The 1860s were an exciting time in Mumbai. The city received a new governor with a new plan: to make Mumbai the ‘Urbs Prima in Indis’, the first city of India. Bartle Frere was possibly the first civil servant to realise Bombay’s potential as a gateway to India in the modern world. He demolished the Fort walls which had limited the city’s growth for the past two hundred years, and commissioned a number of new, impressive and fashionable buildings.
In this tour we will walk through Frere Town with its magnificent Gothic and Indo-saracenic buildings. Beginning at the postal headquarters, our walk will take us through the Fort’s Bazaargate area, to visit the grand Victoria Terminus (CST). We will enter the booking area and public concourse to see the legendary daily commute unfold. We will also take a guided tour of the heritage museum and peep into the railway administration building, to admire the grand dome.
Our walk will then take us past several buildings of public importance – municipal buildings, offices, markets, an art school, cinema halls and more. We will also visit what was traditionally the native part of town with houses and religious buildings constructed in the vernacular architecture. Cafes and eateries add life to this area, and we will stop to sample some local favourites. The walk ends with kulfi at the Parsi Dairy Farm, a local legend.
All days of the week, except on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Begins at 3:00 pm at the General Post Office.
Costs and Booking:
- INR 1000 per person for 7-10 persons
- INR 1250 per person for 5-6 persons
- INR 1750 per person for 3-4 persons
- INR 2000 per person for 2 persons
- INR 3250 for a solo traveller
Knowledgeable guide, personalised walk, entrances to railway heritage museum, illustrated notes and all taxes.
Prior reservation is mandatory. Payment in cash on the day of the tour.