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Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai

3.9
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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 online travel route planner .
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  • Our Taxi driver warned us that we may be asked to buy tickets to visit the Ghat but advised us to ignore them. Its no longer all traditional. We saw use of industrial size washing machines. Still it w...  more »
  • Well worth a visit to see the city's washing being beaten against stones to clean them and then hung out to dry on lines or roofs of buildings. It is massive. You have to watch out for the huge bundle...  more »
  • We visited here by taxi and got out on the bridge so we could overlook the whole area. We went early in the morning as this is when most of the actual washing is done. We were amazed at how many men w...  more »
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  • The place is good for a one time visit... Photographers can stimulate their photography skills and find interesting shots here.. The reason for three stars is, the place is not every clean and tidy.. People here amiable and co-operative.
  • A sight worth seeing! You can view across the site for nothing from the upper road or you can pay for a guided tour through the complex itself. I recommend the tour because you learn how the whole system works and get to see how the work is done. And where the people live - just steps away from where they work each day.
  • Clothes washed, dried and ironed in old fashioned manner, even if the area seems less hygienic, the outcome of the clothes is very nice. Old wine holder made out of bricks used for water, old iron machine that works on coal.. it's worth a visit.
  • Dhobi ghat is a blend of history and culture prevailing over 100 years. It was initially built to wash clothes of British army. Currently catering to clothes of nearby residential and commercial actives. It has 731 ghats with population of nearly 6,000 people. One should definitely give a visit to Asia's biggest open laundry adjoining Mahalaxmi station. Photography point.
  • Walking among the corridors of the biggest laundry of this kind in Asia gives you a whole new perspective on the process your clothes go through before you buy them. So much manual labor, simply impressive. One worker can press 300 hundred pieces of clothes per day, using a 6 kg coal-iron. I can't iron a shirt in less than 5 minutes, I couldn't reach that number if I worked 24 hours a day, non stop. Just overwhelming. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.
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