Participatory . Interactive . Engaging
Museums and heritage sites are my happy place! Join me on walks and guided visits through Mumbai’s fascinating heritage spaces and museums to find out why. Walks are available on request, with routes and timings tailored to suit your needs and interests.
Explore Mumbai’s historic centre:
- One 2 hour route would take you from the iconic Gateway of India precinct to Regal Circle – then to the original boundary of the erstwhile Bombay Fort at the start of the old Dockyard Road (Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg) – on to Kala Ghoda and the University buildings, to end at the Art Deco precinct across Oval Maidan.
- If you decide to extend the walk to 3 hours we could continue towards Flora Fountain and the heart of the old Fort – to St. Thomas’ Cathedral, Horniman Circle and finish at the old Town Hall (Asiatic Society). Alternatively we could follow the original boundary of the Fort along today’s DN road to end at VT (CST) station.
- Or, you could choose to begin at the heart of the old Fort at the Town Hall building (Asiatic Society), walk around Horniman Circle to St. Thomas’ Cathedral, then Flora Fountain and onward to the High Court and University Buildings, to end at the Art Deco precinct across Oval Maidan. (2 hours)
- This route could be extended to 3 hours to include Kala Ghoda, Regal Circle and the Gateway precinct. Alternatively we could continue in the opposite direction, following the original boundary of the Fort along today’s DN road, to end at VT (CST) station.
- Finally, you could begin at Oval Maidan, walk towards Flora Fountain, which marks the boundary to the old Bombay Fort, onward to St. Thomas’ Cathedral, around Horniman Circle to the old Town Hall, then through the Indian Town within the Fort, past Ballard Estate, to end at VT (CST) station. (3 hours)
Represented along these routes are the various architectural traditions that characterise the historic city centre. The routes, which take you through Mumbai’s premier heritage precinct, further trace the history and development of the core city of Old Bombay. My aim is to highlight the fascinating stories behind the physical spaces and buildings (that may seem very familiar) of Mumbai today. During the walk, archival images of the city help bridge the gap between past and present. I would recommend either of these routes for first time heritage walkers/visitors in Mumbai.
BUT…there’s so much more to Mumbai than the erstwhile Fort area!
- Another popular route walks you through the neighbourhood of Bandra West. This walk focuses on the unique physical spaces, character and cultures of Bandra today, its history and legacies, and its use and negotiation of the same. (2.5 hours)
- One of my favourites is walk-through of Mumbai’s city museum – the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum at Byculla. As Mumbai’s oldest museum and greatest heritage conservation success story, its building, collections and history are a definite must-see for anyone interested in the city and its stories. The Museum has an exciting exhibitions programme which situates contemporary art displays within and in response to its historical setting, giving you a reason to keep going back! (2 .5 hours)
- Explore 19th century Byculla through the lens of change! Once a low lying swamp submerged every high tide, Byculla grew into a sophisticated residential suburb, attracting the most affluent of Bombay’s citizens, in the early 19th century. The late 1800’s brought more change and Byculla was again transformed. This walk encourages an exploration of the area’s complex histories through its physical spaces and unique contemporary character. (2.5 hours)
- The Lives of Objects: Discover the ever fascinating Chor (or is it Shor?) Bazaar, hidden deep within the labyrinth of the city’s traditional Market district. The shops of Chor Bazaar are best described as today’s curiosity cabinets, each stocked floor to ceiling (literally) with objects bursting to share their stories! The visit will illustrate how objects can speak to us, and how we may use them for inspiration, reflection and learning. (1.5 hours)
- Travel back in time at the Nehru Centre Library’s iconic Discovery of India exhibition. With 14 galleries of immersive, tactile displays that encourage critical thought and engagement with a wide sweep of past events, art, architecture, material culture and traditions, there is no better place in the city to experience the history of India!
- Schools & Colleges: Specially conceptualised walks, visits and workshops, which encourage critical and creative learning and often respond to curriculum requirements, are planned on request and in collaboration with educational institutions. Please connect for further details.