Meet the Washermen and Dabbawalas of Mumbai
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This is a walk around the bustling heart of Mumbai for an inside look into the work of those who this dependable city depends on. How? By experiencing a day in the hectic life of the washermen of Dhobi Ghaat and the dabbawalas.
Our walk is led by Ramanand with whom there is never a dull moment. He makes sure you look at things you wouldn't normally pay attention to, and he knows of all the best eating places few others know.
Dhobi Ghaat at Cuffe Parade is unlike any laundry service you have ever seen. Washermen are hard at work beating the dirt out of clothes at stone cubicles, while others hang a kaleidoscope of clothes out to dry on makeshift lines quite ingeniously, without the help of clothes pins. Whether it is two thousand white sheets a day for the Four Seasons Hotel, or the saris of women from high-rises across the city, these dhobis get the job done cheerily and efficiently.
You haven't experienced Mumbai if you haven't used its lifeline - its public transport. On this experience, you will enjoy unusual views in double-decker BEST buses and the all-too famous local trains. Feel the sea breeze on your face as you whizz past Marine Drive on your way to Churchgate to meet with the dabbawallas.
A word of caution: these guys don't have the time for interviews and photographs. You will just about manage to scramble into their compartment on the train, where the floor is covered by tiffins and lunch packs of every possible shape and size. It's fascinating to see those dabbas carted from one end of the city to the other, and to everywhere in between. The footpath outside Churchgate station serves as a reconnaissance point, where the men in Gandhi topis wade among rows of hundreds of dabbas, and take them to offices where hungry executives wait in earnest for their home cooked meal to arrive each day.
Discover a league of Mumbaikars who are as intrinsic to the city as its own soul.
- On what days does this walk take place?
This walk can be done any day except Sunday.
What is the duration of this walk?
It will be for about 4 hours.
What is the mode of commuting?
We will be using Local Taxis (Black & Yellow) for commuting during this walk.
Can I bring my camera?
We encourage you to carry your camera or any video recording equipment.
Are children allowed to join us for these walks?
These walks will require navigating your way through crowded trains, its best that you do not encourage young kids below 10 yrs) to accompany you on the walk.
What should I wear and carry?
Please dress modestly in comfortable clothes, ensuring you have adequate protection against the sun and have a cap. Do put on a pair of comfortable shoes and carry drinking water with you.
I am very concerned about what I eat during my trip to India.
On our trips, we always try and give you a taste of regional cuisines wherever you visit. Please remember you could give special instructions asking for less spicy food. Fruits and vegetables purchased to be eaten raw must be thoroughly washed before consumption. Everything smells appetizing but when trying street food please choose freshly cooked food. We discourage non-vegetarian street food in general except for places recommended by us.
What will the weather be like?
India is a huge country with varied geographical landscapes, and like everything else the climate in India is equally diversified. Please verify the climate of each region according to the period you wish to travel.
- What you need to bring:
- - Good walking shoes and some extra pairs of socks
- A cap/hat
- Sun Screen(Max SPF)
- Sun Glasses
- A camera