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Morning Life of Mumbai's Dabbawalas and Dhobis Tour

Mumbai, India

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  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Overview

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.

Information

Includes:
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Walking tour
  • Train tickets in the 1st class compartment for the train ride from Churchgate Railway Station to the Mahalaxmi Train Station
Excludes:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Dress code is smart casual

Meeting Point

Departs from your Mumbai city hotel
Departure Time:
10am
Departure Comments:

Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

Return Details:
Returns to the original departure location
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