Mumbai Dabbawala and Dhobi Ghat Half Day Tour

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  • Free Cancelation - 48 Hrs Notice
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  • 6 Hrs Duration
  • English / Chinese
  • Private Group
  • Hotel Pick Up
  • Experience two unique features of Mumbai culture by seeing dabbawalas and the dhobis in action
  • Learn about the alphanumeric color coding system the Dabbawalas have invented
  • See them at work and learn of their flawless method that's attracted top business schools in the world
  • Visit the open air laundry area firmly known as Dhobi Ghat and watch the dhobis toiling away at laundry
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture of Mumbai city and the features that set it apart from the world

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    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Train tickets
    • Transportation by private air-conditioned car/mini van
    • English-speaking tour guide
    • Bottled drinking water

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    • Tips (Optional)

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    • Hotel pick up and drop off
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    • Bottled drinking water

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    • Food and beverages
    • Tips (Optional)
What To Expect

Mumbai is rich in culture, and this half day tour takes you into the city to experience two of its most famous cultural features. With your English or Chinese speaking guide, you'll first head to Churchgate station to see the dabbawalas and their carts. The dabbawalas of Mumbai have captured the interest of the world, having been photographed in action. This veritable army of men in almost uniform traditional garb deliver homecooked, traditional food every day to over 200,000 individuals all over the city. What started out with one customer had swelled immensely over the years, to the point that they needed an alphanumeric color coding system to be able to indicate which food containers go where. Your guide will take you to see segregating boxes and transfer them into the trolleys. You'll hop onto a train that takes you to Mahalaxmi Station where you'll be able to watch the dabbawalas in action. Your guide will explain their history and how they have risen to the point that even the finest businessmen in the world are studying their methods and their success. You'll even learn what the numbers and colors of their specialized coding system means. Afterwards, you head to the open air laundry area in Mumbai called Dhobi Ghat. This immense laundromat is full of dhobis who work and toil under the sky every day to clean clothes and linens from hotels and hospitals. Walk amongst the rows of wash pens and flogging stones and let your guide tell you how they are used and how much work happens in this area every day. Your can choose to have lunch at a local cafe before being dropped off at your hotel.

dabbawala
Experience seeing Dabbawalas at work first hand and learn about their famous delivery methods
dhobi ghat
Visit the largest open air laundry in the world
dhobis
Watch the dhobis washing fabrics and linens from the local hospitals and hotels
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  • Car (up to 3 pax): Toyota Etios or Maruti Swift Dzire or similar
  • Van (up to 5 pax): Toyota Innova or similar
Itinerary

Itinerary:

  • 9:00am pick up from local hotel in Mumbai
  • Drive to Churchgate station, 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.
  • 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
  • Proceed to the open air laundry area firmly known as Dhobi Ghat
  • Dhobi Ghat is an outdoor laundry area, a unique feature of Mumbai and world’s largest outdoor laundry
  • 1:00pm have lunch at a local cafe (at your own expense)
  • 2:00pm drop off at local hotel in Mumbai
Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • Children under the age of 2 can join the tour for free provided they do not occupy an additional seat
  • Free pick up and drop off for hotels in areas falling between Colaba-Andher and Colaba-Kurla-Powai. For areas beyond Andheri and Powai, additional charges are applicable to be paid in cash to the operator
  • Please enter your hotel address at checkout
  • The itinerary sequence may change depending on the pick up location
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  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity
  • This voucher is valid only on the date and time specified
  • After booking, the operator will be in contact with you to reconfirm the pick up time and itinerary
  • The driver will pick you up directly from your hotel or specified pick up point. Please be at the pick up location 10 minutes prior to your scheduled pick up time
  • Please be patient in cases of unforeseen delays due to peak traffic time on certain routes
Cancelation Policy
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 48 hours prior to the activity
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Reviews (1) 3.0
  • Jenny 3 Jun 2018
    Both the Dabbawala and Dhobi Ghat are Mumbai-specific experiences definitely worth checking out if you are visiting. I visited the Dhobi Ghat at around 10:30am and it seemed like the Dhobi has already finished their first wash and there was not much action going on at the place except some hanging clothes. Would be good if I can see the actual washing too. It’s not a half day tour, took me 2.5 hours to visit both place including transit. Would love to share photos, but too much work to reduce the photos to 3MB for upload....suggest klook to have a photo tool to compress the photo for users during upload.
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