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 buildings of public importance – municipal buildings, offices, markets, and an art college. We will walk through Crawford Market, located at the edge of the native part of town. Established in 1869, this market's facade has now been sensitively restored, and it is a bustling colourful place to see daily life in the city. At the end of the walk, you can stop at the popular Badshah Cold Drinks for refreshments if you wish.
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.