A Heritage Walk in the City of Mumbai

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Mumbai is the capital city of Maharashtra, famous for Bollywood and also the financial capital of India.

The British era buildings were of a blend of Gothic Revival, Indo-Saracenic, Art Deco, and other contemporary styles.

One weekend (back in 2011). I planned to go out for a heritage walk in the city. So I took a train from Thane to CSTM.

One of the most iconic structures in the city is the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus which was earlier known as Victoria Terminus. It’s not just the building but is also one of the busiest station in the city. Thousands of people use the station and no one seem to find time to glance at its beauty. To its opposite lies another iconic structure which is Brihanmumbai Mahanagar Palika or BMC’s headquarter.

Inside-CST

Chatrapati-Shivaji-Terminus

BMC

CST

Those beautiful statues and cravings are really worth seeing. Before I start my journey I walked into one of the famous restaurant “Pancham Puriwala” opposite to GPO which is another great building.

I took a thali meal after waiting in queue for 15mins. I was served Puri, Ric, Dal, Kadi, Sabji. Unfortunately, I was too hungry to take a picture of my lunch.

I walk pass the streets taking help of Google Map to reach my next intended destination the gateway of India. The entire way was full of heritage buildings and I didn’t miss a chance in clicking photos.

On the way, I came across the Asiatic Library and Horniman Circle. Instead of going straight I decided to take a right turn to reach Bombay Stock Exchange. The place was heavily guarded.

Then I kept walking towards Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Chowk, where one can find Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya earlier known as Prince of Wales Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art and also the Mumbai Police Headquarter.

 

Finally, I walked my way to reach Gateway of India. As always, it was full with tourists. From the gateway, you can get an iconic back view of Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.

The Gateway of India

The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

Mumbai

The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel front view

Taj Mahal Palace New and Old

So I decide to walk away from these two iconic structures to avoid the crowd and found myself a seat near the sea where I was able to get a great view of these two.

After resting a while I returned back to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Chowk. I took the Mahatma Gandhi Road and walked to reach Mumbai university.I have always been visiting the Kalina campus during college days but this one is really iconic. The building is built in the Gothic style and one can also find the Rajabai Clock Tower stands inside the campus.

After walking beside Oval Maidan one can find Mumbai High Court also and on the crossing, I looked around in 360-degree angle to get the glimpse of all the other heritage sites like Eros cinema, Western Railway headquarter and Churchgate Railway station.

Without wasting much time I walked towards the iconic Marine Drive. Despite being 4 pm the place was quite soothing and I started walking towards Nariman Point. The place remains crowded every time, however, I managed to find a place and enjoyed the Sunset.

The sky turned black and the street lights turned on even before I could realise. Many heritage streets were not covered that day. Being not so energetic it’s my time to head back.  I took a double-decker back and headed back to CST to take local(suburban train) to my home, Thane.

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