Victoria Terminus – Mumbai’s Hogwarts

 

Victoria Terminus – Mumbai’s Hogwarts

 

Victoria Terminus, now rechristened as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) is undoubtedly the famous architectural landmark in a Gothic-revival style. Complete architecture is worked with carved stone friezes, stained glass windows and flying buttresses. This monumental train station is the city’s most extravagant Gothic building and an aphorism for colonial-era India. But still to the 2.5 million commuters who push past its massive portals everyday, this is still VT, the pulse of a throbbing city.

CST illuminated on Republic Day
CST illuminated on Republic Day

On every 26th January (i.e. on The Republic Day), CST is illuminated in the tricolor lights. CST has 18 bay platforms: 7 are for local suburban trains on the west side of the station and 11 are for long distance out-station trains on the east side of the station.The station has been the location of filming the “Jai Ho” song in Slumdog Millionaire and Ra.One. Also in 1956, the station was also featured in the film C.I.D. during the song “Yeh Hai Bombay Meri Jaan“. The Gateway of India, hotel Taj Palace, Colaba Causeway are just 10 mins from the CST.

 

If everything around you was beautiful, would you notice it at all if you crossed it every day? More than 3 million people pass through this terminus daily, this seemingly mundane hub is being missed.

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The Gateway of India – Grandeur of the city

 

The Gateway of India – Grandeur of the city

 

A trip to Mumbai is incomplete without a visit to the Gateway of India as the place is full of fun and excitement. It’s a gathering point for locals and a popular spot among youth and couples.

The Gateway faces the vast Arabian Sea, flanked by Mumbai’s another attraction, Marine Drive, a road running parallel to the sea and the world famous architectural marvel Taj Mahal Palace Hotel at the forefront. The Mumbai CST station is not far away too. A lot of ferries ply from Gateway of India to the Elephanta Caves.

Gateway of India has seen a number of terror attacks. The first major bomb blast was witnessed in 2003 which killed many tourists and the last infamous attack on Taj, Mumbai in 2008 where Gateway of India was the arrival point of the terrorists. In these attacks more than 200 people lost their lives and after that Gateway of India wore a deserted look for a few days.

The monument has become a site for all kinds of peaceful protests. Candle light marches are a common sight at this historical place.
The majestic monument is a must-visit at night, in its pristine glory against the backdrop of the sea. It is visited by millions of people across the world every year and is a very significant figure in the lives of the people of Mumbai, as the Gateway defines the grandeur of the city that is a culmination of both, historic and modern cultural environment.

 

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Mystical Mumbai – The city that never sleeps

Mystical Mumbai – The city that never sleeps

 

“They call it a city that never sleeps,

Dreams at large; everything in heaps,

Buzzing all the time, different people different cons,

It has got its roses and its thorns.”

People here will always say that they are busy with their afternoons making them lazy and with night plans like crazy. Trust me, life in Mumbai is not easy! The city has a lot of masti and a little of maska but it cannot live without the Bollywood Chaska.

It’s the City of murmuring traffic and twinkling cars, the multi-millionaires & the movie stars. We’ve got it all, the vada-pav and the dance bars.

Mystical Mumbai – where the local trains usually run on time & violently rushing for a seat is not a crime. Here, its as usual, 3 PM for lunch and 12 AM to dine. People face hardships, but still say “it’s fine”.

Multi-lingual, multi-religious, city of unusual weather, I wouldn’t be wrong; if I say, it’s a city where the country comes together.

Mumbai is the commercial capital of India and has evolved into a global financial hub. Most of the buildings are during the British period, such as the Victoria Terminus (In 1996, the Minister of Railways, Suresh Kalmadi, changed the name of the station to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in honour of Great King Chhatrapati Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire). Their architectural features include a variety of European influences such as German gables, Dutch roofs, Swiss timbering, Romance arches, Tudor casements, and traditional Indian features.There are also a few Indo-Saracenic styled buildings such as the Gateway of India.

The Gateway of India is a major tourist destination and a popular gathering spot for locals, street vendors and photographers In February/March they are joined by classical dancers and musicians who perform during the Elephanta Festival. Boats depart from the gateway’s wharves for Elephanta Island. Art Deco styled landmarks can be found along the Marine Drive.

Mumbai has the second largest number of Art Deco buildings in the world after Miami. In the newer suburbs, modern buildings dominate the landscape. Mumbai has by far the largest number of skyscrapers in India.