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Get inside tips from a local
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
You will be picked up by the guide from your hotel and driven to the Churchgate Railway Station, the starting point of our tour. Here, you will see the dabbawalas disembarking the dabbas in their wooden carts from the local train. Watch these dabbawalas segregate the boxes and transfer them in trolleys for delivery. Don’t stop here as you will be escorted towards the platform to board the local train to Mahalaxmi Station.
After arrival at Mahalaxmi Railway Station, observe the dabbawalas and listen as your guide teaches you about the alphanumeric color coding system they invented and how their flawless method has attracted top business schools in the world. As they set out on their task of delivering the boxes to skyscrapers and multinational companies, understand this 125 year old system. The boxes are then driven by 3-4 dabbawalas in different directions for delivery by bicycle.
Moving ahead, you proceed to the open air laundry area firmly known as Dhobi Ghat. A unique feature of Mumbai apart from the rest of the world, a Dhobi is a traditional laundryman who collects your dirty linen, washes them in an open area and then returns them neatly pressed to your doorstep. The massive area where the laundry is done is called a "Ghat". The clothes are soaked in sudsy water, thrashed on the flogging stones, then tossed into huge vats and hung out to dry. The process is non-stop and more than two hundred Dhobis and their families work together in what has always been a hereditary occupation. After your time here, you will be dropped back to your hotel.
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Train tickets in the 1st class compartment for the train ride from Churchgate Railway Station to the Mahalaxmi Train Station
Food and drinks
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
Dress code is smart casual
Departs from your Mumbai city hotel
Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.