Settled 12 km away from the main city of Mumbai, Dhobi Ghat is one of the most popular attractions for foreign travelers as well as Indians who visit Mumbai (India) frequently. The Ghat is popular as the World’s largest outdoor laundry where there are a number of Dhobis washing clothes of the localities of the city. Formed in 1890, Dhobi Ghat served as the helping hand to the population of English and Parsi residents. A peep inside the Ghat will familiarize you with the existing condition of the lower middle class and one can see how dhobis are busy in washing dirty laundry that comes from every corner of Mumbai. In fact, there are numerous washer men families who have their main occupation as washing, since several years. The Ghat is owned by Municipal council.
In March 2011, Dhobi Ghat has registered its name in the Guinness Book of World records. It is also famed as an organization, well-known as Dhobi Kalyan and Audyogik Vikas Co-operative Society. The world famous site is not only known for its laundry services, but also for recycling of sarees and other garments that are sold at discounted prices at different local markets of the place. There is also a film picturized by Aamir Khan, Dhobi Ghat in which he has shown the everyday life of these washer men and how they form an important section of the society.