Private Dabbawala and Dhobi Ghat Day Tour

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Private Dabbawala and Dhobi Ghat Day Tour

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highlights
  • Experience to enjoy the private tour with flexibility of timings.
  • Get a chance to experience the local Indian train.
  • Get an interaction with Dabbawala.
  • Get a chance to see the unique method of washing clothes.
Detailed Itinerary
Mumbai : Dabbawala & Dhobi Ghat Tour
The word "Dabbawala" can be interpreted as "box-carrier" or "lunchpail-man". In Marathi and Hindi, "Dabba" means a box (usually a cylindrical aluminum container More specifically, the word dabbawala implies a person in the Indian city of Mumbai who carries and delivers freshly made food from home in lunch boxes to office workers.

The concept of the Dabbawala came into being when a person named Mahadeo Havaji Bachche started the lunch delivery service with about a hundred men. Now, Indian businessmen are the main customers for the Dabbawalas, and the service often includes both cooking and delivery.

  • 1000Hrs: The guests will be picked up by the Guide from the Hotel and drive to the Churchgate Railway Station where they will see the Dabbawalas disembarking the Dabbas (Tiffins) in the wooden cart from the Train.
  • 1030Hrs: At Churchgate station the Guest will see how the people stand in the Ticket Counter Q and take their tickets to reach their offices. Now the guests will be escorted towards the platform to board the Local Train for Mahalaxmi Station (05th Station-15 minutes ride). Local Train are the major means of transport in Mumbai.

    The extensive network of Railways has three lines, namely the Western Line, the Central Main Line and the Harbour Line. Being a linear city, Mumbai is totally covered by local train network. This Tour will give you an opportunity to experience the Mumbai Local Train. We travel in Non Aircon First Class Compartment and will be traveling from South to North Mumbai when there is no crowd.
  • 1100Hrs: Guests arrive at Mahalaxmi Railway Station which is situated next to Municipal Dhobi Ghats at Mahalakshmi, on the suburb of Mumbai.

    Most of the Dabba walas get down at Mahalaxmi Station as all the Corporate offices are in this vicinity. Here the Dabbawalas sort out the Tiffin Boxes based on the markings which is done area wise. A brief introduction here with the dabbawalas and their exact arrangements how the Tiffin's are coded and distributed at the right place at the right time. The Tiffins are loaded on the Wooden Crate which carries 150 Tiffins and driven by 3- 4 Dabba walas in different directions for delivery on their bicycle.
  • 1200-1230Hrs: The guests will now proceed by walk (01 minute) to the Open Air Laundry locally known as Dhobi Ghat. A unique feature of Mumbai, the dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect household dirty linen, wash it, iron them and deliver to their doorstep for a nominal charge.

    The "laundries" are called "ghats": row upon row of concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone. The clothes are soaked in sudsy water, thrashed on the flogging stones, then tossed into huge vats of boiling starch and hung out to dry.

    Next they are ironed and piled into neat bundles, where almost two hundred dhobis and their families work together in what has always been a hereditary occupation. The Guests will escorted out from the Mahalaxmi Station.
  • 1245-1300Hrs: The car that dropped you at the Churchgate Station will wait at the Dhobi Ghat.
Afternoon transfer you back to the hotel.

Note : Tour will not be operated on Sunday and public holidays.
Included
Transport
  • Pick up and drop off is from Mumbai hotel.
Meals
  • Water bottles equipped in a vehicle.
Others
  • Train ticket from Churchgate to Mahalaxmi station in 1st class compartment.
  • English speaking guide (other language guide on request)
  • Driver allowance, fuel charges and parking.
  • Govt. Of India taxes as per current module.
Not Included
  • Accommodation in Mumbai.
  • Any meal.
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4250 per person