Highlights of Mumbai
The Portuguese ceded the islands of “Bom Bahia” to the British Crown in 1661, as part of the dowry of Catherine of Braganza when she married king Charles II. The islands were then leased for a pitance to the East India Company in 1664, marking the start of Mumbai's development as an important trading post and establishing the city as headquarters of the Bombay Presidency some 20 years later. So it is no wonder that the British have left their mark on the architecture of the city with their imposing Victorian buildings and institutions. The city has kept growing over the years, attracting people from all over India, and transformed itself into a vibrant sprawling metropolis. This photo gallery concentrates mostly on the touristy and highly photogenic Colaba and Fort areas (the old British quarters) which are splendid examples of British Victorian architecture in India, but strolling through the city's other quarters is also very rewarding.
We have also a photo gallery dedicated to the Mahalaxmi dhobi ghats, where a lot of Mumbai's washing is still being done and which we visited in 2015.
$updated from: Photos.htxt Sun 13 Dec 2020 16:00:09 trvl2 (By Vero and Thomas Lauer)$