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The Real Slumdog Millionaires, Dharavi

The Real Slumdog Millionaires, Dharavi

Home to nearly 1 million residents, Dharavi is the third-largest slum dwelling in the world and one of the most densely populated areas on the earth. This slum became famous following the release of the 2008 hit movie Slumdog Millionaire.

During this half-day guided tour you will get to go inside the slum to see how the residents live and work. There is a palpable sense of community that exists in Dharavi, a patchwork of people from all parts of India; marvel at the diversity as you see temples, mosques, and churches erected side by side.

Starting at the Mahim Railway Station, you will wind through the slum’s narrow alleyways and be greeted by friendly locals. The smells of bakery goods and exotic soaps will entice you as you walk past dime-sized cyber cafes, tailoring shops, and various vendors offering a wide range of handmade products including embroidered and leather goods.

Dharavi has a sizable recycling compound and a notable melting and molding industry making plastic toys. Some may call this area an eyesore in the middle of India’s financial capital, but the entrepreneurial spirit and creative industries that have been a result of the most diverse of slums is arguably the most diverse neighborhood in Mumbai.

In Kumbharwada, a large settlement set up in the 1930s, you will see beautiful clay pots crafted by traditional potters hailing from Gujarat. This area of narrow, winding roads in Dharavi is probably Mumbai’s unique way of holding on to its past. Because modernization is slow here, you will find rows of houses with dozens of hands covered in clay working in unison in an old art form attracting tourists, filmmakers, and photographers from all over the city.

Dharavi’s hub of innovative entrepreneurs and strong sense of spirit will break stereotypical beliefs about poverty and slum life and will leave you feeling inspired and hopeful for the resourceful people you meet here. Sign up for this popular tour today and you will leave this experience with a new-found appreciation of the human spirit.

Please Note: A tourist visa is required to debark in India. Cruise lines do not usually provide this visa, therefore, you will need to obtain one before your cruise.

07/03/2023 through 05/03/2024
05/03/2022 through 05/03/2024

Day 1

This energetic city is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Elephanta Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, and the city's distinctive Victorian and Art Deco buildings. It is the largest city in India and contains 7 distinct districts. There is so much to see here, but the most popular tourist attractions are typically concentrated in South Mumbai such as the Elephanta Caves, the Gateway of India and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. If you love shopping, the Colaba Causeway is a lively place to browse jewelry, designer clothes and accessories. There are many quaint cafes here, including Cafe Leopold, the most famous restaurant in Mumbai. Make sure that you head of Marine Drive for a taste of the best street food in all of India such as Bhel Puri or Vada Pav!

Mumbai is also the center of the Bollywood industry, so make sure you take a tour to visit a film studio while you are there!

05/03/22 - 05/03/24

Starting At $45

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Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. A tourist visa is required to debark in India. Cruise lines do not usually provide this visa, therefore, you will need to obtain one prior to your cruise.

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