Mumbai is India’s financial capital, a locus of wealth on the subcontinent, yet located in the heart of this modern city is one of Asia’s largest slums. Dharavi occupies less than 1 square mile, yet is home to an estimated 1 million people. While some may view this densely populated city within a city as an eyesore, others see its potential as a tourist attraction.
Tourists come to Dharavi to witness how the other half lives, more so than ever since the 2009 premiere of the movie Slumdog Millionaire, which follows the story of a young man from the slums. Locals have started tour companies to capitalize on this increase in tourism. Although the tours raise certain ethical issues, many of these companies make a point to also give back to the community that they are putting on display.
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