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Audio Guided Tour – From the Gateway to Fountain Walk, Mumbai

The Gateway to Fountain walk through HopOn India app tells you the story of Bombay – how its past and present exist together and influence each other even today.

The most special features of this experience are : 1. The App opens up new places and new stories for you in the same old cities 2. Each walk is crafted like a masterpiece to offer an immersive experience to the traveller with the correct mix of history, culture, myth, food , through professional narration, with background scores of music, qawalli or sound affects, here and there 3. There is no need for you to depend on a guide - the traveller can take the walk anytime as per will, at his/ her own pace 4. The content is developed by domain experts and curated with utmost care, leaving no room for dependence on the guide's knowhow 5.You pay once for three months and need not pay the guide repeatedly.

This walk takes you through the oldest, the most beautiful and most famous district of Bombay

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    Stop At: Gateway of India, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai 400001 India

    The Gateway was a monument built to commemorate travel,

    commerce - and, of course, the might of the British Empire. It

    was the entry point into the most happening city of India,and

    was named Urbs Prima in Indis or the foremost city in India by

    the colonial administration. . It was the site of cotton trading

    during the cotton boom. It was the port of entry into India for

    important colonial officials, merchants and traders, and British

    army officers. Ironically, it was also the point of exit for the

    last British troops who had held India. The style of architecture you will be looking at is called the Indo-

    Saracenic or Indo-Gothic style, or simply Bombay Gothic. The

    architects of this style were inspired by native Indian and

    middle-eastern Islamic traditions; they combined these with the

    Gothic revival and Neo-Classical movements that were

    flourishing in Britain during the 19th century. Don’t be

    surprised, if during your tours, you come across several

    structures with the high arches and ornate carvings like in

    cathedrals, only to be topped with domes and minarets like a

    Turkish palace! You can linger about and marvel at the statues of Swami

    Vivekananda and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.They’re both

    icons of Indian history. Swami Vivekananda also sailed from

    here on his historic visit at the Chicago Parliament of Religions

    in 1893. He ended up introducing the western world to Hindu

    spiritual practices and ideals.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India

    The Taj Mahal Palace hotel comprises two buildings: a tall,

    relatively new-looking one to the right, and an older, grander

    building to the left. The entrance to The Taj is through the new

    building, and I recommend that you stand across the street from

    this entrance as I tell you the story of the Hotel.

    If you stand in front of the Taj, you will find yourself in the

    middle of an interesting panorama of Mumbai life. Behind you

    stands the Gateway of India, bustling with tourists. On your

    extreme left you are likely to see quaint old carriages, called

    Victorias, dressed up in gaudy colours and pulled by rather sad-

    looking horses. On your right, the traffic blares away. Every

    once in a while you will see a fancy car pull up into the

    driveway of the Taj, carrying elegantly dressed guests who

    may have come to stay at this iconic hotel or just stopped by

    for a bite at the many restaurants here.

    Built in 1903, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel was, for several

    decades, the first sighting for visitors sailing into Apollo

    Bunder Harbour. The island city of Bombay has its British

    colonial history to thank for most of its heritage structures. But

    for Indians it is quite a satisfying thought that the Taj Mahal

    Palace Hotel – one of our most iconic, beautiful and luxurious

    buildings was built by an Indian. The Taj hotel is exquisitely pretty, built in the same Indo-

    Saracenic style as the Gateway. It combines this style with

    elements of Byzantine or Medieval Turkish architecture, so if

    you look up you will see its domes sitting like fat onions on top

    of its high Gothic ceilings. It even has latticework on its

    balconies in the Arabic style.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Leopold Cafe, Opp Olympia Coffee House, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba Causeway, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India

    Before we reach to Leopold cafe we will be visiting Lansdowne Road and Tulloch Road. At Lansdowne Road you will spot some fancy curio shops and the Bowen Memorial Methodist Church. You will come to another lane that

    leads to the left, known as Tulloch road. It is down this lane

    that we will go, for it contains some of Colaba's hidden

    treasures.For decades, this lane has been the centre of Mumbai's

    nightlife: A delectable pit stop for the city that never sleeps. No

    matter how late you turn up here you will find good food, good

    booze and good cheer. First, to your left stands Bade Miya –

    the kababwalas who have been feeding the city's hungry

    partygoers since 1946. If you happen to come to Bade Miya

    during the evening hours when it operates, we recommend you

    try the succulent mutton seekh kabab and the bhuna gosht. Or

    if you’re a vegetarian, go for a juicy plate of paneer tikka.you will see Gokul on the right.

    Gokul has been the provider of cheap drinks to students like me

    and young professionals since the 1960s, to your right. At

    Gokul you can try their coastal-style fish preparations like

    bombil fry and surmai fry with the poison of your choice.

    Just a few steps after Gokul you will also find Baghdadi -

    another low-priced eatery. As famished students, my friends

    and I would raid Baghdadi every Friday night after drinks at

    Gokul, gorging on the mutton biryani or the chicken fry or

    chicken Afghani. True to the name, the rotis you will get at

    Baghdadi are in the middle-eastern style: they're huge, almost

    30 inches in diameter, and one is more than enough to fulfill

    your cravings.

    Imagine that. You have two iconic monuments on one side and

    the sumptuous bazaar of Colaba Causeway on the other, and

    yet this tiny gulli holds enough of the city's treasures to have a

    presence of its own.

    For over 50 years, Cafe Leopold has been the confluence, the

    meeting point, of all the streams of life and multicultural

    experiences that we Mumbaikars are so proud of. Cafe Leopold

    is the favourite haunt of foreign tourists and visiting expats,

    non-resident Indians, and locals who are looking for world

    class restaurant culture combined with the warmth of Indian

    hospitality. Have you read 'Shantaram', the best-selling book

    about life in Mumbai, by author Gregory David Roberts? In

    the book, he describes Cafe Leopold as "a place for people to

    see, to be seen and to see themselves in the act of being seen".

    This is not so true anymore. But what cannot be denied is that

    Leopold itself has been, and continues to be, the place with an

    international feel to it. From hippies in the 60s and 70s, to

    Arabs and Afghans in the early 80s, then backpackers through

    the 80s and 90s and expats ever since then.

    And of course, as a peaceful, lively and open-hearted meeting

    place of different cultures, Leopold could not escape the

    tragedy of the November 2008 terrorist attack. Two terrorists

    hurled a grenade and fired bullets into this crowd, causing the

    painful loss of many lives. Proud of its strength, Leopold has

    preserved the bullet holes on its walls.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Colaba Causeway, Colaba, Mumbai India

    Colaba Causeway is one of Mumbai's busiest and most

    colourful streets. It is a noisy carnival, a riot of stalls cramped

    together so tight that they appear fused to each other. On any

    average day if you come here between 11am and 5pm, the

    bazaar is usually teeming with shoppers and you might struggle

    to negotiate the next 100 meters or so to our next stop. As you

    snake your way through the endless crowd you will find stalls

    selling endless varieties of cheap fashion accessories and

    souvenirs. If you ever want to find out what's trending among

    the young - the college crowd and struggling 20-somethings,

    you just have to take a stroll through this market. T-shirts and

    scarves, belts and boots, funky pendants and fridge magnets,

    it's all here. But the secret pleasure of shopping at Colaba

    Causeway lies not in the products themselves - but in the thrill

    of Bargaining. If you cruise slowly along the bazaar and

    observe the people, you can watch how deals are struck. You

    can watch as the high drama of negotiation unfolds about you,

    and how youngsters fight like tigers in their prime.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Apollo immitation jewellery, Maha Kavi Bhushan Marg near cafe Mondegar Regal cinema, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400039, India

    If you stand outside this

    dimly lit cafe, you may hear american pop classics playing on

    the jukebox and the humming of conversation. Along with

    Leopold, Mondegar is a giant of the old-world restaurant

    culture. Started in the 30s, Mondegar was the first

    establishment in Mumbai to get a jukebox. Many an avid

    customer has paid the small fee and dedicated a song to his

    date at dinner! If you plan to go in, you can ask the staff if the

    jukebox still works.

    There is usually a 5-10 minute waiting time before you land a

    table, but once you do, you will want to spend 5-10 hours. The

    food is great, the servers are happy to leave you to your

    conversation, and the ambience is always genial and charming.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Regal Cinema, Colaba Causeway, opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005, India

    At the corner you will

    arrive at the Regal Cinema house to your right. Once you reach

    the entrance to the theatre, do pause to take a look at this

    magnificent old institution. It is a throwback to a bygone era,

    when going to the movies 'was an art'. Beautifully designed in

    the Art Deco style of the time, Regal was inaugurated in

    1933...when Mumbai was gathering its reputation as home to

    the magical world of films. Plush decor, luxurious seats, velvet

    curtains - Regal was a grand tribute to the importance of

    cinema in the culture of Mumbai. People would book tickets

    well in advance, dress up in their finest clothes and jewellery,

    and come to the theatre in Tongas, or horse-drawn carriages.

    The theatre was also known for its refreshments, in particular

    the ice cream, and this reputation was well-founded. As a child

    in the early 90s, I would eagerly await family outings to Regal,

    drawn here less by the films and more by the promise of

    getting a softie ice cream from one of the few softie dispensers

    in the city. Not surprisingly, Regal evokes all kinds of nostalgia

    in old Mumbaiwalas. Why don’t you take a look at what's

    playing there now?

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Wellington Fountain, The Esplanade, Mumbai 400039 India

    The Wellington Fountain is named

    after Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington. He was

    called the 'Iron Duke' for his victories in important battles. The

    Duke of Wellington was just a young colonel when he defeated

    Tipu Sultan, the fierce king of Mysore in southern India.

    Strangely, despite this and other achievements, Lord

    Wellington was not much appreciated back home. Then he

    fought Napoleon, and defeated him in the famous battle of

    Waterloo, and, well, you know what happens to your record

    when you defeat Napoleon, right? He was handsomely

    rewarded with accolades and a dukedom, he rose to become

    Commander-in-Chief of the British Army, and eventually he

    served as the Prime Minister of England for two terms. He

    visited Bombay in 1801 and 1804, but this fountain was only

    built in 1865 to commemorate his visit. I guess you could call

    this an interesting roundabout quite literally – it’s all ‘round

    you, and fun to know about!

    Now for the statue behind you. This is of one of our former

    prime ministers, Lal Bahadur Shastri.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Maharashtra Police Headquarters, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India

    This large, elegant construction used to be The Royal Alfred

    Sailor's home. It was designed by F.W. Stevens, the very same

    architect who designed the breathtaking Victoria Terminus,

    which we will visit on one of our walks. It was completed in

    1876. Today, it houses the headquarters of the Maharashtra

    Police. Find a convenient place to stand and look up at the facade. At the top, you will see a delicately carved sculpture on a

    triangular piece of stone. This is a carving of Neptune, Roman

    God of freshwater and the Sea.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: National Gallery of Modern Art, Sir Cowasji Jahangir Public Hall M G Road, Fort, Mumbai 400032 India

    For now

    you are off the Colaba Causeway and in the 'fort' area. In doing

    so, you have just entered the main Bombay island for the first

    time! The causeway was completed over 200 years ago to

    connect the island of Colaba to the island of Bombay. Before

    that, this ground that you are standing on used to be just ocean
    - and people would actually drown trying to cross over!

    You have also entered what is known as the art district of

    Mumbai. The first art institution in this section is the National

    Gallery of Modern Art, or the NGMA for short.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, 159 - 161 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Mumbai 400032 India

    This is the Prince of

    Wales Museum, now known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji

    Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya - renamed after the great maratha

    king Shivaji. The museum is one of Mumbai's greatest

    treasures, and you cannot leave Mumbai without spending at

    least 2 to 3hours admiring its diverse collection.

    The architect who designed the Museum was George Wittet,

    the very same man who also designed the Gateway of India.

    Do you notice the Indo-Saracenic architectural features we

    discussed earlier? The Museum covers a built-up area of over

    12,000 square metres, and has over 50,000 artefacts in its

    collection. The collection falls under three categories: Art,

    Archaeology and Natural History - so you see, there's

    something for everyone.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Elphinstone College, 156, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Mantralaya, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400023, India

    The college is

    named after Monstuart Elphinstone, who was Governor of

    Bombay province nearly 200 years ago. It was the Honourable

    Elphinstone who recognised that the province of Bombay could

    be more than just a naval base for the British, that it could be a

    city in its own right. The college was established in 1856. It is

    here that the Western System of Education took root in

    Bombay. Several of its graduates went on to play important

    roles in Bombay's and even India's history as they went on to

    become religious reformists, political commentators,

    businessmen and even freedom fighters.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Jehangir Art Gallery, M.G. Road Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400023 India

    Built in 1952, this gallery provided a space for the young artists

    of Independent India to unleash their creative genius on the

    country. It was commissioned by Sir Cowasji Jehangir, 2nd

    Baronet of Bombay, who came from a highly distinguished

    family in Bombay's history. The Jehangirs, originally the

    Readymoneys, were a wealthy Parsi family who were part of

    English colonial royalty. The first patriarch was Sir Cowasji

    Jehangir Readymoney. He funded the construction of the

    Elphinstone College building that you just saw, and also the

    elegant Convocation Hall of the Mumbai University.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Kala Ghoda Art Precinct, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Mumbai India

    This lofty sculpture of a horse is made in bronze. What do you

    think of it? While you gaze at it, let me tell you the ironic story

    of the place that you are standing in. This locality, specifically,

    is known as ‘Kala Ghoda’, or Black Horse. “Ah,” you might

    say, “So this neighbourhood is named after the statue!” I hate

    to be the one to break it to you, but in fact the sculpture of a

    Black Horse was installed here because the neighbourhood was

    originally known as Kala Ghoda! You see, in colonial times,

    there used to be a statue of King Edward the VIIth, Prince of

    Wales, riding a horse, at this very spot. That’s how the

    neighbourhood originally came to be called ‘Kala Ghoda’.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Khyber, 145, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India

    If you are taking this tour after 11am, you will find the corner

    outside Khyber packed with many stalls that form one of

    Mumbai's informal and open food courts, selling sandwiches

    and sugarcane juice among other snacks. Such stalls are vital

    for the working folk who cannot afford the fancy restaurants in

    this neighbourhood.

    The restaurant Khyber, is named after the famous Khyber pass

    which formed the historical land route between Asia and the

    Indian Subcontinent. Today, the region is known as the Khyber

    Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Khyber is a landmark of

    fine dining that serves what they call 'Northwest Frontier

    Cuisine'.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, 55, Dr. V.B. Gandhi Marg, Mumbai India

    The Keneseth Eliyahoo synagogue was built by the grandson of

    David Sassoon. It is maintained with much dedication by the

    few remaining Jews in the city. The synagogue was completed

    in 1884, and it is beautifully decorated on the inside with

    pillars made of Burma teak and large stained glass windows.

    The atmosphere inside is old enough and quiet enough to make

    you stop to examine your soul. When visiting as young 20-year

    old students, we were fascinated by the sombre prayer hall, the

    mystic symbols on the windows, and the aged prayer books in

    Hebrew.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Oval Maidan, 140, महर्षी कर्वे, रोड, Mantralaya, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400032, India

    Before you reach to oval maidan you will be visiting Watson Hotel. The Watson was a high class hotel built by the 19th century

    business man, John Watson. If he was in any way connected

    with Sherlock Holmes, that's a mystery we'd love for you to

    solve! According to Mumbai blogger Deepa Krishnan, the

    Watson was completed in the late 1860's using a design never

    seen before in India. The building was made entirely of cast

    iron, using only cast iron girders for its framework. The iron

    was imported from England, and it was assembled and built on

    site, right here. The Watson was a posh, elite establishment

    which even had English waitresses serving English patrons. It

    was a Whites-only hotel when it was run by the Watson family,

    and perhaps this imperialist policy gave rise to the legend that

    Sir Jamsetji Tata built the Taj hotel to avenge his insult after he

    was denied entry here. Among the famous guests at Watson's

    was the well-known American writer, Mark Twain, who wrote

    about his fascination for the crows of Bombay in his travelogue

    titled 'Following the Equator'.

    As you walk, the Oval Maidan and the buildings on the other

    side of the Oval Maidan come into view. These are from a

    totally different era, made in the Art Deco style which became

    popular in the 1930s in Bombay. These buildings were built on

    reclaimed land, and they stand now where the sea once rolled

    in, all the way into the maidan ahead of you.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Mumbai University Ground, Marine Drive, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400020, India

    As you come around to the front of the University you can

    stand outside the Gate and look in. To the right you will see a statue of Sir Cowasji Jahangir Readymoney the first outside the

    entrance to the convocation hall. Behind the statue is a huge

    circular stained glass window, behind a frame of smaller circles

    like port hole windows.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Bombay High Court, Fort Dr Kane Rd High Court Building, Mumbai 400032 India

    see, the High Court is a massive structure, larger

    than most of the buildings that we have featured in our walk

    today. It is approximately 171 metres long and 51 metres wide.

    If you stand at the entrance and look up at the two towers in the

    foreground, you will see two statues standing at the very top.

    The one to your left is Justice - the lady with a blindfold and

    weighing scales. To your right is the statue of Mercy, with her

    hands folded. So what comprises the story of the High Court? Is it the age?

    The architecture?The jurisdiction? Invariably, the story of a

    court cannot be complete without a gleeful dissection of its

    most sensational case. Would you like to hear the story of the

    most confounding, most scandalous, and most significant

    criminal trial held in Independent India, within these courts? We will delve into our little bag of legal lore, and tell you

    about the infamous Nanavati murder case? It was the first high -profile case in newly independent

    India, and that too in the glamourous metropolis of Bombay.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Rajabai Clock Tower, Bombay University, Mumbai 400001 India

    The tower was funded by a business tycoon of Bombay, named

    Premchand Roychand. If you have been to the Museum earlier,

    you will be aware that Roychand also has an art gallery in the

    museum named after him. Premchand Roychand was a

    businessman who made his fortune in the cotton trade that

    colonial India was known for. He came to be called India's

    'Cotton King', and went on to become a big time speculator in

    the early stock market of Bombay. Incidentally, Bombay is

    home to the oldest stock market in all of Asia, the BSE, which

    is in the close vicinity of our tour. The BSE has had a colourful

    history of speculators, but the prince among them was

    Roychand. This clock tower was, however, an act of devotion

    on his part: he built it for his mother, Rajabai, and it is named

    after her. His mother was blind and a devout woman who

    wished to take her meals at the hour appointed by the religious

    scriptures, and so this clock tower was built to remind her to

    take her meals on time! The architect, Sir Scott, modelled the

    Rajabai Tower on the famous Big Ben in London, and you can

    hear it chiming merrily away in the hustle and bustle of the

    city, every 15 minutes. An interesting piece of our history has been carved into the

    façade of the Rajabai Clock Tower.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Flora Fountain, MG Rd at Veer Nariman Rd, Mumbai India

    The first thing you must know, is that for well over a century,

    this spot, which was known as Flora Fountain, or simply

    Fountain, was the very heart of Bombay. The four roads that

    meet here form the axis of the original city of Bombay. This is

    why you find most of the oldest structures of British Bombay

    along these streets.You are also standing at the point that used to be the historic

    'Church Gate' from where this area gets its name. The Church

    Gate stood where the fountain stands now, and it was one of

    the three gates leading into the old Bombay Fort. The gates and

    walls of the Fort were ordered for demolition by the then

    Governor, Sir Bartle Frere, because he saw that the town within

    was bursting at the seams and there was an urgent need to

    allow for expansion.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Hutatma Chowk, Mahatma Gandhi Road Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400001 India

    In reality,

    the Hutatma Chowk is a Memorial. ‘Chowk’ is a local word for

    Junction or Square. So Hutatma Chowk means The Martyrs'

    Square. This sculpture was built to commemorate a tragedy

    that occurred during a political movement that was started in

    the 1950s to define the identity of Bombay.

    After 1947, when India gained Independence, an attempt was

    made to carve out new, independent states in a formerly

    dependent colony, and this was done largely on the basis of

    language.

    Duration: 5 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    12, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India
    Return Detail :
    Hutatma Chowk (O.C.S.), Azad Maidan, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India
    Hotel Pickup :
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    • Not wheelchair accessible
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Language

English - Audio

Age Req.

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None

Group Size

1

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Activity ID: V-152570P14

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