The Bombay Heritage Walks
Founded by city architects, Abha Bahl and Brinda Gaitonde, THE BOMBAY HERITAGE WALKS (BHW) group has been organizing walking tours around the city's heritage precincts since April 1999. The walks aim to raise the awareness of the people of Mumbai and visitors, about the city's architecture and heritage monuments. Personalized, educative and authentic, the walking tours highlight the vast range of architectural styles, construction materials, planning elements and ornamental details, tracing the social and cultural history of the city.
Walk A - The Kala Ghoda Route
This route takes you through a veritable parade of archetypal Neo-Gothic public buildings built in the 1860’s and 70’s such as the glorious Bombay University Library and the imposing High Court, South Mumbai’s main architectural attraction. Other highlights of this heritage route are the culturally vibrant Kala Ghoda node with newly restored Elphinstone College, the ‘miniature Gothic’ David Sassoon Library, the Neo-Clasic Army & Navy building and much more.
Starting Point- Gateway of India
Walk B – The Horniman Circle Route
On this tour you will see some of the city’s well known landmarks in the heart of the old Fort area – Mumbai’s oldest business district. The city’s long association with the British is reflected in the old world charm of its buildings made in varying styles- from the early 1800s neo-Classic to the late 1860s Victorian neo-Gothic, early 20th century Indo-Saracenic style of architecture that combined Gothic- like flamboyant Art-Deco of the 1930s and 40s.
Starting Point: Asiatic Library, Fort
Combo Fort Tour – Walks A & B together as an extended route
Starting Point- Asiatic Library
Cost: Rs 1,500 per person (Tour A & B ) Cost varies depending on number of persons in the group.
Duration: Tours A & B – 2 hours
Combo Tour – 3 – 3.5 hours
Time: Mainly on weekends. BHW is currently offering only morning walks starting at 8:00/8:30/9:00 am.
Reservation: Al bookings are subject to availability of presenters. Bookings are accepted one week prior.
Address: c/o Punjabi Chandu Halwai Karachiwala
Navyug Niketan, Ground. Floor
185 Walkeshwar Road, Teenbatti
Mumbai 400 006
Tel: +91-22- 2369 0992/ 2683 5856
Fax: +91-22-2364 3234.