On The Bucketlist: Have You Visited The World's Largest Outdoor Laundry Yet?
Step outside Mahalaxmi station and you'll spot a flock of people (including tourists) enthusiastically clicking photos. Well, can you guess the spot they are going gaga over?
What Makes It Awesome
It's the world's largest laundry - Dhobi Ghat, established in 1980 during the British Raj. And, we aren't kidding when we tell you it's the world's largest.
Located next to Mahalaxmi station is Mumbai’s 140-year old Dhobi Ghat that holds a Guinness Book of World Records under ‘the most people hand-washing clothes at a single location’ as of 2011. Visit this place, if you want to see how approximately 700 dhobis and their families, through generations have worked here washing clothes from all over Mumbai’s hotels and hospitals.
This is worlds largest outdoor laundry and you should visit it if you really want to see the ‘real’ people of Mumbai. I went there a few months ago while I was exploring Mumbai. Just some advice, respect their privacy as that’s their home and so while clicking pictures, we keep that in mind. Well, you can be friends with the kids there and they’ll show you around too. I suggest going in the early hours of the morning as that is when you can see the actual work such as hand-washing of clothes on their flogging stone.
Popular For: Historic landmark, street photography, cultural significance
Entry Fees: Zero
Since they start off their day as early as 4 AM, early mornings would be a great time to visit them. Plus, it wouldn't be too hot. Or you could also visit there around the afternoon time.