37 Stunning Images Of Bombay That Show You Why It’s So Easy To Fall In Love With The City

The name ‘Bombay’ came about when Portuguese settlers discovered the city as an archipelago of seven islands separated by marshy swamps. The deep harbour made it excellent for establishing a port for trade and it was duly christened ‘Bom Bahia’ (The Good Bay).

Bombay developed as a centre for trade and commerce, and attracted skilled and unskilled labourers from all over the country.

We got these amazing images from Behrooz K.Y Avari. You can check out her archive of nostalgic images here.

1. Elphinstone College and David Sassoon Library at Kala Ghoda.

Elphinstone College

2. Watsons Hotel (Esplanade Mansion) in South Bombay with pristine views of the harbour. It was the only hospitality establishment other than the Sailors Home, until the Taj Hotel came up in 1903.

watsons hotel

3. Bombay Central.

bombay central

4. ‘Khada Parsi’ is a cast iron monument paying homage to Shet Cursetjee Manockjee, who made incredible reforms in the education sector. It was built in the 1860s.

parsi

5. The Mumbai Police HQ formerly known as Sailors Home c.1900.

sailor home

6. Colaba Reclamation with a view of Rajbai Tower in the distance.

colaba

7. Churchgate station was named after this gate leading to St. Thomas Church, when Bombay was still a walled city.

churchgate

8. Scottish Church, Court-House, and the entrance to the dockyard near Lions Gate.

lions gate

9. A street leading to Bombay Fort c.1860.

fort

10. Apollo Bunder without the Gateway.

apollo bunder

11. Earlier the Mumbai Local ran up to to Colaba. Today, it terminates at Churchgate.

colaba

12. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus formerly known as Victoria Terminus.

cst

13. The Majestic Hotel and Waterloo Mansions.

majestic hotel

14. Flora Fountain with the Central Telegraph Office in the background.

flora fountain

15. Churchgate Station.

churchgate stn

16. A train approaching Churchgate Station from Colaba.

churchgate

17. BB&CI (Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway) Steam Engine.

steam engine

18. A sketch of Bombaja Fort, 1731.

bombaja fort

19. A sketch of a bird’s eye view of Bombay from Malabar Hill.

malabar hill

20. A painting of Malabar Hill and the Tower of Silence.

malabar hill

21. Bombay Green, 1862.

bombay green

22. A painting of a typical business day in the Fort area.Palkhi carriers are seen waiting for customers.

painting

23. Ice being poured to cool the train compartments. A kind of AC in those days.

train

24. Gol Deval.

gol deval

25. Bombay Municipal Building c.1900.

building

26. Asiatic Library.

asiatic library

27. Elphinstone Circle (now known as Horniman Circle), 1827.

horniman

28. Walkeshwar at Malabar Point c.1860.

walkeshwar

29. Bombay University buildings with Rajabai Tower still under construction.

bombay uni

30. Bombay High Court.

high court

31. Sir Dinshaw Manackjee Petit Hospital, now known as Parsi General Hospital.

parsi hospital

32. Elphinstone Circle (now Horniman Circle) Garden Gate and St. Thomas Church in the background.

hornyman

33. The Times Of India editor’s room which features a ceiling jute fan that swings from side to side when pulled back and forth.

toi editor room

34. A bullock-drawn roller.

roller

35. A group of Parsee pupils and teachers in a class at the Elphinstone High School, 1875.

parsi

36. A group of Parsee ladies pose for a photograph, 1853.

parsi chicks

37. A double-decker tram plies through a Bombay street.

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