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Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai (Bombay)

See hundreds of people hard at work at Dhobi Ghat, a traditional open-air launderette. Take a tour of the large site to see the dhobis washing and drying clothes and materials in separate baths and colorful drying areas. Each individual wash pen features a flogging stone on which the dhobis beat the clothes to dry them, with water flying through the air in an entertaining scene. A guided tour introduces you to the history of the site, and the lives of the workers and their families. Plan your visit to Dhobi Ghat and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Mumbai (Bombay) online travel route planner .
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  • It's a must stop but not somewhere you would spend any time at all , best viewed from the road above as you can then see the extent of the laundry  more »
  • This was the second best highlight of the two-day tour. Seeing the "human washing machine" - a man washing jeans by stomping on them within a cement pit. Seeing the other equipment and just how clean ...  more »
  • Here men do the washing ladies. The laundry does washing for the hotels and restaurants in Mumbai. On a sunny day you will find them slaving away in the hot sun,. Row apon row of washing hangs in the ...  more »

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