Dharavi, the largest slum in Asia beats the iconic Taj Mahal to become the favourite tourist destination for travelers coming to India. As per reports, it made it to the top of the list of ‘Traveller’s Choice Experiences 2019 - India’ and it also featured on the Top 10 Asia list at rank no. 10. Tourists are taken on tours through the narrow alleyways of the slum to showcase the hot business hub that it has become over the past few years. So, here's everything that you need to know about Dharavi, Asia's largest slum.
1. Dharavi wasn't always a slum. During the 18th century, it was an island that was inhabited by fishermen.
2. The current population of the Dharavi slum is still unknown but some sources suggest that it is between 300,000 to about a million.
3. Many renowned movies depicted the slums of Dharavi or were shot here.
5. Dharavi is the third largest slum area in the world after the slums of Mexico’s Neza-Chalco-Itza and Karachi’s Orangi.
6. The total population of Dharavi is greater/equal to the population of countries like Bahrain, Bahamas, Green land and Fiji.
7. There are about 500 industrial units that produce garments, pottery, leather, steel and much more.
8. An art fest titled Dharavi Biennale is organised every year by Sneha, a Mumbai based non-profit organization.
9. They have their own hip-hop crew called the SlumGods.
10. In 2016, a group of genius teenage girls created three mobile apps: Padhai Hai Mera Haq, Women Fight Back and Paani Hai Jeevan.
11. Dharavi's recycling units discard waste not only from Mumbai's citizens but also from all around the country and abroad to generate revenue.
12. Most of the houses don't have individual toilets or taps in Dharavi.
Dharavi has become quite popular worldwide for being a industrial hub and for being one of the largest slums in Asia, which is why, guided tours are offered to tourists who want to see and witness what life in Dharavi feels like.
The closest railway station to Dharavi is Sion Railway Station.
Here's a glimpse of what Dharavi looks like: