Aamchi Mumbai has experienced a lot, from transformation of Bombay to Mumbai, from British rule to Business capital and from immigration to real-estate boom. The city of dreams leaves millions in awe with its beauty and forever changing attitude. And what better than exploring the city by joining a walking tour? Alisha Sadikot, Founder of The Inheritage Project, will lead a walk through Ballard Estate, Mumbai’s a century old neighbourhood, this Sunday. The walk is called ‘Bombay meets the World at Ballard Estate’.
Ballard Estate is known for its European architecture and the walk through its tree-lined streets will transport you to early 20th century Bombay, to a port city that stood at the centre of a map dominated by sea trade and travel, and at the brink of modern living. From trade and shipping to train travel, migration, hotels and public dining, this walk will highlight remarkable, hidden connections between Bombay and the world. “Ballard estate was planned and developed in the early 1900s as Bombay’s premier business district (the first planned business district in the city), in a uniform architectural style. Beyond its architecture and lay out, Ballard Estate became home to some of the city’s leading business houses, and public institutions, each with fascinating histories. In the early 20th century Bombay was a port city that stood at the centre of a map dominated by sea trade and travel, and at the brink of modern living,” says Alisha.
Alisha has been conducting walks in Mumbai since 2004 that helps citizens to engage with the many stories that make up the history of Mumbai. Talking about her work, she says, “All my work is aimed at making history and heritage accessible to wider audiences in engaging ways and heritage walks are a great way of getting audiences to literally walk through and explore the past.”
The two-hour walk will make you familiar with several landmarks of Ballard Estate including Ballard Bunder Gate, New Customs House, Port House, Prince of Wales Seamens Club, Grand Hotel, Britannia Cafe, Hamilton Studios, Mackinnon and Mackenzie building. The walk also highlights the status Ballard Estate holds in Mumbai. “From war, trade and shipping to train travel, migration, hotels and public dining, this walk will highlight remarkable, hidden connections between Bombay and the world,” adds Alisha.
When: May 7, 2017 from 9 am to 11 am
Meeting point: The Asiatic Society of Mumbai
Cost: Rs 600