This is the older, downtown area (with the Nariman Point reclamation being the newer commercialcentre), surrounding the Flora Fountain. It gets its name from the fact that it was a part of the fortifiedcity which were later considered obsolete and demolished during the time of the Governor Frere. Asmall portion of the wall is seen as part of the boundary wall of St. George's Hospital.
One of the finest examples of high Victorian Gothic architecture, it is the headquarters of the CentralRailways and is one of the finest railway stations in the world.
This sweeping Queen's Necklace, flickering with a thousand lights at night turns into the mainthoroughfare linking Malabar Hill - and the northern parts of the island - to the southernmost points of Colaba, Cuffe Parade, Nariman Point and Fort.
It is natural that a city surrounded three sides by the sea would offer handsome choice of beaches.Beginning from the southern end are:
Situated at the northern end of Marine Drive, it is a stretch of sandy beach and attracts hordes of people during the weekends and on holidays. A 'food-mart' of stalls have become a permanent featureand offer a range of eatables from 'bhel-puri'. The local speciality, to 'chaat', 'kulfi', coconut and other snacks. A larger portion of the terrain is left open for the public where people come to enjoy theevening sea breeze and the children to play. As a part of the city's cleanliness and beautification drive,Chowpatty is also being given a face lift.
Situated 30 km from the city, it is a crowded beachwith residential apartments and bungalows surrounding it. It seems as if the entire population of thearea descends on the beach for a breath of fresh air! The central part has food stalls again, similar toChowpatty. And a lot more, in terms of fun-rides for children.Beyond the city are the relatively unspoilt, secluded beaches at Versova, Madh Island, Marve, Manoriand Gorai. However, Versova is also seemingly going the juhu way, primarily on account of thedensity of highrise buildings that have come up in the recent years. The beaches at Madh and Marvehave their dangerous spots which are marked by signboards. Care should be taken to avoid thesezones. The spots further ahead, Gorai and Manori, two fishing villages, are accessible by ferry.
Prince of Wales Museum
King George V, who as Prince of Wales, laid the foundation stone of thismuseum in 1905. Situated near the gateway of India, it was designed in the Indo-Saracenic style tocommemorate the King's first visit to India. During the First World War, it was used as a hospital. Itwas opened as a museum in 1923 and has three main sections: Art, Archaeology and Natural History.One of the best museums in the country, it is a treasure house of art, sculpture, China, rare coins andold firearms. It also has a priceless collection of miniature paintings.The glistering white marble dome crowning this building can be sighted from a distance as it liesnestled amidst a well-laid out garden.Timings: 1015 to 1800 hours except Mondays; Entrance: Rs. 3 per head; Tel: 244519/244484
Victoria and Albert Museum
Adjoining the Victoria Gardens, this museum built in the Greco-Roman style houses archaeologicalfinds, maps and photographs depicting the history of Mumbai; Timings: 10.00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This museum, adjacent to the Planetarium, has a children's Science Park and a permanent gallerywhich has exhibits relating to the properties of life. A collection of a tramcar, railway engine,