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Dabbawala Tour

Dabbawala, Dhobi Ghat & Slum Tour with Local Train Ride ( Best Tour in Mumbai to do )

Meet The Dabbawalas of Mumbai!

For anyone who has ever been to Mumbai, the Dabbawalas are 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.

See the real Hero of Mumbai.

>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:
  • Dabbawala ( Real Hero )
  • Dhobi Ghat ( Open Air Laundry )
  • Place where Slumdog Millionaire was shot
  • Leather Industries
  • Pottery
  • Making of soap
  • Bakery 
  • Colour 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.
>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 )
>MEETING LOCATION:
  • Morning Tour: Mahim West Railway station opposite cafe coffee day shop.

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Contact us on +91 900413 5215

Email : info@mumbaidreamtours.com

The Longer Yard

 

 

ABOUT THE THE LONGER YARD:

This 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 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 tough police crackdown, in the late 1990s with the rise of AIDS and 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, Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) recorded there were 50,000 sex workers here which were 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 )
  • Place where Slumdog Millionaire was shot
  • Leather Industries
  • Pottery
  • Making of soap
  • Bakery 
  • Colour 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, 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 with up to four other travelers, Transport will be by local Train.
  • Private Tour: INR 6,000/- Rupees. You can bring a maximum of five people on your private tour. Transport will be by A/C car.
>TIME:
  • Operates every day
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Morning Tour: 9:00 AM
  • Afternoon Tour: 2:00 PM
>MEETING LOCATION: For Group Tour
  • Morning Tour: Churchgate Railway station Ticket Window No.16 Near Book Stall.
  • Afternoon Tour: Churchgate Railway station Ticket Window No.16 Near Book Stall.
>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 on +91 900413 5215

Email : info@mumbaidreamtours.com