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Dhobi Ghat

Dr. E. Moses Rd. | near Mahalakshmi Station, Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Ranked #29 of 280 Attractions in Mumbai (Bombay)
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Traveler Description: It comes across as a fascinating place, a huge human-powered mass laundry, where 100s of washermen (called "Dhobis" in Hindi) wash clothes in large... more »
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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Newdelhi india
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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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36 reviews 36 reviews
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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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Romanshorn, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Dhobi Ghat Open Air Laundry This is the real Mumbai! The oldest and the biggest open air laundry in India with at least 5000 workers. The view was very poor, dirty but very colourful. It was full of young children selling souvenirs and telling different versions of the world famous manual washing town. From the bridge, one has a great... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We were impressed by the number of families living and working in the Doby Ghat. One of the largest outdoor laundry places I have ever visited. For just a dollar the laundry man will also pick up your clothes from your house and wash, dry and iron them before delivering them to your place again - Impressive! The best part,... More

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