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Looking for tour guide for Dhobi Ghat and dabbawalas

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Looking for tour guide for Dhobi Ghat and dabbawalas

Hi

We are looking for recommendations of a tour guide who speaks English and is good with kids (8 and 12) for a tour of Dhobi Ghat and Dabbawallas.

Tnx

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1. Re: Looking for tour guide for Dhobi Ghat and dabbawalas

Hi,

There are may agencies who offer these services at most reasonable costs. You may go through some of the reviews on the TA Forum and choose the most appropriate one. I am sure you will be able to find one with the least effort.

CarLink

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2. Re: Looking for tour guide for Dhobi Ghat and dabbawalas

Hello evman992000

Just search for Great Mumbai Guide here on this forum and you will find same with many testimonials and recommendations .

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Can also look here on TA's sister sites Viator where guide with great reviews appear :

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or on Tour HQ :

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or here :

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or On Touritor :

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3. Re: Looking for tour guide for Dhobi Ghat and dabbawalas

You don't really need a tour guide for seeing either of these attractions. The Dabbawallas are most easily spotted at the main railway stations like CST and Churchgate an hour before and after lunch time. They are easily identified by their white caps and mostly dressed in white shirts and trousers with huge wooden trays filled with lunch boxes perched on their heads for transporting from railway stations to individuals in their offices.

The the most famous Dhobi Ghat in Mumbai is just next to Mahalakshmi railway station. One can get an overview of the whole operation of the Dhobi Ghat from the road bridge over the railway lines. One can also go down to the clothes washing and drying area below the bridge from the end of the road bridge. The area can be wet and slippery so be careful when walking around in the washing area. There are also the "bhattis" where they steam the clothes to remove the dirty stains from them. The clotheslines where they hang the clothes to dry make a nice picture especially when there are a lot of same coloured uniforms hung to dry in the sun.

There is another smaller Dhobi Ghat at Walkeshwar, just behind the famous Banganga Tank where they use discarded fibreglass bath tubs as washing pits instead of the brick and cement pits at other ghats. They also use a water removal machine that is like a sugarcane crushing machine used to get sugarcane juice by passing the cane through iron rollers. Here they pass the clothes through a similar machine to remove excess water before drying the clothes in the sun.

Both these attractions can be seen on your own without any guide. Hope this helps.

Cheers,

Aadil.

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