Deep feelings in one of the biggest slums in the world

Mumbai
Mumbai

There is lots to do in Mumbai (Bombay).

We had little more than a day to do it.

Like in Delhi, we took the option of hiring a taxi driver for the day to take us to the main sights:

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Overlooking Mumbai

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We visited the largest single-dwelling building – where four people live on a grand 45 stories (see above).

Another must-see for the history and culture buffs is a visit to Mahtma Gandhi’s Mumbai residence – man he had one hell of a library!

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Dharavi Slum is one of the biggest slums in the world.

An estimated 700,000 to one million people live in this ramshackle city within Mumbai.

I don’t really have any words to describe what it was like to walk through here, and see the faces of poverty.

That visit will always sit with me as a truly humbling experience – to see so many people in dire need, yet some of them still smiling, and all of them making do with what they had.

I’m sorry I haven’t written more about Mumbai, but it’s taken me long enough to write this post – I just can’t seem to put my feelings from this city into words.

Such a stark comparison between the rich and the poor is what I saw. And it both disheartened and humbled me.

I felt grateful for what I had, and angry at what other didn’t have.

I also felt helpless, like I couldn’t do anything to help.

I guess that’s the thing – you can travel the world and see all these problems you want to fix, and yet you can’t.

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Dhobi Ghat open-air laundry
Dhobi Ghat open-air laundry

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