Join us in Dharavi for the festival of colours!
Holi is one of India’s largest and most popular Hindu holidays, taking place every year between February and March. Spend the day with us learning about life in Dharavi and celebrating this colourful holiday safely and authentically with the community.
Take a few hours to learn about Dharavi on our signature tour, regroup at our community centre, and then head out to our girls’ football field to engage in Holi festivities with the community. You will be joined by our friends from the community, including children from our educational programmes and staff from Reality Tours and Reality Gives!
Safety: While Holi can be a rowdy festival, we are taking precautions to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort. Safety is our number one priority. We have been running tours in Dharavi on and around Holi for years and have never had an incident. An extra guide will be accompanying each group and we will be playing Holi on a private field surrounded by friends and partners in the community. We will also be using specially purchased natural powders.
Our mission is to improve the quality of lives in our communities. Like all of our tours, 80% of the profits fund our NGO Reality Gives and our partner NGOs. Thank you for supporting our programs by signing up for the tour!
Metal and plastic comes from all over the world to Dharavi to be recycled. See the entire recycling process from sorting to the finished plastic pellets.
There is nothing like the view from a Dharavi factory rooftop. The tin hutments that house so many human lives stretch on as far as you can see. You will never forget this view!
The Community Centre, supported by funds from the tour, provides education in English, computers and soft skills to the teenagers and young adults of Dharavi. Visitors experience what matters most to Reality Tours… the men, women and children that make this dynamic community one of the most vibrant places in Mumbai.
After the tour, join our friends and partners from the community, children in our various programs as well as staff from Reality Tours and Reality Gives for a music and colour filled Holi party. Rest assured that we will be using safe, all-natural Holi powders.
Churchgate Station or Mahim Station
There are four entrances to Churchgate Station, including two subways. The first photo shows the station as you approach from Colaba and where the entrance is. Once inside the station, go to the book stall about 30 metres before the platforms (as shown in the next two photos). Look for the sign saying “Wheeler.” (Photos: One, Two, Three)
Our Community Centre. We will help you get a train or taxi after the party.
2 hour walking tour and 1.5 hour Holi Party
2:15pm – 7pm from Churchgate Station
3pm – 7pm from Mahim Station
Every tour was amazing.. it felt like I was just hanging out with a friend. The knowledge that the guides have is incredible just constantly informing you of something as we walk around. The guides all speak perfect English and love having a laugh with you. The groups were a perfect size not too big so it always felt personal and I even had a tour that was just me.
The Colaba walking tour was great my family used to live in the area so it was interesting seeing where they grew up and hear the history of the area. The food at the end of the tour is a must the best tea I had in India the snacks and lassi was delicious.
The street food tour was the best, loved sitting down the beach eating all the things I was googling on you tube before I arrived and everything tasted just as good as it looked. I didn’t have any food on the second part of the tour as I am vegetarian but the guides bought some vegetarian food anyway but I was too full from the beach food to eat anymore.. I did manage to fit the ice cream in at the end of the night tho I had lychee and it was lovely. All the food was safe to eat so make sure you enjoy as much as you can.
The night tour was interesting with being able to see the view of the queens necklace from high up the hill we especially loved seeing the big fat labrador street dog up at the viewing point I think this dog gets spoilt. The CST building lit up at night is amazing
Local transport tour was fun getting around like a local and so many things to see throughout the tour really enjoyed our little picnic in the park at the end of the tour
My ultimate favorite part of my stay was the Dharavi slum tour with the holi party… after the tour we went to a secure area in the slum for our private party with the guides, their families and some of the locals and it was amazing.. huge heaps of non toxic colored powder, great tunes with one of the guides teaching everyone how to Bollywood dance and everyone dancing and chasing each other with colours. One of the funnest days I’ve had!
I just had the most amazing time with a wonderful friendly bunch of people who kept us safe and organised throughout every tour very glad to have met everyone and see that life in the slums is very a lively and happy place.. will definitely recommend reality tours to all my friends and hope to return myself one day
The Dharavi tour is a “must do” tour. I went with my husband and 16 year old daughter for Dharawi tours and it is amazing to experience what life looks like in the slum. Our guide explained so much about traditions and present conditions in politics, religion and economics.
We were fortunate to visit Mumbai during the holi festival. So our tour in Dharavi also included an afternoon party with Bollywood music and dancing with colours. 95 % of the tourists participated in the dancing so I felt very comfortable dancing in daylight with the crowd. For us dance lovers the party was fantastic. If you have someone in the party there was a balcony were they can stay, relax and take pictures. No one is recognizable after 10 minutes.
All in all the party was well organized with some hired dancers, Bollywood music and a hand ful children joining us. The dancing was in a closed area (a schoolyard) so we could leave our cameras and clean clothes in a class room. Me and my daughter applied coconut oil in the hair and face before the dance. We had prepared with really low priced pants and shirts especially for this occasion. When we got back to our hotel we gave our coloured clothes away. I danced without shoes so my feet were green one week later. My daughters pink sneakers looked like new after we washed them in our normal wash machine.
If you like leather products there is a shop for Dharawi bags were you can spend some money but otherwise you do not need to bring large sums of money. The ffdfd run schools and other projects. I wanted to give money in cash after the tour but they wanted the money to be sent via the official wire. After the tour our guide made sure all of us visitors got a taxi taking us back to our hotels.
We arrived in Mumbai the day after Holi and were so excited to join in Reality Tour’s Holi Party. In the morning we went on the local transport tour, which was a great introduction to the city and and really helped us feel comfortable getting around. The afternoon we got a tour of Dharavi. They provided us a snack and then the participants and tour guides had a great time dancing and of course throwing colored dyes at everyone. If you’re traveling through Mumbai around Holi you should absolutely participate in the Holi Party, and even if you’re passing through some other time of the year, I definitely suggest the transportation tour as a good way to orient yourself around the city.