Known to many as ‘one of the largest slums in Asia’, we prefer to think of Dharavi as Mumbai’s beating heart. It houses about one million of Mumbai’s inhabitants and its industries have an annual turnover of approximately US$ 665 million. Not only is Dharavi home to much of the city’s economic activity, but it is also home to some of the best chefs!
We’ll connect you with our resident chef in Dharavi for a memorable cooking experience. Experience a different side of Dharavi–through the delectable cuisine made in a resident’s very own kitchen. Learn about the spices used, source the ingredients directly from the local market and get hands-on with the food prep and cooking!
After lunch, you will visit one of the local artisans and learn how to make clay pottery. It is time to roll your sleeves back up and test out your skills on the spinning wheel!
You will finish the day with a walk through Dharavi’s art district and see murals representing modern Indian culture.
Explore Dharavi’s bustling market where you’ll get the chance to learn about the key ingredients used in Indian cuisine. You’ll also be picking up the ingredients for your meal together (only the freshest ingredients!)
The household kitchen you’ll be cooking in is located in the Kumbbharwada neighborhood. This neighbourhood is more than 150 years old and is the oldest part of Dharavi. Artisans create various types of earthen pots that are shipped all over India.
Roll up your sleeves and get cooking! Your resident chef will take you through the steps of creating your lunch for the day. From the washing, cutting, seasoning and more, your fun cooking experience shall provide you with a taste of what goes into cooking a vegetarian meal in a Dharavi household.
Enjoy the fruits of your labour and feast on the vegetarian lunch that you made in a local family’s home!
Head to a local artisan to try your hand on the spinning wheel after a short demonstration. Learn more about the process of creating and drying pottery why this art is so important to Dharavi.
Finish the tour with a stroll through Dharavi’s art district and gaze in awe at huge murals created by artists from around the world.
We meet at the main entrance and ticket office on the West side of the station (photo 1). To check if you are in the right spot, verify that V-Jai Restaurant and Bakery is opposite and Cafe Coffee Day is diagonally opposite. (Photos: One, Two, Three)
Ends where we eat lunch near 90 Feet road. The nearest intersection is 60 Feet and 90 Feet road. Your guide will help you find the best way to get where you’re going next.
4 hours including lunch
8:45 from Churchgate Station
9:30 am from Mahim Station