Colaba Causeway & the Gateway of India in action


Photos taken with my ActionSampler of two famous places in Mumbai/Bombay- Colaba Causeway – a famous commercial street & Gateway of India, an extremely famous seaside monument.

A few weeks ago I decided to go to South Bombay for a little sightseeing (even though I’ve lived in Bombay for 15 years!)
The first stop was Colaba Causeway. There are many ways to get here, you can take a train to CST Terminus or Chruchgate & walk or take a rickshaw from there. This street is officially know as Shahid Bhagat Singh road after a famous Indian freedom fighter but everybody just calls it Colaba Causeway. If you like shopping for antiques & quirky stuff, you will love this place.

You will find anything from jewelry, brass antiques, typical Indian slippers, clothes (both Indian & western). Colaba Causeway is a shoppers heaven, but you have to be good at bargaining to get great deals. Whatever price the roadside vendor quotes, you should try to reduce the price to half! The shops are all fixed rate shops, of course.

A shop selling tribal jewelry with chunky semi-precious stones & some other antiques.
A vintage clock at a roadside antique stall.
This is the board of the super famous Leopold cafe situated on Colaba Causeway. It was founded in 1871. It was mentioned extensively in the novel Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts & became even more famous as one of the first sites targeted by terrorists in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. If you go to the cafe you can still see a large bullet hole on the concrete outside, the owners have decided they will not remove the bullet hole.

Next up I decided to walk to the gateway of India. It’s pretty close to Colaba Causeway.
The Gateway of India is Mumbai’s most famous monument. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay.

Horse carriage rides are quite popular near the Gateway.
The boat jetty near the Gateway
This is the Taj Mahal Palace & Towers, situated right near the Gateway. It’s Mumbai’s most famous hotels & has housed a lot of high-profile guests from all around the world. It was attacked during the 2008 terror attacks too, but BBC now reports that the hotel has become a sign of Mumbai’s resilience.
Vendors selling large balloons & other stuff.
A side view of the gateway. I didn’t get a picture of the front because my film got over & I didn’t carry any extra ones!

written by magali on 2011-06-29 #places #tourism #antique #flea-market #india #location #bombay #urban-adventures #mumbai #landmark-shopping #street-shopping

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  1. pushkar
    pushkar ·

    my fav part of my city

  2. tattso
    tattso ·

    would love to visit those antique stores!

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