You probably know about the huge Asiatic Library (erstwhile Townhall) in Fort, but have you really explored the area around it? Why is Horniman Circle called so? What is the history of the beautiful complex called Ballard Estate, that’s now less frequented and tucked away?
Walk with us to find out!
BOMBAY MEETS THE WORLD
A guided walk through Horniman Circle and Ballard Estate
When: 29th October | 4 pm
Meet us: Outside Asiatic Library – Horniman Circle
Cost: Rs 790 per person
Explore the birthplace of modern Mumbai on a walking tour with Alisha Sadikot, a history and heritage expert, that unearths and spotlights it’s 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 and home to diverse communities, its growth into a crowded, cosmopolitan trading centre, and then to its place at the heart of 19th century 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