Meeting the Dabbawallas
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Meeting the Dabbawallas

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Daily (except Sundays)
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 4 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Discover an authentic Indian lunchbox delivery system
  • Marvel at the dabbas color-coding system as they make their way across the city
  • Admire the men who deliver on bicycles who never let a lunch go missing!
What to expect

In the morning you will drive to the Churchgate Railway Terminal to see the work of the ‘Dabbawallas’, an authentic Indian lunchbox delivery and return service, described by Prince Charles as the symbol of this enigmatic and intriguing city.

Every morning around 2,500 men (known as the dabbawallas), call on the suburban housewives who pack freshly cooked lunches into small circular aluminum or stainless-steel containers - known as ‘dabbas’.

Typically, the dabbawallas collect between 30 to 40 boxes and cycle to the nearest station where the lunchboxes will be handed over to other fellow dabbawallas who will deliver them to customers in the city.

Over 100,000 lunches containing sabze (vegetable curry), chapattis (Indian bread), dal (lentils) and pickle, all color-coded to avoid confusion, make their way daily across town and back again. The service costs a few rupees a week is a good example of the reliable and efficient work that goes on in India. The dabbawallahs pride themselves for their quality service and never let a lunch go missing!

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • What's included
    • Round-trip transportation
    • English speaking local guide
    What's not included
    • Tips
    Reduced price
    • Children (6-11 years)
    Where

    Pick-up from your hotel in Mumbai

    Meeting point:

    During booking, you will be asked to provide your pick-up address. Please confirm the pick-up place and time directly with the local operator whose contact information can be found in the voucher after booking.

    What to remember
    • For customers staying in suburbs (Bandra/Kurla), an additional USD 12 is required per person and for those staying in Navi Mumbai/Vashi, an additional USD 22 per person
    • Please confirm the pick-up place and time directly with the local operator. You can find their contact information in the voucher after booking
    • This tour is available for a maximum of 7 people
    • Over 12 years must purchase an adult ticket
    • The tour is not recommended for children under the age of 6. If you do wish children under the age of 6 to participate, please select the reduced price option
    • This tour requires a lot of walking so comfortable shoes and clothing are suggested
    • Please bring your own water bottles, sunglasses and caps
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    When
    • Daily (except Sundays and public holidays) at 7.00am
    • Please arrive at your hotel lobby at least 10 minutes before departure
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    Provider
    Le Passage to India Tours and Travels Private Limited
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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