Mumbai 15/2/20 – dabbawalas for the day

Started with a drive through Mumbai with fantastic architecture from the Victorian era.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus – high gothic Victorian railway station

The old post office and another great building

The most expensive private residence in the world- Antilia on the left of the photo- worth $2 BILLION!! All  27 stories  for a family of 6 people, but with 600 yes 600 servants

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Statue of a dabbawala

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Then on to the largest laundry in the world Dhobi Ghat where 7000 people live and work. They come to your home, collect the laundry, take it to Dhobi Ghat, wash and iron it then deliver it back to your home – brilliant

 

Then on to the station to start our dabbawala experience

 

We got our official dabbawala hats, boarded the train into the luggage compartment with real  dabbawalas. They collect home cooked food from homes up to 60 km away from Mumbai, get the train to Mumbai, deliver the food in tiffin tins to offices around the city, collect the empties and return them to the homes all for about £3 per week

Our dabbawala team with tiffin tin gifts

More modern architecture

Then on to the Kyber restaurant where we had a delicious lunch of  chicken reshmi kebab, kheema mutter curry, rice and papadum followed by gulab jamun.

On the drive back to the ship we stopped at the Gateway of India

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and the Taj Mahal Palace hotel

In the evening the ship was decorated for an Indian evening with Bhangra dance lessons from locals

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