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Dharavi slumsin Mumbai, India

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Gloomy, littered with mountains of debris, overcrowded Dharavi slums is an interesting place to visit.
Dharavi slums, Mumbai
Mumbai Dharavi slums are considered to be one of the largest slums in the world. People build their own houses and live here illegally, which makes conduction of a full-scale population census impossible.

Dharavi slums
Photo: Dharavi slums, © Erica Duncan

In general, on the territory of only 215 hectares live for about one million people. They use narrow streets as kitchen, toilet, shower and even manage to work here.

Dharavi Street
Photo: Dharavi Street, © loadsy

They sleep in small rooms from one to about 7-8 people. The entire families spend the nights in one small room, often without windows, without beds and any furniture in general.

Houses are built mainly from rubbish - more precisely from wooden panels, old bricks, slate and metal pallets. Some people do not build houses at all, but put tents from sack just on the streets that sowed with tons of garbage.

Mountains of garbage in DharaviPhoto: Mountains of garbage in Dharavi, © Fred Bouwman

Of course, there are a few full-fledged buildings where you can rent a real room for $4 - this is the lowest price for rent per month in the world. (The price for sexual services is almost the same).

Despite the brutal unsanitary conditions of existence, locals manage to dress neatly, behave politely and affably, and some slum dwellers work in the center.

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Despite the frightening reputation of this place, it is possible to have a colorful adventure in contrasting Dharavi slums.

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