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An insight inside Dharavi Slum, one of the biggest indian slum with a population estimated between 600.000 and 1.000.000 people, situated in the economical heart of the sub-continent, Mumbai. Once know as Bombay, today this megalopolis count over 12 millions inhabitants most of whom still have to fight for their daily survival in poor hygienic conditions, in big contrast with the rich and healthy part of the society. Being available only 1 toilet every 1.500 people, the local river is used for going to the "bathroom".

World famous thanks to the popular movie "Slumdog Millioner" that was set and shoot here, today is place of an alternative tourisme and guided tour. Let's discover it with Davide, roaming alone around this "dangerous" place.

My visit to Darhavi Slum through photos

The entrance to Dharavi slum, is through a bridge overpassing the railway tracks.

The entrance to Dharavi slum, through a bridge overpassing the railway

In a place where space and light is of limited access, the rails are used as a comfortable living room.

In a place where space and light is of limited access, the rails are used as a comfortable living room. 002 Mumbai-Bombay-Dharavi-Slum India 3947

Life on the busy streets of Darhavi slum: a high percentage of the people living here are of muslim religion.

Life on the busy streets of Darhavi slum. An high percentage of the people living here are of muslim religion. 003 Mumbai-Bombay-Dharavi-Slum India 3935

The slum is divided into two sectors, the productive and the residential areas: space is limited and over exploited.

The slum is divided into two sectors: the productive and the residential areas: space is limited and over exploited. 038 Mumbai-Bombay-Dharavi-Slum India 3903

Textile business is one of the main activities held at Darhavi slum in Mumbai.

Textile business is one of the main activities held at Darhavi slum. 039 Mumbai-Bombay-Dharavi-Slum India 3910

Also recycling is becoming more and more profitable and diffused. Women are working in the workshops as well as men.

Also recycling is becoming more and more profitable and diffused . Women are working in the workshops as well as men. 040 Mumbai-Bombay-Dharavi-Slum India 3911

Everything can be recycled in Darhavi slum: here another workshop is recycling oil cans.

Everything can be recycled in Darhavi slum: here another workshop is recycling oil cans. 041 Mumbai-Bombay-Dharavi-Slum India 3912

Skins of goat are unloaded and broght inside the workshop. The tanning industry is one of the oldest in Darhavi slum.

Skins of goat are unloaded and broght inside the workshop. The industry of tanning is one of the oldest in Darhavi slum. 042 Mumbai-Bombay-Dharavi-Slum India 3918

Lack of air and space is a leitmotiv in Darhavi slum. Workers have to share narrow spaces.

Lack of air and space is a leitmotiv in Darhavi slum. Workers have to share narrow spaces. 043 Mumbai-Bombay-Dharavi-Slum India 3919

Life is going on and kids gather and play where there is an opening of space and light. Girls comb each other's hair, a common habit in India.

Life is going on and kids gather and play where there is an opening of space and light. Girls comb each other's hair, a common habit in India. 045 Mumbai-Bombay-Dharavi-Slum India 3925

Despite being warned to pay attention because the slum is a dangerous place, all the people showed to be very nice and friendly.

Despite being warned to pay attention because the slum is a dangerous place, all the people showed to be very nice and friendly. 046 Mumbai-Bombay-Dharavi-Slum India 3927

On the residantial sector a kid is trying to do his homework on the steps of his house, probably for the absence of light inside. The slum are so crowded that there is no space for windows and light. Often also the roads are really narrow, and the light is barely reaching the ground.

On the residantial sector a kid is trying to do his homework on the steps of his house, probably for the absence of light inside. The slum are so crowded that there is no space for windows and light. Often also the roads are really narrow, and the light is barely reaching the ground. 047 Mumbai-Bombay-Dharavi-Slum India 3931

While some kids are studying, lots of them are working to help economically their families. Cost of living in Mumbai is quite high compared to the rest of India.

While some kids are studying, lots of them are working to help economically their families. 048 Mumbai-Bombay-Dharavi-Slum India 3932

Even when exploited and in an unconfortable condition, kids never miss the chance for a smile. A ray of light in this darkness.

Even when exploited and in an unconfortable condition, kids never miss the chance for a smile. A ray of light in this darkness. 050 Mumbai-Bombay-Dharavi-Slum India 3936

As everywhere in India, there isn't much support for disabled people. A man unable to walk is crawling in the asphalt.

As everywhere in India, there isn't much support for disabled people. A man unable to walk is crawling in the asphalt. 051 Mumbai-Bombay-Dharavi-Slum India 3939

A barber shop in Darhavi slum: not only here, but everywhere in Mumbai and in India, a chair and a mirror are enough to open an activity.

A barber shop in Darhavi slum: not only here, but everywhere in India, a chair and a mirror are enough to open an activity. 054 Mumbai-Bombay-Dharavi-Slum India 3950

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I like to say that I'm a gypsy traveller. In 2009 I quit my job to chase my dream of exploring our wonderful planet in a sustainable way; thanks to my itchy feet, I had a lot of incredible adventures and I got closer to my goal of becoming a travel photographer. I love nature, sustainability, outdoor and hiking, and I never stop dreaming. More about Davide Vadala'. Content attribution on Google +

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