If you are asked which is the most popular tourist destination in India, you will definitely answer Taj Mahal, Jammu, and Kashmir, Himachal or South India. But TripAdvisor’s website includes Dharavi slum of Mumbai in the top 10 traveler’s Choice. Dharavi slum in Mumbai is Asia’s largest slum. Instead of visiting Taj Mahal, tourists are more excited to experience the life of poor people by visiting this deprived area.
In a survey conducted by tourists who want to see and experience things happening in India, local small places have been preferred rather than world-famous destinations. There is a number of towers that are popular for small and unique reasons for small spaces. Dharavi is in the tenth position in the same list, and there is no place of Taj Mahal in the top ten. Old Delhi is ranked in the list after Dharavi in India. The Taj Mahal and Agra Fort are followed by it.
While these tours have become much popular after being starred in blockbuster Indian films like the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and the more recently rap movie Gully Boy, many have asked whether such tours of poverty-stricken areas are humane since they can be demoted to a voyeuristic sense, where tourists are made to recognize their privileged survival at the cost of those less lucky.
Dharavi has an area of 175 hectares, or 0.67 square miles (1.7 sq km). In 1986, the population of Dharavi was estimated at 530,225, but today’s Dharavi in 2019 has a population between 600,000 to more than 1 lakh people. Dharavi was the world’s worst and dirty slum, but with the 2011 census estimate. The awards were declared by TripAdvisor. The list of these destinations advises people to identify the most preferred and bookable experiences in India and the world selected by the tourists themselves. Dharavi the biggest slum in Asia appears to obtain more popularity with these tours. It has designated out that experiencing a local culture of the place is one of the most interesting experiences for the tourists. The existence of this place has beaten the bike ride to Old Delhi and even the train ride to Taj Mahal.