Western Trail : A photo-diary of walk along the western coastal suburbs of Bombay

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 !

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The remains of the old wall of “Fort of Bombay”

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The Wall of Fort of Bombay still standing between CST mail station and the 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.

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The pleasant greenery of OVAL maidan , Rajabhai Tower and Bombay University

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Organization of Verdant Ambiance and Land (OVAL) managed by TATA group

The open spaces of green surrounded by magnificent buildings is something that is a trade mark of this area of South Bombay

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Oval maidan overlooking the beautiful building of Bombay University and Rajabhai Tower

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Old British buildings of the “Fort of Bombay” (now BMC office)

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The Churchgate area and BMC office

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The natural shades at Oval maidan, a perfect place to watch cricket

I particularly like the walk from Flora Fountain to Church-gate , with the statues of great nationalistic leaders on either side of road.

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Mahadev Govind Ranade

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Gopal Krishna Gokhale

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The “Charkha” symbolizing the self-reliance and independence of modern India ( made and maintained by Tata Group)

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A mural called “Charkha” at cross maidan symbolizing the self-reliance and freedom of modern India

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A mural “Charkha” representing the modern self-reliant free India

The “Parsi only” place of worship.  121

I also caught up this vendor of “Gaavraan Mewa”  ..  ( near Churchgate )

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Here are the “Crows” of Eros !  ( at Eros , Churchgate ) 

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A good morning at Girgaum Chowpaty  …

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A bruised dog resting on beach after a tough night of survival in the cruel city ! … ( like many of  the other city dwellers !)

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The brave survivor !

The fishermen at Chowpaty …

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The pigeons having a good time on the beach …

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A walk along the Walkeshwar Road for the view of some splendid old bunglows

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Babulnath Temple

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The tall Om building tower and the beautiful building of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Auditorium

Om Building near Girgaum Chowpaty

Om Building near Girgaum Chowpaty

BV Bhavans auditorium

BV Bhavans 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 ! )

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A contrast seen at Worli Naka … BDD Chawl of “workers” standing against the Sky Scrapers !

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My old residence 1995-98 .. Quarters of WHO-ICMR at Old Seaface Road opposite Flora Chinese Restaurant ! ( Lots of fond memories !)

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WHO-ICMR staff quarters

 

Nice mural at Worli Seaface and Seaface Road Junction . A fisherman …

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An old “Ghost Bunglow” at the junction of Old Seaface Road and Worli Seaface 

The old "Ghost Bunglow" at Worli Seaface .. still standing !

The old “Ghost Bunglow” at Worli Seaface .. still standing !

Glimpses of Worli Seaface

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A view from Worli Seaface

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The “Common man” and the Dog at Worli Seaface

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The Worli Bandra Sealink

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A nice Air-conditioned bus takes you across from Worli to Bandra in Rs 60 only just to enjoy the Sea Bridge !

The Bandra East : Contrast .. Agriculture in the middle of Corporate houses .. Slums

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The clogged traffic of Bandra East ( pictures taken from the walkway).

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Some of the glimpses of  “Shivaji Park Katta”  , Sangitkaar Vasant Desai Chowk , Swantantraveer Savarkar Rashtriya Smarak

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Kashi Vishweshwar at Matunga west

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Bye Bye Mumbai … A boat ride to Alibag from Gateway of India…

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About Prasad Bhave

Clinical Scientist / Healthcare Informatics Consultant
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One Response to Western Trail : A photo-diary of walk along the western coastal suburbs of Bombay

  1. shafikattar says:

    nice clicks…

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