Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Heritage photowalk of Mumbai - Our World

I was invited for the launch of a ‘Photography Heritage Walk’ hosted by Raconteur Walks Tourism. This was indeed a unique concept introduced in Mumbai wherein you are not only shown the heritage structures of this great city but also guided as to the best way to capture the beauty in your cameras by an expert photographer! Being a lover of Mumbai I jumped at the opportunity and was not disappointed.

We gathered at the Crawford market, where we were briefed about Mumbai, its history and geography, by Saurabh and Dwayne who were the guides for this tour. Saurabh, incidentally is an IT expert and Dwayne a geologist, but doing this to share their love and knowledge of this wondrous city and listening to them one would get the impression that they are historians of Mumbai! We were each presented with a Raconteur cap to ensure we could easily be identified on the crowded streets of Mumbai and an energy bar to keep us energised for the three hour walk.

After the walk through Crawford Market, we walked along JJ College of Architecture and Fine Arts whose walls were decorated beautifully with students’ art.

Then on we went to the famous Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the only Railway Terminus in the world to have a World Heritage Status! Saurabh explained the symbolism of the various statues on the building. Opposite stood the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation headquarters whose dome 

also has a very interesting fact. Apparently the dome was used to store water to douse any fire in the building using hydraulical systems!
Then we walked along Dadabhai Naoroji Road which was flanked on either side by amazing buildings with the travel photography expert Gustasp Irani guiding the participants in taking the best

pictures all the way to Flora Fountain where again Saurabh and Dwayne gave us deep insights into the history of the monument.

And then off we walked to the marvellous Asiatic library whose pillars too have an interesting story 

just as the Horniman circle gardens and the buildings around do.

Then it was time to walk to the art deco area of Mumbai – Marine Drive, which we were left to explore on our own, with a brief history and fond farewells.
Strangely all the participants of the tour were Mumbaikars except for one American tourist! And everyone went home much enlightened and awed about the city we lived in.
Thank you Raconteur Walks’ Saurabh and Dwayne for the knowledge you shared.
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  1. Nice photo op. How much do these guided tours cost?

    1. Amit, click on the link given above for details as they have a number of walks and the prices vary. The one that I went on was at an inaugural price of Rs.2000/-

  2. It was such a nice verbal tour for me Deepak..you led me to the heritage tour of Mumbai through your post..loved it..thanks for sharing..

  3. This is terrific, Deepak, and your captures are superb!! Thank you for sharing! Wow! Awesome!

  4. Truly Great photos, Thank you so much for sharing Deepak ji.

  5. How fun was that. And your photos are excellent! I love that railway terminus with the dome! What a fantastic building. This is a very cool post and gives one a somewhat broader view of Mumbai! Thanks!

  6. I loved seeing the heritage part of mumbai through your eyes! Within the concrete jungle, there are beautiful hidden gems :) How nice of the guides to make effort to show the history of India's commercial capital.

  7. Beautiful! I have been to Mumbai only once that too for a day. Good to know there are guided tours!

  8. Some really amazing architecture there.

  9. A wonderful series of shots.

  10. Hari OM
    Oh I do wish i had known about this before departure - but have 'bookmarked' that link provided in anticipation of future visit. Meanwhile, you shots a glimmering!!! YAM xx

  11. Yup- will check them out- Seems like a great tour! Thanks for taking us along on yours:-) Great pictures, and interesting info - didn't know it was the only railway building on Unesco's list. It really is a magnificent building:-I) Loved your post today!

  12. A wonderful post...thanks for sharing...

  13. Beautiful! Your pictures make me get acute wanderlust.

  14. Wow.. this sounds interesting... How I wish I was there too
    Lovely pictures!