Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Even as the fiery sky threatens, the domes of this building stand serenely in mock defiance.Took this shot from my home some months back.
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
This tree surely believes in shedding and giving (great visuals). Sights such as these are worth walking a thousand miles for...
Sunday, 13 December 2009
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (C.S.T.) is India's premier & busiest railway station where trains on the suburban Central line terminate. It is a UNESCO world heritage structure and also serves as the Central Railways' headquarters. It is named after the famous 17th century Maratha King and warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (depicted below).
In fact I remember spending a night at the station (sleeping on the platform on newspaper sheets) having missed the last train to Mulund while returning from a college function.
Located opposite C.S.T. is another heritage building which serves as the headquarters of Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). It is currently being given a face-lift and hence its façade was covered .
Temple of Boom
The BSE building is seen in the background in the above picture. The mural in the foreground depicts Kala Ghoda (Black Horse), as this area is commonly referred to by that name.
University of Mumbai - Rajabai TowerParsi Sculpture
Dadabhai Naoroji Road (or D. N. Road), located in South Mumbai, is a heritage road lined with structures depicting Neo-classical and Gothic Revival style of architecture. It houses numerous corporate offices and shops selling almost anything.
Read more about this iconic road here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dadabhai_Naoroji_Road
Flora Fountain is a spectacular heritage structure located at the Hutatma Chowk in South Mumbai. It is about 5 minutes walk from the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station along the Dadabhai Naoroji Road (which is lined with heritage buildings). It may have lost its magnificence over the years, due to inadequate maintenance, but is beautiful nonetheless.
One can read about its history at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flora_Fountain
View from the sea
Here one can see both the old heritage structure and the new tower along side the Gateway of India. I took this picture from the upper deck of a ferry and the atmosphere was quite foggy at that time. I promise to go back again and get a better picture on a nice bright sunny day!
The Gateway of India, located beside the Arabian Sea in South Mumbai, is easily the most recognisable monument in Mumbai. No visit to Mumbai can be complete without soaking in the air over here. It is always teeming with people and bustling with activity, representing the vibrancy of this great city. Some of these are depicted below -
From the Gateway one can take ferries for the Elephanta Caves or enjoy short tours of the sea. There are a number of tourist attractions in the vicinity (particularly the Kala Ghoda area, which is also referred to as the Art District of Mumbai) such as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya (Prince of Wales museum), Jehangir Art Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art, David Sassoon Library, etc. Other hotspots in the neighbourhood are Cafe Mondegar & Cafe Leopold, Regal Cinema and some great eateries.