Monday, 22 June 2009

Bandra- Queen of Suburbs.

Bandra is known as the queen of suburbs and why not? It has everything that you could ask for, shopping at Hill road and at Linking road, diamond market at Turner road and Waterfield road, choice of more than 200 restaurants, parks like Patwardhan park, Jogger's Park, Almeida park and many more, playgrounds, sea-shore, There are two promenades in Bandra, Band stand and Carter road, and there are also cute heritage bungalows in some of the by-lanes of Bandra.

There are many bungalows in Bandra of heritage value and Bandra Station is one of the oldest, grade one, heritage structure.

Since one year, it was covered on all its sides for renovations with ugly sheets of plastic and last week when I passed this station, I was happy to see the recreated work, complete with red-tiled roofs, intricate eaves, fine woodwork pillars, high arched walls, iron windows and large doors to look exactly the way it would have when it was built in 1880s

I have not yet entered the station to see it from inside, planning to go some where by train soon, maybe to South Mumbai. If you are not working then it is best to travel by train during off peak hours (unless you need a body message, during peak hours the trains are so crowded that there is no room to move)

There is also a sky-walk that connects the Bandra-West to Bandra-East, right up to Kalanagar. My friends, who have walked through this sky-walk say that it takes them about thirty minutes to reach the other side. Quite a walk! But my friend was telling me that it is a nice walk, just like walking on an open space without any interference of traffic and horns, very windy and the view is amazing.

The traffic at Bandra is a nightmare specially at bottled-neck spot near Masjid, where the traffic emerges from all sides but the view is great

There is a club for elite in Bandra East and the street market for common man

And at the end of the day, what could be better than to walk down the sea shore to enjoy the sea breeze while you watch the sun go down?

Now I am thinking who is the King of suburbs???? got ideas????

The name "Bombay" was derived from 'Bom Bahia' (The Good Bay),

.... a name given by Portuguese sailor Francis Almeida, in 1508 ....“Bounce back Mumbai” 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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