Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) #makeheritagefun
Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus), abbreviated as CST, a UNESCO heritage site & Headquaters of Central Railways in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It is the busiest station in Maharashtra & well known for 26/11 attacks. It is a perfect example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in India. It was designed by the British Architect, F.W. Stevens. It is a perfect blend of two cultures as British architects worked with the Indian Craftsmen to give a unique style of Indian Traditional Palace to Bombay.
It was a fantasy for me to go out for a tour or a trip with my friends but being a girl, my parents never allowed me to go out of town without either of my parents being with me. But finally my dream came true when I asked them for Mumbai to attend a workshop. I came here with two of my college friends. We were in Mumbai on 2nd January but the trains were late in Mumbai due to some curfews. We were welcomed by a friend on Mumbai CST railway station with a couple of burgers from McDonald’s and coldrinks. We had our stay at IIT, Powai. On the way, I kept on staring over the beautiful city of Mumbai. The arches, domes and the architecture of CST left me in awe and amazed. The way it has been constructed to control 18 lines at the same time. The way where the trains halt has been constructed and the spacious place to accommodate thousands of people simultaneously is great.
More than the workshop I got to know the city, its heritages. After the workshop everyday I used to roam around the city, my favorite destination being the CST station. I prefered to walk around and go to nearby places from CST rather than taking a bus/local/taxi. I was quite surprised to find a local station after every 5-8 kms. Sometimes even in 1-2 kms like the trio of Marine Lines, Marine Drive and Churchgate which are at a distance of 2-3 kms max from each other.
There is a variety of foods and fashion around CST. The nearest market for all kinds of fashion including footwear and all the trending tshirts is the fashion street which is at a mere distance of a kilometre & can be covered in a walk of 8-10 minutes. It’s right behind the Azad Maidan which is in front of CST. Another market is at Colaba.
I, Being in Mumbai and not going to a beach is something not possible. Girgaon chowpatty is the nearest one to CST and another one being the Marine Drive. The Girgaon chowpatty is a proper beach with sand all over and the waters touching my feet after I entered the chowpatty. The marine drive has a jogging track for all the jogging and walking enthusiasts. Going towards CST, the Marine drive waters continue along to become the Girgaon Chowpatty beach.
The common breakfast I found here in Mumbai was the misal pav and vada pav. Misal pav are sprouts cooked in spicy tomato gravy along with a bread bun. Vada Pav is the Indian version of burger. Vada pav can be found anywhere in Mumbai from a street vendor to a hotel. Misal pav can also be found commonly but the best one can be found near the Bombay Stock Exchange.
Near the CST station I found a shop named Cannon serving one of the best pav bhaji’s I’ve ever had. It’s right in front of the CST station besides the underground pass. In front of CST I found a McDonald’s so I usually munched on a McDonald’s burger and went ahead with my roaming. I, alongwith my friends munched on pizzas the next evening. Pizza by the Bay, which is at Marine drive was at a walkable distance from CST. All the ones we tried were a treat to the taste buds.
I never liked pastries much. But on a friend’s suggestion I tried the Gaylord, one of the oldest bakeries existing till today in Mumbai. Its just a kilometre or two, a 10 minute walk from CST. I tried one or two pastries & yes, I’ve started loving the pastries from then. They were too good. The people here in Mumbai are very co-operative, be it a waiter, a taxi driver or a co-passenger.
On the last day of my trip, I noticed that the Bombay Muncipal Corporation building in front of the CST is also a great construction, a masterwork just like the CST. Even after having roamed so much, many things were left out. So even 6 days’ time is not sufficient to have a complete visit of the City of Dreams-Mumbai.
On the end, I’d like to say that Mumbai’s infectious and once you’ve been here, you always try to come here again & again because once is not sufficient.
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