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Dhobi Ghat

Dhobi Ghat Tour

Discover Mumbai’s Iconic Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat with a Guided Tour

Immerse yourself in Mumbai’s culture and history with a guided tour of the Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, the city’s largest open-air laundry facility.

Discover the traditional way of washing clothes in Mumbai with a guided tour of the Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat. This iconic open-air laundry facility has been in operation for over a century and provides a glimpse into the city’s history and culture. Additionally, Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat Mumbai is the world’s largest open-air laundry. People bring dirty clothes from all over Mumbai. And hundreds of washermen and women – dhobis, work their shifts through the day to get the clothes back to their fresh, crisp, and spotless state.

However, During the tour, you’ll learn about the history and significance of the Dhobi Ghat. While some dhobi families take help from machines too, much of the activities at this Dhobi Ghat of Mumbai are taken care of by hand. Every family member takes care of their part. One person flogs the clothes in the washing trough, while others hang them out to dry. Then someone will mint the clothes using bulky charcoal irons.

Things to do at Mumbai Dhobi Ghat

1. Watching the organized chaos at the laundry – Dhobi Ghat laundry in Mumbai is one of the top tourist destinations in the city. It buzzes with washers and the smell of washing soda and other chemicals all day long. Moreover, You can watch the well-managed manual laundry system here. While one dhobi sorts the clothes as per their colors and types, another one will beat the stains out of clothes; and yet another member of the family hangs them on the lines to dry.

Mumbai Dhobi Ghat also has separate sections to boil water and wash infected clothes from hospitals. And while the washed clothes are being ironed before delivery, more porters come in with fresh piles of dirty clothes.

2. Knowing about the life of washermen and women – This Dhobi Ghat in Mumbai is managed by the people who work there, and they’re more than eager to share their stories with travelers. Learn about the entire process, hear about their daily struggles at work, and play a game or two of marbles with the kids there. You might also grab some helpful washing tips to take back home.

3. Clicking colorful photographs of clotheslines – Dhobi Ghat Mumbai sightseeing is also popular among photographers. Rows of colorful clothes drying in the sun streamlined displays of monochrome linens from hospitals and hotels, and happy faces behind the water splashes are all different frames you can capture. In addition, The patient photographers can also click piles of clothes loaded on porters’ backs, their cycles, and handcarts wheeled in and out.

Time: Morning 8 am the best time to start.

Tour Duration 1 hour

Meeting Point:

Mahalaxmi Station Near Ticket Window

Mahalakshmi Railway Station, Mahalakshmi Railway Station, Keshavrao Khadye Marg, Mahalakshmi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400018, India

Cost: INR 1000/- Per Person ( Group Tour )

How to Reach Dhobi Ghat Mumbai?

Dhobi Ghat is in proximity to many other tourist spots in Mumbai. To reach Dhobi Ghat, Mahalaxmi Mumbai station is the nearest local railway station here are the various ways to reach Mumbai –

By Road – Mumbai has regular buses to various parts of India. Whether you want to get a bus from the nearby towns Pune and Nagpur or distant tourist destinations like Ahmedabad and Panaji, you’ll find a suitable conveyance. The Mumbai Central bus stop is only about 2 km away from Dhobi Ghat.

By Rail – Railways are the lifeline of Mumbai, and regular trains connect it to different corners of India. While Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus is 6 km away from Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai Central is at a distance of 3 km. Suburban railway stations like Bandra Terminus, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, and others also have many trains coming from different towns.

Note: you can add the Dharavi slum tour with local train ride experience it will be INR 1000/- per person extra

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FAQs

How do I get to Dhobi Ghat in Mumbai?

Dhobi Ghat is approximately 25 km away from Mumbai and is well connected by train. You need to take a local train and get down to Mahalaxmi station.

What does Dhobi Ghat mean?

Dhobi Ghat is a place where the washerman and women wash clothes. A person washing the clothes is known as Dhobi and the ghat is the ultimate source of water that they use to ensure clothes are properly washed. In Mumbai, more than 50% of the population’s clothes are washed here.

Where is dhobi ghat?

Dhobi Ghat is located at a distance of 25 km away from Mumbai that is at Mahalaxmi. This place is right in the heart of Mumbai and is easily accessible.

What is the story of Dhobi Ghat?

Dhobi Ghat was started 140 years ago by an association of washermen in the Victorian era. Earlier there were only a few people working but in later years the entire region turned it up into their occupation. This is the only place from the British era whose name was not changed as is the same for about 140 years.

Dabbawala Tour

Dabbawala Tour

Meet The Dabbawalas of Mumbai! The real Hero of Mumbai.

For anyone who has ever been to Mumbai, the Dabbawala Tour is a special class of people who everyone knows! For the uninitiated though – Who is a Dabbawalla?

The word “dabbawala” in Hindi when literally translated, means “one who carries a box”. “Dabba” means a box (usually a cylindrical tin or aluminum container). The closest meaning of the dabbawala in English would be the “lunch box delivery man”

Each day throughout the city of Mumbai, 5,000 of the dabbawalas deliver some 130,000 dabbas to offices throughout the metropolis. In the nearly 120 years of this service, the dabbawalas’ approach has remained consistent: a semi-literate workforce (the dabbawalas) pick up the filled dabbas from the households that prepare them and deliver the boxes to the requisite offices; they then retrieve the empty dabbas from these delivery points and returned them to the originating households, in order to begin the process again the next day. Roughly 260,000 transactions are completed within 6 hours each day, 6 days a week, 51 weeks a year, and operating at a quality level comparable to Six Sigma processes. 

Moreover, this operational excellence is accomplished in the absence of technology, such as computers or even cell phones. Stories – like the remarkable one that the Dabbawalas have, inspire teams to relook at their own paradigms with fresh new eyes.

>Dhobi Ghat ( Open Air-Laundry )

(Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat) is a well-known open-air laundromat in Mumbai, India. The washers, locally known as Dhobis, work in the open to wash the clothes from Mumbai’s hotels and hospitals. There are rows of open-air concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone. Called the world’s largest outdoor laundry, Dhobi Ghat is a very popular attraction among foreign tourists.

The word Dhobi Ghat is used all over India to refer to any place where many washers are present. It is located next to Mahalaxmi railway station on the Western Railway’s Saat Rasta roundabout. It can be easily seen from the flyover bridge of Mahalaxmi station.

In 2013, World Records India and World Amazing Records honored World Record Certificate to Dhobi Kalyan.

>Why Dharavi is the heart of Mumbai? ( Slum Tour )

Dharavi slum was founded in 1882 during the British Raj yet remains to be an iconic destination for city lovers. Asia’s largest slum Dharavi lies on prime property right in the middle of India’s financial capital, Mumbai.  Dharavi is much more than a historic area of Mumbai’s poverty. Most of these things are created innovatively, in very small spaces!

We are pleased to welcome you to witness the hidden treasures of Mumbai. Our walking tours through the industries and residential areas of Dharavi show the unique strengths, opportunities, and challenges of the community. Our aim is to raise awareness while dispelling the negative attitudes many people have about slums. The tour offers walking through the narrow alleyways of Dharavi for 2.5 hours. The tour will then end with visiting a KumbharWada pottery colony, where visitors will get to have a unique glimpse of artisans creating all types of pots out of unfired, sun-dried clay.

Some of the areas will be familiar if you have seen the film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ as much of the film was shot in Dharavi.

>TOUR HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DABBAWALA TOUR
  • Dabbawala ( Real Hero )
  • Dhobi Ghat ( Open Air Laundry )
  • A place where Slumdog Millionaire was shot
  • Leather Industries
  • Pottery
  • Making of soap
  • Bakery 
  • Color Dye
  • Small Alley
  • Schools & Hospitals
  • Houses in Slum
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Muslim people making a shrine for Hindus
  • Recycling of veg oil can
  • The most interesting thing is, guide himself lives in slums
  • Slum market
.>PRICING:
  • Group Tour: INR 1,500/- Rupees per person. (minimum 2 people for Booking) You will be accompanied by up to four other travelers.
  • Private Tour: INR 3000/- Rupees Per Person.
>Extra Things to Add:
  • Pickup and Drop: INR 6200/- You can bring a maximum of six people on your private tour. (For larger groups, please get in touch)
  • Learn Pottery: INR 200/- per person (Get hands-on with pottery Making. by visiting a local potter’s workshop—where we’ll get a general overview of pottery making and have a go at wheel throwing and making a piece of Kumbharwada art )
  • Lunch with Family: INR 200/- per person ( End of the tour, lunch with a nearby family home for a Vegetarian Meal. Get comfortable and feast the local way, sitting on the floor and eating with your hands )
  • Mehendi artists ( Henna ): INR 500/- per Hand (one side)  The blushing moment you found in Our Dharavi community with a Professional Henna artist.
>TIME:
  • Operates Monday to Saturday ( you will not see Dabbawalas on Sunday )
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Morning Tour: 11 AM from ( Churchgate Ticket counter Near Book Stall )
  • Afternoon Tour: 1:30 PM (13:30) Churchgate Ticket Window Near Book Stall
>MEETING LOCATION:
  • Morning Tour: Churchgate Railway station Near the Ticket window.

Meeting Point:

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The Longer Yard

 

 

ABOUT THE THE LONGER YARD:

The Longer Yard tour is a half-day experience, Dharavi has an active informal economy in which numerous household enterprises employ many of the slum residents, leather, textiles, and pottery products are among the goods made inside Dharavi. Most of these things are created innovatively, in very small spaces!

Before the visit to the Dharavi slum, we pass through Red Light Area (Kamathipura) & Dhobi Gath (Open Air Laundry)

>Kamathipura (also spelled Kamthipura) is Mumbai’s oldest and Asia’s second-largest Red-Light District. It was first settled after 1795 with the construction of causeways that connected the erstwhile seven islands of Bombay. Initially known as Lal Bazaar, it got its name from the Kamathis (workers) of other areas of the country, who were laborers on construction sites. Due to the tough police crackdown, in the late 1990s with the rise of AIDS and the government’s redevelopment policy that helped sex workers to move out of the profession and subsequently out of Kamathipura, the number of sex workers in the area has dwindled. 

In 1992, the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) recorded there were 50,000 sex workers here which was reduced to 1,600 in 2009, with many sex workers migrating to other areas in Maharashtra and real estate developers taking over the high-priced real estate.

>Dhobi Ghat (Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat) is a well-known open-air laundromat in Mumbai, India. The washers, locally known as Dhobis, work in the open to wash the clothes from Mumbai’s hotels and hospitals. There are rows of open-air concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone. Called the world’s largest outdoor laundry, Dhobi Ghat is a very popular attraction among foreign tourists.

The word Dhobi Ghat is used all over India to refer to any place where many washers are present. It is located next to Mahalaxmi railway station on the Western Railway’s Saat Rasta roundabout. It can be easily seen from the flyover bridge of Mahalaxmi station.

In 2013, World Records India and World Amazing Records honored World Record Certificate to Dhobi Kalyan.

>TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Kamathipura ( Red-Light Area )
  • Dhobi Ghat ( Open Air Laundry )
  • A place where Slumdog Millionaire was shot
  • Leather Industries
  • Pottery
  • Making of soap
  • Bakery 
  • Color Dye
  • Small Alley
  • Schools & Hospitals
  • Houses in Slum
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Muslim people making a shrine for Hindus
  • Recycling of veg oil can
  • The most interesting thing is, guide himself lives in slums
  • Slum market
.>PRICING:
  • Group Tour: INR 1,800/- Rupees per person. (minimum 2 people for Booking) You will be accompanied by up to four other travelers, Transport will be by local Train & Taxi
  • Private Tour: INR 3,000/- Rupees Rupees per person. Transport will be by local Train & Taxi
>TIME:
  • Operates every day
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Morning Tour: 10:00 AM
  • Afternoon Tour: 2:00 PM
>MEETING LOCATION: For Group Tour
  • Third Wave Cafe Shop is Just opposite Mahim west Railway station.
  • Tip Road, Unit no.58, Ground floor Ram Mahal Building, Senapathi, Senapati Bapat Marg, Station, Mahim, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400016 (Google Map) https://goo.gl/maps/qet1YSS94CUeJ8eb8
>Inclusions
  • Entrance fees to all site attractions
  • Cultured, professional, highly qualified, and knowledgeable Guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off for Private Tour
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle for Private Tour

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The Longer Yard Tour Review

> For any Further Queries please connect with us and we shall be glad to assist You. 

Contact us at +91 900413 5215

Email: info@mumbaidreamtours.com