Private tour

Best Combo of City, Dhobighat, Slum & Dabbawala

Best Combo of City, Dhobighat, Slum & Dabbawala

From US$ 75 per person

During this comprehensive tour of Mumbai, you will learn about the Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai's Laundry Men), the Dhabbawala (the people who carry lunch boxes), and tour the Dharavi Slum.

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Duration 8 hours
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Pickup included
Pick-up from all locations in Mumbai : At Hotel/ Hostel : Meet you near concierge / Reception desk. At cruise terminal : Meet you at Green Gate . (App 2 min walk from terminal / Free shuttle bus service also available). At Airport : Meet you at out gate of arrival area. At Train station : Meet you outside to your train coach. Accommodation / Home : Will meet you at the main gate.
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  • Enjoy a ferry ride during a city tour
  • Travel on a local train in Mumbai
  • See a Dhobighat from the inside
  • Walk inside Asia's biggest Slum, known as Dharavi
Full description
Your guide will meet you at your hotel then take you on a city tour. Highlights of the tour include Marine Drive, Victoria terminus, the Gateway of India, Colaba Market, and Mani Bhavan. You will also get to go on a ferry tour at Colaba, cruising along Mumbai's city coast line. Next, learn about the Dabbawala - the people whose job it is to carry and deliver freshly made food from home in lunch boxes to office workers in the city. See Dabbawala in action and hear how the success of the system depends on teamwork and time management. Next, you will learn about the Dhobighat. A dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. The laundries where clothes are taken are called ghats. Stop for a lunch break at a local restaurant. Finally, go on a 2-hour Slum Tour with your guide. The Khumbarwada area is the place occupied by the potter’s community from Gujarat, and you will be able to see pottery being made here.
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • English-speaking guide
  • Budget Indian lunch
  • Private air-conditioned car/coach for tour
  • Entrence fees
  • Alcoholic drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Cameras

Know before you go

  •  There is approximately 1 to 2 hours walking involved inside slum areas
  •  Females please dress modestly as there are cultural differences in the slum areas
  •  Photography is not allowed in slum areas
  •  Cruise ship customer pickup is done from the Green gate which is approximately 2 minutes walk from the cruise terminal or they can take a free bus shuttle service to reach green gate
  •  Dabbawala tour is not possible on Saturdays and Sundays, so instead the supplier will show you the Prince of Wales Museum
Customer reviews

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3 /5

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Guide was sick and therefore not so talkative. He got out after about 5 hours and Driver was Guide.

December 3, 2019

This day trip sounded good, but some of the promised main activities were missing. The itinerary said it should include: "Enjoy a ferry ride during a city tour Travel on a local train in Mumbai See a Dhobighat from the inside" We didn't do any of those. The guide was nice and told us the basic things about the places we saw, but the whole experience of the day wasn't what we expected. I was also disappointed on the slum tour. I was expecting to see the local people's real living conditions and homes in the slum, but we were just walking around the "shop area" and the commercial streets and of course we went to a shop where we were expected to buy something. It was really small area what we saw in the Dharavi slum, and not the real homes at all.

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December 10, 2019

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