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Dhobi Ghat

Dr. E. Moses Rd. | near Mahalakshmi Station, Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Ranked #32 of 306 Attractions in Mumbai (Bombay)
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Hundreds of people working at this traditional outdoor laundry make a colorful site.
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This probably has to be one of its kind not only in India but all over the world. Nowhere in the world would one see rows and rows of drying clothes as you would see here. Dhobi's(washermen) pummeling dirty linen on stones is a sight to watch from the bridge above adjacent to Mahalakshmi station.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I thought I had a lot of laundry but this was something else. So colourful and very organised, how everyone gets the correct items back is a miracle. A photographers dream.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Most tourists have heard of the Dharawi slum. Some other instances of getting a close look in Mumbai life would be; Byculla Vegetable Market, Crawford Market, and most definitely the Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat. It's a very interesting visit, and for most tourists it'd be something completely new to their experiences. Essentially, it's a colonyof washer-people.

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

visited here with my tour guide, just need to see it to believe it. Lots of troughs full of water and many men beating & pummelling clothes to remove soiling, above just hundreds of washing lines with clothes hung to dry. Although you view this from the road above and don't actually go down into the laundry it is a... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This is a place where clothes are washed by professional washers in open stone basins. It is in fact very close to the Mahalaxmi rail station and you can get the best view form the bridge. There are scores of tourist buses stopping there for photo sessions, but if you are not part of a bus tour then take a... More

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Egham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We visited the Dhobi Ghat as part of an organised city tour. Fascinating to see this huge open air laundry. Our guide explained that the Dhobis use their own system to ensure that all of the laundry is returned to the rightful owners even though many of them cannot read.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

On my Mumbai trip this time i was surprised by a visit of an acquainted foreign family wanting me to take them to the Dhobi Ghat.It is a huge outdoor laundry located in the suburbs of Mahalaxmi where the clothes come from all over Mumbai-Hospitals,Hotels & private homes to be beaten clean,hung to dry & then pressed.As an Indian i... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

reaching dhobi ghat of vakola is daunting task from the Vakola brige. The road is blocked by the grocers

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Iasi, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I never dreamed that i can get here, someday in my life ... this location i saw it on the movies, when i was little and liked a lot many indian movies. But it is incredible, even when you get there, on the bridge an have the view in front of your eyes.... what i liked the most was THE... More

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Warsaw, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The Dhobi Ghat laundry is quite well known for its organization and size. Many people have seen it portrayed in films. If I am not mistaken it originally was a caste laundry, but please correct me if you know otherwise. Maybe we can start a discussion on off the beaten track India sites to see.

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