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5 streets filled with history in Mumbai

People who talk about Mumbai first mention that it is a huge metropolitan city and yes that’s right. But there are stories to some of the streets which some only know about. Mumbai is a place where people are busy building their dreams.

Here are five streets associated with history:

Marine Drive:

Mumbai

Better known as the Queen’s necklace got its name from the marvelous view that is seen from an elevation during the night  as the street lights resemble a string of pearls. Constructed by Bhagojisheth and Pallonji Mistry, it’s a 3.6 km boulevard situated in South Mumbai. Famous for the marathons and many events held its been a platform also for Republic Day parade marches and an IAF show. It also had a French festival in 1988. It also offers a great sunset and sunrise view as well as energizing breeze and that’s why the youngsters mostly like to hangout there.

Dharavi slum:

It is not a thing which we Indians could boast about but for the record, it is the second largest slum in Asia and third largest in the world. Founded in 1883 during the British colonial era, it was mainly a part of factory expulsions and residents from the peninsular city centre by colonial government. Today in this settlement there is a highly multi – religious multi- ethnic and very diverse settlement. Talking about its condition post independence its grown to be Mumbai’s largest slum but since the city continues to grow, this place grew as a hub for informal economy and trade. Now redevelopment plans have started and mainly progression is through pot making and other vendors.

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Colaba Causeway:

A huge shopping line which can boast of many Mumbai landmarks such as the Taj hotel, Cuffe Parade and Gateway of India. Constructed by the British East India Company this area is known as the cultural square of Mumbai. Initially it was declared as a cantonment area with construction by civilians not allowed. Parts of the area started becoming overcrowded, along with which the boat trade also gave significance and thus the decision was not carried. Today, the markets and tours around the landmarks in Colaba have highly developed from what they were in the beginning.

Chor Bazaar:

The market has this pecular name not because like stolen items are sold here but because of the reasonable rates and easy availability of things. Known as a flea market, this place goes by the story that when Queen Victoria was unloading her goods from the ship some of them went missing and were later found there. So now if you lose anything in Mumbai, go back to Chor Bazaar and you might find not yours, but something better than that, there.

CST Railway Station Mumbai

Formerly known as Victoria Terminus, this is Mumbai’s main railway station, reflected in puddles of water after the monsoon rain.

The place which was originally called Bori Bazaar is building which comes in the list of UNESCO heritage buildings list. Warehouses for sacks and many goods items, this was a station where trains that came from Thane halted. Build by architect Fredrick William during the British rule, the railway station was an honour for Queen Victoria. This monument and station has got its name in memory of her. It was renamed recently, after one of the Maratha kings, Chatrapati Shivaji. There was also a brutal incident of terrorist attacks that happened here a decade ago. But now it stands tall with pride.

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