Tuesday, 13 March 2007
Bandra- Queen of the Suburbs'
About twenty minutes away from international airport, Bandra is the Mumbai’s Greenwich village, a friendly, slow-paced neighborhood houses home-style eateries, cafes, some trendy restaurants and bars and crowded shopping district.
People living in Bandra don’t feel the need to go to any other part of Mumbai. They are the happy lot who find entertainment of all kinds in their own neighborhood. There are hills; there are sea-shores, jogging tracts, parks, theatres, films, shopping and eateries
Bandra is also the start of Bollywood’s bedroom community and most of the ‘glam set’ of models, fashion designers and starlets have found charming living quarters here. It has the famous stars like Shah Rukh khan, Salman khan, Arjun Ramphal, Rekha, Dilip Kumar, and many more stars.
It is linked to the southern part by flyovers and bridges and it is only 40 minutes away from the downtown hubs of Colaba and Churchgate in the south.. Bandra-Worli-Nariman sea link, which is under construction, when completed, will reduce the distance by 30 minutes.
A Catholic enclave until recently, Bandra retains much of its heritage and was under Portuguese control until 18th century. The remains of an old Portuguese fort, at Taj Land ends, still stands on the seafront overlooking the distant horizon across the Arabian Sea. It is still a great spot to watch the sun set and enjoy the pleasant evening.
The name "Bombay" was derived from 'Bom Bahia' (The Good Bay),
.... a name given by Portuguese sailor Francis Almeida, in 1508 ....“Bounce back Mumbai” .....as it is called by the locals, it is a city that has been through a lot in the recent past – floods, bomb blasts, riots – and come out stronger each time.
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