A visit to Mumbai and a concert at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan , Girgaum Chowpaty inspired me to take a long walking-trail along the western part of Bombay. This was more like a day long urban trek which brought back memories of good times spent in Bombay during 1995-98 , while working for the WHO Collaborating Center in Parel. My plan was to trace back all the spots that were on my regular visits during those free weekends from 95-98 when it was a good time for exploring Bombay as a free bird !
This is just an attempt at documenting photo-diary of my walking trail ….
My earlier trail of Mumbai from Dec 2014 is here. (Covering CST-Fort area-Mohd Ali Road-Bhendi Bajar- Lower Parel- Worli – Vile Parle- Mumbai Metro-Ghatkopar- CST- Colaba- Gateway of India )
This current photo-diary of walking trail starts at South Bombay near VT (CST) – Fashion Street – Flora Fountain- Oval Maidan-Cross Maidan – Eros-Churchgate – Girgaum Chowpaty- Walkeshwar- Babulnath – Opera House- Haji Ali- Worli Naka-Worli Seaface – Sealink to Bandra – back to Matunga- Shivaji Park Dadar – and finally to Gateway of India for a boat ride to Alibag.
I started my trail from the Fort area , my all time favorite , the remnants of wall of the true “Fort of Bombay” remains only as a small piece of wall that separates the Victoria Terminus (now CST) from King George Hospital !
After a Watermelon sharbat at “KalaKhatta” opposite Victoria Terminus (VT) a walk towards fashion street leading to Flora Fountain brings me to junction of Cross Maidan and OVAL maidan.
The open spaces of green surrounded by magnificent buildings is something that is a trade mark of this area of South Bombay
I particularly like the walk from Flora Fountain to Church-gate , with the statues of great nationalistic leaders on either side of road.
The “Charkha” symbolizing the self-reliance and independence of modern India ( made and maintained by Tata Group)
I also caught up this vendor of “Gaavraan Mewa” .. ( near Churchgate )
Here are the “Crows” of Eros ! ( at Eros , Churchgate )
A good morning at Girgaum Chowpaty …
A bruised dog resting on beach after a tough night of survival in the cruel city ! … ( like many of the other city dwellers !)
The fishermen at Chowpaty …
The pigeons having a good time on the beach …
A walk along the Walkeshwar Road for the view of some splendid old bunglows
The tall Om building tower and the beautiful building of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Auditorium
A night view of Haji Ali taken while traveling from BEST Bus. One of the snaps did move, but it created an artifact that looks like some Arabic/Urdu letters ( I hope it means something ! )
A contrast seen at Worli Naka … BDD Chawl of “workers” standing against the Sky Scrapers !
My old residence 1995-98 .. Quarters of WHO-ICMR at Old Seaface Road opposite Flora Chinese Restaurant ! ( Lots of fond memories !)