Participants explore the birthplace of modern Mumbai on a walking tour that unearths and accentuates its hidden histories. We trace the story of Bombay island as it moves out of relative obscurity under the Portuguese during the 16th century; follow its transfer to the British and development into a fortified town, home to diverse communities; its growth into a crowded, cosmopolitan trading centre; and then to its place at the heart of the 19th century, with changes that transformed Bombay into British India’s ‘first city’. From Horniman Circle, we walk to Ballard Estate with its wide, tree-lined streets and elegant European-inspired architecture and back 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 war, trade and shipping to train travel, migration, hotels and public dining, this walk highlights remarkable hidden connections between Bombay and the world.
This guided tour is free.