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  • Location: Mumbai, India
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
Get a look at the culture and history of Mumbai on this private tour to diverse relics of Mumbai's past. With your expert guide, visit Mani Bhavan, a mansion where Gandhi lived and conducted political activities while visiting Mumbai. Then, explore Dhobi Ghat, considered the world's largest open-air laundromat, where age-old techniques of hand washing have been passed down from generation to generation. You’ll also drive through Malabar Hill, an upmarket residential area, and enjoy great views of the city's landscape, all while enjoying interesting commentary from your guide.

Highlights

  • 4-hour private tour of Mumbai's historical and cultural relics
  • Visit Mani Bhavan and learn about Gandhi's life and contributions to Mumbai
  • Explore Dhobi Ghat and witness the age-old tradition of hand washing in Mumbai's largest open-air laundromat
  • Admire spectacular views as you drive through the exclusive residential area of Malabar Hill
  • Round-trip transport by private air-conditioned vehicle included

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Malabar Hill, Mani Bhavan and Dhobi Ghat in Mumbai

Dhobi Ghat, the Largest Open-Air Laundry in Mumbai

You’ll be picked up from your hotel in the morning or afternoon and driven by comfortable private vehicle through Malabar Hill, an upmarket residential area offering spectacular views of the city and its vast surrounding landscape. On the drive up to here, see a Jain temple dedicated to Adinath (no entry), the first Jain tirthankara (religious savior), and pass the Hanging Gardens and Kamala Nehru Park.

Continue to Mani Bhavan, once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi during his visit in Mumbai.This famous site was visited by Martin Luther King, Jr and Barack Obama. With your guide, explore the beautiful two-story structure, which now houses a vast library, a photo exhibition and a diorama depicting the Mahatma's life, as well as well-preserved memorabilia including an old charkha (spinning wheel) that he once used. (Please note that the library is closed on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month). Learn how Mani Bhavan was where the Quit India Movement was conceptualized in 1942.

Continue driving approximately 15 minutes to visit a unique feature of Mumbai, Dhobi Ghat, considered the world’s largest outdoor laundromat. Learn how a dhobi is a traditional laundryman who collects people’s dirty linen, washes it and returns it neatly pressed to their doorsteps.

Explore the seemingly endless rows of concrete wash pens. Witness how the clothes are soaked in sudsy water, thrashed on the flogging stones, tossed into huge vats of boiling starch and hung out to dry, and then see the laundrymen ironing and piling the clothes into neat bundles.

On the way back to your hotel, drive past Victoria Terminus, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and pass the Gateway of India, built to commemorate King George V and Queen Mary’s visit to Mumbai.

Throughout your tour, your expert guide will provide interesting and informative commentary about the places you visit and can answer any questions you may have.

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended January 2013

Quit a good exploration of Mumbai, with interesting views of Malalbar Hill, Mani Bhavan and Dobi Ghat.

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2014

Our tour guide was great...very knowledgeable and funny. Since we booked two tours, the company did decide (without consulting us) to changed our schedule around, which was a little frustrating as it left us with a few hours to kill where we weren't able to go out and do anything due to evening plans (since we didn't find out until the day of). They thought it was in the best interest of the flow of the two tours, and I would have been a lot more open to it if they would have informed us ahead of time. It made me keep questioning if we really were getting the full tours our if we lost 2 hours of the experience somewhere. Nice people, though.

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