I miss Mumbai. There, I said it. I lived in Navi Mumbai (New Bombay, totally different twin city) and I would go to South Bombay (aka SoBo) whenever me and my friends would go out for dinner and drinks. Why SoBo and not in Bandra, the party/gimik capital of Mumbai? I think it’s mainly because it is more accessible and hanging out in Colaba has a more chill vibe. Not to mention, I personally find South Mumbai more pleasant to walk through, with more character and history than the upscale Bandra area.
Needless to say, South Bombay and Colaba is also the most touristy. But hey, when you live in the city, you don’t really mind the mix of the local and foreign crowd. You enjoy it. People-watching and all. Being a foreigner myself, though I am not as tourist as the newly-arrived ones anymore, I always find something new to discover in Mumbai.
Anyway, I am not in a talking (writing) mood much today. Unless I want to end up too nostalgic to function. Haha. Therefore, I would jus want to share with you the images of Colonial Mumbai. I always call South Bombay the British area, primarily because the structures you would see closely resemble what you would find in London. I think (as referenced to movies and TV series).
I’ve included here a series of photographs, showing these British colonial structures. I tried my best to put them in the walking order, although my memory might be messed up already since there were some turns during these several walkthrough of South Mumbai.
I hope you enjoyed these virtual walking tour of South Bombay. Maybe you’ll get to walk through Colonial Mumbai someday too! I’ve heard several mixed reviews of being a tourist in Mumbai. Admittedly, the city can be unnerving and overwhelming but hey, give it more than a day or two and surely, you’ll get to know and feel it’s vibe too. If you need a walking guide (especially for couchsurfers), let me know and I might introduce you to a friend or two who may be able to show you around Colaba, South Mumbai and the rest of the city!
7 thoughts on “FotoFolio: Walking Tour of South Bombay (Images of Colonial Mumbai)”
I never knew Bombay had that much colonial architecture. I feel like I’ve walked its streets, too, thanks to you!
You should definitely visit Bombay if you get the chance to go to India. It’s a very, uhm, interesting city. A mix of many things!
Bbay is full of British, Victorian, Regency, Gothic, Indo Saracenic, Neo Gothic and Art Deco architecture in tons.
There are approx 5000 Colonial buildings in Bbay.
I live in one of those.
wow! thanks for sharing this….. like kim… I parang nasama ako sa photowalk ninyo…. hope to see this side of India someday… 🙂
That’s great Ian! Thanks for reading din! 🙂 Very photogenic talaga ang Mumbai. Not just the colonial architecture but that of the people, culture and religion too! Pati na night life, vibrant! (kaso shutdown na most clubs by 12-3am!)