One of Asia’s biggest slums in the Indian financial capital of Mumbai is becoming a tourist destination. Though tour operators say they help dispel myths about slum life, some residents see them as exploitative.
Thousands of people move each month from villages and small towns to India’s financial and film capital in search of the great Mumbai dream. But grinding poverty and a lack of affordable housing in the western Indian city has led to sprawling shanty towns.
One of the largest is Dharavi, home to an estimated one million people and better known as the setting for the Academy Award-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Now, British-run Reality Tours has begun offering tourists a tour through Dharavi’s teeming lanes.
Published at Deutsche Welle Online, Germany’s international broadcaster.
Story by Michael Atkin, photographs by Lauren Farrow
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