Out of the approximately 21 million people that live in Mumbai over 62 percent of them, which is about 13 million, live in the slums of Mumbai. And one of biggest slums in the city (and Asia) is Dharavi slum, owing its fame to the blockbuster movie “Slumdog Millionaire.” This is a side of Mumbai that’s been spoken of at length all across the globe. Book cheap flights from San Francisco to Mumbai (SFO to BOM) and come take a tour of this incredible place home to millions of Mumbaikars. There is no better place to visit than Dharavi if you want to explore the not-so-rich but equally hard-working side of Mumbai. You can book last minute flights to Mumbai in case you do not have time to book flights in advance.
The Dharavi slum is the largest one in Mumbai, second largest one in Asia and third largest one in the world home to approximately about 700,000 to 1 million people. It’s one of the most densely populated places in the world covering an area just over 2.1 square kilometers. Founded during the British Colonial era in 1882, one of the reasons the slum grew to be so populated was due to mass expulsion of residents from the city center by the Colonial government, and due to the migration of poor Indians from rural areas to urban Bombay. This is also one of the core reasons why Dharavi is a center of multi-religious and multicultural existence. Book cheap flights from San Francisco to Mumbai (SFO to BOM) and visit Dharavi slum to experience this diversity firsthand. The Dharavi of today has come a long way since its days in the 18th century. Then, it was just an island largely populated by the Koli fishermen and known as the village of Koliwadas. Today, it is an informal economy with countless household enterprises that employ the poor of Dharavi. Some of the goods made within Dharavi are textiles, leather, jewelry, pottery and handicraft items among several others. The estimated annual turnover of this economy is a whopping US $1 billion!
Dharavi has seen its share of disasters and loss. The very first plague that devastated the area along with other Mumbai settlements happened in 1896, and it wiped out nearly half the population. When you arrive on cheap flights from San Francisco to Mumbai (SFO to BOM) and mingle with the residents of Dharavi, you will hear from each of them incredible stories of love and loss. Over the next 25 years, a seemingly never-ending stream of such plagues and epidemics continued devastating Mumbai. Dangerous epidemics of cholera, typhoid and polio among others plagued the people of Mumbai and more so Dharavi. Even today, the living conditions of Dharavi residents are not so hygienic to say the least. Despite being one of the most productive slums in the world, the average lifespan of a Dharavi resident is estimated to be less than 60 years due to health and disease concerns.
Book cheap flights from San Francisco to Mumbai (SFO to BOM) and visit the most organized slum in the world split into two parts – residential and industrial. The chaotic industrial part of the slum is where you will find the men working hard without air conditioning to make ends meet. Women aren’t allowed to work in the factories here. They are found in the residential parts of the slum and most of them are housewives. The residential areas are split religion wise – Hindus (60%), Muslims (33%) and Christians (6%). This thriving and vibrant economy can progress even further if efforts are made to improve their living conditions. Book cheap flights from San Francisco to Mumbai (SFO to BOM) and take an eye-opening tour of this incredible slum. Business class flights to Mumbai are available at discounts as well. Mingle with residents, hear their awesome stories and return with a few life lessons.
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