You can call this a three in one tour, this tour is basically a tour of the Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai's Laundry Men), the Dhabbawala (the person who carries the lunch box) & the Dharavi Slum Tours. Practically you get a feel of all three tours in one glance.
What is included in the tour
- Above mentioned sightseeing
- Guide fees
- Refreshments :water bottles
What is NOT included in the tour
- Ladies, please dress modestly.
- Taking of photos is strictly not allowed until and unless permission is given.
- Slums of Dharavi (Mumbai)
Pick up by A/C Cab
- Pickup from hotel/ Cruise / Airport.
Our Representative “guide” for Bollywood Slum tour will receive you at your hotel.
The slum tourism of Mumbai paves the way for the curious tourists from all over the world to know and explore the life of people living here, that is full of struggle for existence but still make them happy. There are many tours and trips conducted to this slum dwellings, almost catering 50 tourists a month. One can opt for 2 hour long tour to the area. The tourists should be prepared for a long walk in the company of a guide who will have lot of stories to share with. Know and learn the basics of life from these slums that serve as institutions of philosophy for the man with vision.
- A dabbawala (one who carries the lunch box), is a person in the Indian city of Mumbai whose job is to carry and deliver freshly made food from home in lunch boxes to office workers. Dabbawala in action Although the service remains essentially low-tech, with the barefoot delivery men as the prime movers, The success of the system depends on teamwork and time management .Such is the dedication and commitment of the barely literate and barefoot delivery men . A simple color coding system doubles as an ID system for the destination and recipient. There are no multiple elaborate layers of management either — just three layers. Each dabbawala is also required to contribute a minimum capital in kind, in the shape of two bicycles, a wooden crate for the tiffins, white cotton kurta-pyjamas, and the white trademark Gandhi topi (cap).
- A case-study of HARVARD UNIVERSITY
- A unique feature of Mumbai, the dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. All for a pittance. The "laundries" are called "ghats": row upon row of concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone. The clothes are soaked in sudsy water, thrashed on the flogging stones, then tossed into huge vats of boiling starch and hung out to dry. Next they are ironed and piled into neat bundles, almost two hundred dhobis and their families work together in what has always been a hereditary occupation.
- At a restaurant which is nice and hygienic
Arrival at Mahim Station by cab(From here starting point for a 2 hrs walk for Slum Tour)The east flank of the Mahim Station is dominated by the plastic and metal recycling catacombs of 13th compound. It is amazing to see the heavy machinery’s melting and moulding the plastic pellets for toys and button manufacturers producing Barbi Dolls of India. The delicious aroma from tiny bakeries and sweet shops, the exotic smell of soaps and cosmetics creates new magical incense, one can feel instantaneously. The dime-sized cyber cafes, mass-producing tailors, altar shapers and the children waving from the precipitous balconies is the most happening in slums that qualifies an active show and tell.
At KumbharwadaKhumbarwada area is the place occupied by the potter’s community from Gujarat, the origin habitat of Dharavi zone, they set up their communal clay pits and kilns in the 1930. where the mud wells and kilns portray the story of struggle and hardships with each round of the potters wheel and unfurls the luster of this region. Come and had a look what you can’t experience at any other place other than the Brazil's Fevalas and India's Dharavi.
Slum Tour Ends
- Drop to Hotel