How about exploring the unexplored part of this city on a Sunday morning? I am sure most Mumbaikars will be astonished to hear that there is a hill in South Mumbai which offers a panoramic view of the city. And this view included the Mumbai harbour, the Bombay Stock Exchange Building and the skyline of the town. It was breath-taking and very much a pleasant surprise. There is Shiv temple at the top of the hill which offers the tranquility one can only wish for. But that’s not all, here we can see a Church, a Mosque and one Agiary as well.
Well, this was my first heritage walk in the tree-lined street of Mazgaon. I could hear silence at Joseph Baptista Gardens which was constructed in 1857 and is built on a reservoir that supplies water to the city. This heritage garden has plenty of beautiful flora which will mesmerize you.
We were a group of around 20 people and among us were also some foreign nationals. I was preordained to meet a Radio Jockey who made this walk ineffaceable.
Rafique Baghdadi, our guide, created a thrill in our bones by promising us that we would get an opportunity to see the Taj Mahal and mind you he was not a falsifier.
The magnificent Mosque built by Prince Aga Khan definitely caught my surprise. The golden finial on the tomb and minarets of the mosque resembled that of Taj Mahal. And not to mention staying 10 minutes away from this place but it was unheard of!
We treated ourselves to Kulfi (ice-cream) at the conclusion of the promenade and yes I was lucky to have my favorite butter scotch Kulfi with a Radio Jockey 🙂
This walk was organised by Alliance Francaise de Bombay and you can download the monthly Program brochure from their website to traverse this beautiful city and witness its heritage.
Cheers – Lubna