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“Very interesting place. Looks chaotic but actually systematic!”
Review of Dhobi Ghat

Dhobi Ghat
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$92.00*
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Private Full-Day City Tour of Mumbai
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Hundreds of people working at this traditional outdoor laundry make a colorful site.
Shanghai, China
2 reviews
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“Very interesting place. Looks chaotic but actually systematic!”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

I visited Dhobi Ghat near Mahalaxmi train station when I was in Mumbi a few weeks ago. Many folks mentioned about this place as a must-see, becuase of those "disturbing" scenes to mind and stomach, as well as the famous title as world's largest outdoor laundry.

From above the cross-bridge, rows of open-air concrete wash pens bump to sights, each fitted with its own flogging stone, and a male worker standing in the soap water flapping all things to wash, for hours.

However, only if you walk into the ghat, you see what appears to be very chaotic, is actually very systematic, with sections for different purposes (different customers of different requirements), workers (mostly male, and some female for less labor intensive tasks) working on different jobs, processes that connect from one action to another, and new and old tools and machines to help accelerate productivity.

Dhobi Ghat is a very popular attraction among foreign tourists.

By the way, please don't waste time and try to get in from the southeast entry. Some bad guys stand there to bully foreigners and charge unreasonalbe entrance fee (500), which does not exist, and they do not even provide guide service. Try to walk to the northern end of the ghat. There are a few nicer guys that can take you in and guide you throughout, for only 100 rupees.

Visited August 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“5000 men doing laundry”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

It's a huge manual laundry place where more than 5,000 men washing clothes from everywhere in Mumbai... For those who like taking pics, here is a very nice spot!

Visited June 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Open air laundromat in Mumbai”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

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. The most famous of these Dhobi Ghats is near Mahalaxmi Station where almost two hundred dhobis and their families work together in what has always been a hereditary occupation.

Visited July 2013
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Some what smaller than you imagine but once you get inside and have a look its well worth it!, Good views from the bridge, You will have to pay to go through but is very cheap, they start at 300 rps but I paid 100 rps with a 50 rps tip, I was hurried around but next time id go at my own pace! very interesting but where thongs as your feet will get wet

Visited July 2013
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“no clue why this is even listed”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

i do not see the charm of this place, the west thrives on looking at the assumption of poor india and this is a mix if it . i do not see the charm of visiting a open laundry . its beenhere since years the location even though is smach in the middle of a devloped slum doesnt feel a tourist attraction of sorts . the multi million doller huge high rises around it only make you relaise this place too will be knocked out soon

Visited June 2013
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