This third “walk” through Old Bombay takes the grand tourist through four districts and suburbs, providing for a multi-cultural experience.
Bazaargate was the erstwhile “Black Town” of the city; the commercial heart of the non-European residents of the city. Then as today, the city plays host to historic Parsi agiaries and Jain temples. In the 1930s, it was here, also, that a commercial and residential Art Deco style sprung up, in line with the newfound wealth of Bombay-ites.
Ballard Estate was the first deliberately planned commercial district in the city. It sits on reclaimed land and was converted, in 1914 – 1918, into a premiere business district in the city by the Bombay Port Trust. Today, it is verdant and tranquil residential area with a strong Edwardian atmosphere reminiscent of London.
Colaba is the southernmost district of metropolitan Bombay (Mumbai), extending from the area around the Gateway to India, to the very tip of the Peninsula. The northern end of Colaba is home to luxurious residential villas and fashionable boutiques, cafes and restaurants; while the southern end is military. In between these extremes sits Colaba Causeway, a bustling, commercial street.
Mazgaon is the Portuguese quarter of Bombay, where remain Bombay’s community of Roman Catholics. Here too, one finds a major Ismaili landmark – the Hasanabad, traces of the Parsis, and – most importantly – Bombay’s only remaining Chinese temple.