“Think of a day when one of us passing by the Railway station building of Bandra ‘The Queen of Suburb’ for catching that regular train for job / business, and you see foreigners clicking pictures and videos and getting down from tourist buses, few standing in some new kind of queue just to enter a particular section of station which will be a Museum / Exhibition displaying old railway pictures, some presentations, artifacts and more related. Yes, this is actually going to happen soon down six months. Although this is too early to say on how this heritage grade 1 listed railway station structure of Mumbai will be looking or what actually be seen inside that special exhibition zone connected to platform No.1 facing west. Its sure be getting excited and will be one of the kind of already ‘Victorian Gothic’ structure to be listed on Mumbai Darshan and tourist attractions list..”
For few regular visitors and locals of Bandra it is one of the other suburb stations, But for few visiting not so frequent around, its still a beautiful structure already been renovated around 2009 and one of the only remained honeycomb basalt stones made exterior walls with classic old style temple looking triangular looking red coloured roof rarely seen now which are used by officials. Below video i took in Monsoon days of 2014 tells thousands more things about station building which even i cannot explain in words. Already an attraction been listed as grade 1 structure by heritage committee and a pride of Mumbai railways which is now planned to be laid down on the list of UNESCO for its classic looking old structure rarely seen on any other railway stations in city. It took about 24 years to build, give shade and roof to railway staff and passengers to travel.
Proposed and commissioned in 1864, opened to public travel in 1869 with its operations with few trains running around, This iconic and beautiful structure on platform number 1 (Of Total 7 Platforms) took few more years and was ready by 1888. It was 1995 when government declared it as a heritage monument of Mumbai which once again got renovated and beautified during 2008 – 2009. Finally soon now in 2018, This will be a mark up Bandra railway station inside various Mumbai darshan guide as one of the known tourist attractions of Mumbai suburbs. In fact the first of its kind on western railway route which will have some rare old artefacts related to Indian Railways, Cultural activities, Pictures and Videos continuously running during visiting hours at this tourist spot.
Soon this year 2018, Revamp of Station Building near Platform 1 lobby will have a heritage counter with beautiful old artefacts, Souvenirs etc from the Global national museum of railway. Not just the heritage counter, the existing toilets near Platform railway bridge will see a transformation too with a heritage design, A appreciative thought of have a baby nursing facilities will be inside too.
In Evening the building will be illuminated with lights and as one can see some beautiful lamp posts on platform 3 and 2 of Bandra station which will also be a part of revamp on Platform no.1 along the fencing and green landscape area near Master Office.
As of day, if you get down at Bandra railway station in west you can see a Auto rickshaw stand, A Foot Over Bridge (FOB) connected to flyover landing at Hill road junction, Couple of ATM’s, A Police chowky, Regular BEST buses and AC Bus Stops, Newly renovated public toilet, Paper stall, Some hawkers, A ticket counter on left, A beautiful old mosque and that old time sharbatwalas (Fruit Juice Vendors) still at same location since decades now.
Just walk outside station and few private auto drivers will call loud looking for passengers likely to go to famous locations of Bandra like ‘Linking Road‘, ‘Bandstand‘, ‘Hill Road‘, ‘Fort’ which are famous destinations and attractions of vicinity. Well, this revamp and the makeover of station surrounding area open space which have Auto’s and Bus Stops will see a major change and a better results are expected for commuters during rush hours.
Bandra station is also a terminus with total of 7 platforms for local trains with platform 6 and 7 dedicated to central railway routes. Check that mesmerizing structure picture of inside railway station between platform 1 and 5 and also the video speaks of the actual building structure which will soon attract many tourists i am talking about.
Iconic Station Video
More Attraction Near Bandra Railway Station
See another heritage spot, Bandra talao just at 5 minutes walking distance.
Apart from the above listed links, you must see UTV Walk of Stars, Statues and hand prints of legendary bollywood personas. Of course you must not miss Bollywood famous khans residence peeps at Bandstand, just 10 minutes from station looking at Salman Khan Residence and SRK’s Mannat Video. Same Bandra station’s west side also have a beautiful Joggers park too. If that’s not enough on list of attractions, also see attractions list at Bandra once you get down at station and have finished looking and clikcing the iconic station structure. Remember, this station is very crowded during Bandra Fair days, an awesome experience i had and cannot forget since my childhood at Mount Mary Church.
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One Reply to “Heritage Bandra Railway Station Building Attraction – Mumbai”
Any update? Since the lockdown what is the situation? Any budget was approved? I am a student of Archaeology and Bandra station is taken as an assignment under Heritage Mamagement. Please do share details.