rescheduling is at the discretion of No Footprints

Additional Services

  • We can conduct a session at the Dharavi Art Room, A Not for Profit Initiative started to encourage extra-curricular activities amongst the kids. A maximum of 6 guests can paint with the children. Price and availability on Request
  • We can Take organise a walk in the Dharavi Biennale when it starts. Price and availability on Request