We are a couple and visiting Mumbai in April. Would it safe to walk through Dharvi Slums without a guide?
There is a wide range of activity in this mini-city i.e. Dharavi. You can learn about plastic recycling, leather work, pottery, papadam baking, soap production and more. You should definitely have a guide with your for this one-of-its-kind trip and take home memories worth cherishing.
I don't think so this is best idea to visit without guide. you must go with guide.
yes wont need a guide ... there is not much history in that.. its just slums
It might be safe to walk around Dharavi, but you'll never be able to find your way. And without a guide you will have no idea where to go. Not only is Dharavi huge, it is also laid out like a maze, so you will need someone who knows the place well. I've been to Dharavi many times, and i still get lost.
it is not recommended even with guide, there is only one off beat company in Mumbai which runs Dharavi walking tour please approach them otherwise I would recommend not to do it. NOTHING TO MISS
Hi Michael. It is relatively safe to walk around Dharavi. However, I do recommend first checking it out with a guide to understand your way around the place, how the businesses and livelihoods of the people run efficiently while living in a modest habitat.
I recommend this tour https://www.thrillophilia.com/tours/dharavi-tour-mumbai
Once you get the hang of the place, you can take off on your own.
It is safe, but do take precautions: go in the daytime, keep your valuables close to your body. Dharavi is an area which has developed without rules, so there are no lanes or roads as such (except a few main roads) - it is just tiny lanes between shacks. It's a huge area, so you may get lost - use GPS.
The nearest local train station is Sion - Come out of the station and head right (the Western side) down the road bridge and you are in Dharavi. You can go from Bandra station (East side) as well, but you'll need to take an auto-rickshaw or a taxi. Warning - Mumbai local trains are always very crowded, try the off-peak hours or the weekends when the crowd is slightly less!
BTW, the new slumdog is Saroo, the "Lion" - he was from a place called Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh!