Overview : The Fort area of Mumbai is one of the oldest areas of the former Fort. The Fort area was the heart of the city in the 18th century,... more »
The Fort area of Mumbai is one of the oldest areas of the former Fort. The Fort area was the heart of the city in the 18th century,... more » however, the walls were demolished with the growth of the city. This area is now the financial center of the city, but still has many monuments, and heritage building. Some interesting sights include places of worship like the Parsi Agiarys (Fire Temples), Jain and Hindu temples built right next to churches and cathedrals.
Walking is the best way to see these lovely heritage structures, as most of these buildings are pretty close to each other. less «
Bring your camera, cap or bandana, sunscreen lotion (SPF 30), bottle of water and anything else you think you may need on the walk.
... more »It is pretty hot in most seasons so it is advisable to wear long sleeved shirts to avoid sunburn. Shorts and sleeveless tops are not be allowed in temples and churches so avoid wearing them. Ask before taking photos of women near places of worship or use a telephoto lens from far away. less «
The Chhatrapati Shivaji (formerly Victoria) Terminus and the Central Railway Headquarters building is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the island city of Mumbai. This is a good place to start the walk around the Fort area of Mumbai city as it is a well known landmark bustling with people at all times. This beautiful structure designed by... More Frederick William Stevens houses the Head Office of the Central Railway and has a lot of animals and birds depicted on the walls made by students from the J. J. School or Art across the street. There are statues representing Commerce, Agriculture, Engineering and Science on the building with a statue representing Progress on the central dome of the building.Less
The BMC or Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation building was designed by F.W. Stevens, the same architect who designed the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus building in the Gothic style.
The Jyotiba Phule (Crawford) Market is worth visiting for the different types of fruits, vegetables and livestock along with provision stores for different fresh and packaged foodstuff from various countries available under one roof. There are two defunct water fountains inside the market which are still worth seeing for their architecture. There ... Moreare two plaques at the entrance designed by John Lockwood Kipling (father of Rudyard Kipling) who was the principal of the J J School of Art. This market was built in memory of Arthur Crawford the first Municipal Commissioner of then Bombay city.LessMore Less
This building is just opposite Crawford Market and houses the Commissioner of Mumbai Police along with the headquarters. It is a building with Gothic architecture built in 1896.
The St. Xavier's College building is worth visiting to see the Heras Institute of Indian History and Culture which also has a museum in the college premises. Also housed here are some societies like the Bombay Local History Society and the Amateur Astronomers' Association (Bombay) which are open to members of the public as well as students.
The Mulji Jetha Fountain was built in 1892-93 at the corner of Mint Road and though it is now in a defunct and dilapidated state it is still worth seeing.
This is a memorial built in memory of the soldiers of World War I and is just opposite the Ballard Gate Museum which has a lovely collection of old maritime photographs and artefacts. Britannia Restaurant (only open for lunch) is also nearby and is famous for it's Berry Pulao and other Parsi dishes.
Built in the Greco Roman style with eight Doric columns and thirty stone steps leading up to the Library. Completed in 1930, this is a lovely building housing the Asiatic Society of Mumbai and has in it's collection one of the two original copies of Dante's Divine Comedy, five caskets containing the relics of the Buddha found at Sopara near Mumbai... More and many rare and ancient manuscripts.Less
Benjamin Guy Horniman was an Irish journalist with the Bombay Chronicle and wrote against the British rule in India's freedom struggle for Independence. The erstwhile Elphinstone Circle and Gardens is now named after Horniman for his role in India's freedom struggle. The gardens are a beautiful area with many different plants and trees with a... More small fountain in the center. The buildings around the garden are in the form of a semi circle crescent with similar architecture all over with male heads as keystones in the arches. The gardens are also used for cultural and music events during some of the annual city festivals.Less
St. Thomas Cathedral is probably one of the oldest British buildings in Mumbai and was completed in 1718. Earlier it was a church and the area where it is located was close to the Fort's gate and hence the area outside the gate was called Churchgate after which the railway station west of the gate got it's name. The cathedral has many stained... More glass windows among which there is one of the three saints Gabriel, Thomas and Michael which is done in the Pre-Raphaelites style.LessMore Less
The lovely fountain with Flora the Roman Goddess of beauty and prosperity was built in 1869 using Portland stone in memory of Sir Bartle Frere, Governor of Bombay at the point where the Fort's Church Gate once stood. This area is also known as Hutatma Chowk or Martyr's Square after the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat were formed from the Bombay ... MorePresidency which also has an eternal flame burning next to the statue at the memorial.Less
This is a wonderful building built to house the Bombay High Court in 1878 and it recently celebrated completion of 150 years in 2012. The statues of Justice and Mercy are atop the two octagonal towers west of the central tower. Only the Judges are allowed to enter from the main entrance. All others enter through the rear entrance on the east of... More the building.Less
The Mumbai University campus houses the Library in the Rajabai Clock Tower building and the Convocation Hall is to the south. There are statues of the different castes on the outer walls of the clock tower building. The Convocation Hall has a lovely stained glass rose window with the twelve zodiacal constellations besides the wonderful stained... More glass all around the hall. Lots of strange looking gargoyles adorn the top of the buildings to drain off the excess rain water during the monsoons.Less
This was the first structure in Mumbai that was built in prefabricated cast iron brought all the way from Britain in 1860 and completed in 1863. It was also the place where the Lumiere Brothers showed the first cinematographic film in Mumbai in 1896 and one of it's most famous guests was Mark Twain.
This is a lovely library building with a neat garden behind it and has some very comfortable easy chairs on the verandah on the first floor where you can put you feet up and read or maybe catch a quick nap.
Built by David Sassoon this is one of the few synagogues that he built in Mumbai city. Not many Jews remain in Mumbai, but at one time a good number of them who had made Bombay city their home.
This is one of the most famous art galleries in the art district of South Mumbai and is well known as the best place to exhibit your art as an artist. It also has an in house restaurant called the Samovar which serves some delicious snacks and quick lunches. A great meeting point for artists and art lovers alike.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya or former Prince of Wales Museum of Western India is one of the main museums in Mumbai and houses a huge collection of different types of artefacts. It still has a statue of the Prince of Wales after which it was named, ironically it does not have Shivaji's statue here.
Great place to visit and... More see the old stone and marble sculptures from ancient temples, Assyrian Bas Reliefs, seals and toys from the Indus Valley Civilisation, European and Indian Miniature Paintings, a huge porcelain collection, Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhist art, etc. The audio guide is worth listening to if you are interested in art and culture.Less
The NGMA is also known as the Cowasji Jehangir Hall which was then converted into the National Gallery of Modern Art. It holds many different types of art exhibitions and there is an admission fee depending on the exhibition.
This is one of the main tourist attractions in Mumbai and it was the place where King George V and Queen Mary were welcomed in 1911 (though the basalt stone and concrete monument was completed only in 1924) during their visit to India for the Durbar in Delhi and later on the British troops left India on 28 February 1948 from here after India... More gained Independence from the British in 1947.Less