Dhobi Ghat, Lucknow

Dhobi Ghat

Washer men colouring the banks of river Gomti

We take you on a journey through the ghats of river Gomti and showcase the last phase of colourful chikan embroidered garments, when they are washed after being stitched and before reaching the emporia. As the hand embroidered garments get dirty when going under the hands of master crafts-women for days and months together, these garments are sent for a last wash, starch and ironing.

Every morning washer men get these garments from the manufacturers and bring them to the river for a wash. Each moment is breathtakingly beautiful, be it the rhythmic sound of beating clothes on the boulders, the water being sprinkled artistically in the air and the colourful stocks being hung to dry in the sun. The entire river bank is a spray of colours and activity par excellence. Complement this visit with a chilled Lassi or Thandai served in earthen cups called kulhar, talk to the washer men to know about their community or just roam around the ghats and appreciate the embroidery on hundreds of hanging garments. Sitting on a jute cot called ‘charpoy’ , enjoy the folk songs sung by the washer men called ‘Dhobiya’.

Cost :

INR 40,000 (valid for 10 persons)

Starting Time :

11 am (pre-lunch) – time flexible 

Expected Duration :

1 – 1.5 hours

Remarks :

This programme is subject to availability of washer men on the river bank.

Often due to rains or extreme cold the programme is suspended 

  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions

Traditional soft beverage like Thandai’ or ‘Lassi’ served in earthen wear.

Light Indian snacks .

Interaction with the washer-men.

Unlimited bottled water.

Services of an expert to guide.

Transport services (No pickup / drop).

Any beverage outside menu, except bottled water, unless a part of the menu of the day.

Entertainment programme. (may be included at a supplement cost)

Tips & gratuities for service and cooking staff (At the discretion of guests).