Walk through the grand Bombay
• Walk through the grand Bombay
When I was planning a trip to India, then I laid on the Bombay just a day: in the evening flew from Goa, and the next evening flew from Bombay to Calcutta. I decided that one day the light will be enough to Bombay, but ultimately great mistake: the city is absolutely gorgeous and majestic. And not so much his monumental British (Victorian) buildings as amazing mix of cultures and architectural styles of the city as a whole.
We all make allowances for the fact that this is not a "safe haven" where you can relax and enjoy the aura. This is a huge 25 million metropolis full of poverty and garbage critically overpopulated, with lots of inter-religious problems (70% - Hindus, 20% - Muslims, 5% - Christians, 5% - Buddhists), overloaded vehicles and dismal environmental situation.
Nevertheless, I liked more than Bombay, I would like to come back here. City, by the way, quite young: being founded by the British in 1672 (indicative that the East India Company bought the land from the Portuguese who landed in India by as much as a hundred years earlier), it is the business and financial capital of India today leaving behind in this context, even Delhi.
A symbol of Mumbai (and India as a whole) is a monument to the Gateway of India, or the Gateway of India. Much has been written about it in guidebooks, and will not be repeated. Let me just say that the massive gate in the heart of Bombay were built by the British in 1924 as a symbol of colonial grandeur and the conquest of India. Ironic the fact that only 23 years after the last British soldiers hastily left India after independence. In contrast to India Gate stands classic and the most expensive city hotel "Taj Mahal Palace", also a business card of Bombay. Among other things, to the British on has nothing to do and was built in 1903, India's richest man and the founder of the Tata Corporation (practically all industry in India is part of its empire), Dzhamshedzhi Nasservandzhi Tata. It is believed that he was being insulted disrespectful attitude to itself (due to skin color) from the attendants in a London hotel, I decided to create a chic hotel of this level, which is not seen in Europe. And he did it; at the beginning of the XX century it was definitely one of the best hotels in the world.
It is noteworthy that India achieved independence also indirectly because of skin color, but has a completely different person, Mahatma Gandhi, who was once rudely planted a train in Pietermaritzburg (South Africa)
November 26, 2008 Hotel Taj Mahal Palace has become an arena of bloody drama when dozens of Islamic militants attacked a hotel and took hostage a lot of tourists. During the assault at the Indian army and the police, 37 people were killed, and building serious damage was done, following a couple of photos of the day
... as we move down the colonial part of Bombay
In my opinion, the main train station in Bombay, Victoria Terminus (today renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus), is the most beautiful monument of architecture in Mumbai. Moreover, toured a bunch of countries in the world, I have never seen such a magnificent station
The station was built by the British in 1887 in honor of Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. It is logical that for the Indians is not this "landmark" day of absolutely no value, but rather reminds us of colonialism. But the building itself is fine, you will agree!
Incidentally, following the Supreme Court (High court), also built in the late 19th century
in which the children play? Something like noughts and crosses?
In the nearby University of Bombay youth celebrated the foundation of a new political party and announced its intention to actively fight against corruption
The driver is sleeping, and the service is
The juice from sugar cane
By the way, the place at the bottom called Oval Maidan (Kiev hello), here bombeytsy play cricket
You know, in less than a day in Bombay, I was able to see quite a lot, such as the tomb of Haji Ali, located in the northwestern part of the island of Bombay.