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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. 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 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 …

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. …