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Fort Heritage Area of Mumbai

Enjoy the wonderful architecture of heritage buildings in Mumbai's Fort area including a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.9 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  The Fort area of Mumbai is one of the oldest areas of the former Fort. The Fort area was the heart of the city in the 18th century,... more »

Tips:  Bring your camera, cap or bandana, sunscreen lotion (SPF 30), bottle of water and anything else you think you may need on the walk.

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Points of Interest

The Chhatrapati Shivaji (formerly Victoria) Terminus and the Central Railway Headquarters building is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the island city of Mumbai. This is a good place to start the walk around the Fort area of Mumbai city as it is a well known landmark bustling with people at all times. This beautiful structure designed by... More

2. Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai Building

The BMC or Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation building was designed by F.W. Stevens, the same architect who designed the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus building in the Gothic style.

3. Sir J. J. School of Art

Enter the Sir Jamshetji Jijibhoy School of Art and Architecture campus to see the Dean's Bungalow where famous author Rudyard Kipling was born to John Lockwood Kipling (then principal of the School) and has a plaque mentioning the same.

The Jyotiba Phule (Crawford) Market is worth visiting for the different types of fruits, vegetables and livestock along with provision stores for different fresh and packaged foodstuff from various countries available under one roof. There are two defunct water fountains inside the market which are still worth seeing for their architecture. There ... More

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5. Mumbai Police Commissioner's Office

This building is just opposite Crawford Market and houses the Commissioner of Mumbai Police along with the headquarters. It is a building with Gothic architecture built in 1896.

6. St. Xavier's College

The St. Xavier's College building is worth visiting to see the Heras Institute of Indian History and Culture which also has a museum in the college premises. Also housed here are some societies like the Bombay Local History Society and the Amateur Astronomers' Association (Bombay) which are open to members of the public as well as students.

7. General Post Office

The General Post Office building is newly constructed in 1913 and built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. It is the largest post office in India with 101 counters to cater to customers.

8. Mulji Jetha Fountain

The Mulji Jetha Fountain was built in 1892-93 at the corner of Mint Road and though it is now in a defunct and dilapidated state it is still worth seeing.

9. World War I Memorial and Ballard Gate Museum

This is a memorial built in memory of the soldiers of World War I and is just opposite the Ballard Gate Museum which has a lovely collection of old maritime photographs and artefacts. Britannia Restaurant (only open for lunch) is also nearby and is famous for it's Berry Pulao and other Parsi dishes.

10. Old Town Hall, Asiatic Society and State Central Library

Built in the Greco Roman style with eight Doric columns and thirty stone steps leading up to the Library. Completed in 1930, this is a lovely building housing the Asiatic Society of Mumbai and has in it's collection one of the two original copies of Dante's Divine Comedy, five caskets containing the relics of the Buddha found at Sopara near Mumbai... More

11. Horniman Circle and Gardens

Benjamin Guy Horniman was an Irish journalist with the Bombay Chronicle and wrote against the British rule in India's freedom struggle for Independence. The erstwhile Elphinstone Circle and Gardens is now named after Horniman for his role in India's freedom struggle. The gardens are a beautiful area with many different plants and trees with a... More

St. Thomas Cathedral is probably one of the oldest British buildings in Mumbai and was completed in 1718. Earlier it was a church and the area where it is located was close to the Fort's gate and hence the area outside the gate was called Churchgate after which the railway station west of the gate got it's name. The cathedral has many stained... More

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The lovely fountain with Flora the Roman Goddess of beauty and prosperity was built in 1869 using Portland stone in memory of Sir Bartle Frere, Governor of Bombay at the point where the Fort's Church Gate once stood. This area is also known as Hutatma Chowk or Martyr's Square after the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat were formed from the Bombay ... More

14. Bombay High Court

This is a wonderful building built to house the Bombay High Court in 1878 and it recently celebrated completion of 150 years in 2012. The statues of Justice and Mercy are atop the two octagonal towers west of the central tower. Only the Judges are allowed to enter from the main entrance. All others enter through the rear entrance on the east of... More

The Mumbai University campus houses the Library in the Rajabai Clock Tower building and the Convocation Hall is to the south. There are statues of the different castes on the outer walls of the clock tower building. The Convocation Hall has a lovely stained glass rose window with the twelve zodiacal constellations besides the wonderful stained... More

16. Esplanade Mansions (former Watson's Hotel)

This was the first structure in Mumbai that was built in prefabricated cast iron brought all the way from Britain in 1860 and completed in 1863. It was also the place where the Lumiere Brothers showed the first cinematographic film in Mumbai in 1896 and one of it's most famous guests was Mark Twain.

17. David Sassoon Library

This is a lovely library building with a neat garden behind it and has some very comfortable easy chairs on the verandah on the first floor where you can put you feet up and read or maybe catch a quick nap.

Built by David Sassoon this is one of the few synagogues that he built in Mumbai city. Not many Jews remain in Mumbai, but at one time a good number of them who had made Bombay city their home.

This is one of the most famous art galleries in the art district of South Mumbai and is well known as the best place to exhibit your art as an artist. It also has an in house restaurant called the Samovar which serves some delicious snacks and quick lunches. A great meeting point for artists and art lovers alike.

20. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya or former Prince of Wales Museum of Western India is one of the main museums in Mumbai and houses a huge collection of different types of artefacts. It still has a statue of the Prince of Wales after which it was named, ironically it does not have Shivaji's statue here.

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21. National Gallery of Modern Art

The NGMA is also known as the Cowasji Jehangir Hall which was then converted into the National Gallery of Modern Art. It holds many different types of art exhibitions and there is an admission fee depending on the exhibition.

This is one of the main tourist attractions in Mumbai and it was the place where King George V and Queen Mary were welcomed in 1911 (though the basalt stone and concrete monument was completed only in 1924) during their visit to India for the Durbar in Delhi and later on the British troops left India on 28 February 1948 from here after India... More

This iconic hotel is one of the best in Mumbai and is worth seeing the inside for a look at the grandeur and the architecture. Some of it's restaurants are really worth visiting for their different cuisines.