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Balaji

Balaji's journey as a tour guide in Dharavi began in 2011, fueled by his passion for meeting new people and sharing his community with them. Despite his initial lack of experience and proficiency in English, he embraced the opportunity to connect with travelers from around the world.

Over the span of more than a decade and with over 28,000 visitors, Balaji's confidence grew as he led countless tours through Dharavi, his beloved home. The Dharavi slum tour, in particular, held a special place in his heart, allowing him to showcase the vibrant spirit and resilience of his community.

At each stop along the tour, Balaji wove together countless stories, offering glimpses into the daily lives, struggles, and triumphs of the people of Dharavi. These anecdotes not only captivated his audience but also inspired them, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the community they were exploring.

Amidst the tour, a pause for tea provided not only a moment of refreshment but also an opportunity for Balaji to further enrich his stories, infusing them with warmth and hospitality that left a lasting impression on his guests.

Balaji's invitation to join him on his journey through Dharavi wasn't just an invitation to see the sights but an invitation to see through the eyes of someone who knows and loves the place deeply. Through his eyes, visitors were invited to form their own impressions and discover the beauty and resilience of Dharavi for themselves.

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Tomer
18 Jul 2024 Tel Aviv-Yafo
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Travelled in couple - Jul 2024

Very knowledgeable guide, was extremely informative, guided us with ease and safely throughout the Dharvi neighborhood. A must do tour!

Kenneth Aerol
09 Jul 2024 Como
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Travelled in couple - Jul 2024

Tra dubbi e incertezze, alla fine abbiamo deciso di fare il tour del famoso slam di Dharavi. La cosa si è rivelata una piacevole esperienza unica nel suo genere, ed è stato soprattutto grazie alla nostra guida Balaji, nato e cresciuto qui, che siamo riusciti a comprendere un po’ di più la realtà delle baraccopoli in India. Lui, molto preparato e gentile, ci ha accompagnati con entusiasmo in questo tour tra vicoli stretti, abitanti indaffarati nelle loro mansioni e varie attività commerciali che animano lo slam: ci sono vasai, conciatori musulmani, ricamatori, fabbri e imprese addette al riciclaggio della plastica. Ci ha aperto gli occhi su un mondo che si è rivelato essere realmente come una città nella città, non pericoloso come ci immaginavamo. È stata una mattinata molto interessante e sorprendente per diversi aspetti. Balaji super!!!

Chiara
10 Jun 2024 Turin
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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024

We had a great time with our tour guide Abhishek, he explained interesting things happening in the slum with a lot of passion. I highly recommend this tour if you want to see what is the real life there without filters.

susan
28 Apr 2024 Chapel Hill
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Travelled alone - Apr 2024

This tour is so REAL - no sugar coating- and eye opening for westerners. I kept wondering if sociologists have studied dharavi and how one million people can come together and create communities and businesses under 18th century working conditions. Fascinating and sad all at the same time…

Yered
27 Apr 2024 Paris
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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024

Stimulating tour with deep culture and behind the scene stories, it was hard to process and reflect during this precious 2 hours in such a huge community. There are so many hidden industries in the area and felt that what we experienced was only just a glimpse of the reality. I would absolutely revisit again!

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