GATEWAY OF INDIA:
Situated on Apollo Bunder, The Gateway of India was built to commemorate the landing of King George V and Mary in December 1911, Erected in 1924; The Gateway was designed by George Wittet in an Indo Saracenic style with influence from Gujarat. It is built from local sandstone, has a central hall with a low dome and two adjoining side halls also with low domes. The Gateway was the former landing place for passengers entering Mumbai.
TAJ MAHAL HOTEL:
The Old Taj Hotel was designed by W. Chambers in the Indo – Saracenic style. The hotel was constructed in the year 1903 to 1904, and was paid for by Jamshetji Tata, one of the wealthiest Parsees in the city. The New wing to the hotel was added in 1972.
Next to the High Court, the Venetian -Gothic University has a Gothic clock tower 260 feet high that is curiously adorned with oriental figures. In the old days it used to play Rule Britannia, God Save the King and a Handel Symphony among sixteen tunes that changed four times a day; now the repertoire is limited to the wafting chimes of the Big Ben on the quarter hour. The Rajabai Clock Tower is named after the mother of a 19th century stockbroker, who contributed towards its construction; it has a spiral staircase, which is unfortunately closed to the visitors after several unhappy citizens hurled themselves from the top. Under the clock tower is the magnificent University Library, with what are undoubtedly some of the most exquisite stained glass windows in Asia. These have recently been treated by British conservationists and restored to their pristine glory. Well worth a look.
BOMBAY HIGH COURT:
BOMBAY HIGH COURT is one of the oldest and chartered High Courts in the Country. It has Appellate Jurisdiction over the State of Maharashtra, Goa, and Daman & Diu. In addition to Bombay Bench it has benches at Aurangabad, Nagpur, Panaji (Goa). In Bombay it has Original Jurisdiction in addition to Appellate. The Bombay High Court has sanctioned strength of 75 judges.
Eulogized by Bollywood, Marine Drive caresses the seashore from Nariman Point to the foot of the Malabar Hill. Passing Chowpatty Beach, Marine Drive is also famous as the Queen’s Necklace. One of the busiest roads in Mumbai, it is also one of the breeziest due to its proximity to the sea.
Come August/September, Chowpatty Beach comes alive as the devout Hindu population of Mumbai comes thronging to its sands to immerse their larger than life idols of Ganesha and incur his blessings. On every other ordinary evening Chowpatty is where the common man comes to eat and be entertained. A gastronomic paradise of bhelpuri, a savory snack made from puffed rice with loads of onions, coriander, a medley of spices topped with sweet and sour tamarind sauce, chuski ice balls dipped in syrup, pao bhaji buttered buns served with a spicy potato side dish or pungent chutney sandwiches. Chowpatty is an experience that should not be missed.
Also known as the Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens, they are built over 3 reservoirs, which store billions of gallons of water for cleaning before they are pumped to the thirsty city of Mumbai
MANI BHAVAN: – is a simple old-style, two storied building on Laburnum Road, Mumbai. Whenever Gandhiji was in Mumbai between 1917 to 1934, he stayed here. It is now converted into a museum and research centre. Mani Bhavan has a story to tell as it housed Gandhiji occasionally during the times when he grew in stature and strength, from a queer type of an agitator to a world figure by successfully introducing Satyagraha (individual as well as mass) as a new and effective weapon to fight all evil and injustice.
Dhobi Ghat: – A unique feature of Mumbai, the dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. All for a pittance. The “laundries” are called “Ghats”: row upon row of concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone. The clothes are soaked in sudsy water, thrashed on the flogging stones, then tossed into huge vats of boiling starch and hung out to dry. Next they are ironed and piled into neat bundles. The most famous of these Dhobi Ghats is at Saat Rasta near Mahalaxmi Station where almost two hundred dhobis and their families work together in what has always been a hereditary occupation.
CHATRAPATI SHIVAJI TERMINUS:
CHATRAPATI SHIVAJI TERMINUS: – formerly Victoria Terminus, and better known by its abbreviation CST or Bombay VT) is an historic railway station in Mumbai which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways. It is one of the busiest railway stations in India, and serves Central Railway trains terminating in Mumbai as well as the Mumbai suburban railway. The station was designed by Frederick William Stevens, a consulting architect in 1887-1888, for the princely sum of 16.14 lakh rupees. Stevens earned the commission to construct the station after a masterpiece watercolor sketch by draughtsman Axel Haig. After earning the commission, Stevens went on a ten-month trip to Europe to make a detailed study of the stations there. The final design bears some resemblance to St Pancras station in London. It took ten years to complete and was named “Victoria Terminus” in honors of the reigning Queen Victoria.
FORT: – The Fort area in Mumbai is choc-a-bloc with old Victorian, Gothic buildings. An important financial and commercial center this area is always full of activity. The BSE or the Bombay Stock Exchange on Dalal Street is also located in this area.
PRINCE OF WALES MUSEUM:
The foundation stone of this magnificent building was laid by King George C in 1905 on the occasion of his first visit to India. The building was designed by George Wittet and is an Indo Saracenic Style. The main museum was completed in 1914 and was temporarily used as a hospital during the World War I.