The Worli Bay

Worli is one of the busiest office areas in Mumbai, with major companies having properties here. Worli is a part of South Mumbai bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west and the neighborhoods of Haji Ali to the south, Mahalaxmi to the east and Prabhadevi to the north.

The Haji Ali Dargah is located on an islet off the coast of Worli.

Mahalaxmi neighbourhood of Mumbai is famous for the Mahalaxmi Racecourse, a horse racing track spread over approximately 225 acres of open land.

Prabhadevi is a small up-scale neighbourhood of Mumbai, it is a thriving residential district with high-rise buildings built in recent years.

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Marine Drive

Marine Drive is a 3.6-kilometre-long boulevard along the coast …

Marine Drive is a 3.6-kilometre-long boulevard along the coast, in South Mumbai in the city of Mumbai.

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The Arabian story of Mumbai: The Bandra-Worli Sea Link

The Bandra–Worli Sea Link is a 5.6 kilometer-long cable stayed bridge that links Bandra in the Western Suburbs of Mumbai with Worli in South Mumbai …

The Bandra–Worli Sea Link is a 5.6 kilometer-long cable stayed bridge with pre-stressed concrete-steel viaducts on either side that links Bandra in the Western Suburbs of Mumbai with Worli in South Mumbai.

The foundation stone of this ₹16 billion (US$240 million) bridge was laid in 1999.This Bridge was opened to the public on 30th June 2009.

The sea-link reduces travel time between Bandra and Worli during peak hours from 60–90 minutes to 20–30 minutes. (Source: Wikipedia)

My Adventure:

The Stairway

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These bronzed, uniformly built steps are framed with fence brimming with plants bearing light-purple blooms; I liked the ease and the greenery while climbing the staircase to reach the spot to capture the magnificent view of the bridge.

The Bridge

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Fun facts about Bandra-Worli sea link: It weighs equivalent to that of 50,000 African elephants, is 63 times the height of the Qutub Minar, has consumed 90,000 tonnes of cement which would suffice to make five ten-storied buildings, the height of the cable-stayed tower is equal to a 43-storey building. (Source: rediff.com)

Under the Bridge

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I glanced under the bridge to find these columns of buildings.

The city of Mumbai, a union of seven islands, is situated on the Arabian Sea coast of India and is full of sophisticated features.

Elephanta Caves in Series: Its incredible pathway

Its richness …

Elephanta Island or Gharapuri (is a small village on the south side of the island) meaning ‘the city of caves’, is located 11 km east of  Apollo Bunder at Mumbai and can be reached by a ferry from the Gateway of India.

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The exquisite island located in the Arabian Sea

The Elephanta caves is a network of rock cut architecture caves, hewn from solid basalt rock and consists of important sculptures, art historians have dated the caves in the range of late 5th to late 8th century AD.

I visited this place to display its richness before the world through my photography skill.

Its pathway:

 

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A stone relic at its facade

 

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The sighting of Moon at around 4 o’clock in the evening

 

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An open-air basking area

 

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The colours of its foliage

 

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You & Me – Two Lovebirds

 

 

 

To be continued – Elephanta Caves in Series: Pillars of strength 

 

 

Twilight

Twilight is the magical spell of the day at dusk or dawn …

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I snapped this picture of the twilight from the ferryboat at the Gateway of India, twilight is the magical spell of the day at dusk or dawn, and this picture is of dusk … the sight of this twilight was so gorgeous that I didn’t wanted to miss the opportunity to picture it, much to the inconvenience of clicking a snap from a boat.

I was along with unfamiliar day-trippers –  a mix of families, couples and singles from India and from other countries;  many enthusiastic, some cheerful and few perceptive among the bunch of people on this short cruise on  the suave waters of the Arabian Sea feeling the freshness of the sea-breeze.

For me the another prettiest fragment of this sail was the sighting of flock of seagulls which accompanied ferryboats and they did flock near the boat I was in, they flocked so close to the boat – floating their white body in the air with steady flicks of their long wings tipped with black coats, as if the boat was a part of their flock; and the other notable moment was spotting of eagles encircling in the gust – I captured those brief moments in my mind and narrated it here, much to my convenience ( call me lazy but clicking snaps from a boat is wobbly).

 

The Arabian story of Mumbai – The Gateway of India

A brilliant landmark that marks India’s chief ports was built during the 20th century …

Photography is a creative endeavour which I have acquired through my observation ability and one of the best subjects for photography is architecture.

The Gateway of India, a brilliant landmark that marks India’s chief ports was built during the 20th century, is a major tourist attraction that lies at the end of Chhatrapati Shivaji Marg (Street) by the Arabian Sea at Apollo Bunder – in the Colaba district of Mumbai, India.

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The structure is a basalt arch; the 4 turrets are the prominent feature …

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 … and the structure is 85 feet high.

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The central dome is 83 feet above the ground at its highest point …

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… and is 48 feet in diameter.

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This grand edifice is built in yellow basalt and indissoluble concrete designed in the Indo-Saracenic – an architectural style with elements from native Indo-Islamic and Indian architecture combined with the Gothic revival and Neo-Classical styles favoured in Victorian Britain.

The city of Mumbai, a union of seven islands, is situated on the Arabian Sea coast of India and is a chest of treasure.

The Arabian story of Mumbai – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Reveals a fusion of inspirations from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival and traditional Indian architecture …

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai is a piece of brilliance and I was filled with awe at the sight of it.

Description: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) was the first railway station built in Mumbai. It took 10 long years to build the terminus (1878 -1888).   It was named after the then reigning Queen and was called as Victoria Terminus ( VT) , in 1996 it was renamed in honour of Great King Chhatrapati Shivaji, the 17th-century king,  founder of the Maratha Empire.

Its architecture bears some similarity to St Pancras railway station in London. The station building is designed in Victorian Gothic style of architecture and reveals a fusion of inspirations from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival and traditional Indian architecture.  The centrally domed office structure has a C-shaped plan which is symmetrical on an east-west axis and has a 330 feet long platform connected to a 1,200 feet long train shed and this outlines the exterior layout of the building.

The Snapshots of the Remarkable Building:

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On my way to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

 

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In its natural essence

 

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On the exterior there are statues representing Commerce, Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

 

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It is crowned by a high central dome, which is the focal point.

 

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The dome of dovetailed ribs built without centering was considered as a novel achievement of the era, it’s an octagonal ribbed structure with a colossal female figure symbolizing progress – holding a torch pointing upwards in her right hand and a spoked wheel in her left hand.

 

The city of Mumbai, a union of seven islands, is situated on the Arabian Sea coast of India and it’s abundant with elegant features.