Old Bombay Districts – Bazaargate, Ballard Estate, Colaba and Mazgaon

1 - Bazaargate PArsi Agiary

Maneckji Nowroji Sett Agiary

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.

2 - Jain Temple

Jain Temple, Bazaargate.

3 - Art Deco Building

Art Deco Residence.

4 - Blackie House

Blackie House – Victorian Gothic Revival.

5 - United Building

United Building – Art Deco.

6 - Vatcha Agiary

Pirojbai Dadabhoy Maneckji Vatcha Agiary (1881).

7 - Commercial Building

8 - Gresham Building

Gresham Building – Neoclassical.

Ballard Estate

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.

9 - Port Trust Building

Bombay Port Trust Building – note the ships on the facade.

10 - Customs House George Wittet

“New” Customs House, designed by George Wittet.

11 - War Memorial

12 - Neville House

Neville House.

13 - MAcKinnon MAcKenzie

MacKinnon MacKenzie Offices.

14 - Bombay SEamens Society

Bombay Seamen’s Society.

15 - Reliance House

Reliance House – Art Deco.

16 - Ballard Estate

Ballard Estate.

17 - Grand Hotel George Wittet

Grand Hotel, designed by George Wittet.

18 - Cafe Universal

The Art Nouveau Cafe Universal.


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.

19 - CAfe Mondegar

From one cafe to another – Cafe Mondegar

20 - Cafe Leopold

Cafe Leopold

21 - Salvation Army

The Salvation Army.

22 - Churchill Chambers

Churchill Chambers.

23 - Church

Former church building.

24 - Holy Place Church

Holy Name Cathedral.

25 - YMCA


26 - REsidence

Historic residence.

27 - Residence

Historic Residence.

28 - Electric House

Electric House, along Colaba Causeway.

29 - Cusrow Baug

30 - Afghan Church

The historic Afghan Church (1858), or the Church of St John the Evangelist.

31 - Afghan Church

Interior of the Afghan Church.


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.

32 - Glora Church

Gloria Church, Mazgaon.

33 - Rustomjee N Wadia Trust

Rustomjee N Wadia Trust Building.

34 - Hasanabad


35 - Our Lady of the Rosary

36 - Sea Ip Door

Entrance to Kwan Kung Temple – the only Chinese temple remaining in Bombay, situated in 12 Nawab Tank Road, the heart of Bombay’s former Chinatown.

37 - SEa Ip

Bombay’s only remaining Chinese temple – serving the spiritual needs of the former Sea Ip Koon community from Canton.

About Kennie Ting

I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.
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